International Museum Day 2016, Hong Kong

Museums and Cultural Landscapes

Back in 1977, the International Council of Museums (ICOM) designated 18 May as the annual International Museum Day (IMD) to raise public awareness of the role that museums play in society.

The theme of the 2016 event is ‘Museums and Cultural Landscapes’. Cultural landscapes are properties of human culture which, interweaving nature and history, represent the ‘combined products of nature and of man’. Closely associated with our life and the society to which we belong, cultural landscapes are constantly changing. Museums have always conducted work on their collections, research, exhibitions and education. Under the growing influence of current trends, museums can today no longer merely focus on their collections: they need to go beyond their traditional boundaries and take responsibility for conserving the surrounding environment in the society in which they operate. Only then can they undertake a more active and significant role in the issues involved in facilitating the protection of cultural landscapes.

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department has responded to this important appeal since 2001 by organising IMD events in mid-May every year. For details of IMD 2016 in Hong Kong, please check out from the website of Hong Kong Public Museums.

Revitalised from the former Lai Chi Kok Hospital, Jao Tsung-I Academy is one of the participating organisations of the “International Museum Day 2016, Hong Kong”. Guided tours, cultural programs, souvenir privileges will be offered on 14 to 15 May 2016 (Sat and Sun). Free admission for the public. Please visit this webpage for the latest updates. Come and be inspired!


Dates: 14 to 15 May 2016 (Sat and Sun)

1. Exhibitions

Hong Kong over the past 100 years: A Photographic Exhibition (Thematic Exhibition)
Content:To introduce Hong Kong’s centennial history through historical photos, texts and recorded information.
Time: 10am to 6pm
Location:Exhibition Hall, 1/F, Block F, Middle Zone
Free Admission

A Symphony of Academics and Art (Permanent Exhibition)
Content: A collection of Professor Jao Tsung-i’s works of calligraphy, painting and academic publications provides an overview of the renowned scholar’s life, and his principles in art and academic research.
Time: 10am to 6pm
Location: Hall 1, Gallery, Low Zone
Free Admission

A Century of Contributions (Permanent Exhibition)
Content: Through texts, photographs, interviews, videos and interactive displays, the exhibition recounts the story of the site’s evolving history and the cultural significance of the revitalization project.
Time: 10am to 6pm
Location: Heritage Hall, Low Zone
Free Admission
2. Public Guided Tour

Cultural Revitalization Tour
Content: Guided tour by docents to the Gallery, Heritage Hall and different zones of the Academy
Time: 11am and 4pm (1 hour for each session)
Location: Guided Tour Assembly Point, Main Entrance, Low Zone
Free Participation
The Tour of Over the Past Century
To complement the thematic exhibition “Hong Kong Over the Past 100 Years: A Photographic Exhibition”, brief by docents the change of Hong Kong and Jao Tsung-I Academy over the past century
Time:2pm (1 hour for session)
Location: Guided Tour Assembly Point, Main Entrance, Low Zone
Free Participation

3. 3. Souvenir Corner

Selling creative design products and books.
Time: 10am to 6pm
Location: G/F, Block G, Middle Zone
Special offers at souvenir corner on 14-15 May 2016:
1. Spending $50, get FREE “Postcard” (Value: $5)
2. Spending $300, get FREE “Canvas Bag(Black)” (Value: $65)
3. Spending $500, get FREE “Sentiments for Hong Kong – Jao Tsung-i Paintings and Calligraphy Poster” (Value: $180)

Terms and Conditions:
1.Customer gets gift with a single purchases over a certain amount.
2.Gift cannot be exchanged for cash and are non-returnable.
3.Jao Tsung-I Academy reserve the right of final decision on any disputes.

4. Special Cultural event
Buddhist Day program

Date: 15 May 2016
Time: 10am to 6pm
Location: Low Zone and Middle Zone, Jao Tsung-I Academy
Free Participation