World Expo Mu­seum to open by end 2016

China Daily (Canada) - - SHANGHAI - By ZHANG KUN in Shang­hai

zhangkun@chi­nadaily.com.cn

The World Expo Mu­seum, China’s first in­ter­na­tional mu­seum and a ma­jor cul­tural fa­cil­ity project that is part of Shang­hai’s 12th Five Year Plan, will be opened to the pub­lic by the end of this year.

The mu­seum, which has been in con­struc­tion since 2013, was jointly founded by the mu­nic­i­pal­ity and the Bureau In­ter­na­tional des Ex­po­si­tions (BIE) and it will be the world’s only mu­seum ded­i­cated to the World Expo.

Vi­cente Gon­za­lez Loscer­tales, sec­re­tary-general of the BIE, vis­ited the un­der-con­struc­tion mu­seum ear­lier this month and told lo­cal me­dia on March 25 that he was happy with the “qual­ity and beauty of the build­ing” and “sat­is­fied with the con­struc­tion progress.” He added that the mu­seum will also fa­cil­i­tate fu­ture co­op­er­a­tion and ex­change among the 169 mem­ber coun­tries of BIE.

The roof of the build­ing was com­pleted last Christ­mas and this was marked by the un­veil­ing of a steel struc­ture named “The Cloud of Cel­e­bra­tion” which Liu Xi­uhua, head of the mu­seum, said was a chal­lenge to cre­ate.

While the sim­ple struc­ture looks light-weight, it was ac­tu­ally built us­ing 1,200 tons of steel and its de­sign has been her­alded as an un­prece­dented one in China. The unique de­sign of this roof also won the first prize at a na­tional ar­chi­tec­ture model com­pe­ti­tion in 2015.

The new mu­seum takes up a space of 4 acres and it will have eight ex­hi­bi­tion halls on five floors and they will show­case the his­tory of the World Expo, as well as the high­lights of World Expo 2010 in Shang­hai.

Liu added that the World Expo Mu­seum will dif­fer from its tra­di­tional coun­ter­parts as it will pro­vide a more im­mer­sive ex­pe­ri­ence that is en­abled by new in­ter­ac­tive tech­nolo­gies.

As one of the ob­jec­tives of the mu­seum is to pro­mote up­com­ing ex­pos, the fa­cil­ity’s open­ing events will con­sist of in­tro­duc­tions to World Expo 2017 in As­tana and Expo 2020 in Dubai.

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