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General Views of the Olympic Park
An aerial view of the Olympic Stadium, Aquatics Centre and Water Polo Centre in the London 2012 Olympic Park on April 16, 2012 in London, England. Anthony Charlton—LOCOG/Getty Images

Smithsonian Wants to Open Museum in London

Jan 27, 2015

The Smithsonian Institute is exploring opening its first international location in London.

The 40,000-square foot Smithsonian gallery would be part of "Olympicopolis," a cultural center set to open in London's revamped Olympic park, AP reports.

"We envision this as being a Smithsonian facility that really allows us to show the breadth and depth of everything that we do," Smithsonian Acting Secretary Al Horvath said. "So it won't be specifically focused on one topic but will allow us to run the gamut of things that we do — history, science, art, culture and the like."

London's mayor and developers for the park site have already secured $50 million to bring a Smithsonian site to "Olympicopolis," which is set to open in 2021.

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