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Traces of Human Touch - Hong Kong Intangible Cultural Heritage Exhibition

"Traces of Human Touch" exhibition, organised by the Intangible Cultural Heritage Office under the Leisure and Cultural Services Department is open to the public. 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 (ICH) are showcased in the exhibition to enhance the understanding by the public of the preservation and transmission of ICH.       Despite having no physical form, ICH is an important element for community cohesion. Through oral traditions and practical applications, ICH 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. 

“Hong Kong Palace Museum Student Ambassador Programme” newly launched for application

The Hong Kong Palace Museum (HKPM) announces the launch of the “Hong Kong Palace Museum Student Ambassador Programme” today. The programme will recruit 100 local tertiary and secondary students and provide them with a series of learning workshops and practical sessions. The programme aims to cultivate the interest in and knowledge of the historical artifacts, as well as the museum industry amongst the younger generation, echoing HKPM’s vision in nurturing arts and cultural talents and museum professionals in Hong Kong. A series of creative learning activities The “Hong Kong Palace Museum Student Ambassador Programme” offers a series of creative learning activities including lectures about Palace Museum culture, artmaking and conservation workshops, docent training, and visits to the HKPM. Students will have the opportunity to study up close the treasures on view at the HKPM and investigate their historical and cultural significance. What’s more, they will be able to apply what they have learnt through serving as the Museum’s docents. Student Ambassador’s Responsibilities Upon completion of the programme, students will be officially recognised as “Hong Kong Palace Museum Student Ambassador”, introducing treasures to the public from the youth perspective and will enjoy privileges such as participating in the HKPM’s educational activities and behind-the-scene events. Outstanding students will be given a one-year HKPM Friends – Youth membership, with unlimited free admission to all thematic exhibitions. Two phases for the eight-month programme Participants will be recruited in two phases for the eight-month programme. Phase 1 welcomes applications from tertiary students from now until 18 December 2022, while Phase 2 will be open to secondary students. 30 tertiary students and 70 secondary students in total will be selected. Applicants who have successfully submitted their applications may be invited to attend group interviews by email or by phone. Results will be announced in the first quarter of 2023. For more information about the programme, please refer to HKPM's website. Should you have any queries, please email hkpm.learning@hkpm.org.hk.

Visitors are required to purchase tickets for M+ exhibitions after 12 Nov 2022

M+ in Hong Kong's West Kowloon Cultural District is Asia's first global museum of visual culture and is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday..Purchase tickets after 11 NovStarting from Saturday, 12 November 2022, visitors are required to purchase tickets for General Admission and for the Special Exhibition. Please visit the M+ website 'Ticket Information' for pricing and other details. Online ticket purchase links will become available for the public from 10:00 on Thursday, 13 October 2022.Special exhibition Yayoi Kusama: 1945 to NowM+ Members and Patrons can enjoy a wide range of exclusive benefits and priority booking from Thursday, 29 September 2022 to the special exhibition Yayoi Kusama: 1945 to Now. Please visit the M+ website 'M+ Members and Patrons' for details.Opening HoursTuesdays to Thursdays and weekends: 10:00–18:00Fridays: 10:00–22:00Mondays: Closed Last admission time is thirty minutes before closingTips for Visiting- Backpacks and suitcases are not permitted in the galleries. All bulky items must be checked at the cloakroom on B1 or lockers on B1 and G. Baby strollers and wheelchairs are welcome and are available to borrow on a first-come, first-served basis.- Visitors are welcome to take photographs at M+, but please remember to turn off the flash. Filming is permitted only in some areas. Please check gallery signs or ask M+ staff before taking a video.- Please be respectful to other visitors and M+ staff.- Smoking, including the use of e-cigarettes, is not allowed.- To ensure the safety of the museum's collection, food and drink are not allowed in the galleries.- Please help take care of the objects on view in the museum. Do not touch the works on display.- The museum welcome visitors accompanied by their trained service animals, but pets and other animals are not permitted in M+.- To ensure everyone's safety, all visitors must undergo a security check before entering or within the M+ building.

