Shanghai's first contemporary art museum before the modern art scene exploded, this is a small museum that can be done in an hour or so. Beautiful setting on lake in middle of People's Park.
Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum
The museum is great, but sign up for the Shanghai Jews Tour with Dvir Bar-Gal. Expensive but totally worth it for this fascinating view into one of the most unique aspects of Shanghai's history.
Network of old industrial buildings converted to gallery space, with a growing outdoor graffiti and skate subculture element as well.
Complex of alleyways home to huge numbers of all manner of galleries and other boutiques selling everything on the continuum of utter tourist kitsch to true vintage and unique finds. Just be ready to brave the crowds.
Jing'an Sculpture Park
Great outdoor sculpture park with wide variety of installations and plenty of spaces for both walking or setting up sitting down in grass.
Amazing restoration project on par with the Tate Modern in terms of re-purposed industrial space transformed into wonderfully designed and user-friendly museum. Excellent for sculpture and other massive scale installation pieces.
Maybe the #1 must-see Shanghai experience, the Urban Planning Museum has a mind-boggling scale model of the entire city and fascinating exhibits about the infrastructure feats underpinning this amazing city.
Hidden gem in basement of a residential building, this is a fascinating time machine walking through huge collection of poster art throughout the better part of a full century. Well done discriptive guides.
An excellent size museum that can be tackled in a few hours without feeling overwhelming, and a beautiful indoor central atrium space. Of particular note are the calligraphy wing and the section on ethnic minority traditional costumes.