The Hong Kong Space Museum has reopened its Space Theatre on July 1, following a HK$30 million renovation which focused on revamping the previously 23-meter diameter screens.
The old hemispherical screens used to overlap, creating unsightly lines and darker smudges of color in certain areas.
Since the modernization project began mid-2020, the theatre has been redeveloped with NanoSeam screens which enable a larger seamless, high-def, more accurately reproduced colour image, with new loudspeakers and 8K projects creating a more immersive 3D experience.
New seats allow visitors to plug in their own earphones and choose from various language voiceovers: Cantonese, English, Putonghua, and Japanese for select movies.
Besides screening external movies, a newly installed system called Dark Matter creates photorealistic universe simulations. The museum hopes to provide astronomy demonstrations and keynotes using this system in the near future.
Three new movies are being screened to celebrate the theatre’s re-opening:
- Sky Show Worlds Behind Earth takes audiences on a breathtaking tour depicting the evolution of our Solar System as well as a flight through our current Solar System with real-life compiled footage of the moon, Saturn, and other realistic depictions of faraway planets based on deep space satellite research. The show will screen until December 31, 2021.
- 3D Dome Show Secrets of the Universe 3D deals with the question, “How did the universe originate?” Audiences will get an insider’s peek at the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest particle collider and a machine that has been essential to humanity’s current understanding of matter and how the universe came to look the way it does today. The show will screen until March 31, 2022.
- OMNIMAX Ancient Caves follows paleoclimatologist Dr. Gina Moseley and her team of cave explorers as they travel to five countries in search of ancient stalagmite samples that will help them to understand the earth’s historical climate patterns, informing the modern-day mission to tackle global warming. The show will screen until March 31, 2022.
Tickets cost $32 for back row seats and $24 for front row seats. Concession tickets for students and the elderly are 50% off. Purchase tickets the museum box office or on Urbtix.
The Space Museum is located at 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. The museum is closed on Tuesdays (except on public holidays). Free admission on Wednesdays.