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Visitors to Museum of Art during extended hours will receive souvenir

The Hong Kong Museum of Art had extended its Saturday opening hours by two hours to 8pm and those who visited the museum during these extended hours would receive a souvenir while stocks lasted, a spokesman for the Leisure and Cultural Services Department said today (August 3).

The extended Saturday hours begin this month (August).

“Extending opening hours on Saturdays is a new service for the Museum of Art which aims to give flexibility in visiting hours,” the spokesman said. “From now on, the museum will open from 10am to 6pm from Monday to Wednesday and on Fridays, Sundays and public holidays; and from 10am to 8pm on Saturdays. It will be closed on Thursdays except those that fall on public holidays.

“To help visitors familiarise themselves with the extended opening hours and to encourage more visits to the Museum of Art, a nicely designed Octopus cardholder with the image of a masterpiece by an impressionist will be offered to visitors who visit the museum between 6pm and 8pm on Saturdays.

“There is a set of cardholders of four different designs to be given away on rotation. These cardholders, with images of impressionists’ masterpieces from the collection of the Musee d’Orsay, Paris, are delightful collectables for visitors,” the spokesman said.

The mission of the Museum of Art is to preserve the cultural heritage of China and promote art with a local focus. Its collections now number in excess of 14,000 items, including Chinese paintings and calligraphy works, antique Chinese treasures, paintings of historical significance and creations by local artists.

Highlights of the museum’s collections are on display in the exhibition galleries. To maintain an international character, the museum also presents a variety of exhibitions drawn from local and overseas sources. Currently showing are “The World of Etruscans” which runs until September 10, and the latest exhibition “Hair Dialogue” which runs until October 8.

The Museum of Art is located at 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. For enquiries, call 2721 0116.

Ends/Thursday, August 3, 2006

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