Shanghai Natural History Museum

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Shanghai Natural History Museum
The museum's exterior in 2015
Shanghai Natural History Museum is located in Shanghai
Shanghai Natural History Museum
Location within Shanghai
Established1958 (1958)
CollectionsBiological specimen
Collection size>28,000

The Shanghai Natural History Museum (Chinese: 上海自然博物馆; pinyin: Shànghǎi Zìrán Bówùguǎn; Shanghainese: Zånhae Zyzoe Pohvehguoe) is a museum dedicated to natural history in the city of Shanghai.[1] It is one of the largest museums of natural sciences in China.[2] Formerly housed in the Shanghai Cotton Exchange Building, the museum was moved to a purpose-built site in the Jing'an Sculpture Park in 2015.


Entrance of the Shanghai Cotton Exchange Building, the former site of the museum

The museum was established in 1956 in the Shanghai Cotton Exchange Building, a classical British structure built in 1923. It was located at 260 East Yan'an Road in Huangpu District, near the intersection of South Henan Road. It was designated a Heritage Building by the Shanghai Municipal Government in 1994.[2] However, the Yan'an Elevated Road has since been constructed within meters in front of the building.

The new 44,517 square-meter building is in the Jing'an Sculpture Park. Opened to the public in 2015, the Shanghai Natural History Museum has moved to the new location.[2]

Collections and exhibits[edit]

The museum has a collection of 240,000 samples, including over 62,000 pieces of animal specimens, 135,000 plant specimens, 700 specimens of the Stone Age, and 1,700 specimens of minerals. There are also rare species which cannot be found elsewhere outside China, such as a Yellow River mammoth, a giant salamander, a giant panda, and a Yangtze alligator.

The largest exhibit is a 140-million-year-old dinosaur skeleton of Mamenchisaurus hochuanensis Young et Zhao from Sichuan Province, which is over four stories high. The museum also has two mummies and several human embryos.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Shanghai Natural History Museum". TripAdvisor. Retrieved 11 September 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d 上海自然博物馆"被闭馆" 市民争相重拾童年记忆中的恐龙. Xinmin Wanbao (in Chinese). 2012-06-27. Retrieved 2013-02-14.

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