CHINA MANNED SPACE EXHIBITION (until 18th February 2024)

Jointly presented by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the China Manned Space agency and organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the China Manned Space Exhibition is being staged at the HONG KONG SCIENCE MUSEUM and the HONG KONG MUSEUM OF HISTORY from 1st December 2023 to 18th February 2024 with free admission.
The exhibition gives a comprehensive and systematic account of the thirty-year journey of China's manned space development. It is hoped that the exhibition will arouse the interest of Hong Kong people, especially that of the younger generation, in space science, and inspire them to pursue their space dream through building a solid foundation of knowledge in the field of innovation and technology. China is recruiting the fourth batch of astronauts where Hong Kong candidates have entered the final round of the payload specialists recruitment.

The exhibition is divided into two zones, which will be staged respectively at the ScienceMuseum and HistoryMuseum. About 30 groups of exhibits are on display. The exhibition area at the 1/F Main Lobby of the History Museum centres around the history of China's manned space development, providing visitors with an insightful look into the extraordinary thirty-year journey towards the goal. The exhibition area at the 2/F Exhibition Hall of the ScienceMuseum displays remarkable engineering achievements and exciting prospects for future development. Highlighted exhibits include the Shenzhou spacecraft return capsule, a intravehicular space suit, a model of the space station, various carrier rocket models such as Long March-2F, Long March-7, Long March-5B, and models of the new-generation manned spacecraft and lunar lander.

Photo shows the return capsule of Shenzhou-13 manned spacecraft and the Long March-2F carrier rocket 1:15 model
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The opening hours of the History Museum will be specially adjusted during the exhibition period to align with those of the Science Museum. Details are as follows*:
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays: 10am - 7pm
Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays: 10am - 9pm
Closed on Thursdays (except public holidays) and the first two days of the Chinese New Year
Closed at 5pm on Christmas Eve and Chinese New Year's Eve
31st December 2023: closed at 9pm

* to echo the Night Vibes Hong Kong campaign to promote night activities, the two museums will extend opening hours to 10pm on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays (except 24th and 31st December) until 1st January 2024.




The HONG KONG PALACE MUSEUM has launched a special exhibition “Botticelli to Van Gogh: Masterpieces from the National Gallery, London”, running from 22nd November 2023 until 11th April 2024 featuring 52 masterpieces from the National Gallery. The Hong Kong Palace Museum and the National Gallery, London teams have worked closely together to perform condition checks and install the newly arrived paintings in Gallery 9 of the Museum.

The first eight precious paintings unveiled at the Museum are: Long Grass with Butterflies (1890) by Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890), as well as masterpieces in the exhibition’s “Sacred Images” section– Three Miracles of Saint Zenobius (about 1500) by Sandro Botticelli (about 1445–1510); The Virgin and Child with the Infant Saint John the Baptist (“The Garvagh Madonna”, about 1510–1511) by Raphael (1483–1520); The Virgin and Child Enthroned, with Four Angels (about 1506–1509) by Quinten Massys (1465 or 1466–1530); The Virgin in Prayer (1640–1650) by Sassoferrato (1609–1685); Saint Mary Magdalene (1634–1635) by Guido Reni (1575–1642); Virgin and Child (probably 1480–1490) by Giovanni Bellini (about 1435–1516); and Saint Jerome in His Study (about 1475) by Antonello da Messina (active 1456; died 1479). The exhibition is co-organised by the Hong Kong Palace Museum and the National Gallery, London, with AIA Hong Kong & Macau as the Lead Sponsor and Centurion from American Express as the Major Sponsor. This exhibition is one of the events receiving funding support from the Mega Arts and Cultural Events Fund (Mega ACE Fund), a fund newly launched by the Culture, Sports and Tourism Bureau of the HKSAR Government in 2023 to support international and large-scale arts and cultural events in Hong Kong.

The Hong Kong Palace Museum is the first cultural institution in Hong Kong to partner with the National Gallery, London; and the special exhibition will be the first time the Gallery’s prestigious painting collection are showcased in Hong Kong. The exhibition in Hong Kong follows successful runs at the Shanghai Museum and the National Museum of Korea earlier this year. Dr Gabriele Finaldi, Director of the National Gallery, London, made his inaugural visit to Hong Kong to officiate at the opening ceremony for the new exhibition on 21 November 2023. The exhibition offers audiences a concise history of Western European art as uniquely told by the Gallery’s collection. These masterpieces, painted over the course of more than four centuries, from 15th to the early 20th centuries, represent the significant turning points in the history of Western art, from Renaissance to impressionism and post-impressionism. Works by some of the world’s most celebrated artists, including Botticelli, Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Goya, Turner, Constable, Monet, and Van Gogh, will be on view.

Tickets for this special exhibition, priced at HK$150 for adults and HK$75 for visitors eligible for concessions*, include access to thematic exhibitions in Galleries 1 to 7.

The Hong Kong Palace Museum’s special exhibition “Gazing at Sanxingdui: New Archaeological Discoveries in Sichuan" is on display in Gallery 8 until 8th January 2024. A special combo ticket, priced at HK$240 for adults and HK$120 for visitors eligible for concessions*, will be available to visitors who wish to visit both special exhibitions—“Gazing at Sanxingdui” in Gallery 8 and “Masterpieces from the National Gallery” in Gallery 9 on the same day, in addition to all thematic exhibitions (featuring treasures from the Palace Museum and other collections) in Galleries 1 to 7. Please refer to the Museum’s website for more information.

