Macao Science Center China, Macau

Macao Science Center

The Macao Science Center also known as Macau Science Center is a science center in Sé, Macau, China. The project to build the science center was conceived in 2001 and completed in 2009. The building was designed by Pei Partnership Architects in association with I. M. Pei and construction started in 2006. The structural engineer was Leslie E. Robertson Associates. The center was opened in December 2009 by the Chinese President Hu Jintao.

The main building has a distinctive, asymmetrical, conical shape with a spiral walkway and a large atrium inside. Galleries lead off the walkway, mainly consisting of interactive exhibits aimed at science education.

There is also a planetarium with 3D projection facilities and Omnimax films.

The building is in a prominent position by the sea and is now a landmark of Macau. It is visible when arriving on the ferry from Hong Kong.

It caught on fire on 20 November 2015, due to welding occurring on the top level of the building.