Editor’s note: Due to the temporary Government closure of cultural facilities, this exhibition is currently closed to the public.
Showcasing a variety of rare and unearthed artefacts, don’t miss “Glistening Treasures in the Dust – Ancient Artefacts of Afghanistan” at The Hong Kong Museum Of History
We’re always looking for new and interesting activities to keep us busy come the weekend. Whether that’s trying out a brand new restaurant, checking out the latest art exhibition, or even tackling a tricky hiking trail, our city always has plenty on offer. But if you’re looking for a dose of culture and to brush up on your history, The Hong Kong Museum Of History is perfect for a weekend trip.
The latest exhibition to hit the museum is “Glistening Treasures in the Dust – Ancient Artefacts of Afghanistan”. Featuring 231 items and sets of rare artefacts unearthed in Afghanistan, it has everything from goldware and glassware, to bronze sculptures and ivory carvings which have been unearthed from the four famous archaeological sites of Tepe Fullol, Aï Khanum, Tillya Tepe (Hill of gold) and Begram.
Though Afghanistan may not be top of everyone’s travel list, the country is rich in culture and heritage, so history buffs need not miss out on this rare chance to see these artefacts. Giving a unique insight into the country’s past, the exhibition demonstrates the profound influence of foreign ancient cultures such as Greek, Indian and Roman on Afghanistan and its surrounding regions, from the Bronze Age to the first century AD, as well as a cultural diversity embracing the features of different Steppe cultures. The artefacts featured also attest to the role played by ancient Afghanistan as the cultural crossroads of the Silk Road, which subsequently promoted the exchange and integration of world civilisations.
As well as “Ancient Artefacts of Afghanistan”, The Hong Kong Museum of History has plenty more to offer guests. Not only is it situated in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui (so there are plenty of bars and restaurants in close proximity!), but its permanent “The Hong Kong Story” exhibition is free of charge and offers a unique overview of the history and development of the city we call home.
When: Museum open weekdays, 10am to 6pm; weekends 10am to 7pm (closed on Tuesdays and public holidays)
Where: Special Exhibition Gallery, Hong Kong Museum of History, 100 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
How much: $10 general access; $5 full-time students and senior citizens; free admission for Museum Pass holders. See more information here.
Brought to you in partnership with the Leisure and Cultural Service Department.
Image courtesy of the Leisure and Cultural Service Department.