Shanghai Animation & Comics Museum

June 20, 2012 by

Things To Do, Tours & Activities, Unforgettable Experiences

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A similar Optimus Prime can be seen in Shanghai. Photo courtesy of ewen and donabel via Flickr.

Certainly one of the more interesting (if not strangest) museums in Shanghai, the Animation & Comics Museum is a load of fun for both children and adults. The three-story museum in Pudong is a fully interactive experience, complete with a 3D movie theater and a center for you and the little ones to create your own animated mini-film.

On the first floor you can explore a collection of over 7,000 stills and life-size models from recent favorite feature films including “Transformers” and James Cameron’s “Avatar.” It also shows the evolution of animation in China and offers an enthralling look into the role animation played in politics; showcasing original works from the 1950s and 60s created in the now famous Shanghai Animation Film Studio. The exhibit is an interesting look into Chinese culture and the growing sphere of television and animation from generation to generation, relevant to both the young and the old alike.

On the second floor you can learn exactly how modern animation and video games are created, and even create the aforementioned short-film.

Although the museum is closed on Mondays, hours for the rest of the week are from 10am to 5pm, and can be easily reached either by taking metro line number 2 to the Zhangjiang High Technology Park Station, or buses on the DongChuan Line or 609 to Tuanjie Station. The price per adult is 30 RMB, or roughly $4.75, and small children get in for free.

- John Reality

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