If you’re in Hong Kong around 1st July, you can’t have missed out on the myriad of events to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Handover. But while the fireworks might have fizzled out and rooftops emptied of their champagne buckets, there’s an entire month of cultural events to honour the occasion. Here are three must-see highlights.
Inventing le Louvre: From Palace to Museum over 800 Years
Officially part of Le French May, this roving exhibit from the granddaddy of Parisian art runs until 24 July, so there’s time yet to visit the well-curated hoard of treasures. Being the delicate gal she is, Mona Lisa has been left at home, but you can still marvel at an incredible collection of paintings, sculptures, ceramics and tapestries from across 800 years. See works by Old Masters like van Dyck, Girardon and Rembrandt, plus contributions from Napoleon I’s personal stash. Mais oui, Josephine.
Until 24 Jul, 2017.
Hong Kong Heritage Museum / 1 Man Lam Rd / Sha Tin / +852 2180 8188 / 10am-6pm Mon & Wed-Fri, 10am-7pm Sat-Sun / heritagemuseum.gov.hk
Eternal Life: Exploring Ancient Egypt
The Mummy? Pff. Skip Tom Cruise’s summer flop and beeline instead for the real deal at this cracker exhibition hosted by the British Museum, and sponsored by The Hong Kong Jockey Club. There are six ancient relics on show – ranging between 1800 and 3000 years of age – complete with amazingly preserved accoutrements such as musical instruments, toys and cosmetic utensils. Archaeological CT scans reveal the insides of the embalmed bodies, while multimedia and interactive exhibits, including 3D mapping, virtual reality and holograms help bring them, and in turn ancient Egypt, to life. Already attracting the crowds, avoid jostling for a prime position by going on a weekday, or after 7pm on the weekend. Unmissable.
Until 18 Oct, 2017.
Hong Kong Science Museum / 2 Science Museum Rd / Tsim Sha Tsui / +852 2732 3232 / Mon & Wed-Fri 10am-6pm, 10am-9pm Sat-Sun / hk.science.museum
Longevity and Virtues: Birthday Celebrations of the Qing Emperors and Empress Dowagers
For the first time ever, personal items owned by Chinese Imperial families are available to see here in Hong Kong, at the city’s Museum of History. Held in collaboration with Beijing’s The Palace Museum, this extraordinary exhibition features 210 everyday items and personal effects such as seals, clothing, ceramics and vases that were gifted or related to traditional birthday rituals, rites and ceremonies of the C.17th-20th Qing dynasty families. Eager beavers can opt for a guided tour, held on Wednesdays, and there’s an accompanying program of curators’ talks and lectures (see the website). The Hong Kong Museum of History is conveniently located next to the Science Museum should you wish to do a dowager-mummy double dip.
Until 9 Oct, 2017.
Hong Kong Museum of History / 100 Chatham Rd S / Tsim Sha Tsui / +852 2724 9042 / 10am-6pm Mon & Wed-Fri, 10am-7pm Sat-Sun / hk.history.museum