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Plan to bring Smithsonian museum to the Olympic Park still not a 'done deal' says Boris

A plan to bring America's biggest museum to the Olympic Park is still not a done deal, Boris Johnson has admitted.

The mayor is in negotiations with the Smithsonian Institution about opening its first overseas 'outpost'.

He had a further meeting with officials at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum during a visit to Washington.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson in front of mural of a lunar landing as he visits the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington DC. Credit: PA

The mayor was shown the world's very first aeroplane, flown by the pioneering Wright Brothers, and spacecraft from the Apollo missions.

He hopes the Smithsonian will open a museum in the proposed Olympicopolis cultural quarter next to the Aquatics Centre.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson beside a Saturn 5 rocket as he visits the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington DC. Credit: PA

This is a fantastic project but we cannot count our chickens. We're not quite there yet. Obviously we're hoping very much to continue these talks to fruition.

And so far the Smithsonian are very positive and the Board of Regents have given the go ahead for further conversations and further talks but we've got to be clear there's a way to go yet.

– Boris Johnson

But the mayor conceded the negotiations were at an early stage and it could be 2021 before the Stratford museum opens.