Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum

Outside the main building
 Shanghai Jewish Refugees
Museum Pictures
Located on Changyang Road in the Hongkou District, the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum was built in memory of the time during the Second World War when Jewish refugees sought sanctuary from massacre. It is housed in the former Ohel Moshe Synagogue where the Jewish refugees gathered for religious activities. The museum holds many scrolls and other cultural relics.

Built in 1927, the former Ohel Moshe Synagogue (the prototype of Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum) was also the headquarters of the Jewish Youth Organization. Between the year 1937 and 1941, Shanghai has received 25,000 Jewish refugees and became the only metropolis in the world which did not refuse Jews. The number of Jewish refugees that city took in was equal to the total taken in by Australia, New Zealand, Canada, India and South Africa. "Ohel Moshe Synagogue" became a synonym for "rescue" and "refuge".

The Jews lived a free and peaceful life around the former Ohel Moshe Synagogue. Between the end of the Second World War II and 1960's, many left China and emigrated to all parts of the world one after another. But the life in Shanghai was so memorable, and they considered the city as their second hometown and called themselves "Shanghai Jews".

In the autumn of 1986, a group of Jews who had taken refuge in Shanghai revisited the place. Feeling an immense gratitude towards the local people for their help, they presented a plaque to the People's Government of the Hongkou District, inscribed, "20,000 Jewish refugees were survived in Shanghai during the Second World War. To all the survivors and friendly Chinese people we dedicated this plaque."

Ever since the former Ohel Moshe Synagogue was approved to become the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum, it has been visited by many distinguished guests' visits. On Oct.14 1993, the former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin paid a visit to the Museum, former Ohel Moshe Synagogue. He left these words in the guestbook, "The Jewish People were protected by Shanghai People when they were murdered and driven out by Nazis and wandered in the world. The Israeli Government, Jewish People and I thank for their help from the bottom of our heart."
The picture of Jewish refugees The main hall

Being an important part of Shanghai Jewish Heritage, on Jan. 13 2004, the former Ohel Moshe Synagogue was acknowledged as an excellent historical building and the People's Government of Shanghai's Hongkou District declared it to be a protected cultural relic site. Now, converted into the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum, the three-storey house has been restored to its original state. Its walls are painted grey barred with lines of red bricks. Walk into the quiet main hall, and you will find the ornamentally engraved doors wide open for visitors. It is very quiet. The walls and pillars of the baroque, stone-arched door way have been repainted. The old stuff was gone, except the only the floor tiles are original, from the time of the Jewish occupation, the chairs and the pendant lamps being newly added in the hall. The chairs in the front of the hall are arranged as a place of worship. The Old pictures of Jewish halls and many houses built by Sassoon (a wealthy Jewish merchant) hang on the walls. The decorations and furnishings in the building create a serene and auspicious atmosphere.

How to get to Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum

1. Take Metro Line 12 to Tilanqiao and leave from Exit 2, and then walk northeast for 3mins to the museum; or Line 4 to Dalian Rd and leave from Exit 6, and then walk west to get there.
2. Take City Sightseeing Bus Line 5 to Shanghai Youtai Nanmin Jinianguan (Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum).
3. Take bus 13 or 854 to East Changzhi Rd. Gongping Rd. and then walk northeast to find the museum.
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Entrance Fee CNY 20;
Free for children under 1.3m (4.3 ft).
Opening Hours 9:00-17:00 (entry allowed before 16:00)
 Further Reading:
Top 10 Museums in Shanghai
10 Non-Touristy Things to Do in Shanghai

- Last updated on Sep. 28, 2023 by Catherine He -
Questions & Answers on Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum
Asked by BERNARD LEVIN from AUSTRALIA | Nov. 24, 2019 00:56Reply
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Answered by Liam from USA | Nov. 26, 2019 17:04

The distance is around 6.5km between Jewish Refuge Museum and Holiday Inn, and 6km between Jewish Refuge Museum and Guxiang Hotel.
Asked by Sandra from CANADA | Sep. 22, 2019 18:12Reply
Staying at Wyndham Bund East Hotel Shanghai
How do we get to Jewish Museum by Metro?
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Answered by Hulda from FRANCE | Sep. 24, 2019 20:24

If you take subway, you need to get on from Ningguolu station to Tilanqiao station (Exit 1), and walk east around 300m to it. It takes around 30 minutes with CNY3.
Asked by Ron from USA | Aug. 23, 2019 06:37Reply
Planned Closings for Construction

I just read the the Museum will periodically be closed in 2020 for construction. One of our main reasons for traveling to Shanghai is to see the Museum. Any idea whether it will be open in April 2020? Can someone provide an email address or website? Haven't been able to find either. Thanks
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Answered by Dolly from AUSTRALIA | Aug. 26, 2019 23:26

Where did you read the news? I haven't found any information about it. I find the news said the museum will be expanded in 2019 and all works are expected to be completed by 2020.
Asked by paula from USA | May. 27, 2019 17:12Reply
We're arriving in Shanghai sept 30, Rosh Hashanna, will Museum be open
How far would it be and what is best way to return to the port please?
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Answered by Sean from CANADA | May. 27, 2019 20:04

Yes, it opens every day. Where will you departure to the museum? You can take Metro Line 12 to the museum.
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