International Museum Day 2019, Hong Kong
Museums as Cultural Hubs: The Future of Tradition
In 1977, the International Council of Museums (ICOM) designated 18 May as the annual International Museum Day (IMD) to raise public awareness of the important role that museums play in society. The Leisure and Cultural Services Department has responded to this important appeal since 2001 by organising IMD events in mid-May every year.
The theme of IMD 2019 will focus on "Museums as Cultural Hubs: The Future of Tradition". The role of museums in society is changing. Museums keep reinventing themselves in their quest for becoming more interactive, audience-focused, community-oriented, flexible, adaptable and mobile agencies. They have become cultural hubs functioning as platforms where creativity combines with knowledge and where visitors can also co-create, share and interact.
While preserving their primary missions – collecting, conservation, communication, research, exhibition – museums have transformed their practices to remain closer to the communities they serve. Today they look for innovative ways to tackle contemporary social issues and conflict. By acting locally, museums can also advocate and mitigate global problems, striving to meet the challenges of today's society proactively. As institutions at the heart of society, museums have the power to establish dialogue between cultures, to build bridges for a peaceful world and to define a sustainable future.
As museums increasingly grow into their roles as cultural hubs, they are also finding new ways to honour their collections, their histories and their legacies, creating traditions that will have new meaning for future generations and relevance for an increasingly diverse contemporary audience at a global level. This transformation, which will have a profound impact on museum theory and practice, also forces us to rethink the value of museums and to question the ethical boundaries that define the very nature of our work as museum professionals.
At once a focal point for the community and an integral part of a global network, museums offer a platform for translating local communities' needs and views into a global context.
This year, IMD in Hong Kong is scheduled on 18-19 May 2019. Over these two days, visitors will be admitted free* to most of the local participating venues, where a wide range of educational and entertaining programmes will be held. Come and be inspired!
For details of IMD 2019 in Hong Kong, please stay tuned for our updates on the Hong Kong Public Museums website: http://www.museums.gov.hk/IMD2019 .
*Except for special exhibitions and programmes, which have an admission fee
Special Programme at Hong Kong Science Museum
"The Elements of the Periodic Table" Science Demonstration Series
Among the 118 members of the Periodic Table, some are well known names as well as unfamiliar ones.
Dr. Jason Chan from the Department of Chemistry at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology will showcase spectacular experiments and unique element samples, by which you will be taken into the world of the elements to explore their individual properties and listen to their fascinating stories.
Venue: Demonstration Theatre, G/F Exhibition Hall, Hong Kong Science Museum
Date: 18-05-2019 (Saturday)
Time: 4:00pm – 4:30pm
Language: Cantonese supplemented with English
No extra fee for museum visitors of Permanent Exhibitions