*Concessions are available to children aged 7 to 11, full-time students, seniors aged 60 and above, persons with disabilities (with one companion), and CSSA recipients.

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"The Reflection - Art & Design of Hon Bing-wah" exhibition is being staged from 15th November 2023 until 15th April 2024 at the HONG KONG HERITAGE MUSEUM featuring over a hundred selected works and sketches created by renowned local designer and artist Professor Hon Bing-wah since the 1970s, so that members of the public can learn more about the artistic journey of this master and pioneer of local design.

Professor Hon is committed to promoting the development of the design industry until of Hong Kong and the Mainland as well as the combining of the Western and Eastern elements as well as the use of elements of the Chinese traditions and local culture. Professor Hon has been active in artistic creation since he joined the design industry in the 1970s. In addition to commercial design, he has also actively engaged in different types of public and charity design projects and made significant contributions to public services and culture promotion. Through Professor Hon's designs, drawings, sculptures and public art works displayed in this exhibition, visitors can observe Professor Hon's passion for the Chinese culture and appreciate his diverse forms of art and design combining the East and West, and old and new elements.

Professor Hon is a renowned local designer and artist who is a visionary pioneer in promoting the seamless integration of Eastern and Western elements, by integrating the Western design concept with Chinese traditions and local culture. His works, ranging from graphic to three-dimensional displays, embody humanistic ideas and reflect his concern for the community. Apart from commercial design, he took part in the modification and finalisation of the design of the Regional Flag and Regional Emblem of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, and designed logos for numerous public, charity and cultural institutions.

Model of "Transformation", a piece of public art installed in the Sculpture Walk, Kowloon Park

Highlight exhibits include art installation "Bauhinia", poster designs "Cultural Value Redeeming Culture" and "Peace - Kiss or Kill", logo designs for the Hong Kong Arts Festival and the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, embroidery pattern design "Dragon", and a model of "Transformation", a piece of public art installed in the Sculpture Walk, Kowloon.

Hong Kong Heritage Museum is located at 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin. For further details see;




THE SHAW PRIZE 2023 EXHIBITION (until 10th January 2024)

HONG KONG SCIENCE MUSEUM launched "The Shaw Prize 2023 Exhibition" on 10th November 2023 to introduce the Shaw Laureates this year and their outstanding contributions. The exhibition also features basic science knowledge in the laureates' respective academic fields to enable visitors to understand more about the major efforts and achievements in scientific research by top-notch scientists worldwide.

Established in 2002, the Shaw Prize consists of three annual awards, namely the Prize in Astronomy, the Prize in Life Science and Medicine and the Prize in Mathematical Sciences. It is an international award to honour individuals who are currently active in their respective fields, have made outstanding contributions in academic and scientific research or applications, have recently achieved distinguished and significant advances, or have achieved excellence in other domains.

The three Shaw Prize laureates in Astronomy 2023 are Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery, Professor Matthew Bailes; Professor and Interim Chair of Physics and Astronomy and Associate Dean for Research at Eberly College of Arts and Sciences at West Virginia University, the United States, Professor Duncan Lorimer; and Eberly Family Distinguished Professor at the Department of Physics and Astronomy and Director of the Center for Gravitational Waves and Cosmology at West Virginia University, the United States, Professor Maura McLaughlin. They discovered the first fast radio burst and deduced many of the properties of its source, in particular its extreme distance, small size, and enormous energy. They also estimated the cosmic rate of production of fast radio bursts and highlighted their potential as cosmological probes.

The Shaw Prize in Life Science and Medicine 2023 is awarded in equal shares to Director of Department of Molecular Biology, Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences and President of the Max Planck Society, Germany, Professor Patrick Cramer, and Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley, the United States, Professor Eva Nogales. They pioneered structural biology that enabled visualisation, at the level of individual atoms, of the protein machines responsible for gene transcription, one of life's fundamental processes. They revealed the mechanism underlying each step in gene transcription, how proper gene transcription promotes health, and how dysregulation causes disease.

The two Shaw Prize laureates in Mathematical Sciences 2023 are Harry Pratt Judson Distinguished Service Professor of Mathematics at the University of Chicago, the United States, Professor Vladimir Drinfeld, and Chair Professor at Tsinghua University, Professor Yau Shing-Tung, for their contributions related to mathematical physics, to arithmetic geometry, to differential geometry and to Kähler geometry. Professor Vladimir Drinfeld launched the geometric Langlands program while Professor Yau worked on mathematical problems arising from general relativity and string theory.

The exhibition is jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the Shaw Prize Foundation, and is jointly organised by the Hong Kong Science Museum, the Hong Kong Space Museum, the Education Bureau and the Hong Kong Education City.

