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Natural history gets new look

VISITORS to the new Shanghai Natural History Museum will be able to witness scientists at work in open laboratories to gain better understanding of how science works, officials said yesterday.

That's not the only new thing planned for the museum, which is under construction in downtown Jing'an District and scheduled to open in late 2012.

The facility will be replete with interactive exhibits and will introduce an innovative system of membership: Members will get access to the warehouse to see more items and do some scientific research for themselves.

The museum's plans came under discussion yesterday at the International Natural History Museum Directors' Forum. About 60 museum directors and experts from 15 countries are gathered in the city for four days to discuss the future of natural history museums -- how to attract more people while helping them learn more.

"We are working on the museum's content, which will feature the history of mankind, nature, the environment and the relationship between people's civilization and nature," said Xin Ge, director of the research institute of the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum, which administrates the natural history museum.

The new museum will take the place of the current museum on Yan'an Road E, which was built in the 1950s and hasn't been renovated since.


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