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Travellers can now explore the history of the World Expo at this new museum in Shanghai

A newly-opened museum in Shanghai is offering visitors a glimpse into the history of the World Expo. The new museum is located on the site of the World Expo fair held in Shanghai in 2010. The museum opened on Monday and is billed as the world’s only museum dedicated to the history and culture of the World Expo fairs.

Shanghai skyline with historical Waibaidu bridge.
Shanghai skyline with historical Waibaidu bridge. Image by Shutterstock

The first World Expo was held in London in 1851 and followed a tradition of French expo fairs. The concept of the World Expo was to highlight nations’ achievements across a spectrum of arts and skills, education and tourism. In 2017, the World Expo will be held in Astana, Kazakhstan.

The new World Expo Museum houses artefacts and displays related to the history of world expos and fairs. The museum is located in a 9000-square-metre space on the redeveloped site of the Shanghai Expo 2010. Inside, eight exhibition halls display around 3000 objects relating to expo fairs.

The new World Expo Museum is located at 818 Mengzi Rd and is open free-of-charge from 9 am-5 pm Tuesday to Sunday.