The exhibition is located at the main lobby of the Hong Kong Science Museum, 2 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon. For further details see;



CINDERELLA AND HER QIPAO (until 5th May 2024)

The HONG KONG FILM ARCHIVE is staging the "Cinderella and Her Qipao" exhibition at the Exhibition Hall of the Archive from 3rd November 2023  until 5th May 2024, displaying 31 pieces of qipao costume in films from the 1950s to the 1990s to showcase the fashion trends in films of different eras. This exhibition is one of the programmes of the Hong Kong Pop Culture Festival 2023.
Movie stories are often fictional but costumes help make the characters real. They also reflect a fashion trend. The exhibition is divided into two sections, "The Fashion Show" and "Recreating the Past", according to different time periods the films are set in, from the Republican era to the present day. Visitors can savour the beauty and style of iconic actresses while contemplating the contributions of costumes to the narrative and artistic aspects, and learning how costume designers constructed the image of actresses and characters through the application of different patterns of the fabric.
The qipao dresses in the exhibition were worn by iconic actresses in various films, including Li Lihua in "Red Rose" (1952), Luo Lan in "Modern Red Chamber Dream" (1952), Hsia Moon in "Tales of the City" (1954), Betty Loh Ti in "Malayan Affair" (1960), Linda Lin Dai in "The Blue and the Black" (1966), Brigitte Lin in "Red Dust" (1990) and Maggie Cheung in "Center Stage" (1992). In addition, related film clips and film stills will be displayed at the exhibition, allowing visitors to have a better understanding of qipao costumes.

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The first Hong Kong Pop Culture Festival was launched in April 2023, aiming to showcase Hong Kong's unique cultural creativity and vibrancy through exhibitions, film screenings and pop concerts. For more information on other fascinating programmes of the Hong Kong Pop Culture Festival see;




"The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: Titian and the Venetian Renaissance from the Uffizi" exhibition is being staged at the HONG KONG MUSEUM OF ART from 3rd November 2023 until 28th February 2024. Showcasing prestigious collections from the world-renowned Uffizi Galleries in Italy, the exhibition enables visitors to explore the classical works of Titian, who was one of the most important artists in the history of Western art, and those from Venetian School masters from the same period of Titian. This is the first large-scale exhibition of Titian and the Venetian School of painting in Hong Kong. All the 50 exhibits, characterised by their use of rich colours and profound depiction of human emotions, are displayed in Hong Kong for the first time, with many having never been exhibited in Asia before.

Venice during the Renaissance was an important trading and cultural hub. The affluent setting and unique cultural atmosphere of this city of water nurtured the Venetian School of painters, who were renowned for the use of rich colours and the profound depiction of human emotions. Titian was one of the most important artists of that time, and was highly sought after not only in Venice but across Europe. Titian excels at representing the most intense facets of human sentiment - love, desire, power and spirituality - in an extraordinary way, which made him not only a model for his contemporaries, but his works also profoundly influenced European art, even in the centuries to follow.

The exhibition features 50 precious works by Titian and Venetian artists of the same period such as Giorgione, Tintoretto, Paolo Veronese and more. The content of the works includes portraits and works of biblical and mythological subjects, enabling the audience to be immersed in the artistic world of the Venetian School of painting. Highlight exhibits include Titian's "Flora", "Venus and Cupid with a Dog and a Partridge", "Portrait of Tommaso Mosti" and "Madonna of Mercy"; Giorgione's "Moses Undergoing Trial by Fire", Tintoretto's "Venus, Cupid and Vulcan" and Veronese's "Baptism of Christ".

Giorgione's "Moses Undergoing Trial by Fire" 

In addition, the museum has invited local artists Leung Chi Wo and Chan Kwan-lok to draw inspiration from the Venetian School of painting and create their artworks, initiating an artistic dialogue spanning the centuries with 16th century Italian Renaissance masters through the unique perspectives of 21st century Hong Kong artists. 

The site-specific art installation, "Tears of Tempo" created by visual artist Leung, allows viewers to explore the subtle yet delicate marks of time. Leung collected vintage Venetian glass lamps which have been used at various homes and places in Italy from the 19th and 20th centuries. The flickering light reflected on the vintage Venetian glass, together with the sound track recorded by the artist in Venice in September this year of waves hitting the docks of Murano, represent a transcendental meeting across time and geography.

Inspired by the fusion of the divine and the human in the Venetian School of painting, artist Chan employs traditional ink techniques to personify natural elements such as the sun, moon, stars, mountains, rivers, trees, and rocks, infusing them with vitality. Through the portrayal of emotions and experiences, he aims to establish a profound connection with nature, bringing it closer to human senses. Through 13 gongbi paintings in his ink art installation, "The Connection with Nature", viewers will be immersed in the profound artistic emotions from both past and present, uncovering the inherent depth and meaning within.

The exhibition is located at the Special Gallery on the second floor of the Hong Kong Museum of Art, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. The exhibition is solely sponsored by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, presented by the LCSD and the MiC - Italian Ministry of Culture, and jointly organised by the HKMoA and the Uffizi Galleries. In collaboration with the Consulate General of Italy in Hong Kong, the exhibition is supported by the Italian Cultural Institute in Hong Kong and is a programme of ITALIA on STAGE.

