The location of the new Shanghai Film Museum was selected with care. Situated off a busy thoroughfare south of Xujiahui, the museum occupies the site of the original Shanghai Film Studio, now part of Shanghai Film Group.
For most of the 20th century Shanghai was the cradle of the Chinese film industry and this museum stands as testament. Spread over four floors, the museum contains 3,000 artifacts, multimedia installations, a 4D cinema, working production studios and a café.
Important events in the history of Shanghai cinema as well as the major players – actors, actresses and directors – are showcased through interactive panels (in English and Chinese) and video clips (with English subtitles). It has taken Shanghai Film Group, the investor, five years to build, and cost around 1 billion RMB.