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News that the Smithsonian may be heading to “Olympicopolis” made the Evening Standard, The Guardian, and NPR, as well as many other outlets.


It’s great news for East London, which gains another world-class institution. As the Guardian says:


“…filling the new museum, which would open in 2021 as part of a new cultural quarter at the Stratford site of the London Olympics, would not be a problem: the Smithsonian collection runs to 138m items, from works of art and space rockets to the Enola Gay – which dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima – and the ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz.”


And it’s also great news for the Smithsonian, with John McCarter, chair of the Smithsonian Board of Regents, saying:


“This is an opportunity for the Smithsonian to move into a global context … it’s a great opportunity for us to get started and really to tell America’s story.”


We’re delighted here at BOP. We helped the Smithsonian to define a unique offer that will stand out among London’s many museums, and we advised on the visitor markets and the business plan.

Enola Gay and Judy Garland

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