World Expo Museum — an expo on expos

THE three largest events on earth are said to be the Olympic Games, the FIFA World Cup and world fairs. Unlike the Olympics and the World Cup which are more about elite athletes, world fairs focus on the visitors.

Anyone can be part of a world fair.

Since its inception in London in 1851, world fair has attracted more than 1 billion people.

Known in most countries as the Expo, the largest held so far was the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai.

The World Expo Museum — initiated by the Shanghai Municipal Government and the Bureau of International Expositions — officially opened this month after more than three years of construction. It is the world’s first museum dedicated to the World Expo.

The design and layout team includes specialists from China, Italy and Spain, reflecting an international vision.

With an area of about 40,000 square meters, the museum has eight permanent exhibition halls covering eight themes — “World Comes Together,” “Moving with Progress,” “Optimism of Modernity,” “World of Challenges,” “Century’s Event,” “World Civilization,” “Chinese Wisdom and Vision of Future.”

With a guide book written in both Chinese and English, the museum aims to offer a comprehensive look at the spectacular Shanghai World Expo, to introduce the historical development of the World Expo since 1851, to provide a platform for cultural exchange and technological innovation related to the World Expo, and to become a think tank for the Expo community.

The World Expo Museum currently boasts a collection of 28,000 pieces.

Date: Daily (except for Mondays), 9am-5pm

Tel: 2313-2818

Address: 818 Mengzi Rd

For inquiries, e-mail to info@expo.cn.