Shanghai Science and Technology Museum
History and museums
Shanghai Science and Technology Museum (Chinese: 上海科技馆; pinyin: Shànghǎi kējì guǎn; Shanghainese: Zånhae kuji gue) is a large museum in Pudong, Shanghai, close to Century Park, the largest park within the inner districts of the city.
The museum covers an area of 68,000 square metres, a floor space of 98,000 square metres and an exhibition space of 65,500 square metres with planned visiting flow of 2,000,000 to 3,000,000 visitors per year and investment of RMB 1.755 billion Yuan. As of July 2010 the museum will have attracted over 23,000,000 visitors making it one of China's most visited modern museums.
Shanghai Science & Technology Museum opened to the public on 18 December 2001. The original design of the museum and its core exhibits was managed by Shanghai-based high tech and multimedia firm Creative Star Digital. The construction of the museum cost 3.75 billion RMB, and now features over 14 interactive multimedia exhibits.
The museum has 13 main permanent exhibitions and 4 science theatres. The theatres are the largest science education cinemas in Asia with 10,000 annual films shown. The exhibitions are:
There are also two temporary exhibition halls, the Chinese Ancient Science and Technology Gallery which showcases ancient Chinese inventions and works, the Explorer's Gallery featuring Chinese and foreign explorers and the Academician's Gallery featuring contemporary scientists from Shanghai.
The four science theatres are:
The museum is open from 09:00 to 17:15. It is closed on Mondays (except holidays).
The museum is served by the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum station on Shanghai Metro Line 2. Another subway station nearby is Pudian Road Station on Line 4. In addition, several buses such as 794, 640 also stop nearby.
Kung Fu Dunk starring Jay Chou has many scenes filmed here.
Chandni Chowk to China, an Indian film starring Akshay Kumar was filmed here.
Shanghai's Expo 2010 video has several promotional scenes shot on location here.
The museum served as the pit stop for leg 10 of The Amazing Race 16.