CURRENT EXHIBITIONS 


 

SKETCHES IN MOTION: STORYBOARDS OF HONG KONG CINEMA (until 23rd October 2016)

The "Sketches in Motion: Storyboards of Hong Kong Cinema" exhibition, organised by the Hong Kong Film Archive (HKFA) of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, is being held from 22nd July 2016 to 23rd October 2016 at the Exhibition Hall of the HKFA. It enables audiences to have a glimpse of the filmmaking process from concept development to visualisation.

A storyboard is the visualisation of a screenplay, and it enables effective communication among the director, the action choreographer and other departments such as cinematography, computer special effects and art. It can be taken as the blueprint for film shooting. Hong Kong cinema has always been famous for its action scenes. Whether these involve kung fu, wuxia, car chases, gun fights or explosions, the advancements have been ever-changing in delivering intriguing stunt sequences. As the choreography of such action scenes and visual effects has become more intricate, storyboarding has thus become an essential step.

The exhibition showcases over 130 sheets of storyboards and concept illustrations, chosen out of numerous Hong Kong films from the 1970s to present, including "The System" (1979), "Aces Go Places III - Our Man from Bond Street" (1984), "The Legend of Wisely" (1987), "A Chinese Ghost Story: The Tsui Hark Animation" (1997), "The Legend of Zu" (2001), "Initial D" (2005), "Bodyguards and Assassins" (2009), "Triple Tap" (2010), "All's Well, End's Well 2012" (2012), "Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons" (2013) and "Helios" (2015). Film footage as well as videos of interviews with storyboard artists, directors, cinematographers and action choreographers will also be shown, giving visitors a closer look at the functions of storyboarding in local filmmaking, and its evolution throughout the years of development in film technology.

 

The exhibition showcases over 130 sheets of storyboards and concept illustrations, enabling audiences to have a glimpse of the filmmaking process from concept development to visualisation

In addition, two seminars in Cantonese will be held by the HKFA. The first, entitled "On Pioneering Experience - Cinematic Storyboards in the 80s", will be held at 3pm on 30th July at the HKFA Exhibition Hall with Hong Kong pioneering storyboard artist and production designer David Chan as the speaker. He will discuss the role of storyboards in the old days of Hong Kong cinema. Another seminar, entitled "Storyboards of Hong Kong Cinema - A Panorama", will be held at 3pm on 25th September at the HKFA Cinema. Active storyboard artists Elphonso Lam, Luk Wai-cheong and Chung Kai-kit will share their working experience and insights in the profession.


Hong Kong Film Archive is located at 50 Lei King Road, Sai Wan Ho (MTR Sai Wan Ho Station exit A). Opening hours are 10am to 8pm (or 15 minutes after last screening) Sunday, Monday and Wednesday to Saturday. Closed on Tuesdays (except on public holidays). The Box Office is open from 12noon to 8pm (or 15 minutes after the last screening). The Exhibition Hall is open from 10am to 8pm.

Admission to the exhibition and seminars is free.

For further information see;

http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/CulturalService/HKFA/en_US/web/hkfa/programmesandexhibitions/highlights/highlights43.html

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ANIMAL GROSSOLOGY (until 2nd November 2016)

From 1st July until 2nd November 2016 the Special Exhibition Hall of the Hong Kong Science Museum will be transformed into a colourful spectacle of oddities of the natural world, introducing animal habits that are both interesting and unusual. Many of these peculiarities will be demonstrated through robotic animal models and games. The "Animal Grossology" exhibition is fascinating as well as educational. It is based on the children's book of the same title, which examines some of the animal kingdom's unpleasant characteristics and habits. Through the introduction of strange animal features such as slimy skin and a ruminant's digestive system, and habits like blood-sucking and dung-eating, it presents the fascinating but gross world of animals. These habits and phenomena, though strange and perhaps unpleasant to humans, give us clues about how animals fight for survival.

At the exhibition, creatures which can be found include flies, manure-loving dung beetles, bloodsucking mosquitos and leeches, slimy sea cucumbers and snails and more. The exhibition will demonstrate scientific facts about these intriguing animals and enable visitors to learn how they play an important role in nature.

