Smithsonian working to finalize deal for new site in London

Smithsonian working to finalize deal for new site in London


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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Smithsonian Institution is working to establish its first international museum outpost in London as the city redevelops its Olympic park.

Smithsonian officials announced Tuesday that London's mayor and developers have secured $50 million in private contributions to build the facility.

Smithsonian board Chairman John McCarter says this is a chance to tell America's story and show the global reach of the world's largest museum and research complex.

If the deal is finalized, the Smithsonian would join the Victoria and Albert Museum, University College London, University of the Arts London and a theater as partners in the new "Olympicopolis" cultural center. It would be situated near London's 2012 Olympic Stadium, swimming facility and a popular shopping mall.

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