Latest Instagram-worthy Spot: The Big Eight – Dinosaur Revelation

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the HKSAR, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and First Initiative Foundation jointly present “The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: The Big Eight – Dinosaur Revelation” which is exclusively sponsored by The Hong Kong Jockey Club. Before getting in there, shall we slightly catch a glimpse of this large-scale dinosaur exhibition? Unique landmark dinosaur exhibition  The Hong Kong Science Museum is presenting a unique landmark dinosaur exhibition, showcasing eight of the most iconic creatures from the 'Golden Age of Dinosaurs' together for the first time: Tyrannosaurus, Triceratops, Spinosaurus, Allosaurus, Hesperosaurus, Diplodocus, Hatzegopteryx and a baby sauropod. The exhibition boasts an unrivalled amount of original fossil material, some of the most complete fossil skeletons in the world, world-class artwork, cutting-edge 3D renderings and the first scientifically accurate reconstructions of the world's largest predatory dinosaur and the world's largest flying creature. The team behind the exhibits took a unique approach to this project, blending the world of scientific research, storytelling and unique scenography to create an exhibition that reveals entirely novel scientific insights and provides immersive experiences along with some dynamic skeletal mounts. Other activities  In addition, there are other activities, such as the Science Theatre: Dinosaur Apocalypse and the Maker Workshop: Dinosaur Spinning Lamp. Book the visit online for free admission Very attractive, isn’t it? Don’t sit and wait. Book your visit online for free admission now! The e-booking system will be updated at 10 am every Monday, and bookings can be made for the upcoming week (excluding the regular closing day on Thursday). Updates will be made on a weekly basis. Remember to visit Klook on time. Find out more about The Big Eight – Dinosaur Revelation from the official website.   The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: The Big Eight – Dinosaur Revelation Venue: Hong Kong Science Museum, 2 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon Date: Until 16 Nov 2022 (Close on Thursdays, except public holidays) Fee: Free (online booking is required)

Summer Bucket List: LCSD Museums’ Exhibition in August

Visiting museums is one of the best activities in this scorching summer. You can obtain knowledge while cooping up yourself all day long in an air-conditioned place. More importantly, Museum Pass owners have unlimited admission to the permanent and special exhibitions (unless otherwise specified) of LCSD Museums mentioned below.   Science The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: The Big Eight – Dinosaur Revelation The Hong Kong Science Museum showcases eight of the most iconic creatures from the “Golden Age of Dinosaurs” together. The exhibition boasts an unrivalled amount of original fossil material, some of the most complete fossil skeletons in the world, world-class artwork, cutting-edge 3D renderings and the first scientifically accurate reconstructions of the world's largest predatory dinosaur and the world's largest flying creature to create an exhibition that will reveal entirely novel scientific insights. The exhibition will also inspire visitors to contemplate our own place in the grand story of evolution and the challenges threatening our future on this planet. Date: Until 16 November 2022 ; Close on Thursdays (except public holidays) Fee: Free * Online booking is required (The e-booking system will be updated at 10 am every Monday and bookings can be made for the upcoming week (excluding Thursday, the regular closing day). Updates will be made on a weekly basis.   Art The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: The Road to the Baroque — Masterpieces from the Capodimonte Museum Characterised by the dramatic contrast of light and dark, exaggerated movement and pronounced figures’ facial expressions, historians coined the term Baroque to define 17th century Italian art which focuses on high tension and realistic representations of emotions. Showcasing around 40 Neapolitan paintings from the Capodimonte Museum, its debut exhibition in Hong Kong includes works of 16th and 17th century masters, such as Titian, Annibale Carracci and Artemisia Gentileschi. Hong Kong Museum of Art, meanwhile, invites many artists to provide aural element and various creative media for a new art appreciation dimension. The audience thus able to enjoy an art experience that connects past and present. Click here for more details. Date: Until 2 November 2022 ; Close on Thursdays (except public holidays) Fee: Standard - $10, Museum Pass holders - Free   History and Culture The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: Dunhuang: Enchanting Tales for Millennium Hong Kong Heritage Museum showcases artefacts, mural paintings, reproduction of paintings in silk and a replica of Yulin Cave 25. Visitors are invited to a feast of visual splendour with a series of art-tech display and multi-media programmes to experience and appreciate the worldly and heavenly aspirations of ancient forebears in their pursuit of the true, the good and the beautiful in the Buddhism realm of Dunhuang. Date: 24 August 2022 – 21 November 2022 ; Close on Tuesdays (except public holidays) Fee: Standard - $10, Museum Pass holders - Free In addition, there are more happenings in August:  Medialogue: So Close, Yet So Far Venue: Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre, 7A Kennedy Road, Central   City Rhymes: The Melodious Venue: Hong Kong Museum of Art, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon   Hong Kong Pop 60+ Venue: Hong Kong Heritage Museum, 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin, New Territories   Joyous Destiny: A Selection of Wedding Memorabilia from the Museum's Collections Venue: Hong Kong Museum of History, 100 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon   Please visit the website of LCSD’s Museums and LCSD Edutainment Channel for the latest visiting arrangements.

