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Hong Kong joins international museum celebration May 16-18


Museum Panorama, a festival of games, exhibits and educational activities, will take over the piazza of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre May 16-18 in honour of International Museum Day 2003.

It will mark the third year that Hong Kong has observed the celebration, which was inaugurated on May 18, 1978 by the International Council of Museums.

A total of 26 museums and cultural organisations from Hong Kong and Macau will participate in International Museum Day 2003, Hong Kong to promote public understanding of the important role played by museums.

The theme of Museum Panorama is "Discovering Museums". Attractions include scientific demonstrations, mime performances, an a cappella concert for eight voices, an origami workshop, astronomy kit making and solar observation, Cantonese opera dressing, and tank model making.

A highlight is Blazing Science, a show presented by Mik Jacobs, a famous museum educator from the United States. He will pierce the veil of mystery surrounding pyrotechnics, from the florid flashes of fireworks to the closely guarded secrets of motion-picture fire stunts.

The public will have free admission to more than 80 exhibitions organised by the 26 participating museums and organisations May 16-18. There will also be free guided-tours, lectures on museum work and exhibitions, demonstrations of art and traditional handicrafts, dim-sum making, model making and children's programmes.

And everyone who visits a museum before August 31 will receive a souvenir card showing representative museum collections. Those who visit five or more museums before August 31 will receive a set of Discovering Museums VCDs while stocks last.

Participating organisations include: Hong Kong Heritage Museum and its branches, Hong Kong Museum of History and its branches, Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, Hong Kong Science Museum, Hong Kong Space Museum, Hong Kong Film Archive, Antiquities and Monuments Office, Central Conservation Section under LCSD, Art Promotion Office, Museum of Ethnology, Police Museum, Tung Wah Museum, The Hong Kong Racing Museum, Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences, Po Leung Kuk Museum, University Museum and Art Gallery of The University of Hong Kong, Art Museum of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Lions Nature Education Centre, and The Museum of Macao.

Programme booklets are now available from the participating organisations. Information is also available on the LCSD website at For enquiries, please call 2732 3223.

End/Saturday, May 10, 2003

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