Hong Kong Palace Museum is set to showcase 160 ‘national treasures’ from Beijing’s Palace Museum. In addition, the main structure is reportedly complete in West Kowloon Cultural District.
The HK$3.5 billion attraction, which broke ground in May 2018, will showcase around 800 pieces from Beijing’s Palace Museum, 160 of which are ‘national treasures’.
Louis Ng Chi-wa, director of the Hong Kong Palace Museum, said: “Among the 800 relics, about 20 per cent of them are listed as ‘grade-one relics’.”
“We generally call them ‘national treasure’ grade. Most of them will be showcased for the first time in Hong Kong,” added Ng (via SCMP).
Ng also said that he expects approximately 5,000 daily visitors to the Hong Kong Palace Museum, which is scheduled to launch in June 2022.
Hong Kong Palace Museum set to open in 2022
The new museum will house nine exhibition galleries celebrating the original palace, as well as a 400-seat auditorium, learning and innovation centre, and F&B.
“We are confident that this project will finish on schedule without cost overruns and will complete with quality works,” said Ng.
“Museum is a cultural organisation,” added Ng. “It’s not a profit-making organisation. Many museums across the world cannot break even.
“But I will strive to establish a healthy financial status whenever possible and secure some income to support part of our expenditure.”
Main structure completed on November 18
According to Xinhua, the main structure of the Hong Kong Palace Museum building in West Kowloon Cultural District was completed on Wednesday (November 18).
The ceremony was attended by Carrie Lam (chief executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region), Henry Tang (chairman of West Kowloon Cultural District Authority Board), and Bernard Charnwut Chan (chairman of Hong Kong Palace Museum Limited).
Meanwhile, the opening of the M+ museum in the West Kowloon Cultural District has been postponed once again, this time until autumn 2021.
The West Kowloon Cultural District features the M+ Pavilion, Art Park and Xiqu Centre. The Hong Kong Palace Museum is set to open in 2022, followed by the Lyric Theatre in 2024.