Macao Science Center

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Macao Science Center
The Macao Science Center in Macau, designed by Pei Partnership Architects in association with I. M. Pei.
The Macao Science Center in Macau, designed by Pei Partnership Architects in association with I. M. Pei.
Macao Science Center is located in Macau
Macao Science Center
Location in Macau
Alternative names Centro de Ciência de Macau
General information
Address Avenida Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, Macao Science Center
Country Macau
Coordinates 22°11′10″N 113°33′24″E / 22.18610°N 113.55677°E / 22.18610; 113.55677Coordinates: 22°11′10″N 113°33′24″E / 22.18610°N 113.55677°E / 22.18610; 113.55677
Construction started 2001
Opening 2009
Technical details
Floor area 23,000-sq. meter
Design and construction
Architect Pei Partnership Architects

The Macao Science Center also known as Macau Science Center (Chinese: 澳門科學館; Portuguese: Centro de Ciência de Macau) is a science center in Macau. The project to build the science center was conceived in 2001 and completed in 2009.[1] The building was designed by Pei Partnership Architects in association with I. M. Pei and construction started in 2006. The structural engineer was Leslie E. Robertson Associates. The center was opened in December 2009 by the Chinese President Hu Jintao.[2]

The main building has a distinctive, asymmetrical, conical shape with a spiral walkway and a large atrium inside. Galleries lead off the walkway, mainly consisting of interactive exhibits aimed at science education.

There is also a planetarium with 3D projection facilities and Omnimax films.

The building is in a prominent position by the sea and is now a landmark of Macau.[2] It is very visible when arriving on the ferry from Hong Kong.

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