Shanghai Museum of Public Security

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518 Ruijin Nan Lu Free

This excellent alternative museum concentrates on the evolution of Shanghai’s various police departments since 1854.

The best of the 1,000 exhibits are on the third floor: the ‘Criminal Investigation’ section has graphic photographs of brutal murder scenes (from a woman strangled to death in a bathtub to a man axed repeatedly over the head), and there’s an excellent display of police weapons ranging from antique knives and knuckle dusters to a more sophisticated arsenal of machine guns and James Bond-esque hand guns (there’s even a golden gun!). It's hard-hitting and certainly worth a visit.

Venue name: Shanghai Museum of Public Security
Opening hours: 9am-4pm Mon-Sat
Admission: Free
Metro: Luban Lu
English address: Second-Fourth Floor, 518 Ruijin Nan Lu, near Xietu Lu, Xuhui district
Chinese address: 徐汇区瑞金南路518号2-4层, 近斜土路