Hong Kong Space Museum

Hong Kong Space Museum
Hong Kong Space Museum.jpg
Image of the museum, with the planetarium (left) and the main building (right)
Established 8 October 1980; 40 years ago (1980-10-08)
Location 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Coordinates 22°17′40″N 114°10′19″E  /  22.294353°N 114.171869°E  / 22.294353; 114.171869
Type Aerospace museum
Visitors 590,000
Public transit access Tsim Sha Tsui station
Website Official Website
Hong Kong Space Museum
Traditional Chinese 香港太空館
Museum lobby
Hall of the Cosmos
Hall of Space Exploration
Hall of Space Science in 2012, due to renovation, it closed in 2015

The Hong Kong Space Museum is an astronomy and space science museum located in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong. Opening in 1980, it is managed by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department of the Hong Kong Government.[1] The building is notable for its hemispherical shape, which contains a planetarium, the only one in Hong Kong. The main facilities of the museum are located in a building next to the planetarium, showcasing information about the Solar System, cosmology, and spaceflight.

Accessible from Salisbury Road, it is adjacent to the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, the Hong Kong Museum of Art, and the Tsim Sha Tsui Clock Tower. The Hong Kong Science Museum and the Hong Kong Museum of History are also located in Tsim Sha Tsui.

The Space Museum regularly holds various types of astronomical exhibitions and lectures. It is also open to schools, groups and the public. It has been nicknamed the "pineapple bun" (菠蘿包) due to its shape.

History [ edit ]

The idea of a planetarium was originally proposed in 1961 by the Urban Council. Ten years later, the Urban Services Department (USD) set up a working group to study overseas experience in establishing planetariums. The study was aimed at laying the groundwork for setting up the future Hong Kong Space Museum. The Hong Kong Government decided to build the museum at Tsim Sha Tsui and invited Mr. Joseph Liu to serve as Planetarium Advisor.

In 1974, The USD signed a contract with the Carl Zeiss Company to purchase a planetarium and other equipment with a price of HK$3,050,000.

Construction commenced in 1977 and the museum opened on 8 October 1980. The museum contained the world's first computerized planetarium. In the 2008-2009 financial year, there were about 590,000 visits to the museum.

In 2015, in order to carry out renovation work, the exhibition hall in the Sky Hall was closed on October 5 and reopened on April 25, 2018.

Facilities [ edit ]

The museum has two wings: east wing and west wing. The former consists of the nucleus of the museum's planetarium, which has an egg-shaped dome structure. Beneath it is the Stanley Ho Space Theatre, the Hall of Space Science, workshops and offices. The west wing houses the Hall of Astronomy, the Lecture Hall, a gift shop and offices.

The planetarium's egg-shaped dome covers more than 8,000 square metres, making it a famous landmark in Hong Kong. It was the first local planetarium for the popularisation of astronomy and space science.[2] The computerized star imager in the Sky Gallery of the Space Museum is capable of simulating the sky through optical principles, projecting 8,000 stars onto the hemisphere screen of the Planetarium.

There is also a mockup of the nose and cockpit section of the Space Shuttle orbiter.

Exhibition halls [ edit ]

Hong Kong Space Museum has two thematic exhibition halls: the Hall of Space Science and the Hall of Astronomy on the ground and first floors respectively. The exhibits, predominantly interactive, enable visitors to learn through a series of entertaining and educational experiences.

Transportation [ edit ]

The museum sits within walking distance of both Tsim Sha Tsui station and East Tsim Sha Tsui station of the MTR. It is also near the Star Ferry Pier and a bus terminus.

See also [ edit ]

References [ edit ]

  1. ^ "LCSD's Museums". Leisure and Cultural Services Department. 2 January 2008. Archived from the original on 29 October 2009. Retrieved 28 October 2009.
  2. ^ "Introduction". Hong Kong Space Museum. Archived from the original on 2 October 2009. Retrieved 28 October 2009.

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