Hong Kong Space Museum's Space Theatre Reopens This July After A HK$30M Upgrade
Following a large-scale renovation that lasted 14 months, the Hong Kong Space Museum's space theatre is reopening on July 1 with a new upgraded screen, replacing the 23-metre-diametre dome screen. The HK$30 million upgrade project is the largest ever and utilises the latest NanoSeam technology. The new screen is set to offer a seamless viewing experience, enabling sharper and more colourful images for different shows.
Other facilities of the space theatre such as the digital sky projection, audio equipment, the control studio and the production studio have also been upgraded with cutting-edge technologies to provide audiences with a new audiovisual experience including new loudspeakers, six 8K projectors and new 3D glasses.
New seats are also installed in the theatre with a new touch screen device available on the right side for audiences to choose their preferred language when watching the shows. Now, visitors are allowed to bring their own wired headphones or they can still use the ones provided by the museum.
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"Worlds Beyond Earth", projected on the new dome screen, which offers a seamless viewing experience (Photo: Courtesy of the Hong Kong Space Museum)
A film still of "Ancient Caves", in which two research divers examine a stalagmite in a crystal cave in the Bahamas (Photo: Courtesy of the Hong Kong Space Museum)
A film still of "Worlds Beyond Earth", in which a space probe follows a comet (Photo: Courtesy of the Hong Kong Space Museum)
a film still of "Secrets of the Universe 3D" where audiences can experience an inside look at the components of the Large Hadron Collider (Photo: Courtesy of the Hong Kong Space Museum)
To celebrate the reopening, three new shows have been selected for screening. Worlds Behind Earth simulates a realistic and breathtaking solar system based on authentic data collected from space missions. Audiences will first visit the moon by following the lunar module, Falcon from NASA's Apollo mission. Other space probes will bring viewers on a dramatic flight through the swirling rings of Saturn and provide soaring encounters with distant worlds of active volcanoes and buried oceans. The sky show lasts for 25 minutes and is available until December 31, 2021. Screenings are at 5:00 pm on weekdays, 11:00 am, 3:30 pm and 8:00 pm on weekends and public holidays.
The other show, Ancient Caves will take audiences on a treacherous expedition led by paleoclimatologist Dr Gina Moseley and her team of experienced cave explorers to search for ancient caves, both above and below water across France, Iceland, the Bahamas, the US and Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. The journey will help unlock the secret of the Earth's climate change through the collection of centuries-old stalagmite samples. The Omnimax show lasts for 40 minutes and is available until March 31, 2022. Screenings are at 3:30 pm and 8:00 pm on weekdays, 2:00 pm and 6:30 pm on weekends and public holidays.
The last show is the 3D dome show, Secrets of the Universe 3D. It will immerse viewers in a scientific journey guided by world-renowned scientists by visiting the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory and the Large Hadron Collider—two of the biggest machines ever built in human history. With this, audiences can learn more about how scientists make use of powerful scientific instruments in their attempts to unlock the secret of the universe. The show lasts for 42 minutes and is available until March 31, 2022. Screenings are at 2:00 pm and 6:30 pm on weekends, 12:30 pm and 5:00 pm on weekends and public holidays.
The Hong Kong Space Museum's space theatre reopens on July 1, 2021. Tickets are available at the museum box office and Urbtix. The museum is located at 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong and is closed on Tuesdays, except during public holidays.