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City museum to receive future Expo exhibits

SHANGHAI residents will be able to see exhibits from future World Expos in their own museum, the head of the organization revealed yesterday.

The governing body of the World Expos said future Expos will donate centerpiece exhibits to the World Expo Museum, to be built in Shanghai by 2015.

The Bureau of International Expositions (BIE) will invite major pavilions to contribute to the Shanghai Expo Museum - the only official World Expo Museum in the world - at the end of each Expo, said Vicente Gonzalez Loscertales, Secretary General of the BIE.

"The BIE will keep the exhibitions alive at the museum in Shanghai," Loscertales told Shanghai Daily yesterday, as he was granted the Honorary Citizen of Shanghai by Shanghai Mayor Han Zheng.

Loscertales said the BIE will set up a jury along with the Expo Museum operator to select exhibits.

These will be presented to the museum on a permanent basis.

The bureau has added to formal requirements that all future Expo bidders will support the Expo Museum in Shanghai, Loscertales said.

More than 200 participants from the 2010 World Expo Shanghai donated more than 30,000 exhibits to the forthcoming museum, and more than 700 exhibits have been received from 44 participants at the Expo Yeosu that ended in August in South Korea.

Donated exhibits include a Tunisian mosaic, The God of the Sea, and a centerpiece of the Spain Pavilion - bottles with water from different oceans.

The museum on the former Expo site in Puxi will be built as a partnership between the BIE and the Shanghai government.

Work begins next year.


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