Past Special Exhibitions
"Wonder Materials – Graphene and Beyond" Exhibition
|15-12-2017 (Fri) – 18-04-2018 (Wed)|
What is invisible to the human eye, thinner than a human hair and 200 times tougher than steel? Graphene. Graphene is a planar form of carbon with unique and exceptional properties: it is super lightweight, highly conductive and ultra-strong. It is the world's first two-dimensional material isolated from graphite. The breakthrough was led by Professor Andre Geim and Professor Konstantin Novoselov at the University of Manchester in 2004. Their pioneering work on graphene led to their being awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2010. This wonder material could revolutionise electronics, medicine, energy and desalination, as well as a wide range of industries.
"Miffy and the Ocean" exhibition
|07-04-2017 (Fri) – 13-12-2017 (Wed)|
"Miffy and the Ocean" exhibition is specially designed with an unique environment for young visitors, and comprises a group of interactive exhibits and video programmes that allow them to learn more about sea creatures and arouse their awareness of the crisis in our oceans through "Miffy", a well-known character created by a Dutchman Dick Bruna in 1955. The exhibition is opened along with Children's Gallery to enhance its educational content and attractiveness.
Zürich meets Hong Kong Festival - A Virtual and Augmented Experience from Zurich
|21-10-2017 (Sat) – 29-10-2017 (Sun)|
Switzerland ranked No. 4 in the World's Happiness Survey. This annual report looks at different metrics of well-being in countries around the world. Zurich is consistently recognized as one of the most livable cities in the world. Switzerland was also ranked as the number one most innovative country in the 2017 Global Innovation Index. The Zürich meets Hong Kong Festival to be held in Hong Kong on 21-29 October 2017 will showcase the advanced science and technology that foster Zurich as one of the happiest and Smart Cities in the world.
"The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: Eternal Life – Exploring Ancient Egypt" Exhibition
|02-06-2017 (Fri) – 18-10-2017 (Wed)|
Ancient Egyptian society in the Nile valley was one of the oldest civilisations in the world. The fertile Nile flood plain gave the inhabitants the opportunity to develop a settled agricultural economy and a sophisticated, centralised society, which became a cornerstone in the history of human civilisation.
Ancient Egypt holds an enduring fascination for people around the world. Early investigation of Egyptian mummies required them to be unwrapped, which might lead to certain damage to the bodies. However, the advent of sophisticated imaging techniques has virtually eliminated the need to disturb their coverings. This exhibition employs the latest computerised tomography (CT) scanning technology to study Egyptian mummies in the British Museum's collection, allowing researchers to gain new insights into the funerary traditions in the Nile valley. These findings have inspired further research, which in turn, has revealed more about life in ancient Egypt.
This exhibition is solely sponsored by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust. It introduces six Egyptian mummies between 3,000 and 1,800 years old. Along with the mummy displays and around 200 invaluable objects, digital interpretation of the mummies demonstrates how non-invasive CT allows archaeologists and other specialists to determine the age and gender of the mummified bodies, and to learn more about the diet, state of health, mummification process and religious practices of the ancient Egyptians. In order to further enhance the visitor experience and provide an in-depth understanding of the meaning of the afterlife in ancient Egyptian society, the Hong Kong Science Museum has designed and developed a multimedia programme and a series of interactive exhibits using the latest technologies, such as 3D projection mapping, virtual reality and holograms, to decipher the myths behind the statues and symbols, and to comprehensively illustrate the technological development of ancient Egypt.
Jointly presented by Leisure and Cultural Services Department and The Trustees of the British Museum
Inspiration – Dreams Come True
|10-02-2017 (Fri) – 19-04-2017 (Wed)|
On 28 August 2016, the first Hong Kong registered homebuilt aircraft named B-KOO "Inspiration" successfully taken off from Hong Kong to start a 3-month Round the World (RTW) journey. It carried the spirit of Hong Kong and travelled across 20 countries and landed at 40 airports, with a total flying distance of approximately 50,000 kilometres. On 13 November 2016, it marked a splendorous moment by completing its RTW journey.
The exhibition displays the B-KOO "Inspiration" aircraft, tools used to build the aircraft, aircraft parts, flight instruments, flight logbooks, avionics equipment, emergency survival kit and so forth. The science behind flying and the journey of "Inspiration" will also be introduced through graphic panels, interactive game and video programmes. We hope that by reviewing this pride of Hong Kong journey, young generations will be inspired to persist their dreams and work hard to make their dreams come true.
Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department
T-Rex Revealed – The Augmented + Virtual Reality Experience
|02-12-2016 (Fri) – 01-03-2017 (Wed)|
Welcome to the dinosaur exhibition with entirely virtual experience. In traditional dinosaur exhibitions, you may only see precious fossils, relevant illustrations and text. Today's advanced technology has made new presentation techniques possible, immersing visitors in a virtual world and even allowing them to interact with the featured elements of the exhibitions. "T-Rex Revealed – The Augmented + Virtual Reality Experience" is the first exhibition that integrates cutting-edge technology with the latest scientific achievements. Making use of Augmented Reality (AR) technology, the exhibition creates an immersive and adventurous experience, taking visitors into the vivid world of dinosaurs.
Tyrannosaurus was the most ferocious carnivorous dinosaur and is certainly the most famous. It had serrated teeth as sharp as a steak knife, and its crushing bite was about 3 times stronger than that of a crocodile which has the most powerful bite among animals today. It was a matchless monster in the prehistoric world. Imagine how shocking it would be if a Tyrannosaurus was chasing its prey just in front of you! In this exhibition, various interactive exhibits employing the latest AR technology and video programmes take you back to the prehistoric world 66 million years ago, enabling you to have a close encounter with the Tyrannosaurus, and learn about its body structure, living habits, how it took care of its young, and the features that made it the top predator. There is also a Virtual Reality (VR) technology-based exhibit, which allows visitors to fly with pterosaurs through ancient forests to look for dinosaur footprints.
Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department
|11-11-2016 (Fri) – 11-01-2017 (Wed)|
MARS Exhibition explores the possibility of Mars exploration by human and brings you a breathtaking experience of Mars voyage through virtual reality computer programmes. It divides into the 3 zones: Initiation, Preparation and Arrival in order to explain the challenges that will be faced by human while living on Mars.
"Initiation" zone highlights visitors with the breakthroughs and science that have made a journey to Mars possible through interactive exhibits and audiovisual programmes.
"Preparation" zone focuses on Mars itself. Scientific facts of Mars, including the ways how astronauts prepare and live on Mars are explored. Immersive displays featuring landscape images from the Mars environment and the simulated habitat unit involved during the mission are shown as well.
"Arrival" zone is a demonstration session of the exhibition. Through VR technology, visitor could feel like hurtling through space, landing on the red planet and taking the first step in this alien environment.
Jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and National Geographic Channel
|01-07-2016 (Fri) – 02-11-2016 (Wed)|
The animal world is rich and colourful. While exploring the behaviour and habits of animals, biologists have discovered some interesting phenomena not commonly known by people. These weird behaviour and unique habits, though not acceptable to humans, leave clues for us to discover the skills of animals fighting for survival.
This summer, the Science Museum invites families to join an amazing tour. In the "zoo" of Animal Grossology, you will not see lovely giraffes, and there are neither big elephants nor mighty lions. Instead, you will only find the big fly, manure-loving dung beetles, a large cow, bloodsucking animals and more. The "Animal Grossology" exhibition is developed based on the best-selling "Animal Grossology" children book written on the themes of uncanny and disgusting animal physiology. Through some strange creatures such as those born with a slimy surface, a ruminant's digestive system, a blood-sucking habit and dung-eating behaviour, it introduces the world of fascinating gross animals. The exhibition features 16 exhibit modules designed with interactive exhibits and robotic animal characters to provide scientific facts on these stinky, disgusting and slimy animals. The exhibition enables visitors to understand how these creatures play an important role in nature.
Collider: Step inside the World's Greatest Experiment
|18-3-2016 (Fri) – 25-05-2016 (Wed)|
Everything is made of particles, including our bodies, the mountains and rivers of the Earth, the solar system and all the celestial objects of the universe. However, scientists still don't have a complete understanding of their types and properties. They believe that the origin of the universe will be revealed once they are able to delve into the secrets of particles. But it is not easy to observe a particle, which is even smaller than an atom. The huge amount of manpower and resources required to do so is unbelievable.
The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) is an international organisation devoted to exploring the mysteries of the universe. It has been gathering thousands of top scientists and engineers from around the world, and designed and built the world's largest and most powerful particle accelerator consisting of a 27-kilometre ring of superconducting magnets, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), located across the border between Switzerland and France. Inside the collider, scientists carry out experiments by colliding two high-energy particle beams which travel at close to the speed of light. By analysing the data obtained, scientists are able to reveal clues about how particles interact and gain an insight into the fundamental laws of nature.
Through multimedia programmes, simulated laboratory environments, interactive exhibits and real components, including a 2-tonne superconducting magnet, this exhibition aims to present the special design and specialised detectors of the world's largest and most complex experimental facility, the LHC. The exhibition will also highlight the role played by those components in the cutting-edge research of the Standard Model of particle physics, dark matter, antimatter, and the Big Bang as well as how scientists use them to reveal the secrets of the universe.
