Home
Facebook icon
 
 
Logo of Hong Kong Museum of History
 

Current Exhibitions

 

Introduction

The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series
"The Rise of the Celestial Empire: Consolidation and Cultural Exchange during the Han Dynasty" Exhibition

 

A highlight programme of "Transcend – Muse Fest HK 2015
 

2015 marks the 60th Anniversary of the discovery of Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb, the Hong Kong Museum of History organizes "The Rise of the Celestial Empire: Consolidation and Cultural Exchange during the Han Dynasty" exhibition. This exhibition aims to introduce to the public the development of the history, art and culture during the Han period by featuring a number of stunning exhibits on loan from the major cultural institutions in the Mainland.

The reign of the Han dynasty was the longest lasting and one of the greatest among all unified dynasties in China, which was influential in many aspects, including politics, art, literature, religion and science, etc. Since the Han period, Confucianism was made the main stream for the academic study and gradually as the foundation of traditional thought of the country. Besides, the exploration of trade route to the West not only laid the ground for the economic development of China for centuries, but also provided the cause for cultural exchanges and further enriched the Chinese culture. This exhibition focuses on the formation of the Han Empire, the social life of the Han people as well as the cultural exchange with the West during this period. A special emphasis is put on the development of the Lingnan region (to which Hong Kong belongs) during the two Han periods.

About 162 sets of artefacts, meticulously selected from about 40 cultural institutions in over ten provinces and cities in China, including Beijing, Guangdong, Guangxi, Yunnan, Gansu, Inner Mongolia, Henan, Hebei, Hunan, Shandong, Sichuan, Xinjiang and Shaanxi, are showcased in this exhibition. It is a very rare opportunity for the wide range of exhibits from different provinces presented altogether in Hong Kong. This exhibition lets the visitors explore the process of Chinese culture reaching its peak and the role of the Lingnan region more than 2,000 years ago.

Public Guided Tour Schedule

Thematic Exhibition Website

Stone Pixie
Collection of Xi'an Beilin Museum
Stone Tianlu
Collection of Xi'an Beilin Museum
Jade Suit sewn with Gold Thread from the Mausoleum of King Chu at Xuzhou
Collection of Xuzhou Museum
Jade Door Knocker with Pattern of an Animal Face
Collection of Maoling Museum
Imperial Seal of Emperor Wen (King Wen of Nanyue) with a Dragon Knob
Collection of Museum of the Western Han Dynasty Mausoleum of the Nanyue King
Gilded Bronze Container (Zhong) with a Phoenix Knob on the Lid
Collection of Xi'an Museum
Five-storey Painted Pottery Granary House
Collection of Jiaozuo City Museum
Silver Boshan Incense Burner Inlaid with Gold
Collection of Hebei Museum
Bronze Winged Figure
Collection of Xi'an Museum
Woollen Fabric with a Centaur Pattern over Blue Background
Collection of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Museum

24/6 – 5/10/2015

Admission  Fee (including "The Hong Kong Story" permanent exhibition)
Mondays、Thursdays to Sundays
Standard: HK$20
Concession:HK$10 (for people with disabilities (and one accompanying minder), full time students and senior citizens aged 60 or above)
Group (20 persons or above):HK$14

Wednesdays
Standard: HK$10
Concession:HK$5 (for people with disabilities (and one accompanying minder), full time students and senior citizens aged 60 or above)
Group (20 persons or above):HK$7

Holders of Museum Pass enjoy free admission

Venue
Special Exhibition Gallery, Hong Kong Museum of History

Solely sponsored by
The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust

Jointly presented by 
The Leisure and Cultural Services Department
Art Exhibitions China

Jointly organised by
The Hong Kong Museum of History

Art Exhibitions China