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Animal Grossology
Animal Grossology

Animal Grossology

01-07-2016 (Fri) – 02-11-2016 (Wed)

The animal world is rich and colourful. While exploring the behaviour and habits of animals, biologists have discovered some interesting phenomena not commonly known by people. These weird behaviour and unique habits, though not acceptable to humans, leave clues for us to discover the skills of animals fighting for survival.

This summer, the Science Museum invites families to join an amazing tour. In the "zoo" of Animal Grossology, you will not see lovely giraffes, and there are neither big elephants nor mighty lions. Instead, you will only find the big fly, manure-loving dung beetles, a large cow, bloodsucking animals and more. The "Animal Grossology" exhibition is developed based on the best-selling "Animal Grossology" children book written on the themes of uncanny and disgusting animal physiology. Through some strange creatures such as those born with a slimy surface, a ruminant's digestive system, a blood-sucking habit and dung-eating behaviour, it introduces the world of fascinating gross animals. The exhibition features 16 exhibit modules designed with interactive exhibits and robotic animal characters to provide scientific facts on these stinky, disgusting and slimy animals. The exhibition enables visitors to understand how these creatures play an important role in nature.

ANIMAL GROSSOLOGY Exhibitions created and produced by Advanced Animations LLC.
ANIMAL GROSSOLOGY is a registered trademark of Penguin Group (USA) LLC.


Collider: Step inside the World's Greatest Experiment
Collider: Step inside the World's Greatest Experiment

Collider: Step inside the World's Greatest Experiment

18-3-2016 (Fri) – 25-05-2016 (Wed)

Everything is made of particles, including our bodies, the mountains and rivers of the Earth, the solar system and all the celestial objects of the universe. However, scientists still don't have a complete understanding of their types and properties. They believe that the origin of the universe will be revealed once they are able to delve into the secrets of particles. But it is not easy to observe a particle, which is even smaller than an atom. The huge amount of manpower and resources required to do so is unbelievable.

The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) is an international organisation devoted to exploring the mysteries of the universe. It has been gathering thousands of top scientists and engineers from around the world, and designed and built the world's largest and most powerful particle accelerator consisting of a 27-kilometre ring of superconducting magnets, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), located across the border between Switzerland and France. Inside the collider, scientists carry out experiments by colliding two high-energy particle beams which travel at close to the speed of light. By analysing the data obtained, scientists are able to reveal clues about how particles interact and gain an insight into the fundamental laws of nature.

Through multimedia programmes, simulated laboratory environments, interactive exhibits and real components, including a 2-tonne superconducting magnet, this exhibition aims to present the special design and specialised detectors of the world's largest and most complex experimental facility, the LHC. The exhibition will also highlight the role played by those components in the cutting-edge research of the Standard Model of particle physics, dark matter, antimatter, and the Big Bang as well as how scientists use them to reveal the secrets of the universe.

Besides foreign scientists, Hong Kong researchers have also been involved and made important contributions to the experiment. The exhibition will also introduce the achievements of the Hong Kong research group and share the challenges of their research work.

Jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and Jonathan KS Choi Foundation
Jointly organised by Hong Kong Science Museum and China Association (H.K.) for Science and Society Ltd.
An exhibition by the Science Museum in London
Sponsored by Sunwah Foundation
International Tour Sponsor: Winton Capital Management Limited
Supporting Organisations: Chinese Academy of Sciences, The Academy of Sciences of Hong Kong, Department of Physics - The Chinese University of Hong Kong


Out to Sea? The Plastic Garbage Project
Out to Sea? The Plastic Garbage Project

Out to Sea? The Plastic Garbage Project

27-11-2015 (Fri) – 17-02-2016 (Wed)

Plastic is a kind of polymer with a high molecular weight. Because of its characteristics of light weight, high durability, malleability and low production cost, it has been widely applied in our everyday lives. Although it is very convenient to use, it fails to degrade naturally even after hundreds of years and as such causes tremendous problems for landfill sites. Furthermore, the combustion of plastic generates toxic substances. When plastic rubbish gets into the oceans, it can be carried by the ocean currents and ends up forming sea garbage gyres which threaten the marine ecosystem to a large extent.

