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International Museum Day Hong Kong to launch on May 14 and 15

More than 30 museums and cultural institutions from Guangdong Province, Hong Kong and Macau will participate in the "International Museum Day 2005, Hong Kong" on May 14 and 15, organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD).

"International Museum Day 2005, Hong Kong" is in support of the International Museum Day first designated on May 18, 1978, by the International Council of Museums. It is being organised locally for the fifth time.

People will be able to visit 26 local museums and cultural institutions free of charge (except the Special Exhibition Hall of the Hong Kong Science Museum and the Stanley Ho Space Theatre of the Hong Kong Space Museum) and view more than 100 exhibitions. More than 200 programmes will also be organised for this special event.

Meanwhile, a Museum Panorama with a theme "Museums Bridging Cultures", will be held at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum at 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin during May 14 and 15. Open from 10am to 6pm daily, the two-day colorful Panorama will provide visitors with entertaining booth games and a series of educational activities.

The Museum Panorama contains three main parts -- Theatre Programme, Interactive Zone and Courtyard Carnival.

Theatre Programme will include several informative talks on Chinese medicine, health, Cantonese opera and architecture.

In Interactive Zone, workshops with interesting contents such as Chinese book binding method, model making of Mars globe, warship and museums and Chinese martial art will be organised.

Booths of 18 museums and cultural institutions from Guangdong Province, Macau and Hong Kong will be featured in the Courtyard Carnival. It will provide details of individual museum, their characteristics, services and activities.

The "Gems of Museums", to be held at the Thematic Gallery 3 and 4 at the Heritage Museum, is another highlight of this year's International Museum Day. Representative collections selected from more than 10 major local museums will be on display, giving visitors a glimpse of diversified collections of local museums.

To encourage more people to visit local museums frequently, visitors to the Museum Panorama will receive an "IMD Game Card" which enable them to take part in a game to be held from May 14 to August 31. Participants who bring along this game card and visit a participating museum or institution will get a stamp and receive a souvenir card. If 18 stamps are collected, participants can get an "International Museum Day 2005, Hong Kong" souvenir watch. The souvenirs are available for collection while stocks last.

Other programmes for International Museum Day include lectures on the work and functions of museums, demonstrations on art and traditional handicrafts, model making, children's programmes, free guided tours and behind-the-scenes tours.

This year, International Museum Day also sees the participation of museums and cultural institutions from Guangdong Province and Macau. Participating institutions include: Hong Kong Museum of History and its branches, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong Heritage Museum and its branches, Hong Kong Science Museum, Hong Kong Space Museum, Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence, Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, Hong Kong Film Archive, Central Conservation Section under LCSD, Antiquities and Monuments Office, Art Promotion Office, Museum of Ethnology, Foods of Mankind Museum, Tung Wah Museum, Po Leung Kuk Museum, The Hong Kong Racing Museum, University Museum and Art Gallery of The University of Hong Kong, Art Museum of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Planning and Infrastructure Exhibition Gallery, Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences, Hong Kong Correctional Services Museum, Police Museum, Guangdong Provincial Department of Culture, Guangzhou Municipal Bureau of Culture and The Museum of Macao.

Programme Booklets with details of the "International Museum Day 2005, Hong Kong" will be available at all participating Hong Kong institutions starting May 7. Information will also be available on the website at starting May 7. For enquiries, please call 2180 8188.

Ends/Friday, April 29, 2005
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