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International Museum Day 2006 on Saturday

“International Museum Day 2006, Hong Kong”, on Saturday (May 13), will kick off a two-day carnival, “Museum Panorama”, at the Piazza of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre and Hong Kong Museum of Art.

The Museum Panorama, running from 10am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday, at the Piazza of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, will provide visitors with entertaining booth games and a series of educational activities, demonstrations and performances.

More than 40 illustrated catalogues and books, along with CD-roms and stationery items, such as box folders, bookmarks, postcards and calendars, produced by the museums managed by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), will be on sale at 25% discount at the Panorama.

The selected publications, priced from $7 to $477, cover diversified topics in art, history, heritage, film, science and technology, as well as astronomy. To name a few, the “Metal, Wood, Water, Fire and Earth: Gems of Antiquities Collections in Hong Kong” and “Huang Yongyu at 80: An Art Exhibition” by the Hong Kong Museum of Art, the “Emerald-like Blue Rises” by Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, the “City of Victoria” and “Impressions of the East – The Art of George Chinnery” by Hong Kong Museum of History, the “Modern Chinese Naval History: New Perspectives” by Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence, the “Daily Life of a Qing Emperor”, “The Silk Road: Treasures from Xinjiang” and “A Century of Cantonese Opera” by Hong Kong Heritage Museum, “The Ancient Culture of Hong Kong: Archaeological Discoveries in Sha Ha, Sai Kung” by the Antiquities and Monuments Office, the “Hong Kong Cinema: From Handicraft to High Tech” and “I-GENERATIONs: Independent, Experimental and Alternative Creations from the 60s to Now” by the Hong Kong Film Archive, the “Moving Stars, Changing Scenes: Gems of the Ancient Chinese Astronomy Relics” by Hong Kong Science Museum, and the “Butterflies in the Starry Sky” and “Exploring the Solar System” by Hong Kong Space Museum. Book lovers should not miss this opportunity while stocks last.

To encourage people to pay frequent visits to the museums to enjoy their facilities, a booth handling applications for LCSD Museum Passes will be set up at the Panorama. A gift will be presented to those who purchase an LCSD Museum Pass during the two-day event. The scheme has three categories: individual, family and concessionary, which are available for one year and half a year. Pass holders are entitled to unlimited admission to the Hong Kong Science Museum (excluding some special exhibitions), Hong Kong Space Museum (excluding the Space Theatre’s programmes), Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong Museum of History, Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence and Hong Kong Heritage Museum during the validity period. They can also enjoy a 10% discount on participation in museum extension activities.

Apart from the Museum Panorama, educational and entertaining programmes including lectures on the work and functions of museums, workshops, guided tours, demonstrations, children’s programmes, video programmes and behind-the-scenes tours will be organised at different museums during the “Museum Two-week” from May 15 to 28.

Under the theme of “Museums and Young People”, “International Museum Day 2006, Hong Kong” has 30 museums and cultural institutions from Guangdong Province, Hong Kong and Macau taking part. They are the 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 and its Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre, Art Promotion Office, Museum of Ethnology, Hong Kong Maritime 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 Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao Special Administrative Region Government.

Programme booklets with details about “International Museum Day 2006, Hong Kong” are available at all local participating institutions. Information is also available on the website at . For enquiries, please call 2721 0116.

Ends/Thursday, May 11, 2006
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