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International Museum Day 2018, Hong Kong

Hyperconnected Museums: New Approaches, New Publics

In 1977, the International Council of Museums (ICOM) designated 18 May as the annual International Museum Day (IMD) to raise public awareness of the important role that museums play in society. The Leisure and Cultural Services Department has responded to this important appeal since 2001 by organising IMD events in mid-May every year.

The theme of IMD 2018 is "Hyperconnected Museums: New Approaches, New Publics". With the constant advances in information technology, our communications and connections with one another become more complex and diverse every day. Museums are an inherent part of our local communities, cultural landscape and natural environment, so they are also committed to following the current trends. In order to enhance the public's understanding of, and connection with, museums, they have to develop new approaches in interpreting their exhibits, and explore new opportunities through social media to enrich the audience's viewing experience. These new approaches will allow audiences to interact with the exhibits and with each other. However, not all these new connections are due to technology. As museums strive to maintain their relevance in society, they also make an effort to organise cooperative projects focusing on the local community and different social groups to engage new audiences and strengthen connections with them.

This year, IMD in Hong Kong is scheduled for 12-13 May 2018. Over these two days, visitors will be admitted free* to most of the local participating venues, where a wide range of educational and entertaining programmes will be held. Come and be inspired!

For details of IMD 2018 in Hong Kong, please stay tuned for our updates on the Hong Kong Public Museums website:
http://www.museums.gov.hk/IMD2018
* except for special exhibitions and programmes, which have an admission fee

Programmes at Hong Kong Heritage Museum

Unless otherwise stated, all special programmes are conducted in Cantonese and are free of charge.

The Joy of Country Cooking

Date 12 May 2018 (Saturday)
13 May 2018 (Sunday)
Time 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
Venue Children's Discovery Gallery, G/F

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A Creative Space for Friendship and Joint Painting

Date 12 May 2018 (Saturday)
13 May 2018 (Sunday)
Time First Session: 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Second Session: 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Third Session: 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Venue The corridor outside the Chao Shao-an Gallery, 1/F

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"Bruce Lee Fans' Photo Studio" Family Programme

Date 13 May 2018 (Sunday)
Time 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Venue Entrance to the Children's Discovery Gallery, G/F

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Guided Tours for the Public

Guided tours are free with museum admission for around 20 participants per session on a first-come-first-served basis. No advance booking is required. Simply sign up at the designated meeting point after admission.

Bruce Lee: Kung Fu‧Art‧Life

Date 12 May 2018 (Saturday)
13 May 2018 (Sunday)
Time 12:00 nn – 1:00 pm & 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Venue Thematic Gallery 6, 2/F
Remark Please gather at the Thematic Gallery 6, 2/F


Jin Yong Gallery

Date 12 May 2018 (Saturday)
Time 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm
Venue Jin Yong Gallery, G/F
Remark Please gather at Jin Yong Gallery, G/F


Porcelain and Painting

Date 12 May 2018 (Saturday)
13 May 2018 (Sunday)
Time 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm
Venue Chao Shao-an Gallery, 1/F
Remark Please gather at Chao Shao-an Gallery, 1/F


Cantonese Opera Heritage Hall

Date 12 May 2018 (Saturday)
Time 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Venue Cantonese Opera Heritage Hall, 1/F
Remark Please gather at the Cantonese Opera Heritage Hall, 1/F


T. T. Tsui Gallery of Chinese Art

Date 13 May 2018 (Sunday)
Time 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Venue T. T. Tsui Gallery of Chinese Art, 2/F
Remark Please gather at the T. T. Tsui Gallery of Chinese Art, 2/F
 

Programmes at Branch Museums

All guided tours are free with museum admission for around 20 participants per session on a first-come-first-served basis. No advance booking is required.

Guided Exhibition Tours of Sheung Yiu Folk Museum

Date & Time 12 May 2018 (Saturday)
13 May 2018 (Sunday)
Time 10:30 am – 11:30 am & 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Venue Sheung Yiu Folk Museum


Guided Exhibition Tours of Hong Kong Railway Museum

Date 12 May 2018 (Saturday)
13 May 2018 (Sunday)
Time 10:00 am – 11:00 am & 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Venue Hong Kong Railway Museum
 

Conservation Office Special Programme

To celebrate IMD 2018, Hong Kong, the Conservation Office's laboratories in Shatin and Tsim Sha Tsui will be opened for behind-the-scenes tours. Guided by conservators, the participants will get a closer look of the artefacts that are under treatment and hear some interesting conservation stories.

Conservation "Behind-the-Scenes" Tour

Tsim Sha Tsui - Hong Kong Museum of History Shatin - Hong Kong Heritage Museum
Date 12 May 2018 (Saturday) Date 13 May 2018 (Sunday)
Time 11:00 am – 12:00 nn (Tour A)
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm (Tour B)
Time 10:30 am – 12:00 nn (Tour C)
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm (Tour D)
Remarks 20 participants per session. The sessions are identical. Remarks 25 participants per session. The sessions are identical.

 

The tours will be conducted in Cantonese and are free of charge. The application deadline is 23 April 2018. Application forms will be available starting from 3 April 2018 at the Conservation Resource Centre (Room 202, 2/F, Hong Kong Museum of History, 100 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon) or via the Conservation Office website: http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/Museum/Conservation/en_US/web/co/activity.html