Permanent Exhibition Brief
Covering a total area of 1,600 square metres, the "Hall of the Cosmos" and "Hall of Space Exploration" house a hundred exhibits of which about 70 per cent are interactive design. With the aid of interesting hands-on exhibits and advanced equipment coupled with lighting effects and environmental decorations, the exhibition introduces astronomy and space science in a vivid approach.
The "Hall of the Cosmos" on the ground floor showcases the Universe from near to far, travelling from the solar system that we are living in, to the stars, Milky Way and galaxies further away and exploring the science and evolution of the universe all along the way. The "Aurora" exhibit allows visitors to adjust the strength of solar wind inside a vacuum tube to create an aurora on an Earth model. "Icy Bodies" creates comets with dry ice to simulate their jets and movements. "Big Bang Theatre" displays the evolution of the Universe from the Big Bang to the present era. "Gravity Surfing" allows visitors to stand on surfing boards to venture through different celestial objects to understand the warping of space by gravity.
The "Hall of Space Exploration" on the first floor depicts the development of space exploration and space technology. You may enter an upside down virtual space station to experience the disorientation feeling in weightlessness environment or drive yourself by turning a fixed steering wheel in "Action and Reaction" so as to understand the reaction principle in rocket propulsion.
For details of admission fees, please refer to Ticketing Information.
Admission to the exhibition halls by session has been cancelled from 1 April 2019. Full-time students or Museum Pass holders are only required to present valid student identification or Museum Pass for free admission. It is not required to make a booking online.
"Man in Space" showcases the history of human space exploration.
"Walking in Space" shows the Chinese extravehicular activity spacesuit to allow visitors to know its structure.
"Disorientation in Space" allows visitors to enter an upside down virtual space station to experience the disorientation feeling in the weightlessness environment in space.
"Weightlessness in Space" allows visitors to pull up a small astronaut model and observe its state of weightlessness as it falls.
"Action and Reaction" allows visitors to drive themselves by turning a fixed steering wheel so as to understand the principle of reaction in rocket propulsion.
"Fire a Rocket" allows visitors to spark hydrogen gas to simulate rocket fuel burning.
"Docking in Space" tests your ability to control a space vehicle to dock with the International Space Station.
"Shenzhou Re-entry Capsule" provides a 3D photo effect for visitors inside a re-entry capsule.
"Countdown" allows visitors to simulate the launch of a Long March 2F rocket at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center.
"Solar Telescope" directs images from the solar telescope installed on the Space Museum's roof.
"Icy Bodies" creates comets with dry ice to simulate their jets and movements.
"Aurora" allows visitors to adjust the strength of solar wind inside a vacuum tube to create an aurora on an Earth model.
"Gravity Surfing" tests your ability to maneuver between celestial bodies by gravity assist.
"Relativity Bicycle" allows visitors to cycle near the "speed of light" and to experience the distorted space of the surroundings.
"Cosmic Rays" employs a cloud chamber to allow visitors to see the visible trails of cosmic rays.
"The Big Bang" reveals the evolution of the Universe from the Big Bang.