The Hong Kong Palace Museum is now open

The Hong Kong Palace Museum (HKPM) opens to public on 2 July 2022. The HKPM presents over 900 priceless treasures from the Palace Museum. Many of them are on display in Hong Kong for the first time, while others have never been shown to the public before. The Museum regularly presents special exhibitions featuring Chinese art and culture, as well as art treasures from other parts of the world. Ticket Information Visitors with a general admission ticket can visit seven thematic exhibitions, while those holding a special exhibition ticket can tour all of the galleries (the seven thematic exhibitions, plus “The Making of Masterpieces: Chinese Painting and Calligraphy from the Palace Museum” and “Grand Gallop: Art and Culture of the Horse”). An adult general admission ticket costs $50, while a concession ticket* is $25; a special exhibition ticket costs $120, while a concession ticket* is $60. Please note that on-site ticket sales will not be available for the first three months after the HKPM’s opening. Visitors have to purchase tickets in advance through the Hong Kong Palace Museum website, West Kowloon Cultural District website and West Kowloon Cultural District App. To celebrate HKPM's opening, the thematic exhibitions will be free of charge every Wednesday during its first year. Visitors are required to register online for free admission. *Concession tickets are available to full-time students, children aged seven to 11, citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities (with one companion), and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients. Admission for children aged six or below is free. Find out more about the HKPM at the official website.

Hong Kong's brand new museum of visual culture—Opening of M+

M+, Asia’s first global museum of contemporary visual culture in the West Kowloon Cultural District (West Kowloon), opens to the public on 12 November 2021! All visitors will enjoy free admission to M+ exhibitions (except for special exhibitions, events and cinema screenings) in the first twelve months after the opening date. So dear all art lovers, make sure you don’t miss it! Exhibitions M+’s opening displays will include six thematic exhibitions drawn from different areas of strength in the M+ Collections, featuring in total around 1,500 visual artworks, moving image works, design objects, architectural projects, and archival items from M+ Collections, which the museum has been building since 2012. Let’s take a look at the virtual tour of M+ beforehand!   Online Reservations To ensure smooth admission of visitors, online reservations for timed admission to M+ will be available. Reservations for admission in the first two weeks, from 12 to 28 November 2021, can be made from 5 November 2021 at 10am on the West Kowloon website, M+ website, or through the ‘West Kowloon Cultural District’ mobile application. Registration for a series of public opening programmes can also be made on M+ website and ‘West Kowloon Cultural District’ mobile application. In anticipation of a large number of visitors during the initial period after the opening, it is strongly recommended that all visitors should make reservations ahead of their visits! For details on M+’s registration arrangements, opening hours and opening programmes, please visit the M+ website or call the hotline at 2200 0217

