What the public can expect

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 14 April, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 14 April, 2009, 12:00am

The Asia Society's land lease for the former explosives magazine requires that it open all non-office areas to the public.

The public will be able to visit the museum and attend exhibitions and programmes at the centre, and be charged admission fees similar to public arts venues. Guided tours of some buildings will be arranged.

Nine hours a week will be given to schools, youth and welfare groups to use the buildings for arts purposes.

The three grade one blocks, which were built between 1853 and 1910 and stored explosives and munitions, and one grade two outpost station are among the few buildings left after the barracks was developed into Hong Kong Park and Pacific Place in the 1980s. The Asia Society has added a two-storey structure.

The society is responsible for the HK$200 million renovation cost, half of which was donated by the Jockey Club Charities Trust.