Since ancient times, humans have paid great attention to seasonal changes and performed time measurements using astrology. In order to measure time more precisely, different types of chronographs were invented. After being introduced by European missionaries to China during the late Ming and early Qing dynasties, mechanical clocks proved to be the most reliable and convenient time keepers. These “new products” were designed with novel and ingenious features. They not only reported time accurately, but also comprised a host of other mechanical devices. When the mechanical clocks were wound up, decorative flowers, birds and animals would move back and forth while music played at the same time.
“The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: Treasures of Time” exhibition merges science, history and art. Visitors will have an opportunity to appreciate a number of exquisite timepieces, learn more about time and the mechanisms of mechanical clocks from a scientific perspective, and gain a better understanding of the significance of cultural exchange and its historical meaning as well as technological achievements. The exhibition displays 120 magnificent clocks and watches from the collection of The Palace Museum. Alongside these treasures, the exhibition demonstrates the latest technology, animations, models and interactive exhibits to create a special ambience and to show the audience the principles of different time measuring tools, from ancient Chinese instruments and mechanical timepieces to updated atomic clocks.
Date: 7 December 2018 - 10 April 2019
Venue: G/F Exhibition Hall, Hong Kong Science Museum
Tickets: HKD30 (Standard) / HKD15 (Concessionary) / HKD5 (Full-time students)
Official Website: https://hk.science.museum/ms/tot2018/eintroduction.html
「香港賽馬會呈獻系列：匠心獨運 — 鐘錶珍寶展」融合科學、歷史和藝術，讓觀眾透過欣賞這些精美的機械鐘錶，從科學角度認識時間的意義、鐘錶的操作原理，以及鐘錶背後的文化交流、歷史意義和科技成就。除了珍貴文物，展覽還採用多項新媒體科技、電腦動畫、實物模型、互動展品等，以輕鬆活潑的手法為大家介紹中國古代的計時器，機械鐘錶以至原子鐘的科學運作原理。觀眾除了可以近距離欣賞這珍貴鐘錶之外，我們更特別邀請故宮博物院的專家赴港進行鐘錶演示活動，讓觀眾感受時間的流逝，學懂珍惜。
日期: 2018年12月7日 至 2019年4月10日
地點: 香港九龍尖沙咀東部科學館道二號 香港科學館地下展覽廳
門票: $30港幣 (標準) / $15港幣 (優惠) / $5港幣 (全日制學生)