Oriental Museum to open in 2007

A MUSEUM devoted to art from the Far East will open in Lisbon in 2007.

The site of the museum, near the Lisbon docks area of Alcântara, will include an exhibition space for 14,000 exhibits, cafés and shops, and is expected to attract as many as 400 people a day. Carlos Monjardino of the Oriental Foundation says that all the pieces on show will have a link with Portugal’s trade and explorations in the Far East. The museum’s future home, which is the former Pedro Álvares Cabral building, is costing more than 20 million euros to renovate.