The museum building was completed in 1932, originally designed by British architect George L. Wilson. While its exquisite Art Deco exterior combines both western and Chinese elements, the interior – the lecture hall on the first floor, the library on the second floor and the museum exhibition halls on the third and forth floors – are done in different architectural styles, yet in all cases design complements function. 

In 2007, world-renowned British architect David Chipperfield was commissioned to renovate the Museum interior. Keenly aware of the building’s cultural heritage, the architect reshaped the interior with simplicity, grace, and functionality, infusing the historical architecture with the spirit and character of modern art. 

The museum is equipped with professional exhibition lighting, environmental control, fire protection and security surveillance systems, as well as technical support media facilities such as computer networking, multi-media projection and audio broadcasting. Together, they provide operational conditions sufficient to meet the demands of major international art exhibitions as well as a diverse range of events.

1F Entrance & Reception 187sqm 3.4m
2F Exhibition Gallery 228sqm 4.7m
3F Exhibition Gallery 228sqm 3.4m
4F Exhibition Gallery 228sqm 3.4m Atrium Space

5F Exhibition Gallery 150sqm 2.7m
6F RAM café 150sqm

RAM Video Ⅰ

RAM Video ⅠⅠ


Documentary Series: "Architectures within Hundred Year in Shanghai" – Royal Asiatic Society (RAS) building



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