Two new exhibition halls, namely, the Hall of the Cosmos and the Hall of Space Exploration, were opened to the public on 25th April 2018, introducing a total of over 100 new exhibits. With a combined area of 1,600 square metres, the two exhibition halls showcase exhibits, of which about 70 per cent are of interactive design.
The museum's renovation, which started at the end of 2015, is part of the Home Affairs Bureau's promotion of the development of public museums in Hong Kong. The museum "facelift" reportedly cost US$ 4 million.
Located on the ground floor of the Hong Kong Space Museum, the Hall of the Cosmos explores the evolution of the universe, from the solar system where Earth is located to the myriad stars, Milky Way and distant galaxies. Among fun-filled interactive exhibits, "Aurora" allows visitors to adjust the strength of "solar wind" inside a vacuum tube to create a mini-aurora, while "Icy Bodies" creates comets with dry ice to simulate their jet streams and movement. In "Gravity Surfing", visitors can stand on surf boards for a simulated adventure through different celestial objects to help them better understand the warping of space by gravity.
The Hall of Space Exploration, on the museum's first floor, depicts the development of space exploration and space technology, visitors are able to enter an upside-down virtual space station to experience the disoriented sensation of being in a weightless environment. They can also try a simulated launch of a Long March 2F rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. A 3D photo effect is also provided for visitors to experience how it feels to be inside a re-entry capsule.
In order to provide a better visiting experience, admission to the exhibition halls will be arranged in sessions with limited quotas. Members of the public are advised to plan their visits in advance.
The Space Museum is located at 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon.