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.
To provide a better visiting experience, admission to the exhibition halls will be arranged by sessions with limited quota for each session.
Exhibition Halls Admission Session
|Mon||Tue*||Wed||Thu||Fri||Sat||Sun & PH**|
|10 am - 1 pm||X||X||X||X||X||✓||✓|
|1 - 3 pm||✓||X||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|3 - 5 pm||✓||X||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|5 - 7 pm||✓||X||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|7 - 9 pm||✓||X||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
* Closed on Tuesday (except Public Holidays)
** Closed on the first two days of the Chinese New Year. Closed at 5pm on Christmas Eve and Chinese New Year's Eve.
Visitors will be admitted to the exhibition halls within the selected session only. For details of admission fees, please refer to Ticketing Information.
Free admission on Wednesdays. Visitors are required to queue on site for admission by session.
Full-time students and museum pass holders are eligible for free admission to the Exhibition Halls and need not purchase tickets, but are required to book the admission session online before the visit (except Wednesdays). Booking will be available within one week of the visit.
| Online Booking for Free Admission to the Exhibition Halls |
(for full-time students and Museum Pass holders only)
"Man in Space" showcases the history of human space exploration
"Weightlessness in Space" allows visitors to pull up a small astronaut model and observe its state of weightlessness as it falls
"Shenzhou Re-entry Capsule" provides a 3D photo effect for visitors inside a re-entry capsule
"Disorientation in Space" allows visitors to enter an upside down virtual space station to experience the disorientation feeling in the weightlessness environment in space. Seven projectors are employed here to project the images in synchronization to simulate the visual effect in the weightlessness environment!
"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
"Countdown" allows visitors to simulate the launch of a Long March 2F rocket at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center
"Aurora" allows visitors to adjust the strength of solar wind inside a vacuum tube to create an aurora on an Earth model
"Cosmic Rays" employs a cloud chamber to allow visitors to see the visible trails of cosmic rays
"Icy Bodies" creates comets with dry ice to simulate their jets and movements