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HONG KONG SPACE MUSEUM has launched a new free special exhibition, "Black Hole: the Information Barrier", leading visitors to explore the enigma of a black hole. The exhibition runs from 25th November 2023 until 27th May 2024.
The idea of black holes was first proposed by scientists over 200 years ago, suggesting that the gravitational field of these cosmic behemoths was so intense that not even light could escape. Nevertheless a consensus on their existence was never reached until after decades of research, when scientists finally found concrete evidence confirming the existence of the cosmic voids. To scientists' amazement, black holes are not only crucial to the evolution of the universe but also hold the key to decipher its deepest mysteries.
Spanning across seven different zones, the exhibition unfolds the history of black hole research, unravel the intricate anatomy of black holes as well as their intriguing births and deaths. Visitors can also gain insight into the latest black hole research being conducted through the work of local scholars.
Through a series of interesting interactive exhibits, the exhibition enables visitors to have a simulated experience of plunging into a black hole, hear haunting sounds converted from gravitational waves created by black holes, uncover the technology of producing black hole images through 3D puzzles, and learn the scientific principles underpinning the detection of gravitational waves. Additionally, the exhibition will delve into the mind-boggling black hole information paradox and provoke thoughts regarding the potential utilisation of black holes as a new resource.

The 3D puzzles at the exhibition introduce the technology of producing black hole images
The free exhibition is staged in the foyer of the museum, located at 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. Astronomy film shows and lecture related to black holes will also be held by the Hong Kong Space Museum. For further details of the exhibition and programmes see;




This year marks the 145th anniversary of Po Leung Kuk. HONG KONG HERITAGE MUSEUM has launched an exhibition entitled "Po Leung Kuk 145th Anniversary: Building Charity with Benevolence", running from 18th October 2023 until 19th February 2024. Showcasing some 280 pieces of historical documents, artefacts and old photos from the collections of Po Leung Kuk and museums under the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, together with multimedia interactive programmes and videos, this exhibition introduces the relations between the Po Leung Kuk's history and the development of Hong Kong society vividly and interestingly.
Being one of the oldest local charities run by Chinese in Hong Kong, Po Leung Kuk has benefitted the local community for a long time. The Leisure and Cultural Services Department joined hands with Po Leung Kuk to present this exhibition to retrace with the public the footsteps made by Po Leung Kuk with Hong Kong society for over a century, especially the huge contributions made towards protecting the widowed and the orphaned.
The words "Po Leung" refer to "baochi anliang" (protection of young and the innocent women), reflecting one of Po Leung Kuk's most important social functions from the late 19th century - rescuing and protecting destitute women and children. The services of Po Leung Kuk today have reached far beyond the protection of women and children. Along with social and economic development, Po Leung Kuk's services have been expanded to include vocational training within Po Leung Kuk, founding primary and secondary schools outside Po Leung Kuk, recreation activities, elderly care, and medical services since the 1980s. It carries the collective memory of generations of the city's inhabitants.
This exhibition begins with the Po Leung Kuk's residential services - the oldest services offered. Exhibits on aspects of clothing, food, living and travel are on display, illustrating the rejuvenating journey of destitute women and children, from entering and staying in Po Leung Kuk to leaving for adoption, marriage and more. Highlight exhibits include "The Petition", which is the earliest and most valuable record kept by Po Leung Kuk, detailing the origins of the organisation; an adoption record issued in 1930; a baby walker of the 1950s to 1960s; a photo showing Po Leung Kuk's last marriage ceremony of its marriage arrangement service in 1971; a Po Leung Kuk Flag Day metal donation box from the 1960s and a brochure of "Gala Spectacular - An Evening To Remember" published in 1985.

Po Leung Kuk Flag Day metal donation box
A total of 11 multimedia interactive programmes, videos, an augmented reality tour and games have also been specifically designed for the exhibition, including "Timeline of Po Leung Kuk", "", "Po Leung School Song Collections" and "Po Leung Mama". Visitors can learn more about the services and development of Po Leung Kuk in an interactive way.
The exhibition is jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and Po Leung Kuk, and jointly organised by the Hong Kong Heritage Museum and the Po Leung Kuk Museum. Hong Kong Heritage Museum is located at 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin. Admission is free.

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OIL STREET ART SPACE (Oi!) launched the "Archaic Curator Series" last year and invited young Chinese art historians to serve as guest curators to showcase contemporary art that draws upon traditional Chinese culture. The second exhibition of the series, "Kings' Inscriptions‧Contemporary Interpretations" runs from 28th September 2023 until 18th February 2024. Taking three inscriptions overarching 1 000 years that are related to the "king" as a starting point, guest curator Dr Sarah Ng invites artists to respond to these written writings through creative works of written texts, inscribed engravings and ink rubbings, enabling the audience to appreciate the cultural connotations and history of traditional Chinese art.
Dr Ng uses the Stele of Mount Yi, which commemorates the achievements of Qin Shi Huang; "Sung Wong Toi", an inscription rock repaired in the Qing dynasty commemorating the temporary residence of Zhao Shi and Zhao Bing, the last two kings of the Southern Song dynasty, and the street writing of the self-proclaimed "King of Kowloon", Tsang Tsou Choi as the starting point and connects the past and the present to highlight the uniqueness and artistic value of Chinese calligraphy, engraved steles and ink rubbings. She has invited six artists from both local and overseas backgrounds to create artworks in different media, including Lee Wing Ki's installation "Tsang's Odyssey-Dream"; Lee Yun Woon's gold ink calligraphy on purple fabric "Blessings to Hong Kong"; Leung Kwan Kiu's community participation project "I Love You"; Leong Lampo's digital ink generative video art installation "Heavenly Inquiry"; Tso Cheuk Yim's mixed-media work "See You, Old Hong Kong"; and Yeung Yuk Kan's handbuilt porcelain installation "Eastern Echo". The exhibition aims to provide a guide for audiences to appreciate traditional Chinese culture and art from a new perspective.

