Past Special Exhibitions
The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: "Western Scientific Instruments of the Qing Court" Exhibition
|(26-06-2015 (Fri) to 23-09-2015 (Wed))|
China has a rich cultural heritage, and Chinese science and technology contributed significantly to global civilisations in historical times. In the process of science and technological development in various historical eras, China had made exchanges with western countries in varying degrees. In the latter periods of Ming dynasty, European missionaries travelled vast distances to come to China to spread the Christian faith. While devoting much efforts to learn the Chinese culture, they intrigued the Chinese scholars and the Emperor with Western science and technology and exquisite novelties with a view to cultivating friendships. During the Qing dynasty, Emperor Kangxi had a strong personal interest in Western scientific disciplines such as mathematics and natural science and he was noted for his studious efforts in studying science. He even invited European missionaries to come to China to teach Western scientific knowledge and a large number of Western scientific apparatuses were introduced to China. He also ordered the imperial court to manufacture scientific instruments. It was during this period that scientific and cultural exchanges between China and the West reached the greatest heights.
The "Western Scientific Instruments of the Qing Court" Exhibition is one that merges science and history. It is one of three exhibitions of "The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series" solely sponsored by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust this year. About 120 exhibits presented in this exhibition are selected from the Western science and technology collection of the Palace Museum. These exhibits cover eight main themes: paintings, astronomy, mathematics, measurement, medicine, weapons, articles for daily use, clocks and watches. Many of these historic relics are being exhibited in Hong Kong for the first time. Some of the highlights in this exhibition are the gilt-silver armillary sphere; All nations coming to the court to present tributes by court painter under the imperial edict of Emperor Qianlong, to show off the power and might of the Qing Empire; an iron gun used by Emperor Kangxi; a clock with a barometer and a thermometer; a hand-cranked mutoscope; a British-made bicycle once used by China's last Emperor Puyi; many exquisite clocks and watches, as well as science publications in the Qing Dynasty. Through these historic relics, the audience may reflect upon the causes for Chinese science and technology to lag behind the West during the Qing Dynasty. Hence, they may gain an insight into the importance of science and technology to the advancement of our society.
Jointly presented by Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the Palace Museum
|(12-12-2014 (Fri) to 15-04-2015 (Wed))|
Scientists are marvellous magicians who can "turn" stones into gold. Through their efforts, glass becomes almost unbreakable; metal can revert into its original shape by itself after bending; polymers can be converted into the mysterious water absorbent; sand can be transformed into indispensable microchips that we are widely used nowadays. Of course, all these are not magic, but are the results of continuous efforts of scientists on research of the properties of materials and their innovative applications.
"Move and Play!"
|(20-06-2014 (Fri) to 29-10-2014 (Wed))|
No matter how old and how strong you are, you require your brain to coordinate your sensory, musculoskeletal and nervous system to allow you to move smoothly. If a fault occurs in your coordination, your movements would instantly fall into disarray. "Move and Play!" is an exciting and fun-filled exhibition packed with 20 groups of very challenging exhibits. The exhibits not only give you a chance to show to others your remarkable physical skills and a chance to test your body coordination skill, but also introduce to you the involved sensory and mental processes and hence enhance your knowledge about your different senses including sight, hearing, touch, proprioception and balance as well as the impact of physical exercise on your body.
Exhibition On "China's Lunar Exploration Programme"
|(21-07-2014 (Mon) to 24-08-2014 (Sun))|
In the vastness of space, the Moon brings human being endless fantasy and inspires science discoveries. The Moon is the closest celestial body and the only natural satellite of the Earth. Due to its unique position in space and resources, the Moon is the first ever stop in the universe that human beings can explore. China launched the lunar exploration project named "Chang'e Programme" in 2004. The programme aims at understanding the Moon in a scientific approach in order to explore lunar resources and develop space technology, which in turn fosters the growth of technology-based industries. In December 2013, the goal of China's first soft landing on the lunar surface and ground exploration on the Moon was achieved by the lander and Yutu Lunar Rover of Chang'e-3.