Day Trip Ideas for Museum Lovers - Fun & Educational Places to Go 2021

As the epidemic situation stabilises, do you have any plans for holidays? Apart from dining at fancy restaurants or shopping at new malls, there are plenty of educational and fun alternatives for you to visit! This series provides various ideas and surely you could find something suitable for yourself.  Let’s start with some latest exhibition information for the museum lovers! The museums and exhibitions introduced below are all located in Tsim Sha Tsui, which are very accessible to immerse yourself in museum experience for the whole day! Hong Kong Museum of Art - "NOT a fashion store!" Exhibition After more than 3 years of major expansion and renovation, the new Hong Kong Museum of Art has been reopened in end of 2019. With the 10,000 sq m expanded exhibition area, the museum continues organising diverse art exhibitions. A unique art exhibition entitled "NOT a fashion store!" has recently been opened to public. The exhibition showcases more than 70 sets of artworks related to fashionable and traditional clothing, shoes and accessories from various eras curated from the four core collections of the museum, namely Chinese Antiquities, Chinese Painting and Calligraphy, China Trade Art, and Modern and Hong Kong Art. The exhibition is to inspire visitors' thoughts on personal image and fashion and culture when appreciating the works of art. Among all the fun installations, an interactive "fitting room" is set up at the gallery. Visitors can select and "purchase" unique clothing tailor-made for them through an interactive screen. Hong Kong Science Museum - Earth Science Gallery To mark the 30th anniversary of the Hong Kong Science Museum, the museum’s new Earth Science Gallery has been recently open to the public. Comprised of four areas and featuring over 28 sets of amazing interactive exhibits, models, and installation, visitors of this new permanent gallery not only can go underneath the Earth's crust to learn the secrets hidden down there, how drastic natural phenomena such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis and typhoons are formed, they can even experience the mighty power of a typhoon through our typhoon simulator. In addition to learning, the exhibition also aims to inspire the public to reflect on the human impact exerted on the planet's system. To enrich the experience of the visitors, invaluable and colourful minerals and touchable local rock specimens from different geological ages are also showcased in the gallery. Hong Kong Museum of History -  "Recreating a Classic: The Best Features of The Hong Kong Story" Exhibition "The Hong Kong Story" permanent exhibition was opened in 2001 and is currently undergoing a comprehensive renovation for the permanent exhibition. Before the new permanent exhibition is launched, the Hong Kong Museum of History organises "Recreating a Classic: The Best Features of The Hong Kong Story" exhibition to showcase the essence of "The Hong Kong Story". Featuring about 460 sets of selected exhibits and 210 photos, the exhibition is composed of five sections including prehistoric Hong Kong and historical development, folk culture in Hong Kong, cession of Hong Kong and early growth of the city, Japanese occupation, modern metropolis and concludes with the return to the motherland in 1997. New multimedia programmes and photo-taking zones are featured for greater interaction and enjoyment, enabling visitors to revisit memories of old Hong Kong. Before visiting the exhibition, prepare yourself by checking out the new snapshots video!   For information of more museums, please refer to the story:Heritage & MuseumsPlease refer to websites or other announcements of the exhibitions or facilities for latest visiting arrangements

Heritage & Museums

Public Records Office As a Hong Kong resident, you surely know a lot of interesting things about Hong Kong. For instance, you know all the best shopping centres and the nicest beaches. But here are a few interesting things you might not know. When did the first humans settle in Hong Kong? What are the origins of the Cheung Chau Bun Festival? Where did young people hang out in the 1960s? If you are interested in exploring the history of Hong Kong, you may start from the Public Records Office where you will find valuable historical records, photos, posters and maps, etc. about the city. Leisure and Cultural Services Department's (LCSD) museums Hong Kong may be tiny geographically, but its heritage is surprisingly rich. Many precious collections that form a composite picture of our local culture, history, art and science are preserved in the Leisure and Cultural Services Department's (LCSD) museums. Antiquities and monuments But some antiquities and monuments can still be found in their original locations from ancient times. Art Promotion Office The Visual Arts Centre managed by the Art Promotion Office of the LCSD provides studios and exhibition hall rental services and a wide range of activities to art lovers. Thematic exhibitions If you are the kind of person who thinks museums are boring, stuffy places that only grandparents enjoy, you are in for a surprise. Not all museums exhibit things from the past. Apart from permanent exhibitions, museums stage thematic exhibits that change periodically. For example, exhibitions about the genomic revolution, China's first manned space mission, decoding Chinese script, visual arts, and many more. Other non-government museums Some other non-government museums specialise in other subjects about Hong Kong, such as medical science development, maritime topics, the police force and horse racing etc. West Kowloon Cultural District When development of the West Kowloon Cultural District is completed, there will be even more arts and cultural facilities, exhibition venues and open space under the backdrop of the beautiful harbour. These might then become the hottest meeting spots for our young people in future.