Tso Cheuk Yim's mixed-media work, "See You, Old Hong Kong"
"Archaic Curator Series: Kings' Inscriptions‧Contemporary Interpretations" is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, organised by Oi! in collaboration with the University Museum Art Gallery (UMAG). Oi! Is located at 12 Oil Street, North Point. For further details see;

The exhibition is concurrently presented at Oi! and the UMAG



YESTERDAY’S VACATION IN HK (from 15th September 2023 until September 2024)

The PUBLIC RECORDS OFFICE of the Government Records Service has launched its annual thematic exhibition "Yesterday's Vacation in HK", which takes visitors on a journey through Hong Kong's past. The exhibition runs from 15th September 2023 until September 2024.

Featuring a selection of tourism-related archival holdings from the 1950s to the 1980s, the exhibition unveils visitors' diverse experiences in the city and a variety of tourist attractions under four themes, namely "Sight and Scenes", "Shopping Paradise", "Paradise for Foodies", and "Happenings in the City". Do you still remember how the original Peak Tower - one of the distinctive landmarks in Hong Kong - looked like before its redevelopment? How did the Sung Dynasty Village and the Haw Par Mansion demonstrate Chinese traditional culture and characteristics? In addition to the sightseeing spots in urban areas, the information for visitors at that time also recommended various attractions beyond the city's hustle and bustle, such as the New Territories and the outlying islands, to visitors craving a relaxing holiday.

The exhibition also sheds light on different facets of lives in old Hong Kong. Shopping malls began to emerge in Hong Kong in the 1960s, which allowed visitors to shop at modern and glamorous shopping arcades apart from treasure hunting at street-level shops and traditional markets. Sampans at the typhoon shelters, floating restaurants, dai pai dongs (on-street cooked food stalls), and Chinese restaurants are the common food memories of both locals and visitors of Hong Kong. A wide range of events, including the Dragon Boat Festival races and the Festival of Asian Arts, were windows for visitors to experience the city's unique blend of traditional and modern elements. The "Yesterday's Vacation in HK" exhibition provides an entry point to rediscover Hong Kong's distinctiveness through the lens of visitors.

In the 1960s, shopping malls began to emerge in Hong Kong. Modern and glamourous shopping arcades provided visitors with convenience and endless choices. Apart from big shopping complexes, visitors would also treasure hunt at street-level shops and traditional markets.

Members of the public are welcome to visit the Exhibition Hall where a selection of over 70 archival holdings is on view. A thematic backdrop near the entrance of the Exhibition Hall offers a photogenic spot for visitors to begin their exhibition journey. An "Exhibition Pass" booklet is also available on-site. The exhibition opens from Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5.45pm (except for public holidays), in the Exhibition Hall on the second floor of the Hong Kong Public Records Building, 13 Tsui Ping Road, Kwun Tong, Kowloon. Admission is free.

Members of the public can find more precious archival images by browsing the online exhibition;



EXTINCTION – RESILIENCE (from 15th September 2023 until further notice)

"Extinction·Resilience" is the inaugural exhibition of HONG KONG SCIENCE MUSEUM's new and permanent exhibition gallery, "Palaeontology Gallery". The exhibition presents the challenges and evolution that life has gone through since the Ediacaran Period 635 million years ago.

The exhibition is divided into six zones to introduce five major mass extinction events that occurred in the Earth's long geological history. The exhibition features over 100 sets of precious animal and plant fossils of different periods. Valuable exhibits include a woolly mammoth fossil more than 3 metres tall from the Quaternary ice ages; the most complete Deinonychus fossil to date; 1:1 fossil replicas of prehistoric marine predator fish species Xiphactinus, Megalodon and Dunkleosteus; and fossilised Dryobalanoxylon wood specimens that were formed in Indonesia 2 to 4 million years ago. The exhibition also showcases lifelike robotic dinosaurs and interesting interactive exhibits featuring knowledge on fossil excavation, prehistoric environment and the evolution of life, etc. It holds an open ending with the depiction of an ongoing risk of the sixth mass extinction that calls for human efforts to boost wildlife conservation and environmental protection.

Woolly mammoth fossil over 3 metres tall. (Collection of National Natural History Museum of China)

The exhibition runs from 15th September 2023 and is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, organised by the Hong Kong Science Museum, and supported by the National Natural History Museum of China, the Nina Park of Chinachem Group and Vegasoul Capital Management (Asia) Limited. The Hong Kong Science Museum is located at 2 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East.

