The Hong Kong Space Museum is dedicated to the popularization of astronomy and space science located in the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront. It is dubbed as the first of its kind in Hong Kong. This government-owned facility first opened to the public in 1980 and is managed by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.
The museum is housed in a 8,000-square metre modern structure featuring a dome that has made the building one of the most famous landmarks in Hong Kong. Under the egg-shaped dome is the museum's planetarium.
The Hong Kong Space Museum is divided into two wings: The East Wing is where the planetarium is located as well as the Stanley Ho Space Theatre. The Hall of Space Science, workshops and offices are also housed in this wing. The west wing features the Hall of Astronomy, the Lecture Hall, the Gift Shop and offices.
The Stanley Ho Space Theatre, which is equipped with a hemispherical projection dome with a diameter of 23 metres, holds the distinction of being the first OMNIMAX film projector in the eastern hemisphere. It is also the first planetarium in the world to possess a fully automatic control system at its Stanley Ho Space Theatre.
There are two major exhibition halls in the museum: the Hall of Space Science on the ground floor and the Hall of Astronomy on the first floor. The interactive displays enable visitors to learn through a series of entertaining and educational experiences. One of the most popular attractions in the museum is the replica of the nose and cockpit section of the Space Shuttle orbiter.
The Hong Kong Space Museum is located at 10 Salisbury Road in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. Opening hours are as follows:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed at 5:00 pm on Christmas Eve and Lunar New Year's Eve
Closed on Tuesdays (Except Public Holiday) and the first two days of the Lunar New Year
How to get there:
Take MTR to East Tsim Sha Tsui Station Exit J, walk about 10 minutes to the museum. Or, take Star Ferry from Central or Wan Chai to Tsim Sha Tsui. Walk for approximately 10 minutes to the museum.