Shanghai History Museum – New Address Offers Fresh Attractions

The Shanghai History Museum, which opened at its new address at the end of March, had new attractions to dazzle visitors.

The museum is exhibiting more than 100 silverware items from several historical periods of Shanghai. The oldest dates back a century.

Two sets of coronets and pendants are cape ornaments of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), which were unearthed in Shanghai. They are on public display for the first time.

Hu Baofang, a researcher at the museum and curator of the exhibition, gave a talk to about 50 visitors and took them on a tour around the exhibition on Saturday afternoon.

Among those fortunate enough to tag along was Zhao Aixia, a retired pharmacist who works as a volunteer at the museum. She brought five friends with her.

“I had seen the exhibition twice, but with the curator as our guide, the experience moved to a higher level,” said Zhao.

Visitors at the museum over the weekend were also privileged to be the first to view an exhibition of European porcelain that has toured 45 cities in China in the past 10 years.

Meanwhile, museum staff in charge of public education came up with a new idea to excite visitor interest — a board game themed on ancient Shanghai specialties.

The game was played in a room of the west wing of the museum as one of a series of weekend public events.

Zhu Shensheng, a man who works in the tourism industry, came with two friends on Saturday afternoon.

“I had never done anything like this in a museum before,” he said of the game. “I have to congratulate the museum staff for designing something so interesting.”

Visitors to the museum can now scan the QR code on the introduction plates of some exhibits to get more detailed and multimedia information. The information is only in Chinese, however.

The new function is available at highlights of the permanent exhibition, including the two bronze lions that decorated the Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corp building in the first half of the last century, the exquisite 2.8-meter-tall sedan chair from the period of the Republic of China (1912-1949), and a large bronze cannon manufactured in 1841.

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