Shanghai History Museum Scheduled to Open Next March


Shanghai History Museum started a private trial run recently and is scheduled to open at the end of March.

Exhibited items will show all aspects of political, social, cultural and commercial life from ancient to modern times.

About 1,000 relics and artifacts, from 4000 BC to the foundation of the People`s Republic of China in 1949, will be put on permanent exhibition at the museum, with 80 percent of them being shown to the public for the first time.

The museum is housed in the former building of Shanghai Race Club near People`s Square in the city center. 

The permanent exhibition occupies four floors of the five-story east building of the complex. Among the exhibits awaiting visitors are a decorative Chinese bridal sedan chair coated in gold, a baton used by constables of the International Settlement Police in Shanghai, wood for paving Nanjing Road in the 19th century, and a girl`s bedroom furniture during the time of the Republic of China.

Shanghai History Museum as an institution was established in 1953 but until now it had never found a permanent home, with most of its relics  - over 110,000 items - kept in a storage facility in Zhoupu Town, Pudong.

Entrance to the permanent exhibition of the museum will be free, and it is estimated about 3 million people will visit the museum every year.

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