Education: Museum Exhibits
Kenneth E Behring Named ‘Chinese Museums Goodwill Ambassador’
Shanghai, China — The Chinese Museums Association has awarded the internationally renowned philanthropist, Founder and Chairman of the Global Health & Education Foundation (GHEF), Mr. Kenneth E. Behring, the ‘Chinese Museums Goodwill Ambassador.’
This year’s International Museum Day coincides with the Chinese National Day of Disabled Assistance. In celebration of this occasion, Mr. Behring and the Wheelchair Foundation (which is part of the Global Health & Education Foundation), have donated 500 wheelchairs to the Chinese Museums Association.
“These wheelchairs will be made available to 100 museums nationwide and will help to make the collections of these museums more accessible to people with disabilities,” said Behring. In the last 10 years Mr. Behring has donated countless amounts of specimens to more than a dozen museums across China. His donations are used to recreate natural wildlife settings for people who might otherwise be unable to visit them and to support unprecedented interactive learning programs at each museum site. Through fruitful cooperation with Chinese museums, GHEF annually organizes Global Natural History Day (GNHD), an international educational program designed to inspire student’s interest in natural science and protection of the environment.
In recognition of Mr. Behring’s notable partnerships with museums nationwide and for his endless desire to provide opportunities for everyone to visit the inspirational collections of museums throughout China, Mr. Behring has been awarded the distinction of being named the first ever ‘Chinese Museums Goodwill Ambassador.’
Beijing Museum of Natural History
“The Beauty of Animals – Exhibition of World Animal Specimens,” is an impressive zoological collection from around the world, donated by Kenneth E. Behring, that reproduces the wildlife habitats and, with the help of Chinese and English drawing boards and various novel modern display techniques, presents life-like wildlife species found in African, North America, and Eurasia in a comprehensive display of the beauty of animals.
Dalian Museum of Natural History
In May 2006, the mammal hall opened in the natural history museum of Dalian. The exhibition houses more than one hundred specimens from Africa, North America and EuroAsia and boasts a record number of large mounted museum animals, elaborate in their presentation. Each section of the exhibition has a different theme, with some even having a story line to introduce a true Africa, such as the food chain starting with a lion hunting a deer. The exhibition not only showcases the beauty of animals, but also builds a natural, true-to-life environment of the species.
Shanghai Science and Technology Museum
The World Animal Exhibition at the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum is another gift from Ken Behring to the Shanghai Science and Education Development Foundation. Opened in September 2007, the exhibition is even larger in scope than the previous two and has more multi-media installations.
170 animal specimens of 106 different types spread out in a man-made rainforest, wetland and arctic ice field in a 2000 square-meter gallery. Madam Yin Yicui, the Vice Party Secretary of CPC Shanghai, attended the opening ceremony and unveiled the gallery with Ken Behring. http://www.sstm.org.cn
Tianjin Natural History Museum
The Tianjin Museum was founded and open to the public in December, 2004 and combined the Tianjin Historical Museum with the Tianjin Art Museum. The Tianjin Museum has been composed of four museums and galleries in last century: Tianjin Relics & Museology, Social Education, Art Gallery and Exhibition Gallery.
The Yangzhou Museum's “Window of World Animals” exhibit is a theme park integrated with ecological environments, scientific education, amusement and recreation. The exhibit applies high-tech methods to simulate sunrise, sunset, moonlight, thunder, rain and so on, enabling visitors to experience the spectacles of instant weather change in the natural environment. The park adheres to the creative philosophy of harmony with nature and intimacy with animals, focusing on rare and vivid wildlife examples as to create an original ecological feature.
Shanghai Museum of Natural History
Shanghai Museum of Natural History is scheduled to complete construction in the middle of 2013, and to open in the 1st quarter of 2014. There will be 2 halls for display our donation, 1st hall:600 ㎡, 2nd hall:2,000㎡,in total:2,600㎡. 46 animals from USA ---SSTM is looking forward to getting the revalidated import permits for 6 CITES I animals in 4 weeks.16 specimens, 1 artificial yellow fin tuna and 1 artificial Walrus from USA. 18 animals from USA. 54 animals from South Africa. A liger and a Zorse from USA. 81 animals from South Africa. 2 animals from Canada. SSTM would like to have some videos from National Geographic, we've sent the wish list to NG.
New Tianjin Museum of Natural History
The new Museum is scheduled to open in the end of 2013.
