Shanghai Duolon Museum of Modern Art

Expand your knowledge at this lesser known art museum focusing on experimental contemporary art.

TravelCurious Tip

Not enough art yet? Head to the nearby museum where the League of Left-Wing Writers was founded in 1930 — Lu Xun was a founding member

The Shanghai Duolon Museum of Modern Art is Shanghai’s first state-owned space dedicated solely to modern art. It serves to facilitate the exchange of ideas between Chinese and international artists, making the results available to members of the public. Take an afternoon to wander through its galleries, peruse the art books in its store and enjoy a coffee on the 6th floor cafe of a remarkable museum.

The museum is found in a giant seven-story Bauhaus structure that wraps around a metal spiral staircase, and is worth visiting for the impressive building alone. The exhibits within change often are cutting-edge by Chinese standards. Recent years have seen examinations of gender issues, musical performances of Chinese electronica and electronic art from American artists. It’s often avant-garde, but always accessible.

The surrounding neighbourhood is also a delight. Duolon Road is famous for having been home to many of the most famous 20th century Chinese writers, including Lu Xun, who even had the nearby park named after him. The architecture along the road is an interesting hodgepodge of styles, with Chinese elements fused to Islamic, Jewish and French ones too. So be sure to factor in some time to amble down the road when you visit the Shanghai Duolon Museum of Modern Art.

Nearby Attractions

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People's Square
This spectacular space in the heart of the city is a hub of activity.
The Bund
As the city's stand out landmark, this remarkable waterfront is perfect for strolling and people-watching.
Lu Xun Park
Formerly known as Hongkou Park, this is one of the city's most pleasant green spaces.
Duolun Road Cultural Street
This picturesque street was once the home of many of China's most famous writers.
Hongde Temple
This church is built in a Chinese style and features a grey-brick interior and high wooden ceilings.
Jewish Refugees Museum
Formerly the Ohel Moshe Synagogue, the exhibitions displays stories of Shanghai Jews in words and pictures.

Related Tours

Private Tour Off the Beaten Track: Hongkou
Step off the beaten track and experience a part of Shanghai that is a little off the tourist radar: Hongkou. This former international settlement has a distinct atmosphere and look. During this tour you will learn about one of China’s most famous writers, Lu Xun, and about the fascinating history of the Jewish community in Shanghai.

  • Commence your tour at the Lu Xun Museum 
  • Explore the exhibitions displaying videos, photos, and wax works 
  • Stroll through Lu Xun Park 
  • Visit the vibrant Duolun Road Cultural Street 
  • Snap photos of Hongde Temple
  • Wander through  Duolun Museum of Modern Art 
  • Learn about the Shanghai Jewish community at the Jewish Refugees Museum 
The Lu Xun Legacy

You will walk within the Lu Xun Museum that was once his former residence. Here, the life and creative output of the author is displayed with videos, photographs and wax works. Then, take a stroll through one of the city’s most delightful green spaces - Lu Xun Park that holds the famous tomb. You can watch people practising ballroom dancing and tai chi and, if you’re in the mood, your helpful guide will help you charter a boat and take it out onto the small lake.

Duolun Street 

Next, you visit the vibrant Duolun Road Cultural Street where the Hongde Temple and Duolun Museum of Modern Art are located. With its focus on experimental contemporary art, you will get a taste of Shanghai’s modern cultural scene.

The Jewish History

Finally, a visit to the former Ohel Moshe Synagogue - now the Jewish Refugees Museum - will immerse you in a fascinating part of Shanghai’s history. Used to house the Jewish ghetto during World War 2, the occupying Japanese forces however refused German demands to construct extermination camps on Chongming Island. Its exhibition rooms house the stories of Shanghai Jews in pictures and words. 

Travel Curious Tip: Remember to purchase postcards at the Duolun Museum of Modern Art to post home to family & friends!

We built this tour because
 it invites travellers to gain a comprehensive understanding of Shanghai's complex history, whilst visiting a selection of stunning sites. 


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