The Hong Kong Correctional Services Museum today (January 18) welcomed its 500,000th visitor since opening just over eight years ago. The visitor was Mr Man Chi-hung of Hong Kong Anti-Cancer Society.
When Mr Man Chi-hung and his group stepped into the museum, they were greeted with applause by museum staff. Assistant Commissioner (Human Resource) of Correctional Services, Mr Law Yick-man, presented Mr Man with a souvenir to congratulate him for being the 500,000th visitor to the museum.
Mr Law noted that the museum has become a popular destination in Stanley for Hong Kong residents as well as visitors from overseas. He said, "The museum provides a chance for the public to understand the history of Hong Kong's correctional services and helps to promote Correctional Services Department's quality services in Hong Kong."
Situated next to the CSD Staff Training Institute on Tung Tau Wan Road in Stanley, the museum opened on November 1, 2002. It was closed from September 2009 to January 2010 for renovation purposes in order to improve its facilities.
The museum's main building comprises ten galleries with a mock gallows and two mock cells, as well as a collection of some 600 exhibits including historical documents and photographs depicting the 160-year history of the Hong Kong penal system. A mock guard tower on top of the premises highlights the theme of the museum. Its annex, with an introduction to the department's correctional and rehabilitative programmes, also displays products made by prisoners. The 200-square-metre platform in front of the museum commands a great view of beautiful Tai Tam Bay.
The museum is open from 10am to 5pm except on Mondays and public holidays. It is accessible by bus route numbers 6, 6X, 63, 73, 260 and 973 as well as green minibus routes 40 and 52.
Ends/Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Issued at HKT 18:56
Assistant Commissioner (Human Resource) of Correctional Services, Mr Law Yick-man (third right), presents a souvenir to Mr Man Chi-hung as the 500,000th visitor to the museum.
The exterior of the Hong Kong Correctional Services Museum.