Hong Kong Space Museum

The dome of the Hong Kong Space Museum

The Hong Kong Space Museum is one of my favourite landmarks still standing in Hong Kong. This magnificent building is only a few minutes walk from the Star Ferry pier in Tsim Sha Tsui (TST). The museum stands out because nowadays curved lines are a rarity and straight lines have taken over Hong Kong’s skyline. Most interestingly is that the mesmerising dome is in fact not a perfect bowl shape. When you walk around it changes shape and evolves from a sphere to an egg-shape. Under the unique egg-shaped dome is a 8000-square-metre museum that was built by Joseph Ming Gun LEE. In 1977 the government commissioned him to build the first local planetarium to promote astronomy and space science. On 8 October 1980, three years after the project started, the museum finally opened its doors. At the time, the planetarium in the Hong Kong Space Museum was the first in the world to have a fully automated control theatre system to operate the 23-meter domed screen. They were also the first planetarium in the eastern hemisphere with an OMNIMAX film projector.

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