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International Museum Day Hong Kong opens today

The two-day "International Museum Day 2004, Hong Kong", organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), kicks off today (May 15).

Under the theme of "Enjoying, Learning and Exploring at Museums", 23 museums and cultural institutions from Guangdong Province, Macau and Hong Kong participate in the event.

The highlight programme of this event - Museum Exposition, held at the Piazza and Special Exhibition Hall of Hong Kong Science Museum, also started today.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the International Museum Day, the Director of Leisure and Cultural Services, Ms Anissa Wong Sean-yee, said that museums in Hong Kong had over the years been introducing rich and diverse programmes to meet public needs.

Ms Wong said: "To foster a better understanding and closer cultural co-operation with cities in the Pearl River Delta region, museums from Guangdong Province and Macau have also been invited to take part in the International Museum Day this year.

"We hope that the event will enhance the communication and cultural exchange between these cities," said Ms Wong.

The two-day Museum Exposition provides glamorous booth and stall games as well as programmes for family such as puppet show, talks on tea and Chinese medicine, model making, origami workshop, and a "Treasure Hunting" game. It is open from 10am to 6pm daily and admission is free.

Booths of 23 cultural institutions at the Special Exhibition Hall of Science Museum also provide details of individual museum's collection, characteristics, services and activities.

Apart from visiting the Museum Exposition, members of the public can get the chance to visit all the local participating museums free of charge and view more than 80 exhibitions. Other entertaining activities include lectures on museum work and exhibitions, demonstrations on art and traditional handicrafts, model making, children's programmes, free guided tours and behind-the-scenes tour.

To encourage more people to visit local museums frequently, a "Hong Kong Museum Tour" game is also organised. Visitors to the Museum Exposition will receive a game card to take part in the game to be held from May 17 to August 29. Participants will be given items including souvenir cover with a stamp of no face value printed with individual museum, souvenir mug or a one-year museum pass issued by LCSD while stocks last.

And visitors can fill in an opinion card inside the Museum Guide Book about the participating Hong Kong museums. Completed cards should be sent to the related museum on or before August 29. Fifty winners in a lucky draw to be held on September 3, will each be presented with a one-year museum pass issued by LCSD.

"International Museum Day 2004, Hong Kong" is organised for the fourth time in support of the International Museum Day first designated on May 18, 1978 by the International Council of Museums.

Participating cultural institutions 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, Hong Kong Correctional Services Museum, The Hong Kong Planning and Infrastructure Exhibition Gallery, Guangdong Provincial Department of Culture and The Museum of Macao.

Programme Booklets and Museum Guide Books with details of the "International Museum Day 2004, Hong Kong" are now available at all participating Hong Kong institutions. Information is also available on the website at . For enquiries, call 2724 9033 or 2724 9026.

Ends/Saturday, May 15, 2004
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