Strategically located at the seaside of Tsim Sha Tsui, the Hong Kong Space Museum commenced its construction in 1977. Mr. Joseph Ming Gun LEE of the Public Works Department was the chief architect of the project. Hong Kong Space Museum was commissioned in October 1980. It is the first local planetarium for the popularisation of astronomy and space science. The unique egg-shaped dome renders the 8000-square-metre museum to be one of the most famous landmarks in Hong Kong.
The Museum comprises two wings - east and west. The former, the planetarium's nucleus, has an egg-shaped dome structure. Beneath it are the Space Theatre, the Hall of the Cosmos, OMNIMAX projector room, workshops and offices. The west wing houses the Hall of Space Exploration, the Lecture Hall, the Gift Shop and offices.
Inside the Space Theatre, there is a hemispherical projection dome with a diameter of 23 metres. Boasting the first OMNIMAX film projector in the eastern hemisphere, the Museum is also the first planetarium in the world to possess a fully automatic control system at its Space Theatre. Each year, the Museum produces Sky Show to be displayed using the digital planetarium projection system, and introduces the best foreign OMNIMAX films and 3D Dome Shows to Hong Kong.
The Museum has two thematic exhibition halls: the Hall of the Cosmos and the Hall of Space Exploration on the ground and first floors respectively. The exhibits, predominately interactive, enable visitors to learn through a series of entertaining and educational experiences.
Last but not the least, the Museum organises plenty of extension activities each year, including Stargazing in light-flooded city, Starry Wonderland, fun astronomy classes, lectures and astronomy film shows, and observation programmes for special astronomical events etc. You can also find a lot of information related to stargazing, basic astronomy, astronomical news and educational resources in the Museum's homepage.