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Jointly organised by the Guangdong Museum, the Macao Museum and the Hong Kong Museum of Art, the touring exhibition "A Tale of Three Cities: Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and Export of Silk Products in the Ming and Qing Dynasties" is being held from 8th September to 17th December 2023 at the HONG KONG MUSEUM OF ART. This exhibition brings together 108 sets of artefacts from the three museums to showcase the Greater Bay Area landscape and silk production during the Ming and Qing dynasties, allowing visitors to explore the connections among the three places and stories of cultural exchanges between East and West through the Maritime Silk Road.
In support of the cultural co-operation of the Greater Bay Area, the three museums jointly launch this touring exhibition from 2020 to 2023. Following its inaugural run in Guangzhou and second exhibition in Macao, the touring exhibition comes to its final stop in Hong Kong. The exhibition displays the determination of Guangdong, Hong Kong, and Macao to jointly overcome the pandemic and continue to foster co-operation despite the difficulties. As an East-meets-West centre for international cultural exchanges, Hong Kong also serves as an external platform linking Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao and the rest of the world. This major exhibition will offer a diverse cultural experience to audiences from around the world. Hong Kong will be the host city of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Culture and Arts Festival. By leveraging the advantages of having excellent art and cultural resources and through co-operation among cities, Hong Kong actively promotes the initiative of "Jointly Developing a Cultured Bay Area" advocated in the Outline Development Plan for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, with a view to bringing more captivating art and cultural experiences to the people of Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area as well as travellers from around the world.
From the Qin and Han dynasties, the region along the Pearl River estuary, with Canton (Guangzhou) at its centre, was an important starting point on the Maritime Silk Road and has always been a hub on international trade routes. With the increased connectivity of the maritime trade routes during the Ming and Qing dynasties, Chinese silk was shipped all over the world through the Greater Bay Area as an important mass commodity. The export of silk witnessed the legacy of the handicraft industry in Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao and the process of the global integration of trade. Today, the craftsmanship of silk embroidery continues to flourish and enriches the cultural heritage of the Greater Bay Area, while contributing to the strengthening of the cultural soft power of the region.
The exhibition features valuable exhibits including China trade paintings; exported fine silk fabrics such as jacquard fabric, hand-painted silk and silk embroidery products; clothing, accessories and home fabrics in four sections: "The Greater Bay Area", "Silk Exports", "Crossroads of Silk and Silver" and "The Greater Bay Area Today". Highlight exhibits include oil paintings depicting the landscapes in Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao from the 19th century, titled "Victoria City", "The Praia Grande, Macao" and "Thirteen Hongs (Factories) of Canton"; and three grade-three national treasures from the Qing dynasty, which are the white silk wallpaper with hand-painted flowers and birds, the ingenious set of Canton embroidered folding screen with the scene of birthday greetings from the Eight Immortals and a Woman's robe embroidered with flowers and butterflies and rank badge on red satin applying the "sanlanxiu" technique. Other notable exhibits include a lacquered wood sewing table with pattern in gold from the 19th century, and yellow costume with gold and silver sequin embroidery dating from the 1940s to 1960s.

The exhibition brings together 108 sets of artefacts from the three museums to showcase the Greater Bay Area landscape and silk production during the Ming and Qing dynasties
To coincide with the exhibition, Hong Kong artist Janko Lam has created a site-specific art installation, "Those Days - Out There", which will be a studio outside the gallery that invites visitors to travel through the past, present and future from a fashion designer's perspective and showcases new fashion pieces to recreate the classics.  

In collaboration with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University's School of Fashion and Textiles, the Computer Aided Fashion Intelligence (CAFI) research group and digital fashion students for the first time, the exhibition uses Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality technologies to showcase the exhibits from multiple perspectives. Through the integration of art and technology, visitors are invited to virtually try on Chinese silk costumes and participate in a fashion show that bridges the past and present.
The exhibition will is located at the Chinese Antiquities Gallery on the third floor of the museum (10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon) with free admission. The exhibition is jointly presented by the Department of Culture and Tourism of Guangdong Province, the Culture, Sports and Tourism Bureau of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, and the Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao SAR Government; and is jointly organised by the Guangdong Museum, the Hong Kong Museum of Art and the Macao Museum.

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OIL STREET ART SPACE (Oi!) has launched two new exhibitions, "DRESS iN TiME" and "Oi! OnSite Exhibition of Artists in Residence - SAD Kitchen: Oi! Guide - A Comfort Food Journey" with the theme of clothing and food respectively to allow visitors to experience the North Point community where Oi! is located and the stories of Hong Kong. The exhibitions run from 1st September 2023 until 7th January 2024.

Fashion designer Toby Crispy responds to today's fast-paced culture through the craft of stitching. She has collected over 130 stitch patterns and stories about Hong Kong from members of the public who participated in the previous project "SLOW STiTCH NOMAD @ Oi!" held in Oi! After reorganisation and compilation, these patterns have been combined with refurbished old clothes to create 15 sets of upcycled garments and art installations for display in the "DRESS iN TiME" exhibition. The exhibition includes elements of moving images and lighting designs to express the flow of time and changes of the city, offering a multi-sensory experience to audiences. A series of interactive workshops would be held to tie in with the exhibition so that audiences can understand the story behind each stitch pattern and learn to share their impressions of the city through stitching, jointly participating in weaving together the collective memories of Hong Kong.

"DRESS iN TiME" shares the city's stories through stitch patterns

"Oi! OnSite Exhibition of Artists in Residence" invited artist Silas Fong this year to turn the Oi! Warehouse into a "kitchen" and invite audiences to explore different kinds of personal emotions and the community's relationship related to food through a site-specific game setting. In "SAD Kitchen: Oi! Guide - A Comfort Food Journey", audiences are encouraged to find the hidden psychological test questions at different corners or on different objects in the "kitchen" and complete the psychological test. Audiences will receive an exclusive "Comfort Food Guide" according to the results. The guide will lead audiences to find comfort food in the North Point community, hoping that food can be used as a means for cultural and social construction and connecting people, places and stories.

