The Hong Kong government plans to move the Science Museum in Tsim Sha Tsui East to Sha Tin to make room for a new museum to exhibit the development and achievements of Mainland China. The plans for the proposed move are detailed in a document tabled to the city’s Culture, Sports and Tourism Bureau, according to media reports.

The new museum will also cover areas near the current Science Museum and the neighbouring Hong Kong Museum of History. Meanwhile, it is said that the Science Museum will be relocated to the site of the Hong Kong Heritage Museum in Sha Tin. There is no word on whether the Heritage Museum will be rebuilt.

The Hong Kong Science Museum, which was built in 1990, is home to about 500 exhibits in its permanent exhibition space — the most prominent being the 22-metre-high twin-tower Energy Machine, the largest of its kind in the world. The Hong Kong Heritage Museum opened in 2000 and houses exhibitions on history, art and culture, many of them interactive.

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The Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence reopened in 2022 after being damaged during Typhoon Mangkhut in 2018 (© GovHK)

Another museum in the city will also get a revamp when the Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence gets converted into the Hong Kong Museum of the War of Resistance and Coastal Defence in 2024. Chief Executive John Lee outlined his plans for this change during his second policy address in October, explaining that the Hong Kong government will work with the Shenzhen Municipal Cultural Relics Bureau to organise exhibitions that put the spotlight on how both cities resisted Japanese occupation during World War II.

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The Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence reopened in November 2022 after being shut four years while authorities repaired the extensive damage it sustained during Typhoon Mangkhut in 2018. When the museum opened to the public, it debuted a new permanent exhibition in the Redoubt section, which comprises 11 galleries that cover subjects such as the history of the War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression and the stories of multi-ethnic soldiers who served in Hong Kong.

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From the Middle East to the Far East and a couple of places in between, Anjali has lived in no fewer than seven cities in Asia, and has travelled extensively in the region. She worked as a lifestyle journalist in India before coming to Hong Kong, where her favourite thing to do is island-hopping with her daughter. You can check out her musings on motherhood, courtesy her Instagram profile.

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