A high cost for free admission2016.02.19
THE Science Museum (香港科學館) was removed from the free-entry list after its interactive installations suffered severe wear and tear last month.
The decision to allow the public free entry into the city’s top museums was part of the government’s Appreciate Hong Kong (欣賞香港) scheme.
But after more than 126,000 people visited the Science Museum in January – an increase of 132 percent on the same month last year – the installations bore severe damage.
Director of Leisure and Cultural Services (康樂及文化事務署署長) Michelle Li Mei-sheung (李美嫦) spoke of the damage during a Legislative Council (立法會 ) home affairs panel meeting.
Lawmaker Wong Kwok-hing (王國興) asked whether the government will offer free entry to all museums in the future to strengthen cultural exchanges and attract more foreign tourists.
Li said the free scheme also covered permanent exhibitions at the Science Museum, Museum of History (歷史博物館), Heritage Museum (文化博物館), Museum of Coastal Defence (海防博物館) and Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum (孫中山紀念館).
She described the degree of damage to the Science Museum installations as “very serious”, adding that science museums overseas do not offer free entry.
At the same panel meeting, lawmaker Cyd Ho Sau-lan (何秀蘭) said she was opposed to charging the public for borrowing books.
The question arose when lawmakers debated whether the government should pay royalties to authors for placing their books in libraries.
(This article is published on The Student Standard on 22 February 2016)
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