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Temporary closure of Hong Kong Space Museum and exhibition halls for exhibit renewal project

     The two exhibition halls in the Hong Kong Space Museum will be closed from October 5 for renovation work and the replacement of exhibits, and are expected to re-open at the end of 2016. The renovation work will also affect the rest of the museum, including the Stanley Ho Space Theatre and the Lecture Hall, leading to its complete closure from November 1 to March 1, 2016.

     The exhibition halls to be renovated are the Hall of Space Science and the Hall of Astronomy, with a total area of 1,600 square metres. All existing exhibits will be dismantled and replaced by about 100 sets of new exhibits, of which about 70 per cent will be interactive, to offer visitors a simulated experience of travelling through space and time.

     Offering a new and more immersive environment, the new exhibition halls will be renamed as the Hall of the Cosmos and the Hall of Space Exploration. With interesting and interactive exhibits and advanced equipment, as well as new lighting and environmental decorations, the halls will introduce visitors to astronomy and space technology including the evolution of the universe, the solar system and space exploration.

     The Hall of the Cosmos, which will be on the ground floor, will focus on our universe "from near to far". Visitors will venture into a dimmed and mysterious simulated space environment. Exhibits will include "Moon Jump", "Big Bang Theatre" and "Gravity Surfing". The Hall of Space Exploration, which will be on the first floor, will centre around themes of space exploration and technology. Contents will include "Disorientation in Space", "Fire a Rocket" and "Space Training". Visitors will experience what it is like in space through a simulated futuristic and surreal environment.

     The Hong Kong Space Museum opened in 1980 and its two permanent exhibition halls were renovated once, in 1991. During the closure of the exhibition halls, temporary exhibitions and fun astronomy demonstrations will be organised in the museum foyer. Other outreach programmes including stargazing and astronomical observation activities will also be held. For details of the museum's programmes and latest news, please visit the museum's website at

Ends/Monday, September 14, 2015
Issued at HKT 16:23


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