The exhibition includes 16 interactive exhibits including "Party Pooper", which looks at strange animal eating tastes, such as animal poop; "Transfusion Confusion", which looks at the different blood colours in animals; "Chew Chew Express", which shows how cows use their four stomach chambers to digest food more effectively; "Undersea Adventure", which invites you to enter a submarine to explore some amazing marine creatures; "Slippery Slimy", which shows us how animals rely on special slimy skin for defence; and "Dung Ball Rally" which demonstrates the hard work involved in dung collecting by dung beetles.



Among the exhibits is "Chew Chew Express", which shows how cows use their four stomach chambers to digest food more effectively

To enhance children's enjoyment of the exhibition, the special activities "Animal Party Go Go Go!" and "Amazing Animal Fun Tour" will be held at the museum on 1st, 2nd and 9th July, at which young participants will be able to pretend to be insects or animals for interactive theatre, or follow party leaders to play, listen to animal stories and explore the animal kingdom together. The activities will be conducted in Cantonese.

 

Visitors can cast their vote for the "King of Slime"

The "Animal Grossology" exhibition is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, organised by the Hong Kong Science Museum, and created and produced by Advanced Animations LLC. Hong Kong Science Museum is located at 2 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. It is open from 10am to 7pm Monday to Wednesday and Friday. 10am to 9pm Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. Closed on Thursdays (except public holidays). Admission fee HK$25 (HK$12.5 for seniors 60 and over). Children under 4 free. Free admission for all on Wednesdays.

For further information see;

http://hk.science.museum/ms/ag2016/eindex.html

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COMMENTARY x HUMOUR = CARTOONS BEFORE AND AFTER THE 1911 REVOLUTION (until 10th October 2016) 

An exhibition "Commentary x Humour = Cartoons before and after the 1911 Revolution" is being held at the Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum from 17th June 2016 until 10th October 2016, introducing the situation in China in the late Qing period and the revolutionary road to the establishment of Republican China through about 70 images of cartoons published before and after the 1911 Revolution and other relevant artefacts.

This year is the 150th anniversary of the birth of Dr Sun Yat-sen as well as the 105th anniversary of the 1911 Revolution and gratitude has been expressed to the Administration of Culture, Press, Publication, Radio and Television of Guangzhou Municipality for its support in staging the exhibition and the Memorial Museum of 1911 Revolution for lending items from its collection, which together has contributed to the success of the exhibition.

A large number of original cartoons sprang up in China during the early 20th century. Cartoons of this era were mostly satire of current affairs, expressing cartoon artists' perspectives on the political circumstances in China and even the global situation. Cartoons offered an effective vehicle to highlight the crux of a matter through exaggerated drawings, and easily conveyed the messages within to ordinary people. They also helped disseminate information, functioned as revolutionary propaganda, and awakened people's awareness of the current situation.

The exhibition presents important chapters of modern Chinese history clearly and vividly through cartoons and artefacts of the time, revealing from different perspectives the lead-up to the 1911 Revolution and its impact on China..



The exhibit "The two-sided face: one for nationals and one for foreigners", originally published in Collected Pictorials of the Year Wushen in 1909

The exhibition is jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the Memorial Museum of 1911 Revolution, and organised by the Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum.

The Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum is located at 7 Castle Road, Mid-Levels, Central. It is open from 10am to 6pm Monday to Wednesday and Friday. 10am to 7pm Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Closed on Thursdays (except on public holidays).

Admission until 31st July 2016 - Adult HK$10, Seniors (60 and over) HK$5, Children under 4 free, Free admission on Wednesdays.

From 1st August 2016 admission is free to all every day.

For further information regarding the exhibition see;

http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/Museum/sysm/en_US/web/sysm/exhibition/spe_exh_cartoons.html

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MARE NOSTRUM - ROMAN NAVY AND POMPEII (until 29th August 2016) 

Hong Kong Museum of History's large-scale exhibition "Mare Nostrum - Roman Navy and Pompeii" will run from 8th June 2016 until 29th August 2016. Through invaluable exhibits from Italy, multimedia programmes and 3D animation, visitors will be able to learn about the development of Roman maritime navigation and the formidable force of the Mount Vesuvius eruption that destroyed Pompeii.

