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Special Exhibition

The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: "Western Scientific Instruments of the Qing Court" Exhibition

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 effort 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.

"Western Scientific Instruments of the Qing Court" Exhibition is one that merges science and history. About 120 artefacts presented in this exhibition are selected from the Western science and technology collection of the Palace Museum. These artefacts cover eight main themes: paintings, astronomy, mathematics, measurement, medicine, weapons, clocks and watches, and articles for daily use. Many of these historic relics are being exhibited in Hong Kong for the first time. These historic treasures of immense scientific value are a testimony to scientific and cultural exchanges between China and the West. Moreover, 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.

Exhibition Period: 26-06-2015 (Fri) – 23-09-2015 (Wed)
Venue: Special Exhibition Hall, Hong Kong Science Museum
Admission Fee: $35, $24.5#,$17.5* (Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays, fee including admission to the Permanent Exhibition Hall)
$10, $7#, $5* (Wednesdays)

#Special rate of Standard Ticket for groups of 20 people or more per visit
*Applicable to full-time students, people with disabilities (and one accompanying minder) and senior citizens aged 60 or above
Free admission for Museum Pass holders and children under 4 years old accompanied by an adult with ticket
No free admission for Museum Weekly Pass holders

Jointly presented by Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the Palace Museum
Jointly organised by the Hong Kong Science Museum and the Palace Museum
Solely sponsored by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust
Acknowledgement: Design and Cultural Studies Workshop


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Last Modified: 09-07-2015

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