The Extraordinary in the Ordinary: Chairs for Viewing the World through Time
Hong Kong Heritage Museum
Thematic Galleries 1 & 2
7 June 2014 - 15 September 2014
Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department
Organised by the Hong Kong Heritage Museum
Co-organised by the Palace Museum
The Extraordinary in the Ordinary: Chairs for Viewing the World through Time is an enthralling exploration of the role this everyday item of furniture has played as a cultural artifact in societies across the world, from ancient times to the recent past.
This major exhibition – the first in Hong Kong to showcase valuable exhibits from the collections of some of the world’s leading museums – offers a multi-faceted view of seating under a variety of themes. They include: the evolution of chairs; chairs as symbols of authority and status; chairs in everyday life in areas involving food, clothing; chairs in transport and social activities; chairs in religion and beliefs and their associations with people’s values; and the role of chairs in political, economic and cultural exchanges.
The exhibits present rare and ancient chairs, from seats used by emperors, the nobility and commoners to chairs designed for specific functions and trades, as well as chairs designed specially for men, women, children and the elderly. There is also an interesting collection of chairs reflecting the life and times of Hong Kong in the old days, including chairs for village ceremonies and temple rituals, an exquisitely decorated bridal sedan chair for a traditional wedding, and a chair from a bygone barber shop.
By entering the world of the seemingly ordinary chair, visitors will discover an extraordinary wealth of hidden facets spanning the history, culture and art of the world.
The museum will organise a series of special programmes on the theme of chairs. Please click here for details.
From 10 am to 6 pm on weekdays, and from 10 am to 7 pm on weekends and public holidays. It is closed on Tuesdays (except public holidays).
Inclement Weather Arrangements
Public guided tour arrangements:
When typhoon signal no. 8 or above is hoisted, all public guided tours will be cancelled. If the signal is lowered 3 hours or more before the tours commence, the tours will be conducted as scheduled. When the black rainstorm warning is issued during normal opening hours, all guided tours in progress will continue. For those which have not started will be cancelled. If the black rainstorm warning is lowered 3 hours or more before the tours commence, the tours will be conducted as scheduled.
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