Zayed National Museum
مَتْحَف زَايِد ٱلْوَطَنِي (in Arabic)
|Location||Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE|
|Architect||Foster + Partners|
|Website||Zayed National Museum|
Zayed National Museum (Arabic: مَتْحَف زَايِد ٱلْوَطَنِي, romanized: Matḥaf Zāyid Al-Waṭanī) is a planned museum, to be located in Abu Dhabi, the UAE. It is designed as a memorial to the late Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father and first president of the UAE. The museum is planned to be the centrepiece of the Saadiyat Island Cultural District, and will showcase the history, culture, and economic transformation of the Emirates.
The museum is currently under construction and is expected to open in 2021.
The museum has been designed by Foster + Partners with five solar thermal towers that will act as chimneys to draw cool air through the building. The towers are shaped like falcon wings to commemorate Zayed's love of falconry.
In 2009, the Zayed National Museum signed a ten-year contract with the British Museum. The British Museum would assist with curation and loan about 500 of its treasures to the Zayed National Museum. According to The New York Times, the British Museum thinks that it is unlikely that any items will be loaned under the current contract, which ends in 2019. In June 2018, a new partnership was announced between the British Museum and Zayed National Museum.
The Museum is currently under construction, although no formal opening date has been announced.
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