This exhibition combines elements of science and art. A large centrepiece comprising plastic flotsam collected from the beach cleaning operations in the North Sea, Hawaii, the Baltic Sea and the rest of the world is displayed with the aim of arousing public awareness of plastic waste. In addition, the exhibition also makes use of different video footage and interactive exhibits featuring unique designs. Through the exhibition, visitors can gain an in-depth understanding of the chemical composition, classification and recycling processes of different plastic materials, and also learn about the harmful effects of plastic waste on birds and marine animals. The aim is to let us realise that we must curtail our consumption of plastic and encourage the recycling of plastic immediately.

To enrich the educational experience of the exhibition, we have specially invited the students of the "Project WeCan" to collect plastic garbage from the beach, classify them, and make different works of art using plastic garbage for display in the exhibition.

Jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and Consulate General of Switzerland in Hong Kong
Jointly organised by Hong Kong Science Museum, Museum für Gestaltung Zurich, and Connecting Spaces Hong Kong – Zurich, Zurich University of the Arts
An exhibition by the Museum für Gestaltung Zurich
Sponsored by Drosos Foundation
Partners: Project WeCan and UOB Art Academy
Supporting Organisations: Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation, Ocean Recovery Alliance and Inter-departmental Working Group on Clean Shorelines


"Western Scientific Instruments of the Qing Court" Exhibition

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
Jointly organised by the Hong Kong Science Museum and the Palace Museum
Solely sponsored by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust
Acknowledgement: Design and Cultural Studies Workshop


Strange Matter
Strange Matter

Strange Matter

(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.
The "Strange Matter" exhibition brings visitors into the bizarre world of strange matters, and allows visitors to dig into the science behind the materials they use everyday. It features more than 40 exhibits that introduce the science principles behind some funny and useful materials; and how they are used to develop new products such as car shock absorbers, eyeglass frames, DVD players and golf clubs. Furthermore, it could also give a glimpse on the future development of materials science.

Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department
Organised by the Hong Kong Science Museum

The exhibition is produced and provided by Ontario Science Centre, Canada and Materials Research Society


"Move and Play!"

"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.
In this exhibition, you can show off your skills by making a good kick or even pretend as a goalkeeper to block every football coming in your way. Other amazing exhibits include "Tightrope walking" that challenges your sense of balance, "Pulse adventure" that tests your body control capability, and "Disco donut" that challenges your reaction speed.

Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department
Organised by the Hong Kong Science Museum

The exhibition is produced and supplied by Heureka, the Finnish Science Centre


Exhibition On
Exhibition On "China's Lunar Exploration Programme"

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 exhibition features around 20 replicas, models and interactive exhibits, including replicas of the lunar lander and the Yutu Lunar Rover with the aim at introducing the advancement and accomplishments of China's lunar exploration programme, revealing the motivations behind the drive to investigate the moon and further arousing students' interest in the space technology, as well as enhancing public understanding of the topic.

Presented by Home Affairs Bureau of the Government of the Hong Kong SAR, China National Space Administration

Organised by Leisure and Cultural Services Department of the Government of the Hong Kong SAR, News Center of China National Space Administration, Lunar Exploration and Space Program Center of China National Space Administration

In association with Chinese Academy of Sciences, China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation, China Electronics Technology Group Corporation, Xichang Satellite Launch Center, Beijing Aerospace Control Center, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Sponsored by The Chinese General Chamber of Commerce, The Glorious Sun Holdings Ltd., China Resources (Holdings) Co., Ltd., China Merchants Group Ltd., China National Travel Service (HK) Group Corporation, Aisino Corporation


The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: Legends of the Giant Dinosaurs Exhibition
The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: Legends of the Giant Dinosaurs Exhibition

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
Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department
Organised by the Hong Kong Science Museum

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
Wildlife Photographer of the Year

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
Julius Caesar – Military Genius & Mighty Machines

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
Brain and Cognition Exhibition

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
Creatures of the Abyss

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 First Manned Space Docking Mission
Exhibition on China First Manned Space Docking Mission

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.