Besides foreign scientists, Hong Kong researchers have also been involved and made important contributions to the experiment. The exhibition will also introduce the achievements of the Hong Kong research group and share the challenges of their research work.
Jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and Jonathan KS Choi Foundation
Out to Sea? The Plastic Garbage Project
|27-11-2015 (Fri) – 17-02-2016 (Wed)|
Plastic is a kind of polymer with a high molecular weight. Because of its characteristics of light weight, high durability, malleability and low production cost, it has been widely applied in our everyday lives. Although it is very convenient to use, it fails to degrade naturally even after hundreds of years and as such causes tremendous problems for landfill sites. Furthermore, the combustion of plastic generates toxic substances. When plastic rubbish gets into the oceans, it can be carried by the ocean currents and ends up forming sea garbage gyres which threaten the marine ecosystem to a large extent.
This exhibition combines elements of science and art. A large centrepiece comprising plastic flotsam collected from the beach cleaning operations in the North Sea, Hawaii, the Baltic Sea and the rest of the world is displayed with the aim of arousing public awareness of plastic waste. In addition, the exhibition also makes use of different video footage and interactive exhibits featuring unique designs. Through the exhibition, visitors can gain an in-depth understanding of the chemical composition, classification and recycling processes of different plastic materials, and also learn about the harmful effects of plastic waste on birds and marine animals. The aim is to let us realise that we must curtail our consumption of plastic and encourage the recycling of plastic immediately.
To enrich the educational experience of the exhibition, we have specially invited the students of the "Project WeCan" to collect plastic garbage from the beach, classify them, and make different works of art using plastic garbage for display in the exhibition.
Jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and Consulate General of Switzerland in Hong Kong
The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: "Western Scientific Instruments of the Qing Court" Exhibition
|(26-06-2015 (Fri) to 23-09-2015 (Wed))|
China has a rich cultural heritage, and Chinese science and technology contributed significantly to global civilisations in historical times. In the process of science and technological development in various historical eras, China had made exchanges with western countries in varying degrees. In the latter periods of Ming dynasty, European missionaries travelled vast distances to come to China to spread the Christian faith. While devoting much efforts to learn the Chinese culture, they intrigued the Chinese scholars and the Emperor with Western science and technology and exquisite novelties with a view to cultivating friendships. During the Qing dynasty, Emperor Kangxi had a strong personal interest in Western scientific disciplines such as mathematics and natural science and he was noted for his studious efforts in studying science. He even invited European missionaries to come to China to teach Western scientific knowledge and a large number of Western scientific apparatuses were introduced to China. He also ordered the imperial court to manufacture scientific instruments. It was during this period that scientific and cultural exchanges between China and the West reached the greatest heights.
The "Western Scientific Instruments of the Qing Court" Exhibition is one that merges science and history. It is one of three exhibitions of "The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series" solely sponsored by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust this year. About 120 exhibits presented in this exhibition are selected from the Western science and technology collection of the Palace Museum. These exhibits cover eight main themes: paintings, astronomy, mathematics, measurement, medicine, weapons, articles for daily use, clocks and watches. Many of these historic relics are being exhibited in Hong Kong for the first time. Some of the highlights in this exhibition are the gilt-silver armillary sphere; All nations coming to the court to present tributes by court painter under the imperial edict of Emperor Qianlong, to show off the power and might of the Qing Empire; an iron gun used by Emperor Kangxi; a clock with a barometer and a thermometer; a hand-cranked mutoscope; a British-made bicycle once used by China's last Emperor Puyi; many exquisite clocks and watches, as well as science publications in the Qing Dynasty. Through these historic relics, the audience may reflect upon the causes for Chinese science and technology to lag behind the West during the Qing Dynasty. Hence, they may gain an insight into the importance of science and technology to the advancement of our society.
Jointly presented by Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the Palace Museum
|(12-12-2014 (Fri) to 15-04-2015 (Wed))|
Scientists are marvellous magicians who can "turn" stones into gold. Through their efforts, glass becomes almost unbreakable; metal can revert into its original shape by itself after bending; polymers can be converted into the mysterious water absorbent; sand can be transformed into indispensable microchips that we are widely used nowadays. Of course, all these are not magic, but are the results of continuous efforts of scientists on research of the properties of materials and their innovative applications.