Marking the first stop of a world tour, the exhibition in Hong Kong will showcase around 110 sets of invaluable exhibits from about 10 museums and cultural organisations in Italy including Rome, Naples and Pompeii. Highlight exhibits include jewellery made of gold and precious metals and stones, silverware, statues, marble reliefs, artefacts recovered from shipwrecks, and body casts of Pompeii victims which are being brought to Hong Kong for the first time.

 

Plaster cast of Pompeii victims of the Vesuvius eruption in AD 79 (Collection of the Archaeological National Museum of Naples)

Advances in the knowledge and techniques of navigation enabled the Roman Empire to conquer the Mediterranean Sea by the first century AD, greatly influencing regional transport, commerce, leisure and entertainment, warfare and society. In AD 79, Mount Vesuvius, which is located on the west coast of Italy, erupted. Huge waves of volcanic ash and debris destroyed the city of Pompeii and other nearby towns. The Roman navy's attempt to evacuate victims by sea marked one of the first recorded civilian rescue missions in history as well as the high point of Roman navigational development.

 

Marble relief of a Roman trireme from end of first century BC to early first century AD, found in Pozzuoli (Collection of the Museo Archeologico dei Campi Fregrei nel Castello di Baia)

The exhibition is jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, Contemporanea Progetti and Expona, and co-organised by the Hong Kong Museum of History, Contemporanea Progetti and Expona. Solely sponsored by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, it is one of the exhibitions in the Hong Kong Jockey Club Series 2016/17.

Hong Kong Museum of History is located at 100 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. It is open from 10am to 6pm Mondays and Wednesdays to Fridays, 10am to 7pm Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Closed on Tuesdays (except on public holidays). Admission HK$10 (HK$5 for seniors 65 and over). Children under 4 free. Free admission for all on Wednesdays.

For further information about the exhibition see the museum's website;

http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/Museum/History/en_US/web/mh/exhibition/current.html

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MERRY-GO-MOVIES • STAR KIDS 2 (until 28th August 2016)

To tie in with the screening programme "Merry-Go-Movies • Star Kids 2" as part of the "Morning Matinee" series from May to August, an exhibition of the same title is being held by the Hong Kong Film Archive (HKFA) of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department until 28th August 2016 at the 1/F Foyer of the HKFA. The exhibition follows 17 outstanding child stars of the 1950s and '60s, showcasing numerous precious film stills and biographies. Admission is free.

The exhibition consists of four parts. "From Child Stars to Veteran Actors" introduces actors who have continued to work in the film industry for over half a century since they were kids. They are Paul Chun (aka Yan Chang) and his brother John Chiang (aka Yan Wei) from a famed acting family; Nancy Sit Kar-yin, a popular movie and television star; and Rosanne Lui (aka Shan Shan), a talented singer.

"Child Stars Dearly Remembered" features late actors whose enchanting performances as child stars were unforgettable to audiences. Those featured are the agile Siu Kei Lun (1946-1987), the brilliant Yuen Siu-hoi (1940-1994), the debonair and handsome Lam Kam-tong (1948-2013) and the smart and cheerful Chiang Kwai-lam (1942-2015).

In the Cantonese and Mandarin cinema circles of the '50s and '60s, children of filmmakers frequently visited sets with their parents and their appearances in movies were not uncommon. "The Offspring of Famed Directors" features gifted children of famed directors, namely Fung Hak-on (son of Fung Fung), Li Zhendi (son of Li Pingqian), Ng Ka-lai (daughter of Ng Wui), Chu Tin-wai (daughter of Chu Kea) and Wong Kam-fung (daughter of Wong Fung).

Cantonese films from that time often feature scenes in which children are abused by their stepmothers. Although the child stars may not play leading roles in those movies, their impressionable performances touched the heart of many audiences. "Poorly Treated Kids" introduces Yuen Siu-fai, Tsui Siu-ming, On Wai-lin and Leung Chun-mut, who played kids receiving poor treatment and won much sympathy with their powerful and tear-jerking performances.