Organised by:
Leisure and Cultural Services Department of the Hong Kong SAR Government
China Manned Space Engineering Office


In association with:
China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation
China Astronaut Research and Training Center


Solely sponsored by:
Chen Ningning Culture Fund Company Limited

Baby Mammoth of the Ice Age Exhibition
Baby Mammoth of the Ice Age Exhibition

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.

Its a Tasty World - Food Science Now!
Its a Tasty World - Food Science Now!

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))

Vaccines are one of the greatest achievements of biomedical science and public health. Thanks to vaccines, morbidity and mortality associated with many specific infectious diseases have declined by over 90% or 100% in many parts of the world. Smallpox has even been eradicated. Many of us in Hong Kong born after the 1950s may have only a vague idea of these dreaded diseases. Unfortunately, the responsible pathogens are still lurking around us.

Vaccines have become as important to us as exercise and balanced nutrition. This exhibition allows visitors to have a glimpse of how vaccines protect us. Through interactive exhibits and 3D models visitors can gain a better understanding of vaccines, their dramatic impact to human beings and their developments in the future.

Jointly organized: Leisure and Cultural Services Department and Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences

Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

(18-04-2011 (Mon) - 31-08-2011 (Wed))

Albert Einstein was the most influential and notable physicist in the twentieth century. He is well known for his theory of relativity and was awarded the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics for his explanation of the photoelectric effect.

Einstein's interest in science was kindled at his early age. He had a talent for mathematics and abstract thought, and the intellectual freedom of theoretical physics appealed to him. In 1905, the young physicist published three of his most influential research papers, including the special theory of relativity. His theories on the nature of time and space profoundly affected the human conception of the physical world and laid the foundations for many of the scientific theories and technological advances of modern times.

More than 200 items, including original memorabilia, written records, photos and film documentaries are showcased in the exhibition to provide a vivid, overall picture of Einstein's life and times. Apart from shedding light on Einstein's biography and putting it in the context of world history, the exhibition provides insight into his revolutionary ideas in modern physics. There are animations and videos on his theories, and a number of interactive exhibits for demonstrating various physics phenomena.

As Einstein put it, "The process of scientific discovery is, in effect, a continual flight from wonder." Enter Einstein's "spacetime", and you may be amazed by what you see!

An exhibition by the Historical Museum Bern, Switzerland, in cooperation with the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
Jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the Consulate General of Switzerland in Hong Kong and Presence Switzerland
Jointly organised by the Hong Kong Science Museum, the Historical Museum Bern, Switzerland and swissnex China.

Marvellous Inventions of Leonardo da Vinci

(08-10-2010 (Fri) - 09-02-2011 (Wed))

The "Marvellous Inventions of Leonardo da Vinci" exhibition displays more than 80 exhibits that depict the legendary life of Leonardo, his ingenious creativity and his brilliance in science. This exhibition presents over 50 interactive mechanic models reconstructed from the drawings and notes contained in the codices of Leonardo. They are divided into 4 areas: war machines, flight, hydraulics and mechanics, each one of them are designed exquisitely with outstanding workmanship. They are developed by the professional artisans of Museum of Leonard da Vinci, Florence in collaboration with leading academics in Italy after years of studies. The exhibition also includes replicas of the codices, video on the life of Leonardo, computer animations of models, and 16 full scale replicas of most famous paintings, including two of the most famous paintings in western art, The Mona Lisa and The Last Supper.

Jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the Museum of Leonardo da Vinci, Florence, Italy
The exhibition is created by Artisans of Florence - NICCOLAI S.N.C.-TEKNOART. S.R.L.

River of Wisdom – Animated Version of the Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival

(09-11-2010 (Tue) - 29-11-2010 (Mon))

River of Wisdom – Animated Version of the Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival,produced with modern multimedia technology, projects the famous painting by Zhang Zeduan of the Northern Song dynasty on a giant screen more than 120 metres long and six metres high. All the features of the original painting including its streets, boats and buildings, as well as the original colours and artistic styles, are retained. This version of the painting shows its details with animation. During a four-minute cycle representing one day and night, the sky in this dynamic picture changes colour according to rise and fall of celestial bodies. With sound and lighting effects, the exhibition is a lifelike presentation, giving visitors a new experience and the illusion that they are in Bianjing, the capital of the Northern Song dynasty, 900 years ago. It can be considered as a masterpiece of fusion between innovative computer animation technology and Chinese culture.

