Science Museum, £5M for the new Math gallery

LONDON –  £5 million donation for a brand new mathematics gallery at The Science Museum in London. Made by the David and Claudia Harding Foundation, it is the largest ever individual donation the museum has received.

The gallery will be opened to the public in 2016. The architect will be Zaha Hadid an Iraqi-British citizen whose buildings are distinctly neo-futuristic. He was hand-picked by The Science Museum.

Hadid says: “The design explores the many influences of mathematics in our everyday lives. It will transform seemingly abstract mathematical concepts into an exciting interactive experience for visitors of all ages”

Mathematical objects will inspire the design: planes and lines will be the main elements of the architecture. The realization of the new gallery will be a great achievement for The Science Museum, it attracts over 2.7 million visitors per year. The museum holds a collection of approximately 300.000 items. These include many reproductions of the most important technical applications.

The Science Museum experience is completely unique from other museums, the attention is focused on the active participation of the visitor. The aim of the new mathematics gallery will surely be to increase this interaction between visitors and galleries even more.

Michele Di Guida, Giulia Gaudiello

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