The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: Legends of the Giant Dinosaurs Exhibition
|(08-11-2013 (Fri) to 09-04-2014 (Wed))|
Throughout the extended history of the Earth, there comes a time when dinosaurs first appeared about 200 million years ago and become the ultimate ruler of the planet for 130 million years. Over long periods of time, the ancient landmass Pangaea broke apart into different continents as a result of plate tectonic movements. Dinosaurs evolved into a whole family of different species in order to adapt to the changing environment, but they ultimately could not escape from extinction and all disappeared from the Earth 66 million years ago. Thanks to the efforts of paleontologists, today we can have a glimpse of how dinosaurs had lived and reigned from the large number of fossils unearthed. Dinosaur fossils can be found on all continents and more than 1,000 species has been named. Today, China has become one of the places in the world where most dinosaur species are discovered and many of them are unique.
The Hong Kong Science Museum had organised a number of dinosaur exhibitions and all were well received. The "Legends of the Giant Dinosaurs" Exhibition was the largest ever presented in Hong Kong. This exhibition was solely sponsored by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust. In this exhibition, new technologies and presentation methods were used to introduce the largest Titanosaurus and the latest studies on dinosaurs. Occupying an area of 2,500 sq. metres, the exhibition was divided into four areas with different themes. They included a "Multimedia Theatre" which uses large-scale computer animations to bring visitors back to the age of dinosaurs, an "Animatronic Dinosaur Zoo" which employed robotic dinosaurs and interactive exhibits featured in the "Dino Jaws" Exhibition** to let visitors to learn about the eating behaviours of dinosaurs, a "Fossil Excavation Site" which allowed visitors to appreciate the hard work of excavation and repairing of fossils through a reconstructed dinosaurs burial site, as well as a "Fossil Gallery" that not only had more than 100 exotic fossils and exhibits from ten museums on display, but also interactive games developed with latest technologies to introduce to the visitors the latest discoveries in dinosaurs.
Solely sponsored by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust
Supporting Organisations: Dalian Natural History Museum, Dalian Xinghai Paleontological Museum, Inner Mongolia Museum, Beijing Museum of Natural History, Gansu Liujiaxia Dinosaur National Geopark, Henan Geological Museum, Chongqing Museum of Natural History, Lufeng Bureau of Land and Resources, Natural History Museum, London, Kokoro Company, Ltd., Japan, Science Visualization, U.S.A.
** Dino Jaws is featured in this exhibition and is owned by the Natural History Museum, London
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
|(01-06-2013 (Sat) to 01-09-2013 (Sun))|
Each year the Natural History Museum in London and BBC Worldwide organise the ‘Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition'. Regarded as the international leader in innovative visual representation of the natural world, the prestigious competition stimulates engagement with the diversity and beauty of the nature, and provides a showcase of the very best nature photography to thrill people around the globe.
The 'Wildlife Photographer of the Year' exhibition features a hundred winning pictures of the Competition of 2012. These pictures are chosen from over 48,000 striking and memorable images taken by amateur and professional photographers from 98 counties. They are chosen above all for their aesthetic qualities - but also for their extraordinary, often technically amazing and sometimes shocking reflections of events in nature. Of particular interest to most visitors are photo captions that describe the subjects and the backgrounds in which the photographs are captured.
In contrast to traditional way of presentation, the exhibition is displayed through duratrans. The backlit images add an outstanding cinematic dimension to the dramatic wildlife stills, showcasing a photographic collection that celebrates the beauty and magnificence of the world in which we live, as well as acting as a stark reminder of the fragility of nature.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year is co-owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide.
Julius Caesar – Military Genius & Mighty Machines
|(07-12-2012 (Fri) to 10-04-2013 (Wed))|
The Roman Empire is one of the greatest ancient powers in world history. In the heyday of the Roman Empire, its territory was extended to Europe, Asia and Africa. If we travelled back to the time of ancient Rome, we would be astonished by the ingenious design and creativity of Julius Caesar and the ancient Romans. They applied basic scientific principles to develop many war machines for attack and defence, large machinery and construct magnificent structures. Nowadays, we still apply those knowledge and technology that inherited from this great empire in our daily lives.
