M50 Shanghai: M50 Creative Park

The M50 Shanghai is located at No.50 Moganshan Road, Putuo District, so it is referred to as M50, one of the symbolic creative parks in Shanghai. The M50 art district Shanghai which was used to be Shanghai Chunming Woolen Mill has introduced more than 140 artist studios, galleries, advanced art education and various cultural and creative institutions from 20 countries and regions. Especially the ShanghART Gallery founded by Lorenz Helbling and the Bizart Space founded by Italian Ledoudou are currently the best galleries in China and enjoy a high reputation in the international art world. Many visitors are attracted by the industrial buildings from the 1930s to 1990s and the strong cultural atmosphere. Some artists also come here to look for creative inspiration. What’s more, the M50 Creative Park Shanghai was labeled as Shanghai fashion landmark and listed as the recommended place to visit by Time magazine.

About M50 Shanghai

In 1999, Chunming Woolen Mill was shut down due to the decline of economic benefits, and more than 50 factories were left vacant. Since 2000, the operators of the park renovated the old factory buildings and the park environment. And more and more artists' studios, cultural and art institutions and design enterprises with visual art and creative design as the main body have settled in the park. Thus, the "M50 Creative Park" was born. Also, the Park often hosts art exhibitions and fashion events. There are about 300 venues every year, and the venues are located all over the park. What is most influential are the M50 art season series activities and M50 annual creative cutting-edge selection activities.
In addition to the art space, there are many interesting shops, bars, and cafés in the M50 Creative Park. If you are tired of strolling around the park, feel free to taste the aroma of various types of tea in a tea room, or find a dessert shop to have handmade snacks. Besides, many innovative hand-made experience shops are also one of the reasons you should visit here. In the hand-made shops, you can directly DIY your favorite silver jewelry and print the photos you just took.

Interesting Places

ShanghART Gallery

Founded in 1996, ShanghART Gallery is one of the earliest contemporary art galleries established in China. It has maintained long-term close cooperation with more than 60 artists and continues to present high-quality contemporary art exhibitions and projects.

Graffiti Wall

From the intersection of Changhua Road to No.50 Moganshan Road, there are large concrete walls amid the unknown factory buildings, the long-deserted construction sites, and the small shops covered with exaggerated and colorful graffiti works.

D.N. Darkroom

D.N. Darkroom is a black-and-white film manual printing experience store. The photographer will help everyone take pictures in the park. Then you need to choose your own film and enter the dark room in batches to learn to print the photos. The staff will demonstrate the procedures first from how to judge the exposure time to putting the sample into the potion, and finally take it out after several developments to see the effect. The entire rinsing process takes about 40 minutes.


DIY lovers can try to make hand-made pottery and leather goods in the huge two-story Morelife. There are four machines in the shop that can make pottery embryo and countless semi-finished products can be used for DIY's favorite cups. But you have to wait two weeks to receive your pottery works.

Ofoto Gallery

Ofoto Gallery is the earliest professional photography art gallery in Shanghai and also the first batch of those in China. It provides exhibition space for all kinds of documentary, conceptual, contemporary and classical photographic art works. You can also buy photography works here.


UNDEFINE is a boutique coffee shop in M50 with a cool interior design, an open space and detailed decorations full of design sense. It often holds exhibitions, activities, and to be rented to shoot film and television works. The coffee here is made by hand, and those who have tasted it have no hesitation to list it among the top five coffee shops in Shanghai.

How to get to M50

By Metro

Take Metro Line 13 and get off at Jiangning Road. Get out from Exit 1. Walk east for 8 minutes.
Take Metro Line 1 and get off at Railway Station (South Square). Get out from Exit 3. Walk west for 8 minutes.
Take Metro Line 3, Line 4 get off at Shanghai Railway Station (North Square). Get out from Exit 2. Walk west for 10 minutes.

By Bus

Take bus 41, 58, 185, 332, 510,741, 845, 966 to Hengfeng Road Tianmu West Road. Walk west for about 13 minutes.

M50 shanghai Opening Hours & Ticket

Locations Opening Hours Ticket
M50 The art district is closed on Monday. Most shops and galleries inside are open from 10:00 to 18:00 and some may still open on Monday. No ticket, enter for free.
But a few exhibitions charge a small amount of admission fee.
ShanghART Gallery Wednesday to Friday: 10:30 – 18:00; Closed on Monday and Thursday
D.N. Darkroom
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
Ofoto Gallery 10:00 – 18:00
- Last updated on Dec. 17, 2020 -
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