The HKFA publication "Merry-Go-Movies: Star Kids of HK Cinema in the 50s and 60s" from 2014 also includes the profiles of several child stars featured in the exhibition, together with photos, film stills and oral history interviews of other famous child stars, such as Fung Bo-bo, Michael Lai, Connie Chan Po-chu, Josephine Siao and Bruce Lee. The book, priced at HK$80 and in Chinese, is available for sale at the HKFA.

 

The book cover of "Merry-Go-Movies: Star Kids of HK Cinema in the 50s and 60s"

Hong Kong Film Archive is located at 50 Lei King Road, Sai Wan Ho (MTR Sai Wan Ho Station exit A). Opening hours are 10am to 8pm (or 15 minutes after last screening) Sunday, Monday and Wednesday to Saturday. Closed on Tuesdays (except on public holidays). The Box Office is open from 12noon to 8pm (or 15 minutes after the last screening). The Exhibition Hall is open from 10am to 8pm.

For further information see;

http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/CulturalService/HKFA/en_US/web/hkfa/programmesandexhibitions/highlights.html

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UNDER THE SAME ROOF: RESETTLEMENT IN THE 1950s OF HONG KONG (from 16th December 2015 until further notice) 

Presented by the Public Records Office (PRO) of the Government Records Service (GRS), the exhibition "Under the Same Roof: Resettlement in the 1950s of Hong Kong" runs from 16th December 2015 until further notice at the Exhibition Hall of the Hong Kong Public Records Building, taking visitors on a tour of the era of squatters and resettlement in the 1950s.

The PRO is the government body designated for preserving the historical records of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government. The Office is committed to appraising and acquiring records and materials of enduring value and making them available for public access. Since its establishment in 1972, the PRO has acquired historical records from more than 130 government agencies including the Housing Department and its forerunner the Resettlement Department.

Among the Resettlement Department's archival records in the PRO are reports that document the progress of resettlement in the 1950s. These historical records enable the public to understand Hong Kong's developments in regard to resettlement during that period.

The exhibition presents the history of Hong Kong's progress from a place scattered with squatter huts to the building of resettlement blocks by showcasing about 60 exhibits and images. Highlight images depict scenes including squatter huts built in caves and on trees; some of the earliest resettlement estates in Shek Kip Mei, Lei Cheng Uk, Lok Fu and Wong Tai Sin; and the past and present contrasts of Shek Kip Mei, Lei Cheng Uk and Central, where squatter huts or resettlement estates were once built.

 

Photo of Shek Kip Mei in 1958
 
Other exhibits include a document analysing the cause and a map on the coverage of the squatter fire at Shek Kip Mei, statistical data on the squatter population, a plan showing the location of resettlement estates and cottage areas and three-dimensional and floor plans of resettlement blocks. The exhibition also shows the steps of how a family moved from a squatter hut to a unit in a resettlement estate and the basic facilities provided in a resettlement estate graphically.

 

A squatter area in 1955

To complement the exhibition, the GRS has also specially developed a new Reference Resource Page entitled "Under the Same Roof" with an interactive guide to help users understand life in squatter areas. In the "What Records Tell Us?" section, the squatter areas are introduced and explained. Through this simple and quick introduction, users are able to better understand the life of squatter residents. The "Image Gallery" section includes more than 140 historical images of the squatter areas and resettlement estates in different regions of Hong Kong, and most of the pictures are being displayed for the first time. The "Online Catalogues and Reference List" section sets out the relevant historical records of the PRO. The Reference Resource Page can be easily accessed via the GRS website;

http://www.grs.gov.hk/ws/index.htm

The exhibition is open to the public from Mondays to Fridays (except public holidays), from 9am to 5-45pm. Admission is free.

