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Special Exhibition

Conservation Laboratory – Unlocking the Secrets of Artefact Conservation

Exhibition Period: From 26 June 2020 (Friday) to 17 February 2021 (Wednesday)

In 2019, the Hong Kong Science Museum presented "The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: Unlocking the Secrets – The Science of Conservation at The Palace Museum", which revealed how traditional Chinese craft techniques can be combined with advanced technology to restore artefacts to their original state. Though the exhibition has ended, the museum has kept a part of the exhibition, the "Conservation Laboratory", open for display. In the laboratory are various kinds of interactive exhibits and models. They show visitors how advanced analytical techniques are applied in artefact conservation and all kinds of knowledge related to conservation science, such as how light, temperature and pests affect artefacts. By operating the interactive exhibits of the lab, visitors can play the part of a conservator, performing defect examinations and experiencing the restoration process, thus developing an in-depth understanding of the scientific principles and technology behind artefact conservation.

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

Admission Fee: No extra fee is required for museum visitors of Permanent Exhibitions


Online Archive of "Unlocking the Secrets - The Science of Conservation at The Palace Museum"

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Virtual Tour of Unlocking the Secrets

This amazing tour allows you to re-appreciate the highlighted exhibits in the special exhibition titled "The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: Unlocking the Secrets – The Science of Conservation at The Palace Museum". The tour also allows you to gain a better understanding on the work involved in artefact conservation, the corresponding traditional Chinese craft techniques, and the scientific principles and technologies used in artefact conservation.


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Family Guided Tour

Man and Matt accidentally damage a toy train that they inherited from their Granny. At the Hong Kong Science Museum, they meet the Magician of Conservation, who restores the damaged train using her superb magical powers. This arouses their interest in the process of conservation.

This video guides you through a theatrical play to explore a collection of bronzes, textiles, ceramics and ancient paintings, to listen to the stories hidden in the artefacts, and to learn about the science behind conservation in an enlightening way. If you wish to experience this magical journey with Man and Matt, please click the link on the left!



Last Modified: 04-08-2020

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