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June
Free admission to swimming pools and museums on Open Days

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Admission to public swimming pools and museums will be free of charge tomorrow (July 1) on the first day of the Open Days organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

It is one of the five Open Days to be held during July as part of the Government's Relaunch Hong Kong Campaign. The Open Days aim to encourage the public to use these sports and cultural facilities to enrich their quality of life.

A spokesman for the department said the public could use any of 35 public swimming pools, which were open for three sessions daily, free of charge on the Open Days.

The public will be admitted subject to the normal capacity of the pools. "They can show up and queue at the pool of their choice for free admission in an orderly manner for each session," the spokesman added.

"If a pool has reached its maximum capacity, public on the queue are required to wait for their turn until previously admitted swimmers leave the pool."

Meanwhile, six major Leisure and Cultural Services museums will, apart from their permanent exhibitions, also open their special exhibitions to the public free of charge during the Open Days.

They include "Hong Kong Story" and "We Shall Overcome - Plagues in Hong Kong History" at the Hong Kong Museum of History; "More Than Just Food - Ceramic Art", "Alan Chan - The Art of Living" (from July 6), and "City and Country Life - Sydney D Gamble's Photographs of China 1908-1932" at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum.

The Hong Kong Museum of Art will showcase "Sun Xingge - An Exhibition of Chinese Painting and Calligraphy" and "Hong Kong Cityscapes - Ink Painting in Transition"; while the Hong Kong Science Museum will feature exhibitions on "SARS and Viruses", "Sciencetunnel" and "Fruit Fly-Drosophila".

The Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence will exhibit "Archery Traditions of Asia" and the Hong Kong Space Museum (Exhibition Halls only) will display 59 groups of exhibits on space science and astronomy.

"During the five Open Days no permits are required for entry to the museums and admission will be subject to their normal capacity restrictions," the spokesman said.

As for indoor sports facilities, all the free permits for badminton courts in the 18 districts have been distributed and only a limited number of free permits for squash courts, table tennis tables, American pool tables and fitness rooms are still available for tomorrow.

People who want to enjoy free sports facilities tomorrow can check with the respective venues for availability.

The other Open Days are scheduled for four consecutive Sundays - July 6, 13, 20 and 27.

End/Monday, June 30, 2003

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