The PRO is located on 1/F, Hong Kong Public Records Building, 13 Tsui Ping Road, Kwun Tong, Kowloon.
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 "BRUCE LEE: KUNG FU -ART - LIFE" (five-year exhibition, runs from 20th July 2013 until 2018)

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the passing away of the internationally renowned martial arts movie star Bruce Lee. A large-scale exhibition, "Bruce Lee: Kung Fu • Art • Life", is being held at the
Hong Kong Heritage Museum in commemoration. Presented by the Hong Kong Government's Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) and jointly organised by the Bruce Lee Foundation and the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, the exhibition is one of the highlight programmes of the "Vibrant Hong Kong" theme under the territory-wide "Hong Kong: Our Home" Campaign launched this year. Sponsored by Fortune Star Media Limited, the exhibition is open from 20th July 2013 and will run for five years at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum.



The exhibition features more than 600 precious relics related to Bruce Lee and the exhibition gallery houses several sets of reconstructions, which were created with ideas inspired by prominent scenes in Lee's five classic kung fu movies as well as his gym and his study to enhance visitors' experiences in viewing the exhibition

Bruce Lee took kung fu to a whole new level of recognition and a new international audience with his natural charisma and physical prowess. He introduced Hong Kong to the world through his films and did more in this area than any other person. Movies such as "Fist of Fury", "The Way of the Dragon" and "Enter the Dragon" have been considered by film critics to be all-time classics that transcend generational, cultural and geographical boundaries. The exhibition takes visitors on a marvellous journey through the life and achievements of Lee: from a rebellious street fighting child growing up in Kowloon to accomplished Hollywood actor and director and revered kung fu master.

Bruce Lee was born on 27th November 1940, in San Francisco. His father, Lee Hoi-chuen, was a celebrated Cantonese opera actor and his mother, Ho Oi-yee, was a daughter of prominent Hong Kong businessman Ho Kom-tong. Lee was brought back to Hong Kong when he was a newborn. Because of his father's strong connections to the world of show business, Lee first came into contact with cinema when he was an infant, making his silver screen debut as a baby in the Cantonese film "Golden Gate Girl", shot in the US in 1941. Outstanding performances in the films "The Kid" (1950) and "Infancy" (1951) earned him praise as a "genius child actor". He left for the US to pursue his studies in 1959 after finishing a final film in Hong Kong, "The Orphan" (1960).

Lee was passionate about martial arts when he was small. He became a student of the Wing Chun grandmaster Ip Man at the age of 13. After he went to the US, the lifestyles and world views of Western society became catalysts for his new conception of the philosophy of martial arts. He began teaching Wing Chun when he was studying at Edison Technical School in Seattle, and later, in 1962, he founded his own Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute at a permanent venue. He also named the martial arts system that had been brewing in his mind Jeet Kune Do - a style with no fixed technical movements and no specific forms.

In 1965, Lee was invited by 20th Century Fox to play the role of Kato in the US TV series "The Green Hornet". His agile and skilful kung fu alerted Hong Kong film producers to his talents, and in 1971 he returned to Hong Kong to resume his career and starred in a number of sensational movies, including "The Big Boss" (1971), "Fist of Fury" (1972), "The Way of the Dragon" (1972) and "Enter the Dragon" (1972). His true and hard-hitting kung fu and jaw-dropping nunchaku skills mesmerised audiences. Lee not only took Chinese kung fu films to the international market but also reached the peak of his life and his career. Sadly, he died suddenly during the shooting of his last film, "The Game of Death", on July 20, 1973, at the age of 32.

Occupying a total area of 850 square metres, the "Bruce Lee: Kung Fu • Art • Life" exhibition features more than 600 precious relics related to Bruce Lee on loan from a number of local and overseas collectors, including memorabilia of Lee and his costumes, books and gym equipment, as well as his articles. The exhibition gallery also houses several sets of reconstructions, which were created with ideas inspired by prominent scenes in Lee's five classic kung fu movies as well as his gym and his study. Also featuring a 3D hologram animation on Bruce Lee, a newly created 3.5-metre-high statue of Lee and the 75-minute documentary "The Brilliant Life of Bruce Lee", the exhibition will enable visitors to review Lee's life story based on his profile, his movies, his martial arts and his development as a cultural phenomenon from a more comprehensive, in-depth and independent perspective.

