Shanghai Auto Museum

As the first professional museum focuses on automobiles in China, Shanghai Auto Museum demonstrates the over one hundred years of cars’ development in its three pavilions dedicated respectively to history, collection and automotive exploration as well as a zone for temporary exhibitions.

The museum, located in the Shanghai Auto Expo Park at Anting Town of Jiading District, covers a total area of 1.17 hectares (2.89 acres). If you are a car fancier and are interested in auto history, Shanghai Auto Museum will be a feast for your eyes.

1F – History Pavilion

The History Pavilion is located on the first floor and depicts significant events in the development of automobiles in eight theme halls by means of vehicle models, pictures, and texts. The over 20 elaborately-selected classic cars on display there vividly show how cars changed human’s life.

2F – Collection Pavilion

The Collection Pavilion is the essence of Shanghai Auto Museum. At the entrance, there are several rows of delicate vehicle models. Continuing forward, you can see nearly 40 antique cars in various bright colors and some of them are with bizarre appearance. The cars cover about 20 well-known automobile brands in the US and Europe between 1902 and 1977. Among them, the most treasured exhibits are the three-wheeled Benz Patent-Motorwagen from the 19th century, Rolls-Royce Phantom from the 1930s, the cute Volkswagen Multivan from the 1950s, and the BMW Isetta from the 1960s.

In addition, there are more than 30 fueling equipment exhibits, ranging from the hand oil pump to the dial oil pump, fully illustrating the development of automobile fueling stations.

3F – Automotive Exploration Pavilion

The Automotive Exploration Pavilion on the third floor focuses on automotive popular science. Young people and automotive enthusiasts can go there to learn the history, culture and science of automobiles. Visitors can see a Volkswagen car dissected into several parts to know about the internal structure of cars. They can also learn to design and assemble cars or experience a simulative drive. A telecontrolled racing car is available for fun, at the cost of CNY 15 for eight minutes.

 Tips: There is a souvenir counter on the ground floor selling automobile models at a reasonable price. And a café can be found on the first floor providing drinks. However, there is no restaurant at present, so visitors had better prepare some food.

How to get to Shanghai Auto Museum

Take Metro Line 11 and get off at Anting Station. Take exit 2 and then transfer to Jiading 112, Jiading 116 or Anhong Line and get off at Boyuanlu Moyunanlu Station. Then walk south for about 400 m (437 yards) to the northwest gate of the museum.
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Admission Fee CNY 60
Free for children below 1.3 meters (4.3 feet) if accompanied by adults.
English Guide at the Museum CNY 100
Audio Guide Device CNY 20 for rent, a deposit of CNY 200 is required
Opening Hours 9:30 to 16:30 from Tuesday to Sunday; ticketing stops at 16:00
Closed on Monday

 Further Reading: Top 10 Museums in Shanghai

- Last updated on Nov. 15, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Shanghai Auto Museum
Asked by noushad from UAE | Sep. 15, 2017 04:27Reply
I would like to visit Shanghai auto museum during my China visit.
could you tell me In Anting metro station , how can reach the museum, by walk or taxi, chinese taxi drivers can understand english..

Answers (1)
Answered by Amenda from UNITED KINGDOM | Sep. 19, 2017 20:59

You mean you’ve arrived at Anting? If so, you can take a taxi to the museum, since it’s only about 2 km far, which takes about CNY14.

As I know, most taxi drivers can only understand the simple English. Thus you are advised to write the Pinyin of the Chinese name: Qiche Bowuguan to the driver.
Asked by Gelina from PHILIPPINES | Nov. 23, 2015 06:49Reply
Will the student ticket apply to tourists at Shanghai Auto Museum as well?
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Answered by Jimmy from GERMANY | Nov. 23, 2015 23:53

Well, as I know, there is no discount entrance tickets for students. So you need to pay the full price ticket, CNY60.
Asked by Rita from PHILIPPINES | Nov. 15, 2013 09:57Reply
How far is Anting Station to Shanghai Auto Museum?
Thank you!
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Answered by Mindy from RUSSIA | Nov. 15, 2013 21:55

It is 1.8-2km between.
Answered by Rita from PHILIPPINES | Nov. 16, 2013 10:24

Thanks Mindy! :-)
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