Shanghai Museum of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Established in 1938, The Shanghai Museum of Traditional Chinese Medicine is located at the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park in Pudong New Area. Its three-story exhibition halls occupy about 4,000 square meters. Reputed as the largest professional Traditional Chinese Medicine museum in the world with the most exhibits, Shanghai Museum of Traditional Chinese Medicine boasts more than 14,000 exhibits and almost 10,000 Traditional Chinese Medicine documents.

The museum promotes traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and the culture of traditional Chinese medicine, popularizes the scientific knowledge of traditional Chinese medicine, reflects the track of traditional Chinese medicine from formation to prosperity, from inheritance to innovation. Shanghai Museum of Traditional Chinese Medicine is the epitome of extensive and profound traditional Chinese medicine and TCM culture.


Chinese Name: 上海中医药博物馆

Address: No. 1200, Zhangjiang Cailun road, Pudong New Area

Opening Hours: 9:00-16:00 from Tuesday to Sunday (closed on Monday)

Ticket price: CNY 15

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Shanghai Museum of Traditional Chinese Medicine Halls & Exhibits

Shanghai Museum of Traditional Chinese Medicine comprises of 3 parts: Shanghai Traditional Chinese Medicine University (China Medicine Association Medicine History Museum), Chinese Medicine Specimen Exhibition Hall and University History Exhibition Hall. The museum has 9 exhibition areas and activity rooms for popular science, as well as library room, multi-function lecture hall, cultural relics warehouse, multimedia demonstration and teaching facilities.

The Museum of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Shanghai is China's earliest professional TCM museum, with 14000 pieces of cultural relics of Chinese medicine from the new Stone Age, including more than 6000 ancient and modern medical books, such as The Inner Canon of Huangdi, Treatise on Febrile Disease and Compendium of Materia Medica, more than 3000 copies of newspapers/species, many of which are rare traditional Chinese medicine publications in 1920s and 1930s.

When visiting Shanghai Museum of Traditional Chinese Medicine, go forward along the engraving and you will arrive at the main hall of the museum. An abstract sculpture of the theory of the five elements will come into view in the center of the lobby. Behind the central sculpture is a relief carving of Jing, Qi and Shen. Jing, Qi and Shen are regarded as the three vital elements of the human body. Jing is the "essence" and considered the source of life. They are derived from ancient Chinese philosophical concepts formed before the birth of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

After looking around, turn left and go upstairs. Here you will find the Medical History Hall, which is the earliest and largest on Traditional Chinese Medicine history in China. It was founded in July 1938. The hall presents the development of Traditional Chinese Medicine chronologically during the last 5,000 years.

The Specimen Hall of Chinese Herbal Medicine founded in 1958. More than 3,000 specimens of Chinese herbal medicine and ready-made herbal products are displayed here. You can see the select herbal or animal medicines, distinguish rare medicinal herbs from counterfeits, learn the names of different TCM, answer questions about TCM and the museum on LCD screens, watch films or attend lectures on TCM in this hall. Besides, you’ll learn the course of the University’s development from May 1966 to October 1976 during the Cultural Revolution in the Exhibition Hall of the History of the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

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The Museum of Acupuncture, Moxibustion & Massage

The Acupuncture, Moxibustion & Massage Hall of Shanghai Museum of Traditional Chinese Medicine has treasures on display -- the officials’ names who compiled the Golden Mirror of Medical Master during the reign of Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty, the famous bronze figures of acupuncture and moxibustion cast in 1744, Stone Age medical appliance - stone needle, Bronze Figures of Ming Tang Diagram engraved in 1665, acupuncture and moxibustion and massage apparatus, etc., revealing the development course and medical achievements of acupuncture and moxibustion and massage in China.

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