With so many sights, sounds and smells to savour, Museums may not be on everyones "must see" list in Hong Kong, especially if time is limited, but if you have 2 or 3 hours to spare (maybe during inclement weather) then I would definitely suggest going to the HONG KONG MUSEUM OF HISTORY in Chatham Road South Tsim Sha Tsui.
This museum beautifully depicts the history of Hong Kong, but interestingly starts with the prehistoric natural history of the region and then moves through a range of important periods finishing with the return to Chinese soverignty in 1997. This permanent exhibition is titled the Hong Kong Story and takes you along on a cultural journey through 8 different galleries. The 4,000 exhibits are enhanced by audio-visual and lighting effects.
It is a visual feast complimented by multimedia presentations. On your journey to the present day you will see replicas of traditional homes, costumes, and a beautifully recreated version of how a street in Central (Hong Kong Island) looked in the 1880's. I personally love these types of displays which put you right in the middle of what you are looking at. There are also many facinating exhibitions to browse through and these are complimented by some amazing historical photography, newsreels and authentic recordings.
It is said that a city's character is the product of its past and The Hong Kong Museum of History gives visitors the opportunity to learn much about Hong Kong and the events that built that character. It is easy to navigate and the exhibitions and displays literally come to life. It is much more appealing than the Hong Kong Heritage Museum in Sha Tin which in my opinion has a very clinical feel to it.
As well as the museum at Chatham Road South, the HONG KONG MUSEUM OF HISTORY is located on other sites throughout Hong Kong including the Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence in Shau Kei Wan, the Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb Museum in Sham Shui Po, the Law Uk Folk Museum in Chai Wan, the Fireboat Alexander Grantham Exhibition Gallery in Quarry Bay Park and the Dr. Sun Yat-sen Museum in Central (which I have reviewed separately in my "Off the beaten Path" tips)
THE HONG KONG MUSEUM OF HISTORY is open:
Monday & Wednesday to Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm
Sunday and public holiday: 10 am - 7 pm
Closed at 5 pm on Christmas Eve and Chinese New Year's Eve
Closed on Tuesdays (except public holidays) and on the first two days of the Chinese New Year
Admission is just HK$10 for adults and HK$5 for students and Senior citizens. Children under 4 years of age are admitted free.
***Please note that SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS such as the current display of Qing Royal Court Attire (until 7 October 2013) attract an extra HK$10 charge.
Madame Tussauds is a wax museum located in the Peak Tower which features a unique attraction of waxed figures of famous people/celebrities. There are only 2 wax museums of Madame Tussauds in Asia, just in Hong Kong and in Shanghai.
The waxed figures are really amazing like the shot I had with Bruce Lee. It seems like he’s back to life! Sometimes, my young cousins (aging below 12 yrs old) would ask me about Bruce Lee, if he’s real or what… I amused myself by telling them comic stories!
I didn’t bother to go inside since having a picture with Bruce Lee is enough, after all it’s free!
When you get inside the museum, you have to pay an entrance fee. Bruce Lee's wax figure is situated just outside the entrance;)
There are 3 ways to get here- by bus, minibus or peaktram.
But I would recommend the exciting way I got here by taking the tram!!!
(that is if you love walking...)
From MTR Central station, exit to J2 to the ground level, turn right, walk through Chater Garden, cross Queen's Road Central, walk up to the Garden Road. You'll pass the bank of China Tower and Citibank Plaza on the left while on the right is the St. John's Cathedral.
getting here by foot will take about 10-15mins but it's all worth it. When you walk, you can see lots of the Hong Kong's landmarks/architectures.. i can say you won't regret it!;)
and the most thrilling part I wish you to experience also is riding the tram!!!! well, sometimes you have to sacrifice first (by walking) to have your reward (ride the peak tram);)
Adult admission fee HK$140, children HK$70
Opens daily 10-10pm
... and the Hongkong Cultural Center are a building complex on the former grounds of the Hongkong RailWay Station.
The Hong Kong Cultural Centre is a multipurpose performance facility in Tsim Sha Tsui of Hong Kong. Located at Salisbury Road, it was founded by the former Urban Council and, after 2000, is administered by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department of Hong Kong Government. It is a place for a wide variety of cultural performances.
There maybe open air concerts, performances and exhibition, which are very worth a visit, specially on hot and humid days, because the rooms are airconditioned.
It is open from 9am to 10pm (Hongkong Cultural Center)
The HK Museum of Art is very near the Star Ferry in Tsim Sha Tsui and has permanent displays of jade and gold jewellery which are well worth seeing and give you an idea of Chinese history. The ceramic exhibits are interesting too. There are thematic exhibitions sometimes of local artists, but sometimes of international ones. It's free on Wednesdays so go then as it's never crowded.