"Move and Play!"
|(20-06-2014 (Fri) to 29-10-2014 (Wed))|
No matter how old and how strong you are, you require your brain to coordinate your sensory, musculoskeletal and nervous system to allow you to move smoothly. If a fault occurs in your coordination, your movements would instantly fall into disarray. "Move and Play!" is an exciting and fun-filled exhibition packed with 20 groups of very challenging exhibits. The exhibits not only give you a chance to show to others your remarkable physical skills and a chance to test your body coordination skill, but also introduce to you the involved sensory and mental processes and hence enhance your knowledge about your different senses including sight, hearing, touch, proprioception and balance as well as the impact of physical exercise on your body.
Exhibition On "China's Lunar Exploration Programme"
|(21-07-2014 (Mon) to 24-08-2014 (Sun))|
In the vastness of space, the Moon brings human being endless fantasy and inspires science discoveries. The Moon is the closest celestial body and the only natural satellite of the Earth. Due to its unique position in space and resources, the Moon is the first ever stop in the universe that human beings can explore. China launched the lunar exploration project named "Chang'e Programme" in 2004. The programme aims at understanding the Moon in a scientific approach in order to explore lunar resources and develop space technology, which in turn fosters the growth of technology-based industries. In December 2013, the goal of China's first soft landing on the lunar surface and ground exploration on the Moon was achieved by the lander and Yutu Lunar Rover of Chang'e-3.
The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: Legends of the Giant Dinosaurs Exhibition
|(08-11-2013 (Fri) to 09-04-2014 (Wed))|
Throughout the extended history of the Earth, there comes a time when dinosaurs first appeared about 200 million years ago and become the ultimate ruler of the planet for 130 million years. Over long periods of time, the ancient landmass Pangaea broke apart into different continents as a result of plate tectonic movements. Dinosaurs evolved into a whole family of different species in order to adapt to the changing environment, but they ultimately could not escape from extinction and all disappeared from the Earth 66 million years ago. Thanks to the efforts of paleontologists, today we can have a glimpse of how dinosaurs had lived and reigned from the large number of fossils unearthed. Dinosaur fossils can be found on all continents and more than 1,000 species has been named. Today, China has become one of the places in the world where most dinosaur species are discovered and many of them are unique.
The Hong Kong Science Museum had organised a number of dinosaur exhibitions and all were well received. The "Legends of the Giant Dinosaurs" Exhibition was the largest ever presented in Hong Kong. This exhibition was solely sponsored by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust. In this exhibition, new technologies and presentation methods were used to introduce the largest Titanosaurus and the latest studies on dinosaurs. Occupying an area of 2,500 sq. metres, the exhibition was divided into four areas with different themes. They included a "Multimedia Theatre" which uses large-scale computer animations to bring visitors back to the age of dinosaurs, an "Animatronic Dinosaur Zoo" which employed robotic dinosaurs and interactive exhibits featured in the "Dino Jaws" Exhibition** to let visitors to learn about the eating behaviours of dinosaurs, a "Fossil Excavation Site" which allowed visitors to appreciate the hard work of excavation and repairing of fossils through a reconstructed dinosaurs burial site, as well as a "Fossil Gallery" that not only had more than 100 exotic fossils and exhibits from ten museums on display, but also interactive games developed with latest technologies to introduce to the visitors the latest discoveries in dinosaurs.
Solely sponsored by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust
Supporting Organisations: Dalian Natural History Museum, Dalian Xinghai Paleontological Museum, Inner Mongolia Museum, Beijing Museum of Natural History, Gansu Liujiaxia Dinosaur National Geopark, Henan Geological Museum, Chongqing Museum of Natural History, Lufeng Bureau of Land and Resources, Natural History Museum, London, Kokoro Company, Ltd., Japan, Science Visualization, U.S.A.
** Dino Jaws is featured in this exhibition and is owned by the Natural History Museum, London
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
|(01-06-2013 (Sat) to 01-09-2013 (Sun))|
Each year the Natural History Museum in London and BBC Worldwide organise the ‘Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition'. Regarded as the international leader in innovative visual representation of the natural world, the prestigious competition stimulates engagement with the diversity and beauty of the nature, and provides a showcase of the very best nature photography to thrill people around the globe.
The 'Wildlife Photographer of the Year' exhibition features a hundred winning pictures of the Competition of 2012. These pictures are chosen from over 48,000 striking and memorable images taken by amateur and professional photographers from 98 counties. They are chosen above all for their aesthetic qualities - but also for their extraordinary, often technically amazing and sometimes shocking reflections of events in nature. Of particular interest to most visitors are photo captions that describe the subjects and the backgrounds in which the photographs are captured.
In contrast to traditional way of presentation, the exhibition is displayed through duratrans. The backlit images add an outstanding cinematic dimension to the dramatic wildlife stills, showcasing a photographic collection that celebrates the beauty and magnificence of the world in which we live, as well as acting as a stark reminder of the fragility of nature.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year is co-owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide.