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Smithsonian Considers Joining New Cultural Quarter in London

January 27, 2015

The Smithsonian announced today that it is exploring the possibility of opening an exhibition space in London at the new cultural complex being developed at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, site of the 2012 Olympics.

If an agreement is reached, it will mark the first time in the Smithsonian’s 168-year history that the Institution has ventured beyond U.S. borders for a long-term exhibition venue.

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Kevin Allen/London Legacy Development Corp. (LLDC)

The culture and university district of “Olympicopolis” will be created on this triangular site (4.5 acres). The site is in front of the London Aquatics Centre and a few hundred yards from the former Olympic Stadium and ArcelorMittal Orbit sculpture and observation tower.

Image credit: Kevin Allen/London Legacy Development Corp. (LLDC)



London Legacy Development Corp. (LLDC)

This map shows the triangular site (4.5 acres) for the culture and university district of “Olympicopolis.”

Image credit: London Legacy Development Corp. (LLDC)


Action of the Jan. 26 meeting of the Board of Regents (PDF)173.57 KB
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