Shanghai Museum is famous for its large collection of rare cultural pieces. The museum now houses over 120,000 pieces of cultural relics in twelve categories, including Chinese bronzes, ceramics, paintings and calligraphy, and artifacts. Opened in 1995, it is the newest of the top four museums in China. Visitors can get a clear picture of what an ancient seal looks like in the Seal Showroom. The China tours room consists of four parts, and displays more than 500 seals, from the Zhou Dynasty (1024-256 BC) to the Qin Dynasty (1644-1911).
If you are interested in Chinese architecture, you should not miss the room showing Chinese furniture from the Ming and Qing dynasties. When stepping into the room, visitors almost feel like they are in a Chinese-style garden and Yangtze River cruises mansion. Over 100 pieces of various styles of furniture made in the Ming and Qing Dynasty are displayed, along with some models of valuable furniture, and wooden buried warrior figures from the Ming Dynasty, unearthed near Shanghai.
In the Arts and Crafts by Chinese Minorities room, visitors can enjoy about 600 works in different styles, and remarkable colors. Items include dresses and personal adornments, dyed and woven embroidery, metal art ware, Shangri-la tour sculptures, ceramics, and bamboo wares used by the minority people.