International Museum Day 2019

International Museum Day 2019

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.

Participating Units

This year, International Museum Day in Hong Kong is scheduled for 18-19 May 2019, and over those 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 fee


Museums and Venues under Leisure and Cultural Services Department

Hong Kong Museum of History
Hong Kong Heritage Museum
Hong Kong Science Museum
Hong Kong Space Museum
Hong Kong Museum of Art
(Temporarily closed for renovation)
Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware
Hong Kong Film Archive
Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre
Hong Kong Railway Museum
Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence
(Temporarily closed for renovation)
Sam Tung Uk Museum
Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum
Fireboat Alexander Grantham Exhibition Gallery
Sheung Yiu Folk Museum
Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb Museum
Law Uk Folk Museum
Conservation Office
(Not open to public)

Other Participating Museums and Venues

AFCD Lions Nature Education Centre
Art Museum, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Asia Society Hong Kong Center
City Gallery
CUHK Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change
(Open on 18 May only)
Dr & Mrs Hung Hin Shiu Museum of Chinese Medicine, Hong Kong Baptist University
Heritage of Mei Ho House
Hong Kong Correctional Services Museum
Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre
Hong Kong Maritime Museum
Hong Kong Museum of Education, The Education University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences
Jao Tsung-I Academy
kaitak, Centre for Research and Development in Visual Arts
Ping Shan Tang Clan Gallery cum Heritage Trail Visitors Centre
Po Leung Kuk Museum
Police Museum
Stephen Hui Geological Museum, The University of Hong Kong
Tao Heung Museum of Food Culture
The Hong Kong Racing Museum
Tung Wah Museum
(Temporarily closed for renovation, associated programme will be held at various locations.)
University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong