Opened this Wednesday (July 25), the exhibition "The Majesty of All Under Heaven: The Eternal Realm of China's First Emperor" has received an overwhelming response from the public, with more than 11,000 people flocking to the Hong Kong Museum of History to view the largest exhibition of Qin terracotta figures ever held in Hong Kong. A spokesperson for the Hong Kong Museum of History said today (July 27) that advance tickets for this weekend (July 28 and 29) have already been sold out.
The spokesperson urged those who wish to visit the exhibition to purchase tickets in advance, and to check the availability of tickets on the website of the Hong Kong Museum of History at firstemperor.lcsd.gov.hk/en/ticketing.php before visiting the museum.
"It is expected that more visitors would be coming to visit the exhibition during the summer holidays, and we have learnt that some visitors were disappointed in the past few days when they came and could not buy tickets on the spot as their preferred viewing sessions were full. We therefore advise the public to buy tickets in advance at their nearest URBTIX outlets, or to make use of Internet booking via URBTIX (www.urbtix.hk) and credit card telephone booking (hotline: 2111 5999). Advance tickets are also available at the box office of the Hong Kong Museum of History," the spokesperson said.
Admission tickets are being sold in three phases as follows:
* Phase 1: from July 9 (for dates from July 25 to September 2)
* Phase 2: from August 20 (for dates from September 3 to October 14)
* Phase 3: from September 24 (for dates from October 15 to November 26)
The spokesperson said about 40,000 advance tickets for the first phase, covering the exhibition period from July 25 to September 2, have already been sold. Tickets for the weekend viewing sessions are most popular, with tickets for July 28 and 29 sold out and only a small number of tickets available for August 4 and 5.
For details of ticketing arrangements and ticket sales updates, please visit the exhibition website at firstemperor.lcsd.gov.hk/en/ticketing.php or call the museum (Tel: 2724 9042) or URBTIX (Tel: 2734 9009) for enquiries.
"The Majesty of All Under Heaven: The Eternal Realm of China's First Emperor" runs from July 25 to November 26. The exhibition is open daily from 9am to 10.30pm, with 17 scheduled viewing sessions. Each session lasts one and a half hours and accommodates 230 visitors. The first session starts at 9am while the last admission is at 9pm. Aside from public holidays, the exhibition gallery is closed on Tuesdays, the museum's rest day.
Admission to the exhibition is $10 per session for all visitors. Children under 4 years old are entitled to free admission when accompanied by an adult. As this is a special exhibition, free admission on Wednesdays and concession tickets are not applicable.
Free vouchers for Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) Museum Pass holders will be distributed at the museum in four time slots commencing at 8.45am, 11.45am, 2.45pm and 5.45pm for viewing sessions between two time slots (free vouchers for the last viewing sessions of the day will be distributed at 5.45pm) and the quota, 30 vouchers for each session, will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
Schools and registered non-profit-making organisations may apply for free admission along with a guided tour and free coach service for group visits of 20 or more people during the daytime and non-public-holiday sessions. Applications should be made two weeks before the visit is planned and will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Application forms can be downloaded from the exhibition website at firstemperor.lcsd.gov.hk.
Jointly presented by the LCSD and the Shaanxi Provincial Cultural Relics Bureau, the exhibition is co-organised by the Hong Kong Museum of History and the Shaanxi Cultural Heritage Promotion Center with the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust as the sole sponsor. It is one of the highlight programmes celebrating the 15th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
The Hong Kong Museum of History is located at 100 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. Its website is at hk.history.museum. For enquiries, please call 2724 9042.
Ends/Friday, July 27, 2012