Artist Silas Fong invites audiences to find out the hidden psychological test questions at different corners or on different objects in the "kitchen" and complete the psychological test

Oi! is located at 12 Oil Street, North Point. The exhibition is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and organised by Oi! 

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FLAGSTAFF HOUSE MUSEUM OF TEA WARE is staging an  exhibition "The Art of Living: Stationery and Tea Accessories of the Chinese Literati", featuring nearly 100 sets of stationery items and tea accessories of the Ming and Qing dynasties selected from the collections of the Hong Kong Museum of Art and the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware to illustrate the passion for antiquity and aesthetics of the Chinese literati. The exhibition runs from 2nd August 2023 until 30th September 2024. Admission is free.
Since the Ming dynasty, Chinese literati had developed an increasingly sophisticated lifestyle with a keen interest in stationery and collectibles to demonstrate their superior taste and socio-economic standing. These items were crafted by skilled artisans employing fine techniques and various materials, and they conveyed a feeling of uniqueness and cultural significance. The exhibition presents artefacts including stationery, collectibles and tea accessories made of materials such as bamboo, jade, stone and purple clay. Through the exhibition, visitors can learn more about the significance of these materials and the objects made from them in the Chinese culture and literati life.
Highlight exhibits include an incense-burner made of bamboo and a jade wrist-rest used in writing carved with bamboo design from the Qing dynasty; a brush washer in lotus shape said to be the work of Chen Mingyuan, a renowned zisha master from the Qing dynasty; a teapot in gourd shape with prunus painted in famille-rose enamel created by calligrapher, painter and seal engraver Qu Yingshao from the Qing dynasty; and a rhinoceros horn cup carved with mantis and butterfly design.
In addition to qin (Chinese zither), chess, calligraphy, painting, reading and meditation, tea appreciation was also popular among the literati. At gatherings, the literati would consume tea and exchange ideas and they were very conscientious about the usage of tea equipment, the environment and the logistics of preparing a tea ceremony. The exhibition will introduce to visitors the basic setup of a Chinese tea ceremony. Visitors can create their own design of tea ceremony through an interactive installation titled "Tea Appreciation Space: My Proposal for Tea Ceremony", to experience the charm of Chinese tea culture and enjoy the elegance of tea appreciation.

Interactive installation titled "Tea Appreciation Space: My Proposal for Tea Ceremony". Visitors can learn about the basic setup of a Chinese tea ceremony and create their own design of tea ceremony, to experience the charm of Chinese tea culture and enjoy the elegance of tea appreciation       

Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware is located at 10 Cotton Tree Drive, Central (inside Hong Kong Park). For further details of the exhibition and opening hours see;




"Art Personalised: Masterpieces from the Hong Kong Museum of Art" exhibition is being held at the HONG KONG MUSEUM OF ART from 30th June 2023 until further notice. Featuring nearly 100 artworks of different styles from ancient and modern times from the museum's rich collection, the exhibits are grouped in four personality types for display, offering visitors an interactive and interesting way to appreciate art and enabling them to embark on a personalised aesthetic journey. 

Visitors are encouraged to take a personality test before their visits to find out their personality types. Then, based on the test results, they can enter the four different exhibition zones, namely Adventurer, Perfectionist, Elegance and Fashionista, to appreciate their exclusive artworks on display in line with their personality types. Highlight exhibits include Wu Guanzhong's "Wind from the sea", Lam Yau-sum's "Metal tree", a jar with dragons amid wave design in underglaze blue from the Kangxi period of the Qing dynasty, a tea bowl with hare's fur striations in black glaze, Jianyang ware of Fujian from the Northern Song dynasty, and Zhang Wei's "FountainFan Kuan vs Duchamp". The museum has invited artist Joey Leung to custom-make corresponding hand-painted characters for the selected artworks in the personality test while five exclusive scents are also crafted for different exhibition zones by the Hong Kong brand Scentory, and limited-edition scented stickers will be distributed in the exhibition gallery.

Interactive installation in the "Elegance" exhibition zone
The museum has also invited two Hong Kong artists Angela Yuen and Bovey Lee to create new site-specific art installations with inspiration from the museum collection. Angela Yuen used found objects and turned them into a kinetic art installation "Land Ho!". The interplay of light and shadow creates a dreamy landscape that expresses her feelings towards Hong Kong's diverse culture. Cut paper artist Bovey Lee frequently travels between Hong Kong and Los Angeles. Her artwork "Bird SongFlower Scent" features a large pond with ripples hand-cut by the artist, constructing a world of beauty that blends reality and illusion with the technology of augmented reality, and honouring and promoting Chinese traditional craftsmanship in a contemporary sense. The artwork also reflects her nostalgia for her homeland in a foreign land.
The exhibition is located at The Wing on the first floor and ground floor of the museum at 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon with free admission.

