Editor’s note: Due to the temporary Government closure of cultural facilities, this exhibition is currently closed to the public.
Glistening Treasures in the Dust – Ancient Artefacts of Afghanistan!
We are so lucky in Hong Kong to have a wealth of fantastic, interactive and affordable museums right at our doorstep. The HK History Museum has long been one of our family-favourites and the kids seem to spend endless amounts of time exploring the Hong Kong story! But the special exhibitions always give us another excuse to plan an educational day out.
Now is the perfect time to visit with the “Glistening Treasures in the Dust – Ancient Artefacts of Afghanistan” exhibition now on display. The kids will be left in awe at the rare artefacts that have been unearthed – in particular, the goldware, seen for the first time in Hong Kong. There are over 200 items on display including gold and glassware, bronze sculptures and ivory carvings found on archaeological digs throughout the country.
Dating back as far as the Bronze Age, your budding little history buffs will learn all about the influences of ancient Greek, Indian and Roman cultures and the role of the Silk Road on Afghanistan.
If it all sounds a bit dry, fear not! At the specially designed Education Corner, your kids can learn through play. There’s the “Be a Nomad” game where you can take pictures of different ethnic styles and create your own. Then there’s the “Animated Cultural Journey” which features an interactive cartoon. You can even go on a treasure hunt and “Unearth Gems and Minerals” or for your little creatives, there’s the “Princess and Warrior Dress-up” where they’ll be able to add imprints and stamps to the princess and warrior characters, see their work up on the big screen and even take it away as a souvenir.
Admission to this kid-friendly museum is a bargain at just $10 per person or $5 for full-time students, people with disabilities (and one accompanying carer) and senior citizens. There’s never been a better time to rediscover a slice of history!
This article is brought to you in partnership with the Hong Kong Museum Of History. All images courtesy of the Hong Kong Museum Of History.