There is a gift shop, but like most museum gift shops it's rather expensive and unfortunately it doesn't sell many cards relevant to the exhibits in the museum. There's a good selection of traditional Chinese prints and lots of books. The Museum Cafe serves basic meals and coffee, tea and cakes - if the weather is good, eat outside and enjoy the views over to Hong Kong Island and the sculptures on the patio.
Every Sunday afternoon there's an Arts and Crafts Fair outside the Art Museum. Nearby is the Cultural Centre (excellent classical music performances)and the Space Museum. Pop over to the Peninsula Hotel for afternoon tea. Go shopping at the Ocean terminal or the older Star Building.
The Museum is divided into four galleries; Orientation Gallery, Narcotics Gallery, Triad Societies Gallery and Current Exhibition Gallery. It has over 600 exhibits which are displayed.
Opening Hours :
Tuesdays : 2 p.m. to 5 p.m
Wednesdays to Sundays : 9 a.m. to 5 p.m
Closed on Mondays and Public Holidays.
A celebration of Teddy Bears. 70,000 sqare foot theme attraction featuring Teddy Bears. Highlight is the Teddy Bear Museum. Admission HK$50 adults; HK$25 for children 3 to 11 & senior citizens over 65 years of age. Open 10am to 10pm daily.
This is a good place to spend a few hours to learn about the culture and history of Hong Kong. The admission is only HK$ 10.00 and for the amount of materials and displays that are on exhibit, it is a real bargain.
The Hong Kong Museum of Art is one of the museums managed by the Leisure & Cultural Services Department. Established in 1962, it was first housed in the City Hall, moving to its present purpose-built premises by the Hong Kong Cultural Centre in 1991. The museum also has a branch, the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, located in Hong Kong Park.
It is the mission of the Hong Kong Museum of Art to preserve the cultural heritage of China and promote art with a local focus. Its collections now number in excess of 13,000 art objects, including Chinese paintings and calligraphy works, antique Chinese treasures, paintings of historical significance as well as creations by local artists. The highlights of the collections are on display in the exhibition galleries. To maintain an essential international character, the museum also presents a great variety of thematic exhibitions drawn from local and overseas sources.
Promoting art among the general public is one of the museum's main objectives, and a wide range of educational programmes are organized in support of the exhibitions to enhance participants' knowledge of and interest in artistic creation.
Chinese Fine Art
Hong Kong Art
KS Lo Collection of Teawares and Seals
Xubaizhai Collection of Chinese Painting and Calligraphy
Daily 1000-1800, THU closed
Adult HK$10; Senior Citize, Child, Student HK$5; Free on Wednesday
Specializing in the collection, study and display of tea ware, the branch museum at Flagstaff House features at its core the generous donations of Dr K.S. Lo, which include many fine examples of the famous Yixing teapot.
Built in the 1840s, Flagstaff House originally served as the office and residence of the Commander of the British Forces in Hong Kong. It was converted to the Museum of Tea Ware in 1984, with a new wing, the K.S. Lo Gallery, added in 1995. Alongside its exhibitions, the museum holds regular presentations and lecture programmes to promote Chinese tea drinking culture.
Daily 1000-1700; TUE closed
Chinese Tea House
Located on the ground floor of the K.S. Lo Gallery, the Chinese Teahouse serves not only Chinese tea, but also holds tea demonstrations regularly. It provides visitors a place to enjoy a nice cup of tea after touring our galleries.
10:00 am - 10:00 pm daily
Closed on the second Tuesday of each month and public holiday that falls on Tuesdays.
Enquiry: (852) 2801 7177
The HK Space museum comes in shape of the egg. Worth to see it from outside, and anyways… it is hard to miss it because it stands at the intersection of Nathan and Salisbury road at the busiest part of Tsim Sha Tsui, next to HK museum of art. I didn't go inside the egg, I just walked around it and looked at the building and square around it… otherwise museum exhibits austronomy and space technology in two halls.
The museum is open from 1 pm – 9 pm on Mon, Wed to Friday. 10 am – 9 pm on Sat, Sun and public holidays. Closed on Tue.
Went to Hollywood Road today for a little art watching and was especially attracted to the work in the Cais Gallery...
to find out more, visit:
i have personally took snapsahots from my visit.
This gallery charts the birth and growth of the city after the Opium Wars when the British were ceded Hong Kong by the Qing government. It details building structures such as shops, grocery stores, post office, bank and steam launch.
This gallery introduces the colourful customs of four ethnic groups of Hong Kong and South China. On display are models of boats, traditional buildings, local marriage and birth rituals, various parades and ceremony's, such as the Taiping Qingjiao or Bun Festival, and Cantonese Opera theatre.
This next gallery displays exhibits from the Chinese dynasties such as the Qin and Han right up to the Qing before the British arrived in the 19th century. Exhibits included bronzes and pottery pieces.
The first gallery details the location of Hong Kong along with its topography, climate and flora and fauna. This gallery (Prehistoric Hong Kong) details exhibits found in the Neolithic period around 6,000 years ago. On display are stone, pottery and bronze artefacts.