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The museum is housed in the Palmer and Turner-designed former Royal Asiatic Society (RAS) building (completed 1932), an Art Deco structure with Chinese motifs like the balcony and octagonal bagua designs in front. When the building was home to the RAS, it once housed a collection of around 15,000 volumes, which miraculously survived World War II and the Cultural Revolution, and can be consulted at the Shanghai Library Bibliotheca Zi-Ka-Wei. Take a peek inside even if you're not interested in the art.
This point of interest is part of the tour: Shanghai Walking Tour