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Museum seeks new specimens

SPECIMENS will be collected from around the world by Shanghai's new Natural History Museum, which is scheduled to complete construction in 2012.

Wang Xiaoming, director of the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum, which operates the existing Shanghai Natural History Museum, said donations from the public will be accepted. Wang added that the museum will also borrow items, feature joint exhibits and purchase specimens.

The museum yesterday received its first batch of samples - donated by people from both home and abroad.

"The focus is on collecting specimens from China, but items from abroad are welcome to further enrich the new museum," Wang said. "The current plan is to collect some 6,200 samples to add to the existing collection of 270,000 items."

The museum is especially interested in mineral samples, ancient organisms and existing life. Photographs and videos on the development of natural sciences and human history are also wanted.

The new museum, which will cost about 1.2 billion yuan (US$179 million), will be in Jing'an District and replace the existing one on Yan'an Road E.


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