Due to the ravages of time, very few pieces of Roman technology and machinery have survived in their entirety, as a majority of the materials used such as regional timber, ropes, canvas and primitive metals have deteriorated significantly since the golden age of the Roman Empire nearly 2,000 years ago. Divided into four zones including "Military Genius", "All Roads Lead to Rome", "Building Rome" and "Entertainment and Lifestyle", this exhibition is the lifetime work of three generations of expert Italian Artisans who specialised in the reconstruction of the ancient and lost technology of the world. Reconstructing the ancient and lost technology using the same materials and techniques that the Romans used thousands of years ago gives us the opportunity to use and interact with some of these incredible inventions and machines, which is a wonderful way to understand how they function, and provides all visitors with a truly unique way of experiencing ancient history and the marvellous technology of the Romans.
Exhibition is created by The Artisans of Florence – NICCOLAI TEKNOART S.N.C. (Firenze)
Brain and Cognition Exhibition
|(02-06-2012 (Sat) to 28-11-2012 (Wed))|
The human brain is a highly complex organ comprising hundred billions of neurons. It is the core of our nervous system that regulates and integrates a wide range of functions, and serves as the centre of all our physiological and psychological developments and their coordination. For a very long time in history, we had only little knowledge about how our brain worked. Thanks to the advancement of science and technology, in particular, brain scanning and imaging technologies, scientists have begun to understand the functions and mechanisms of various brain regions in respect of human cognition. Through a giant brain model, graphic panels and some interactive games, the exhibition introduces interesting aspects about the structure and functions of human brain, and depicts disorders caused by impairment of neural transmission such as cognitive impairment, aphasia, dyslexia, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder. This may enable us to have a better understanding of such disorders and the needs of the patients.
Organisers: Leisure and Cultural Services Department and The Hong Kong Brain Foundation
Supporting Organisations: Department of Psychology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong; Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University; Hong Kong Association For AD/HD; Hong Kong Neurosurgical Society; Hong Kong Physiotherapy Association - Neurology Specialty Group; Laboratory of Neuropsychology, The University of Hong Kong; The Hong Kong Neurological Society; Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences, The University of Hong Kong; Department of Biology, Hong Kong Baptist University
Creatures of the Abyss
|(29-06-2012 (Fri) to 17-10-2012 (Wed))|
The ocean provides more than 99% of the space available for living things on the planet, but only 3% or so of such space has been explored. Scientists will discover new species almost every time they visit the deep ocean. "Creatures of the Abyss" exhibition will take audiences on a journey to the most inaccessible ecosystem on Earth – the deep ocean. The marine world is far more wonderful and mysterious beyond a human's imagination. Inhabiting in this vast underwater environment are a wide range of organisms, many of which are countless in quantity. However, we know very little about them. It is home to some of the strangest creatures living under some of the most inhospitable conditions on the planet. In this cold and dark environment, the communication of many animals takes place through light emission of their bodies, and no terrestrial creatures can withstand the enormous water pressure there.
The exhibition features about forty exhibits including full-scale models of marine life, mechanical interactive exhibits, multimedia programmes, full-image graphic panels with text and maps. All these will enable visitors to discover and learn about both the physical environment of the deep sea and the fascinating creatures that inhabit there. The arrangement of presentation leads visitors to travel down into the depths of the ocean, traverse the vast seafloor, climb up seamounts, and enter into undersea canyons and hydrothermal vents. It is an awe-inspiring glimpse of a vast and mysterious world in the deepest parts of the ocean and where extraordinary strange creatures reside. It is easy to think of someone being entangled by the tentacles of a colossal squid when you see the life-size model of this largest known species of squid! Inside the Bioluminescence Theatre, you will learn how some creatures of the abyss produce fantastic, colourful light shows for communication purposes in complete darkness! "Creatures of the Abyss" beckons you to explore the ocean environment that is totally beyond our imagination!
