The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority is presenting a eight week exhibition at the City Gallery to introduce the Hong Kong Palace Museum project to the public as part of a public consultation process. Among other things, the public consultation will collect public views on the design, operation, programming, and the learning and interpretation opportunities of the Hong Kong Palace Museum.

The building of a new world class museum that is dedicated to the display and interpretation of artefacts from the renowned Palace Museum is a significant addition to the cultural fabric of the West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD).

Located on the harbourfront next to the Art Park at the western end of the District, the Hong Kong Palace Museum will join the M+ museum of visual culture, the Freespace, the Lyric Theatre Complex and the Xiqu Centre to provide local and international visitors to the District a diverse range of cultural facilities and experience.

The development of a Hong Kong Palace Museum is the result of a unique collaborative arrangement between the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority and the Palace Museum under which the latter’s exquisite collection can be loaned to the Museum on a long-term basis. The Hong Kong Palace Museum is not a branch museum of the Palace Museum, and will be operated and managed by the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority with its own professional staff and as an art and cultural facility of the District.

This project has been made possible thanks to a generous donation of $3.5 billion by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust which will be used to fund the costs of design and construction of the Hong Kong Palace Museum.

The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority and the Palace Museum on 23 December 2016 signifies the first steps as well as a commitment from both sides to take forward the Hong Kong Palace Museum project in WKCD. There is still a lot to be done: the Design Consultant will have to refine his design ideas and come up with a design for the Museum. Going forward, we will need to work out the internal design of the exhibition galleries, map out the themes and programmes for the long term and thematic exhibitions and plan learning and interpretation activities to be held in the Museum.

We welcome your comments and suggestions on what you would like to see, covering both hardware and software, in the Hong Kong Palace Museum.