World Expo Museum planned for Shanghai
Almost one year after the Shanghai Expo 2010 came to a triumphant conclusion, the city still entertains a passion for anything Expo-related.
After the reruns of China Pavilion and Saudi Pavilion and the opening of an Expo commemoration exhibition (from September 25 for two years), Shanghai is now on its way to build a brand-new World Expo Museum on the former Expo site in Puxi.
The museum, which is set to occupy 35,000 square meters, will be situated on the plot to the east of Lupu Bridge and north of Huangpu River.
The construction is slated to begin in 2012 and will be overseen by the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) and the Shanghai government.
Expected to open in 2015, The Shanghai World Expo Museum is the world's first and only Expo museum authorized by BIE.
It will also be “the first real 'international' museum in China," according to Lorelei Liu, curator of the Expo Museum.
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The future museum will not only “display precious collections of books and objects of the past Expos, but also feature a documentation and research center with cooperation and support of BIE.” The latter will serve as conservation for Expo archives as well as a training base for future Expo working staff.
Some 200 participants from the Shanghai Expo have donated more than 30,000 exhibits to Shanghai’s World Expo Museum.
According to Vincente Gonzalez Loscertales, Secretary General of the BIE, Shanghai is chosen to host the World Expo Museum partially due to China’s immense territory and the possibility of another World Expo in China in future.
“So we think the future Expo-hosting cities can have an institution in Shanghai and China, from which they can draw experiences in running the Expo,” said Loscertales, when he was in town for the opening of the Expo Commemoration Exhibition at the former Urban Footprint Pavilion.
The authorities have yet to announce the cost of building the World Expo Museum.
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In addition, Shanghai is planning to build a hotel cluster on the former Expo site. The RMB 3 billion project is expected to be completed by the second quarter of 2015, and will include two five-star hotels -- a Hyatt and a Conrad -- and two boutique hotels.