Hong Kong Heritage Museum collaborates with Palace of Versailles and French May Arts Festival for “virtually Versailles” Exhibition


19th April 2023 – (Hong Kong) The Hong Kong Heritage Museum (HKHM) has joined hands with the Palace of Versailles and the French May Arts Festival to present the “Virtually Versailles” exhibition, featuring the world’s first virtual exhibition of the Palace of Versailles. The exhibition, which runs from 19th April to 9th Jul, provides visitors with an immersive experience of the grandeur of the entire historical palace complex through digital assets.

The exhibition is divided into six thematic sections, providing a multi-sensory experience for visitors to explore the Palace of Versailles. Through 360-degree panoramic videos, visitors can view the most famous rooms of the Palace, including the Hall of Mirrors, the Royal Opera House, and the Venus Room. The exhibition also features interactive installations that integrate the senses of vision, hearing, and smell into the display, taking visitors on a journey through the Palace’s history, innovation, and natural beauty.

At the opening ceremony, the Secretary for Culture, Sports and Tourism, Mr Kevin Yeung, expressed his honour in collaborating with one of the most prestigious designated World Heritage Sites and popular tourist attractions in the world. The exhibition showcases the use of cutting-edge technology in interpreting art and history and facilitating cultural exchange, providing new inspiration for visitors and creative industries.

The “Virtually Versailles” exhibition is one of the programmes of the 30th anniversary of the French May Arts Festival, jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the French May Arts Festival. The exhibition is jointly organised by the HKHM, the Palace of Versailles, and the French May Arts Festival, made possible with the major support of the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust.

The exhibition provides a unique opportunity for visitors to experience the grandeur of the Palace of Versailles, featuring reconstructed voices, exclusive scents, and interactive bicycles that allow visitors to view the beautiful natural scenery of the royal parks and gardens. The exhibition celebrates the use of technology in interpreting art, history, and culture, bringing together the best of French and Hong Kong cultures.