Are you looking for a different experience when travelling to Hong Kong this year? If youre tired of going to beaches, restaurants and the common theme parks, the Hong Kong Space Museum is completely out of this world. Its different from most museums because it features special space exhibits that are going to amaze you while on vacation in this great city.
The Hong Kong Space Museum is located in 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. Its close to the waterfront and is the first local planetarium in the city. The museum is one of the most famous landmarks in Hong Kong because of its unique architectural design. It’s also one of the top educational tourist attractions in this exciting city packed with tourism gems for travellers.
The egg-shaped dome houses the Stanley Ho Space Theatre that has the first OMNIMAX film projector known in the eastern hemisphere. The Stanley Ho Space Theatre has also happens to be the first in the world that is equipped with a fully automatic control system. The hemispherical projector dome has a diameter of 23 meters that gives visitors a larger-than-life view of the stars.
The digital planetarium projector shows will not only blow your mind, but will also have you wanting to visit again and again. You can lie down on the floor and stargaze and find constellations through fun astronomy film shows. The projector not only contributes to the fantastic space experience but is responsible for producing amazing Sky Shows and 3D Dome shows.
A visit to the Hong Kong Space Museum will greatly inspire any young child to become an astronomer. The planetariums Hall of Space Science and Hall of Astronomy exhibitions are interactive, which allows visitors to learn through the entire experience through their special thematic exhibitions. They have a space shuttle model of the cockpit that has seats installed with interactive systems which are available in multiple languages. They also host lectures and fun science lab activities.
There are loads of great places to stay in Hong Kong, near the museum, including first class hotels, home stays and self catering apartments. These will make great bases from which to visit the museum. Ask your travel agent for recommended accommodation in Hong Kong. Click here for an interesting article on holiday accommodation types.
Currently, the permanent exhibition halls are closed and are undergoing a makeover and renovation. However, the Stanley Ho Space Theatre still remains open to the public. Schools will be the first to visit the exhibits for a trial run and evaluation by the end of 2017. The exhibition halls are expected to re-open by March 2018 to the public.
To know more about exhibits and show schedules, you can visit their website https://www.lcsd.gov.hk/. If you plan to visit next year but cant wait to know more about the stars and constellations, the Hong Kong Space Museum has developed an app called Star Hoppers. It is now available for download in both Google Play and iTunes stores.
The Star Hoppers mobile app is complete with information of all stars and constellations from both Chinese and Western star charts. It features audio recordings that can tell you more about the constellations and the stories behind them. It keeps you posted with the latest astronomical events and activities.
The mobile app offers you an introduction of the Hong Kong Space Museum experience through its Virtual Reality mode. But its still best to personally experience it yourself. Make sure you visit this attraction next time you’re in Hong Kong.