The Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change, as it is formally known, opened its doors in 2013, and its goal, according to program director Cecilia Lam,
is to raise awareness of man-made global warming as an educational field trip venue for school children in the former British colony.
"Stories of personal experience are a powerful medium of communication and learning," Lam says. " Our museum has adopted a storytelling approach to take visitors on a journey to the polar areas, as well as to observe and learn the impacts of global warming and see for themselves what scientists and the local community have been doing to help mitigate climate change."
The goal of the museum, according to Lam, is to prod visitors, be they adults or young people, "to ponder their individual responsibility for leaving a sustainable world for future generations."
A U.S. lawyer and climate activist, Miranda Massie, recently flew to Hong Kong to visit the climate museum there, hoping to find ways to bringing her own vision to fruition in New York, where she has set up the Climate Museum Launch Project and is currently raising funds and finding an architect to design the place.
With climate change issues in the news on a daily basis now, from a major drought in California to water shortages facing the public (and farmers) in Taiwan, climate museums will likely find a place in countries around the world. But it will take curators with vision and perseverance to build such exhibitions halls, and patience for the long haul of fund-raising will be key.
1. Entrance to the Polar Gallery