XJTLU Museum Culture Lecture Season 2: The Leading Museums 2 - Shanghai Museum


Themed on “The Leading Museums”, the Second Season of XJTLU Museum Culture Lecture highlights gurus from renowned museums. Invited by the University, they share expertise and legacy of museums, which enables XJTLU staff and students to learn more about various museums, history and culture without leaving the campus, and deepens the bonds between the University and off-campus museums.


  • Topic: Shanghai Museum: A Dialogue between the Past and the Present
  • Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm, Tuesday, 29 May 2018
  • Venue: XJTLU Museum (123W, Central Building)
  • Language: Chinese (Bilingual slides and onsite translation support from volunteers)
  • Organizer: XJTLU Museum
  • Register: send “Name +contact number+ Culture Lecture” to [email protected]


Mr Chen Zenglu
Director of the Department of Education of Shanghai Museum

Chen graduated from the Department of Archaeology at Peking University with the concentration in the study of museum and art
history. He started working at Shanghai Museum as the associate research fellow since 2003 and is now the director of the Department of Education of Shanghai Museum in charge of the planning and organizing of education programs and campaigns of the museum. More than a hundred books have been published under his leadership. He has also compiled three books including A Guide to Shanghai Museum and published more than thirty academic papers.


As a large museum of ancient Chinese art, the Shanghai Museum boasts a collection of 140,000 precious relics, featuring bronzes, ceramics, paintings and calligraphy. The abundance and quality of the collection have enjoyed a high reputation both at home and abroad. The Shanghai Museum was founded in 1952,originally located at the old Shanghai Race Club, 325 West Nanjing Road, since when it has steadily developed. The museum was relocated in the old Zhonghui Building, 16 South Henan Road in October 1959. In 1992, the Shanghai Municipal Government decided to allocate People Square, the very center of the city, as the new site of Shanghai Museum.

The construction of the new premises of the Shanghai Museum started in August 1993 and was completed and opened to the public on October 12, 1996. Covering a total area of 39,200m2, with a height of 29.5m, the round celestial dome and the square earth base which symbolize the philosophy of a spherical heaven and a square earth, form an extraordinary visual effect. The Shanghai Museum is a distinguished architectural combination of traditional culture and modern spirit, making her unique among many museums in the world. The new Shanghai Museum has ten galleries for permanent collections and three temporary exhibition spaces. It extends a warm welcome to visitors from all over the world.