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Special Exhibitions

The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: Treasures of Time

Exhibition Period: 07-12-2018 (Fri) – 10-04-2019 (Wed)

Since ancient times, humans have paid great attention to seasonal changes and performed time measurements using astrology. In order to measure time more precisely, different types of chronographs were invented. After being introduced by European missionaries to China during the late Ming and early Qing dynasties, mechanical clocks proved to be the most reliable and convenient time keepers. These "new products" were designed with novel and ingenious features. They not only reported time accurately, but also comprised a host of other mechanical devices. When the mechanical clocks were wound up, decorative flowers, birds and animals would move back and forth while music played at the same time. The Qing emperors were very fond of these clocks. The palace collected a large number of timepieces and kept them as decorations and furnishings. Later, the Imperial Workshops of the Qing Court were established specifically for the production of timepieces. It first imitated the European style and then gradually developed its own Chinese styles and designs.

"The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: Treasures of Time" exhibition merges science, history and art. Visitors will have an opportunity to appreciate a number of exquisite timepieces, learn more about time and the mechanisms of mechanical clocks from a scientific perspective, and gain a better understanding of the significance of cultural exchange and its historical meaning as well as technological achievements. The exhibition will display 120 magnificent clocks and watches from the collection of The Palace Museum. Some of the items in the collections were tributes from Britain, France and Switzerland, while others were manufactured by local craftsmen in the Workshops and in Guangzhou. Several British clocks, repaired just in recent years, will be displayed outside The Palace Museum for the first time. There will also be sections illustrating the workshops of craftsmen during the 18th century in Europe, with displays of different kinds of tools and equipment collected by the Science Museum, London, part of the Science Museum Group. Alongside these treasures, the exhibition will demonstrate the latest technology, animations, models and interactive exhibits to create a special ambience and to show the audience the principles of different time measuring tools, from ancient Chinese instruments and mechanical timepieces to updated atomic clocks. In addition to enjoying the invaluable collections at close range, experts from The Palace Museum have been invited to conduct live demonstrations of the operation of the clocks, thus enabling the audience to gain an insight into the passing of time and to learn to cherish it.

 

Venue: G/F Exhibition Hall, Hong Kong Science Museum

Admission Fee:
$30, $21#, $15* (Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, fee including admission to the Permanent Exhibition Hall)
$10, $7#, $5* (Wednesdays, free admission to the Permanent Exhibition Hall)
$5 (Full-time students)
#Special rate of Standard Ticket for groups of 20 people or more per visit
*Applicable to people with disabilities (and one accompanying carer) 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 on Wednesdays

Jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and The Palace Museum
Jointly organised by the Hong Kong Science Museum, The Palace Museum and the Science Museum, London, part of the Science Museum Group
Solely sponsored by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust
Supporting Organisation: China Science and Technology Museum

 


Gilt bronze clock in the form of a five-tiered pagoda with elevating mechanism
Gilt bronze clock in the form of a five-tiered pagoda with elevating mechanism
Gilt bronze clock with country scene and water automaton
Gilt bronze clock with country scene and water automaton
Gilt bronze watch in the shape of an Indian lotus flower, inlaid with pearls
Gilt bronze watch in the shape of an Indian lotus flower, inlaid with pearls
Zitan wood and enamel clock in the form of a pavilion with rotating automaton figures of the Eight Immortals
Zitan wood and enamel clock in the form of a pavilion with rotating automaton figures of the Eight Immortals
Enamel automaton clock in the form of a gourd
Enamel automaton clock in the form of a gourd
Copper clock with ornate sloping mount
Copper clock with ornate sloping mount

©The Palace Museum

 


Landscape Map of the Silk Road Exhibition

Exhibition Period: 7-12-2018 (Fri) – 20-2-2019 (Wed)


The Landscape Map of the Silk Road is a map that was drawn on a silk handscroll in blue and green landscape painting style. The map, which is about 30 metres long and 0.6 metres wide, was once held in other countries. Finally, Mr Hui Wing Mau acquired the map and donated it to The Palace Museum. According to researchers, the map was an imperial painting that belonged to the Jiajing Emperor in the Ming dynasty. It named over 200 cities, ranging from Jiayu Pass, Gansu province, in the east, to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, in the west. This implies that the Chinese had grasped clear understanding of the Silk Road in the 16th century.

In light of the great historical value of the Landscape Map of the Silk Road, the exhibition will display the entire 30-metre-long map and bring to life the everyday activities of people who lived along the Silk Road through vivid animations. You can also learn about the features of the blue and green landscape painting style and design your own painting of Hong Kong in the same style. Through interactive exhibits and models, you will learn about the tools and techniques used in ancient Chinese and modern cartography. The exhibition will also display various China maps and Hong Kong maps drawn in the 16th to 20th centuries, allowing you to appreciate both Chinese and Western perceptions of the geography of China and the various functions of maps.

No extra fee is required for museum visitors of Permanent Exhibitions

Venue: 1/F Exhibition Hall, Hong Kong Science Museum

Jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and The Palace Museum
Jointly organised by the Hong Kong Science Museum, the Hong Kong Museum of History and The Palace Museum
Supporting Organisations: The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Library, The University of Hong Kong Libraries, the Lands Department and the Public Records Office, Government Records Service


Jiayu Pass in the beginning section of the Landscape Map of the Silk Road



 

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