Hanbin Lu Typewriter Museum

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719 Yanan Xi Lu Free

This cosy two-storey alternative museum is dedicated to owner Hanbin Lu's ten-year long collection of typewriters.

On display are 70 of Lu’s typewriters (he has over 300 but prefers to rotate displays every month), including models manufactured by Olympia, Mercedes and Hermes. There’s also an old-fashioned, free-standing camera on the ground floor that appears in the movie The Founding of a Republic (2009), made to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.

Our one complaint is that there are hardly any explanation panels in English, and the few there are display inaccurate information. But the panels in Chinese have decent explanations of typewriter history, including the battle for supremacy between QWERTY and DVORAK keyboards, with the latter interface said to reduce finger movement across the keyboard. The excellent display of typewriters is arranged chronologically: as you enter, the oldest models are on the right and the newest to the left.

Although you won’t need to spend much time here, it’s certainly worth a visit to admire the design and beauty of these old machines. The museum doesn’t charge for entry, and offers visitors free cups of tea in the café upstairs.

Venue name: Hanbin Lu Typewriter Museum
Opening hours: 9am-9pm daily
Admission: Free
Metro: Hengshan Lu
English address: 719 Yanan Xi Lu, near Jiangsu Lu Xuhui district
Chinese address: 长宁区延安西路719号,近江苏路