The exhibition is a production of Science North, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
Exhibition on China's First Manned Space Docking Mission
|(12-08-2012 (Sun) to 26-08-2012 (Sun))|
China launched Shenzhou-9 on 16-06-2012 (Sat) and taking three astronauts into orbit. The crew stayed in space for 13 days and carried out manual docking and a range of scientific experiments. This is a major breakthrough for the Chinese Manned Space Engineering. The successful docking of Shenzhou-9 and Tiangong-1 is a critical step towards the goal of building a space station. To celebrate the China's first manned space docking mission delegation visits Hong Kong, Hong Kong Science Museum specially organises this exhibition, allowing the public to know and understand the achievements of China manned space technology and the importance of Shenzhou-9 mission.
This exhibition features numerous exhibits including the Shenzhou-9 re-entry module, spacesuit, bicycle ergometer, more than 100 amazing photos in relation to this mission and a holograph projection of Tiangong-1 specifically produced for this exhibition. All the exhibits demonstrate the elevating standards of China's aerospace technology and shows how China has been contributing to men's determined operation to explore the outerspace.
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I Love Lyuba: Baby Mammoth of the Ice Age Exhibition
|(14-05-2012 (Mon) to 10-06-2012 (Sat))|
The "I Love Lyuba: Baby Mammoth of the Ice Age" exhibition showcases the world's most well-preserved baby mammoth, Lyuba, which is having her first official public exhibition in Asia. The exhibition depicts how scientists explore the ecology and behavior of mammoths through studying Lyuba. Other exhibition elements include: several rare pieces of long-extinct Ice Age mammal skulls, interactive games, precious audio-visual programmes that inspire the public to discover more about the mysteries of the prehistoric Ice Age. This exhibition has received overwhelming response from the public at ifc mall, and by moving it to the Hong Kong Science Museum for exhibition, enabling the public more opportunity to visit this lovable baby mammoth.
The exhibition is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, and organised by the Hong Kong Science Museum with the support from ifc mall, Henderson Land Development Company Limited and Sun Hung Kai Properties.
It's a Tasty World - Food Science Now!
|(14-10-2011 (Fri) to 01-02-2012 (Wed))|
As an old Chinese saying goes, "People is of the utmost importance to an emperor, and food the common people". Since ancient times, humans have been paying much attention to food and drink, and that have revolved around various kinds of human activities such as family gatherings, leisure and entertainment. As food culture is integral to all human societies, we can even learn about a country's history, livelihood, customs, geographical environment and climate, etc. from it. Despite our quick pace of living in modern cities, we do not just eat to satisfy our hunger. We also take into account the nutritional value, production processes and safety of food as well as the effects of food on our body.
Are you interested in knowing how instant noodles are made? Japanese food is the favourite of many Hong Kong people, but how much do you know about the food culture of Japan? How can we take advantage of technological advancement to eat fresh tuna sashimi? What are the secrets of delicious chocolate? Are food additives really harmful? Come to visit the "It's a Tasty World - Food Science Now" Exhibition and you will find the answers. It is not something just about eating. It is memorable for visitors because of its rich and interesting contents. More than 60 exhibits of the exhibition will, from a scientific perspective, introduce how humans taste delicious food; describe the production processes of packaging foods; explain various methods of food preservation; demonstrate the recycling of food waste; and think seriously about food crisis and food in the future. We hope, through this exhibition, the public may have a better understanding of food science, and that some fallacies about food are clarified. Hopefully, we may eat happier with ease out of better knowledge. As food is indispensable to us and we must eat for survival every day, it deserves our respect and value, no matter what food it is and what appearance it has. So please remember the "delicious moments"!
