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The Urban Council of Hong Kong first conceived the Hong Kong Science Museum in 1976. In the 80's, the Council proceeded with the design and development of the museum. Construction of the building started in March 1988 and was completed in September 1990. The Museum had its grand opening on 18 April 1991. In January 2000, Leisure and Cultural Services Department is set up to replace the Urban Council and the Regional Council to oversee the operation of the Hong Kong Science Museum and all the government museums, taking the development of Hong Kong's museums into a new era.
Since its opening, the Hong Kong Science Museum has become an ideal place for learning science. In contrast to traditional museums, the Science Museum encourages visitors to put their hands on, eyes on, ears on and minds on while they are operation the interactive exhibits.
The four-storey museum, adjacent to the Hong Kong Museum of History, occupies a site of 12000 square metres. The total gross floor area of the museum is 13500 square metres with the permanent exhibition halls alone covering a floor area of 6500 square metres. The purposed-built museum building is made up of a number of three-dimensional geometrical shapes. The main building is a rectangular block decorated with a cone and a dome on the roof, and with a semi-cylindrical-shaped lecture hall on its side.
The Museum has about 500 exhibits with 70 per cent of hands-on items for visitors of all ages. The most prominent exhibit in the museum is a 22-metre-high Energy Machine, When activated, the Machine will trigger a series of fascinating and spectacular audio and visual effects.
Apart from permanent exhibits, the Museum also displays temporary thematic exhibitions regularly on multifarious science topics supplemented by a full range of extension activities.



Last Modified: 22-08-2013

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