13th October 2020 – (Hong Kong) The Hong Kong Palace Museum in West Kowloon started construction in May 2018 .The museum will have 7,800 square metres of gallery space dedicated to gold, bronze and jade items, paintings, and ceramic objects, as well as displays on life in the Imperial Court.
Wang Xudong, the director of the Palace Museum in Beijing, mentioned in an article in the Journal of the Palace Museum that the museum in Hong Kong is expected to open in June 2022. Wang also pointed out that the total number of cultural relics in the Palace Museum currently exceeds 1.86 million sets. Wang mentioned that the Palace Museum has been maintaining a good relationship with cultural institutions in Hong Kong and Macau through exhibitions, cooperative projects, academic activities, and personnel exchanges.
The Palace Museum and the Hong Kong Leisure and Cultural Services Department signed an exchange and cooperation agreement for the first time in 2012. The Hong Kong Palace Museum project started in May 2018 and is expected to officially open at the end of June 2022. Wang pointed out that in 2014, the Palace Museum took a three-year census and counted 1.86 million sets of cultural relics in the Palace Museum. As for the audience, Wang Zhi last year the Palace Museum received more than 19.33 million visitors.
Located at the West Kowloon Cultural District, the Hong Kong Palace Museum is scheduled to open in mid-2022. Offering Hong Kong and international perspectives, the museum will create dynamic and innovative exhibition and public programmes. It will feature a rich selection of treasures from the Palace Museum, often known as the Forbidden City, and present other art exhibitions from around the world.
The architectural design is a fresh interpretation of Chinese aesthetics, drawing inspiration from traditional art and architecture, as well as Hong Kong’s urban environment. The museum building occupies some 10,000 square metres. The building has a total floor area of about 30,000 square metres. Nine galleries comprise 7,800 square meters. Visitors will also enjoy ample rest areas inside and outside the museum, as well as an auditorium, atriums, educational spaces, gift shops, and dining areas. The museum provides barrier-free facilities and nursery rooms.