Hong Kong Palace Museum delays opening till today due to typhoon, more than 110,000 tickets sold

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3rd July 2022 – (Hong Kong) The opening of Hong Kong Palace Museum was delayed until today due to the typhoon. A lion dance was staged at Museum Plaza shortly before the museum opened to celebrate this important milestone. The opening event was officiated by Kevin Yeung Yun-hung, Secretary for Culture, Sports and TourismBernard Charnwut Chan, Chairman of the HKPM Board; Professor Lee Check-fan, Vice-chairman of the HKPM Board; Mrs Betty Fung, Chief Executive Officer of West Kowloon Cultural District Authority; and Dr Louis Ng, Museum Director, HKPM. The officiating guests joined with other HKPM Board Members and staff to welcome the museum’s first visitors.

The museum was successfully opened this morning (3rd).

Before 9am, more than 100 citizens were queuing up to enter the venue, and the museum also extended the opening for 4 hours to allow more time for citizens to enjoy the exhibits. In addition to ordinary citizens, it also attracted many citizens who dressed up in ancient costumes.

The HKPM announced today that it has received confirmation from various corporates and organisations to sponsor 150,000 general admission tickets reserved for underprivileged groups in Hong Kong and another 64,000 tickets for student visits. These tickets will be distributed through local charitable organisations and schools respectively, with details to be announced in due course.

Approximately 140,000 admission tickets for the first four weeks of the museum’s opening had been made available for purchase starting from 14 June (Tuesday). With an overwhelming response from the public, about 85% (close to 115,000) of these available tickets have been sold as at 2 July 2022, including over 37,000 Special Exhibition (SE) tickets (95% of all SE tickets available) have been sold and all of the over 11,500 free general admission tickets for Wednesdays in July have been fully booked. 

Tickets beyond the first four weeks will be made available for purchase/registration on a weekly basis from 12 July (Tuesday) onwards. Visitors will be able to purchase the newly available tickets or register for free entry every Tuesday morning. For example, from 12 July onwards, visitors can purchase or register tickets between 1 August and 8 August (except for 2 August (Tuesday)) and from 19 July onwards, tickets between 9 August and 15 August (except for 9 August (Tuesday)) will be available for purchase/registration.

Members of the public can purchase or register for tickets through the HKPM website, the WKCD website, the WKCD app, or purchase tickets via the online platforms of the museum’s ticketing partners including Klook, China Travel Service (Hong Kong) Limited and Fliggy.

In line with HKPM’s vision to promote Chinese culture to future generations through innovative technologies, HKPM announces today that it will give away 1,000 units of Commemorative NFT (Non-Fungible Token) with a specially designed ticket image to visitors who purchase tickets via WKCD’s centralised ticketing platform for admission during the first 100 days of the museum’s opening (i.e., from 2 July to 25 October 2022). More details about the campaign and the terms and conditions will be made available soon.

Visitors have been advised to use public transport if possible. KMB route 296D and Citybus cross-harbour route 973 have added stops at Museum Drive and Art Park from today. Visitors can get off at the ‘Museum Drive’ stop. At the same time, complimentary shuttle bus service will be provided between the Museum, M+ and the west entrance of the West Kowloon Cultural District daily from 10 am to 7 pm (circular route, departing every 15 mins.

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