 

Displays from the Bruce Lee: Kung Fu. Art. Life exhibition

The exhibition will also include a collector series in which the theme will be changed regularly to show the precious collections of different collectors with an aim of introducing the cultural significance and the influence of Bruce Lee through the collectors' eyes. The first exhibition in the collector series will feature more than 100 products related to the TV series "The Green Hornet" provided by internationally acclaimed US collector Perry Lee. Through this collection, visitors will be able to learn more about the first image of Bruce Lee branded by a US enterprise.

To mark the first anniversary of the exhibition, in July 2014 the museum introduce 12 new sets of exhibits and graphic displays to add a new dimension to our appreciation of the life of the iconic kung fu master. These include Lee's own manuscripts analysing his persona (named Lee) in the film "Enter the Dragon" (loaned from the Bruce Lee Foundation), the metal claw designed by Lee as a prop for "Enter the Dragon" (loaned from Hong Kong collector Mr Stanley Zau Chwan-yeu) and a booked titled "Hu Wei San Jie Gun" ("Tiger Tail Three-section Cudgel") from Lee's personal library (loaned from American collector Mr Perry Lee). 

In addition, the main panel at the entrance of the exhibition has been replaced by a new design created by acclaimed Hong Kong computer animator Mr Shannon Ma, which shows Lee's more graceful side. It also offers visitors the chance to be photographed alongside an image of Lee, in which he is wearing sunglasses and a confident smile.

 

The new main panel at the exhibition entrance, introduced to mark its first anniversary allows visitors to be photographed alongside the star.

To tie in with the five-year exhibition, the Hong Kong Heritage Museum will organise a series of education and extension programmes with different themes which will be carried out in phases. The first phase of activities, under the theme "The Bruce Lee that Hong Kong Knew", will include lectures, sharing sessions and interactive demonstrations to explore the life, career and achievements of Bruce Lee from different perspectives.

To enable the public to obtain more information about "Bruce Lee: Kung Fu • Art • Life" and to enhance their interest in the exhibition, interactive media will be employed along with social media, a dedicated exhibition website and smartphone apps. Members of the public will be able find from the LCSD's newly launched Facebook fan page, "Visit HK Museums" (www.facebook.com/VisitHKMuseums), a public engagement campaign, directional day tour and exhibition promotional videos, highlights of must-see exhibits, interviews, quotes and the making-of materials for the exhibition.

During the early stage of the exhibition, the museum will arrange viewing sessions and online reservation of tickets for the first two months (from mid-July to mid-September) after the exhibition opens. Visitors can, via email, reserve tickets for a time slot that fits their schedule through the Hong Kong Heritage Museum's online reservation website at blor.lcsd.gov.hk. Visitors will also be able to purchase tickets at the museum.

Online reservation is being conducted in two phases:

* Phase 1: From 10am on 4th July onwards (for exhibition dates from 20th July to August 19th)

* Phase 2: From 10am on 1st August onwards (for exhibition dates from 20th August to 20th September)

Interested parties will only be allowed to make reservations for a maximum of three viewing sessions and four tickets for each session during each phase of online reservation while the quota lasts. The quota will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

As the exhibition is classified as a long-term exhibition of Hong Kong Heritage Museum, visitors will only need to pay the museum's standard admission fees to visit the exhibition without any additional charges. However, visitors will be required to present the special admission slip for viewing the exhibition. Standard admission to the Hong Kong Heritage Museum is HK$10 with a half-price concession available for full-time Hong Kong students, people with disabilities and senior citizens aged 60 or above. Group tickets at HK$7 each are available to groups of 20 persons or more. Admission is free on Wednesdays.

Hong Kong Heritage Museum is located at 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin. 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.

For further details of the exhibition, see the museum's website; 

http://www.heritagemuseum.gov.hk/eng/attractions/attractions.aspx 



EXHIBITIONS AT HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Hong Kong International Airport holds a number of concurrent small exhibitions which departing passengers can visit. For details of current exhibitions at the airport see;

http://www.hongkongairport.com/eng/passenger/attractions-at-hkia/attractions-at-hkia.html