Museums, Hong Kong
The Museum of Coastal Defense is located on the North Eastern portion of Hong Kong Island . Originally the Lei Yue Mun fort guarded the entrance to Hong Kong's inner harbor. Now, it houses exhibits relating to the history of Hong Kong's coastal defenses -- from regimental artifacts to historical photos.
In addition to textual and graphical illustrations (in English and Chinese) there are some 400 military artifacts. Even if you're not interested historical artifacts, the Historical Trail surrounding the museum offers a great view of both Hong Kong island and Kowloon. See if you can spot the remnants of the old Kai Tak airport and be sure to go below to the Brennan Torpedo stations to see a replica of one of the first remotely-controlled torpedoes.
Take the MTR to Shau Kei Wan station. Exit B2 and follow the signs and walk 15-minutes towards the water. Admission is HK$10 (Free on Wednesdays) but why not purchase a one week pass to all of HK's museums for HK$30? (The Museum of History, the Heritage Museum and the Museum of Art are well-worth the time.)
This is one of my favorite side trips in Hong Kong. Located up in Tai Po Market it is an interesting walk through the history of the Hong Kong railways and transportation. Set mostly outside there were two or three indoors areas with history.
For some reason there were many parties taking wedding photos here.
The Museum which moved to its present site in 1988 at 27 Coombe Road, The Peak, Hong Kong. is divided into four galleries; Orientation Gallery, Narcotics Gallery, Triad Societies Gallery and Current Exhibition Gallery. It has a total floor area of 570 sq.m. in which over 600 exhibits are displayed.
I enjoyed my visit to he Police Museum in Hong Kong. However it did feel a bit more out of the way than I expected it to be, and took longer on the bus than I expected (and longer to wait for a return one too!).
However once inside, it has interesting items confiscated from the triads (including ceremonial clothing and some horrific weapons) as well as everyday items that had been modified and used for drug-smuggling like hollowed out shoe heels and bibles etc. They are at pains to point out that these methods of smuggling are well known to authorities, so don't try these yourself!
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Discovered in 1955, the Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb is one of the oldest monuments in Hong Kong, dating from between AD25-220.
It has been extremely well-preserved, despite only being made an official monument in 1988, and now also has a small museum next to it detailing objects found in the tomb, as well as some history about the Han Dynasty and the discovery of the tomb.
It's up in Cheung Sha Wan in Kowloon, about 10 mins walk from the MTR station (exit A3), so it's a little out of the way. But if you're in the Kowloon area it is definitely worth an excursion.
It's free to get in, and is open every day from 10am-6pm except Thursdays (closed) and Sundays and public holidays (1pm-6pm).
Situated in the town center of Tai Po Market, the Hong Kong Railway Museum is an open-air museum converted from the old Tai Po Railway Station.
Built in 1913, the station building features the pitched roof of traditional Chinese building. It was declared a monument in 1984, after being refurbished it opened as a museum in 1985.
Address: 13 Shung Tak Street, Tai Po Market, Tai Po
By rail: Kowloon-Canton Railway to Tai Po Market Station and then Mini Bus no. 25K
By bus: Kowloon Motor Bus nos. 72, 72X, 73X, 74X, 75X, 271
Opening hours - Free admission
Mondays, Wednesday to Sunday (including public holidays)
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Closed on Tuesdays, Christmas day, Boxing day, New Year's day and the first three days of Chinese New Year
Hong Kong's museums showcase fascinating displays of Chinese art and antiquities as well as featuring Hong Kong's history, coastal defences, film industry, space, science, medicine, the police, correctional services and much more.
Visitors can now buy a Museum Pass* at HK$30 to visit the following six museums for a whole week:
Hong Kong Heritage Museum
Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence
Hong Kong Museum of Art
Hong Kong Museum of History
Hong Kong Science Museum
Hong Kong Space Museum
You can order a copy of Museums & Heritage to get a full list of museums or pick it up at Visitor Information & Services Centre.
*Admission to all six museums covered by the Museum Pass is free. However, extra charges apply to the special exhibitions at the Science Museum and the Space Theatre in the Hong Kong Space Museum.
Located next to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, HKAC is the heart of arts in Hong Kong, all the mature and new groups, classical and pioneering art forms in Hong Kong can be found here.
Don't forget the nice cafe "Open Kitchen" on 6/F, you can enjoy friendly atmosphere and seaview of Victoria Harbour there!
2 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Besides Jacky Chan, there are so much more in Hong Kong and Chinese film industry...
I have to say, this is not very well known even among locals, but if you are interested to know about about the Hollywood of the Orient, come here! The Hong Kong Film Archive has the best collection of Hong Kong movies and relevant resources. It is also one of the major venues of the Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) held every April and May in Hong Kong. There are theme screening every month, as well as seminars and exhibitions. Don't miss it!
50 Lei King Road, Sai Wan Ho, Hong Kong