The Shenzhen Science & Technology Museum and the new Shenzhen Art Museum, two of Shenzhen's 10 new cultural landmarks that are under construction, are scheduled to be ready for operation in 2023, according to the city's public works bureau Monday.
The Shenzhen Science & Technology Museum is located in Guangming CBD. The 2.1-billion-yuan (US$30 million) project occupies 66,000 square meters of land and has a 50,000-square-meter park for the popularization of science.
The new Shenzhen Art Museum is located in the Shenzhen North Railway Station business area in Longhua District.
The existing art museum, built in the 1980s inside Donghu Park in Luohu District, is relatively small with a floor space of 2,800 square meters and an exhibition area of 1,200 square meters. It is far smaller than the art museums in other cities.
It cannot be expanded because it is located inside a water resources protection area, according to earlier media reports. The city decided to set up a new museum in 2013.
At the end of 2018, Shenzhen unveiled its plan to build 10 new cultural facilities that will cater to the city's ambition to develop itself into a world-class metropolis. They are: Shenzhen Opera House, Shenzhen Reform and Opening-up Exhibition Hall, Shenzhen Creative Design Hall, Guoshen Museum, Shenzhen Science and Technology Museum, Shenzhen Marine Museum, Shenzhen Nature Museum, the new Shenzhen Art Museum, Shenzhen Innovation and Creative Design Academy, and Shenzhen Conservatory of Music.
By the end of 2024, all 10 facilities will be completed.
Historically, Shenzhen has undergone two massive rounds of cultural facility construction, once in the 1980s and again in the new millennium.
In the 1980s, eight landmark cultural facilities, including Shenzhen Museum, Shenzhen Library and Shenzhen Grand Theater, were built, and since 2000, five major projects in Futian CBD, including Shenzhen Concert Hall, Shenzhen Library and Shenzhen Book City CBD Store, have been built.
However, compared to other first-tier cities like Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, Shenzhen still lags behind in cultural facilities. Beijing and Shanghai have 179 and 125 museums, respectively, while the number in Shenzhen is only 47, which is 14 fewer than in Guangzhou. As for performance venues, Shenzhen has 11, a quarter of the number in Beijing and Shanghai.