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Shanghai Museum is situated at the southern side of the People's Square. Total construction space is 38,000 square meters. The museum structure, 29.5 meters in height, includes five floors aboveground and two floors underground. The design of the museum, a square foundation supporting a circular roof, incorporates ancient Chinese philosophy that the sky is round and the earth is square.
The museum has 10 showrooms featuring bronze wares, ceramics, ancient Chinese paintings, calligraphy works, sculptures, seals, coins, jade wares, furniture and handicrafts of Chinese minorities. The museum now collects some 120,000 pieces of precious antiques, accounting for almost half of the total such collections in the country. The museum is highly acclaimed internationally.
The main galleries in this museum include:
-The Gallery of Ancient Chinese Bronze
-The Gallery of Ancient Chinese Calligraphy
-The Gallery of Ancient Chinese Ceramics
-The Gallery of Ancient Chinese Paintings
-The Gallery of Ancient Chinese Sculpture
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