There will be 2 halls for display our donation, the 1st hall:600 ㎡, the 2nd hall:2,400㎡,in total:3,000㎡. 10 animals from USA. 53 South Africa animals --- in the mounting, will be completed in the mid of Feb, 2013. We've sent the animal list to Tianjin Museum on Dec 5th. 7 Austria animals --- already completed, is working on the export permits. Tianjin Museum picked out some significant items for KEB exhibition, and KEB brought them to China by private plane and put them in Shanghai office.
Approaching The Emotional World of Animals” exhibition is opened on Dec 18th, 2012 in new Shenzhen Museum, Angie and Ranky attended the opening ceremony and the press conference. There are 159 animals exhibited. And 10 main stream media were present. The square meters for our donation is: around 750 ㎡. It’s a temporary exhibition. Annual Visitors:1,000,000. Shenzhen Museum has received 190 specimens. New Shenzhen Natural History Museum is at Longgang, will be renovated by the Media Center of Shenzhen Universiade, square footage will be around 3,300㎡.
Chongqing Museum of Natural History
The new Chongqing Museum of Natural History is scheduled to open at Oct, 2013. The hall for display our donation will be : 1,700㎡. The annual visitors of current Chongqing Museum of Natural History is 190,000. Chongqing Museum has received 9 South Africa animals. 13 animals from USA. 136 South Africa animals --- These animals has finally set sail from South African waters on December 17, 2012 and is expected to arrive in Chongqing terminal on or around January 26, 2013.
Yunnan Science & Technology Museum
The new Yunnan Science Technology Museum is in
the processing of construction, is scheduled to open in the end
The new Shandong Museum not only bears the 100-year history of the museum itself, but also the confidence to flourish the course of museum by the constructors of the new museum and museum colleagues. Under the correct leadership of the Shandong Provincial Party committee and government, and the support of all social circles, Shandong Museum will carry out all the duties regarding collection of cultural relics, study and research, and exhibition, etc.
Qingdao Binhai University
Qingdao Binhai University has received 58 animals, 41 animals from South Africa and 17 animals from USA. The exhibition in the current Museum was opened on Oct 12th, 2012. The University proposes to assign a 4-floor building in the back of current Museum of Qingdao Binhai University as the Specimens Museum, which is approximately 4,000 square meters to be used solely to exhibit the animal specimens donated by GHEF.
National Zoological Museum of China
National Zoological Museum Exhibition Hall is the combination of hard work and collective wisdom of generations of scientists of the Zoological Research. The total construction area of 7300 square meters, including 5500 square meters of exhibition area is divided into three layers, architectural pattern imitation of the French Museum of Natural History. Popularity of zoological knowledge, advocacy, environmental protection and man and nature live in harmony theme function.
Ningxia Science and Technology Museum
The Niangxia Association for Science & Technology and Ningxia Science and Technology Museum, will build a new Natural History Museum in recent years, at present they can put our donation in their Science and Technology Museum in Yinchuan city. They propose to line out the temporary hall and the Homeplanet Hall on the 1st floor and the ocean exhibition area on the 2nd floor in the Museum, approximately 1,000 square meters in total.The exhibition area will be expanded to around 3,000 square meters in the Natural History Museum.
Zhejiang Museum of Natural History
Zhejiang Museum of Natural History is one of the oldest museums in the Provincial Museum of Natural History. Founded in 1929, this museum is one of the few in China started by the people. In July 2009, the new museum opened. There are nearly 130,000 precious specimen collection, exhibits include the life history of the Earth; the wonderful world of life-depth academic study, with narrative and a vivid display about the story of man and nature.
Hong Kong Science Museum
Since its opening in April 1991, the Hong Kong Science Museum has proven itself to be an ideal and unique place for learning science. Through presenting quality exhibitions and fun science programmes in an enjoyable environment, the Museum serves to popularize science to the public and support science education in schools. In contrast to traditional museums, visitors at the Science Museum are encouraged to explore exhibits in their own way and thus experience the fun of discovery learning.
National Museum of Natural Science
Across 22 exquisite acres, the Museum is a six-venue complex housing the Space IMAX Theater, Science Center, Life Science Hall, Human Cultures Hall (the original Chinese Science Hall), Global Environment Hall and the Botanical Garden, excluding the Earthquake Museum in Wufong. Over 30 permanent exhibit areas cover subjects on astronomy, space science, paleontology, ecology, gems and minerals, Taiwanese Aborigines, and tropical plants. Rotating special exhibits are a constant occurrence. It is also a place filled with hands-on exhibits that will delight children and adults of all ages. The Museum is also a major science learning center with over a half million school children visiting annually.
Hubei Provincial Museum
Hubei Provincial Museum has an estimated 1,400,000 annual visitors and wants to put our donation to the 1st floor in the main pavilion, around 2,000 square meters. This exhibition hall will be available in the second part of 2013.