The exhibition is produced and supplied by the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan), Japan
Amazing Vaccines (13-07-2012 (Fri) - 03-10-2012 (Wed))
Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955) (18-04-2011 (Mon) - 31-08-2011 (Wed))
Marvellous Inventions of Leonardo da Vinci (08-10-2010 (Fri) - 09-02-2011 (Wed))
River of Wisdom – Animated Version of the Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival (09-11-2010 (Tue) - 29-11-2010 (Mon))
Biodiversity in Hong Kong (30-04-2010 (Fri) - 31-08-2010 (Tue))
Biodiversity in China - An Exhibition on China's Wildlife Specimens (18-12-2009 (Fri) - 31-08-2010 (Tue))
A Tribute to Professor Charles Kao - Father of Fibre Optics (08-12-2009 (Tue) - 10-03-2010 (Wed))
Hong Kong Geology 360 (17-05-2009 (Sun) - 21-10-2009 (Wed))
Polar Crisis - Climate Change (16-05-2009 (Sat) - 04-11-2009 (Wed))
Candy Unwrapped (26-06-2009 (Fri) - 28-10-2009 (Wed))
Exploration of TIME! (20-02-2009 (Fri) - 24-05-2009 (Sun))
China's Yuanwang-6 Space Tracking Ship (30-04-2009 (Thu) - 03-05-2009 (Sun))
Treasure from Chuxiong - Lufengosaur (24-10-2008 (Fri) - 29-04-2009 (Wed))
Sports Arena (20-06-2008 (Fri) - 04-01-2009 (Sun))
Sports and Health Exhibition (08-08-2008 (Fri) - 01-10-2008 (Wed))
Exhibition on China's First Spacewalk Mission (06-12-2008 (Sat) - 15-12-2008 (Mon))
The Deep Exhibition (11-07-2008 (Fri) - 12-11-2008 (Wed))
Wildlife Photographer of the Year (01-02-2008 (Fri) - 01-05-2008 (Thu))
Soaring Dinosaurs - Chinese Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Life (25-05-2007 (Fri) - 25-11-2007 (Sun))
Hybrid Drive Vehicle Technology (10-08-2007 (Fri) - 12-09-2007 (Wed))
Mission Earthling (08-12-2006 (Fri) - 08-04-2007 (Sun))
Genomic Revolution (23-06-2006 (Fri) - 22-10-2006 (Sun))
Optical Illusion (26-11-2005 (Sat) - 26-03-2006 (Sun))
SARS 100 Days - Overcome In Unity (04-10-2005 (Tue) - 30-11-2005 (Wed))
The Robot Zoo (24-06-2005 (Fri) - 25-10-2005 (Tue))
Decoding the Hair (01-03-2005 (Tue) - 20-05-2005 (Fri))
Body Parts (20-08-2004 (Fri) - 05-12-2004 (Sun))
Planetary Landscapes: Sculpting the Solar System (02-01-2004 (Fri) - 02-05-2004 (Sun))
China's First Manned Space Mission Exhibition II - Gifts for Hong Kong (24-12-2003 (Wed) - 21-03-2004 (Sun))
Wildlife Photographer of the Year (10-10-2003 (Fri) - 10-12-2003 (Wed))
Exhibition on China's First Manned Space Mission (01-11-2003 (Sat) - 04-11-2003 (Tue))
SARS and Viruses (30-06-2003 (Mon) - 27-10-2003 (Mon))
Science Tunnel (02-05-2003 (Fri) - 03-08-2003 (Sun))
Albert Einstein : Man of the Century (12-02-2003 (Wed) - 21-04-2003 (Mon))
Grossology - The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body (22-11-2002 (Fri) - 23-03-2003 (Sun))
Discover Soil and Slope (30-07-2002 (Tue) - 02-10-2002 (Wed))
Flowers in the Mirror (03-05-2002 (Fri) - 07-08-2002 (Wed))
Love the Everest Love our Earth (01-12-2001 (Sat) - 20-03-2002 (Wed))
Ancient Chinese Astronomy Exhibition (16-11-2001 (Fri) - 07-04-2002 (Sun))
Whodunit? (19-06-2001 (Tue) - 18-11-2001 (Sun))
Ask Professor Water (13-03-2001 (Tue) - 31-05-2001 (Thu))
Chinese Dinosaur Fossils Exhibition (14-12-1999 (Tue) - 11-06-2000 (Sun))