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International Museum Day 2018, Hong Kong

IMD2017

Hyperconnected Museums: New Approaches, New Publics

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 2018 is "Hyperconnected Museums: New Approaches, New Publics". With the constant advances in information technology, our communications and connections with one another become more complex and diverse every day. Museums are an inherent part of our local communities, cultural landscape and natural environment, so they are also committed to following the current trends. In order to enhance the public's understanding of, and connection with, museums, they have to develop new approaches in interpreting their exhibits, and explore new opportunities through social media to enrich the audience's viewing experience. These new approaches will allow audiences to interact with the exhibits and with each other. However, not all these new connections are due to technology. As museums strive to maintain their relevance in society, they also make an effort to organise cooperative projects focusing on the local community and different social groups to engage new audiences and strengthen connections with them.

Participating Units

This year, IMD in Hong Kong is scheduled for 12-13 May 2018. 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!
*except for special exhibitions and programmes, which have an admission charge

Museums and Venues under Leisure and Cultural Services Department

* Sam Tung Uk Museum (Hong Kong Intangible Cultural Heritage Centre) * Sheung Yiu Folk Museum * Conservation Office
(Conservation Laboratories will be opened by appointment on 12 & 13 May)
* Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb Museum Oi! * Ping Shan Tang Clan Gallery cum
Heritage Trail Visitors Centre
* Hong Kong Space Museum * Hong Kong Heritage Museum * Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre
* Hong Kong Science Museum * Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence * Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre
* Hong Kong Film Archive * Hong Kong Museum of History * Hong Kong Museum of Art
(Temporarily closed for renovation, associated programmes will be held at various locations)
* Hong Kong Railway Museum * Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum * Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware
* Fireboat Alexander Grantham Exhibition Gallery * Law Uk Folk Museum    



Other Participating Museums and Venues

* Asia Society Hong Kong Center * Tung Wah Museum
(Temporarily closed for renovation, associated programme will be held at various locations.)
* Po Leung Kuk Museum
* University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong * Stephen Hui Geological Museum, The University of Hong Kong * Art Museum, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
* CUHK Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change
(Open on 12 May only)
* Hong Kong Maritime Museum * Dr & Mrs Hung Hin Shiu Museum of Chinese Medicine, Hong Kong Baptist University
* Hong Kong Museum of Education, the Education University of Hong Kong * The Hong Kong Racing Museum * Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences
* Hong Kong Correctional Services Museum * Heritage of Mei Ho House * City Gallery
* AFCD Lions Nature Education Centre * Tao Heung Museum of Food Culture * Jao Tsung-I Academy
* Police Museum * HKDI Gallery    

 

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