Apart from the impressive giant animation, the exhibition will also feature computer animations to introduce the wisdom of ancient Chinese architecture, culture and transport, and panels and artifacts on the significance of the Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival in Chinese art and culture, the story of the Song dynasty, such as its landscape, people's daily life, and achievements in science and technology, as well as the making of the animated version of the painting. There will be a series of public lectures during the exhibition period.

Jointly presented by the Shanghai Municipal People's Government and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government
Jointly organised by the Bureau of Shanghai World Expo Coordination and the Leisure and Cultural Services Department
Solely sponsored by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust

Biodiversity in Hong Kong

(30-04-2010 (Fri) - 31-08-2010 (Tue))

Hong Kong's biodiversity remains remarkable despite its tiny landmass and the huge changes that man has caused to the landscape over the centuries. The tropical location, mountainous landscape and corresponding variety of habitats are major factors in supporting its rich biodiversity. More than 800 vertebrates with 500 bird species and nearly 2,500 plants have been recorded in the past 100 years. Of invertebrates, thousands of insects are known and it is believed that the total for all land and freshwater invertebrates may reach 25,000. The number of species is astonishing.

The "Biodiversity in Hong Kong" exhibition aims at introducing the rich animal species found in Hong Kong and arousing public's awareness towards the importance of conservation of wildlife and natural environment. More than 30 live specimens that are commonly found in Hong Kong will be displayed. These include the Romer's Tree Frog which is endemic to Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Paradise Fish which is the only freshwater fish named after Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Newt which was first discovered in Hong Kong and other species which are found commonly in countryside, such as Asian Common Toad, Common Blind Snake, Macrobrachium hainanese, Hong Kong Freshwater Crab, Dung Beetles and Lema coromandeliana. In addition, visitors can learn about the body structures of insects, and classification of animals and vote for their favourite animals in wetlands through interactive exhibits.

Jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden and WWF-Hong Kong

Biodiversity in China - An Exhibition on China's Wildlife Specimens

(18-12-2009 (Fri) - 31-08-2010 (Tue))

China boasts a vast area with diverse landforms, complex river networks, numerous lakes and extreme climate regimes. It has provided favourable natural conditions for the formation and development of a variety of biological and ecological systems, making it one of the countries with the richest biodiversity in the world. To introduce the richness of plant and animal species of China, "Biodiversity in China – An Exhibition on China's Wildlife Specimens" exhibition displays over 400 wildlife specimens originated from the Yangtze River Basin and western China which under categories of river fishes, commercial fishes, amphibians, reptiles, wetland birds, alpine birds, forest mammals, alpine mammals, insects and plants. Together with environmental settings, these specimens reflect the unique characteristics of various natural habitats in China.

This is the first time the specimens are on display in Hong Kong. Many of them are endangered species unique to China and are under first class or second class state protection, such as the Giant Panda, Snub-nosed Monkey, Chinese Sturgeon, White Stork, tiger, Takin, Baiji, Chinese Alligator, Chinese Three-tailed Swallowtail and plant species such as Dawn Redwood, Dove tree and Fakienia. The United Nations has declared 2010 as the International Year of Biodiversity. It is hoped that by viewing this exhibition, visitors would better appreciate the interactions between different kinds of animals in the natural environment, and understand the importance of conservation of wildlife habitats.

The specimens are provided by Chongqing Natural History Museum

A Tribute to Professor Charles Kao - Father of Fibre Optics

(08-12-2009 (Tue) - 10-03-2010 (Wed))

To commemorate Prof. Charles Kao's being awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physics for his groundbreaking achievements in optical communication, "A Tribute to Prof. Charles Kao - Father of Fibre Optics" exhibition introduces his academic life and highlights his significant achievements in the past forty years. Coming with information panels and material display, interactive exhibits on fibre optics will also be on show for visitor manipulation. These exhibits could help explain the theory behind the technology and its wide applications in daily life.

Jointly presented by the Hong Kong Science Museum and The Chinese University of Hong Kong

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))


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