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Shanghai Civil Affairs Museum

Add:105 Puyu Rd W.

Time:Tues-Sun, 9am-4:30pm


THE Shanghai Civil Affairs Museum opened to the public on 2 December of 2012, featuring marriage certificates, lottery tickets and group wedding photos of bygone eras.

The exhibition offers a glimpse on Shanghai's civil affairs development with a multitude of old photos, multimedia displays, sculptures and exhibits dating back some 5,000 years. Some exhibits were donated by local residents.

Marriage certificates issued in 1924 and 1948 are among the most eye-catching. The certificates, with a pink background and red and light brown edges, feature exquisite patterns of yuanyang (Mandarin duck), fenghuang (phoenix) and peony, making them look auspicious and more fanciful than those of today.

Also on display are tomb purchase stubs issued in 1932, an old publicity poster for charity awards for those who provided relief for refugees, donation receipts issued in the 1940s by Buddhist associations, documents of China's first marriage law, a divorce certificate from 1954, the city's first lottery tickets, a local couple's wedding photo shot in 1940, and a photo of a group wedding from 77 years ago. It was the first time that a group wedding was recorded in the city.

Porcelain earthenware used to serve food was found in suburban Qingpu District at Songze Culture Ruins, belonging to the Songze Culture (3,900-3,200 BC), one of the city's earliest cultures. There also is a gravestone from the Ming Dynasy (1368-1644).

The museum covers 800 square meters in a 1920s building that was the former site of Shanghai Children's Welfare Institute. The address is 105 Puyu Rd W. in Huangpu District. Admission is free.

It is closed on Mondays and open from 9am to 4:30pm other days, though no entry is allowed as of 4pm.