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TRACES OF HUMAN TOUCH (until further notice)

An exhibition, "Traces of Human Touch", organised by the INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE OFFICE (ICH Office) under the Leisure and Cultural Services Department is open to the public from 19th May 2023 until further notice. The exhibition is located at CLP Pulse, which has been revitalised from a Grade 1 historic building. Ten items of traditional craftsmanship and performing arts which belong to local intangible cultural heritage (are showcased in the exhibition to enhance the understanding by the public of the preservation and transmission of intangible cultural heritage. Despite having no physical form, intangible cultural heritage is an important element for community cohesion. Through oral traditions and practical applications, intangible cultural heritage can be transmitted from generation to generation. Traditional craftsmanship meets the needs of everyday life while performing arts foster a rich and colourful existence. All these give tangible expression to intangible beliefs, etiquettes and customs as well as aesthetic ideas.  
The guest curator of the exhibition "Traces of Human Touch", Stanley Siu, makes use of the exhibits, interactive installations and videos to showcase three sections, namely "Apparel and Footwear", "Ornaments and Decorations" and "Words and Sounds", with 10 intangible cultural heritage items including the Hong Kong cheongsam-making technique, leather shoe-making technique, wooden furniture-crafting technique, patterned band-weaving technique, karat gold jewellery-making technique, jade carving technique, movable-type printing technique, putting up huichun (spring scrolls), seal carving technique and nanyin (southern tunes). Through the display of these ICH items, vitality and creativity as a result of the interactions between master and apprentice are demonstrated.

Video and an interactive game of the intangible cultural heritage item, putting up huichun (spring scrolls)
CLP Pulse is located at 147 Argyle Street, Ho Man Tin, Kowloon. Admission is free. The exhibition will be open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays to Sundays from 10am to 6pm. For further details of the exhibition see the ICH Office website;



MOON MARS VR (until December 2023)

HONG KONG SPACE MUSEUM is featuring a new interactive exhibit, "Moon | Mars VR" from 3rd December 2022 for one year. The exhibit makes use of data provided by the China National Space Administration and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) team led by the Fiona Cheung Professor in Spatial Science Professor Wu Bo, to create a virtual reality environment of our moon and the planet Mars, allowing visitors to understand spacewalking on the two celestial bodies and explore the landing sites of Chang'e 4 and Tianwen-1. The exhibit also introduces the exploration programmes of Chang'e and Tianwen, and the technical support provided by PolyU. Visitors will be able to learn more about the team's research efforts and contributions through their visits.

China's aerospace industry has been advancing rapidly, and yielded epoch-making results in both lunar and Mars exploration missions in the past decade. The spirits of dedicated science teams are pivotal to the success of these missions. PolyU team has been participating in multiple deep space explorations by China and made significant contributions to building devices and analysing data required for the spacecraft to conduct landing and sampling successfully.

"Moon | Mars VR" interactive exhibit. Visitors can understand spacewalking on the moon and Mars and explore the landing sites of Chang'e 4 and Tianwen-1

Jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) and PolyU, the exhibit is jointly implemented by the Hong Kong Space Museum and the Planetary Remote Sensing Laboratory of the Research Centre for Deep Space Explorations of PolyU, and supported by the China National Space Administration and the China National Space Administration Information Office.

The exhibit is open to the public in sessions on a first-come, first-served basis at the Hall of the Cosmos at the Hong Kong Space Museum, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. As participants are required to put on a headset provided by the Museum, the exhibit is only suitable for persons aged 13 or above. For further details see;



A MAN BEYOND ORDINARY: BRUCE LEE (long term exhibition until 2026) 

The "A Man Beyond the Ordinary: Bruce Lee" exhibition is being held from 28th November 2021 for five years until 2026 at the HONG KONG HERITAGE MUSEUM to showcase around 400 items of Bruce Lee memorabilia and photos, which will enable visitors to look back at the legend of the internationally famous martial arts superstar.

Bruce Lee (1940–1973) was born Lee Jun-fon. He combined various schools of martial arts to create what is known as Jeet Kune Do, and his martial arts movies became classics. Behind the spotlight, Lee loved his family and enjoyed reading. He expressed his emotions and ideas in letters and other types of writing. Through daily training and reflection, he went beyond his limits and became a legend. Following the "Bruce Lee: Kung Fu‧Art‧Life" exhibition which ran from 2013 to 2020, the museum has collaborated with the Bruce Lee Foundation again to present the exhibition "A Man Beyond the Ordinary: Bruce Lee", which features how Lee's perseverance gave birth to the legend that is Bruce Lee through his films, martial arts and life story.

Highlighted exhibits include a baby jacket worn by Lee; a fencing mask he used while studying in Hong Kong; his exam revision notes taken at the University of Washington; his letter to his wife Linda, written while filming "The Big Boss" in Thailand; the first edition of the first book published by him, "Chinese Gung Fu: The Philosophical Art of Self-Defense"; Jeet Kune Do plaques, and the original set design drawings for the film "Enter the Dragon". Various large-scale lighting exhibits and interactive installations have also been added to the exhibition, including an optical fibre interactive projection installation which displays Lee's martial arts ideas and life philosophy; and an immersive light and sensory installation "Self.Martial Arts.Emptiness", which illustrates Lee's self-actualisation concept.

Classic yellow jumpsuit worn by Bruce Lee in the film "The Game of Death"

Photos of Bruce Lee with his wife Linda, son Brandon and daughter Shannon

The exhibition is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and is jointly organised by the Bruce Lee Foundation and Hong Kong Heritage Museum and sponsored by Fortune Star Media Limited. Due to copyright restrictions no photography and video-recording is permitted in the exhibition gallery.

Hong Kong Heritage Museum is located a 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin, New Territories. It is open from 10am to 6pm on weekdays, and from 10am to 7pm on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. It is closed on Tuesdays (except public holidays). The museum is within three minutes walk of Che Kung Temple Station, on MTR Ma On Shan Line.

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