6th December 2023 – (Hong Kong) The Hong Kong government has unveiled plans to relocate the Hong Kong Science Museum to Sha Tin and utilize the current site in Tsim Sha Tsui East, along with nearby expansion areas, to construct a new museum that will showcase the development and achievements of China. These details were revealed in a document presented to the Legislative Council by the Culture, Sports and Tourism Bureau.
The decision to establish two museums, including one dedicated to national development and another focusing on war history, was announced by Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu in his policy address as part of the government’s efforts to promote patriotism education.
The Culture, Sports and Tourism Bureau envisions the museum of national development and achievements to be situated in the heart of the town center, allowing for convenient visits by citizens, students, and tourists.
To accommodate the diverse content that the museum will cover, the bureau plans to build it at the current site of the Hong Kong Science Museum in Tsim Sha Tsui East, as well as utilise nearby expansion areas near the science museum and the Hong Kong Museum of History. This proposal aims to expedite the overall construction timeline. If approved, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department will amend the content and budget for the pre-construction work and submit the information to the Legislative Council for review.
Additionally, the bureau suggests rebuilding the science museum at the current location of the Hong Kong Heritage Museum in Sha Tin, which would provide more space for future development.
The new museum will present national development and achievements in a way that is easily understood and accepted by teenagers, with the goal of strengthening the recognition of China. The content will encompass various aspects of Chinese history, such as the resistance against foreign invasion, the development of the Chinese Communist Party, the establishment of modern China, economic reforms, sports achievements, and advancements in aerospace technology, among others.
The government plans to collaborate with Chinese museums to organize themed exhibitions and borrow exhibits for display.