World Expo Museum to open by end 2016
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.