Shanghai Jewish Refugee Museum

The Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum: A Unique Place To Visit

The Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum is a real hidden gem in China. It’s located in the city’s former Jewish Ghetto, in the Hongkou District of Shanghai.

The museum is housed in a historic building that was once part of the Ohel Moshe Synagogue and which was used as a shelter for Jewish refugees during World War II. 

The museum is dedicated to the history and legacy of the Jewish community in Shanghai. It provides visitors with an exclusive insight into the lives and experiences of the city’s Jewish residents during a difficult time in world history.

Read on to find out how to get to the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum and why you should visit.


Jewish Refugee Museum in Shanghai

How to get to the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum?

The Jewish Refugees Museum in Shanghai is located at 62 Changyang Road, Hongkou District, Shanghai, China.

You can reach the museum easily by taking the subway, bus, or taxi, and there is also plenty of parking available nearby. 

If you take the subway you can get out at Tilanqiao Subway Station exit number 2. From here, it’s a 7-minute walk to the Jewish Refugees Museum. Use an essential app, such as maps.me, to find the exact whereabouts of the museum. 

The exact address of the museum is: China, Shanghai, Hongkou District, 长阳路62号 邮政编码: 200086.


Is the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum worth visiting?

Yes, the Jewish Museum in Shanghai is definitely worth visiting. An entrance ticket to the museum costs around 20 RMB, which is very affordable.

It’s one of those places that you won’t hear of that easily, but which will really add to your travel experiences in Shanghai. It’s a real hidden gem.

Before visiting this museum, I was not aware of all the Jewish people who had fled to Shanghai and who had found a new home here. 

The museum really teaches you a lot about the Jewish community in Shanghai. It features a range of exhibits, including photographs, documents, and personal items, as well as interactive displays and educational programs.

A visit here really educates you about the not so well known history of the Jewish people in Shanghai.

Roughly 25,000 Jewish refugees lived in China between 1937 and 1941, when China was one of the few countries to open its doors to them. The museum shows a lot of touching stories of these Jewish refugees. 

What makes a visit to this museum even better, is that it’s located in the former Jewish refugee area. There are many European-style buildings preserved here, with very rich historical heritage.

After visiting the museum, make sure to wander around the neighborhood to feel the atmosphere of old Shanghai. Especially the streets around Huoshan Road are worth exploring.



In conclusion

If you’re looking for an extraordinary historic site, pay a visit to the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum. You will learn a lot about the Jewish community that fled to Shanghai during World War II. You will get the unique chance to educate yourself about the not so well known history of the Jewish refugees in Shanghai.

Afterwards, walk around the former Jewish refugee area to get a real sense of what life used to be like in Shanghai. 

Have you ever been to the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum or are you planning on going there? Please let me know in the comments! 

 Away with Danae


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