Museums, Hong Kong
... 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 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...
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i have personally took snapsahots from my visit.
There is a HK$30 museum pass which allows you to visit the following museums anytime you like within one week.
HK Museum of history - Kowloon
HK Heritage Museum - Sha Tin
HK Museum of Coastal Defence
HK Art Museum - Kowloon
HK Science Museum - Kowloon
HK Space Museum - Kowloon
You can buy the pass at the HKTB Visitor Information Services office at The Star Ferry concourse in Tsim Sha Tsui
Also at the HK Intl. Airport at
Transfer Area E2 Buffer Halls A and B Arrivals level
And Causeway Bay MTR Station near Exit F.
Also on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays all the museums are open. On Tuesdays, the Heritage, Space and History museums are closed.
On Thursdays the Art, Science and Coastal Defence are closed.
The History, Art, Space and Science are definitely a must see. The Art and space are right next to each other so you can get both in in one day.
If you are there a week it is definitely worth the money to buy the museum pass so you can visit the museums whenever you have the time.
Check out Discoverhongkong.com website. Click on the Hongkong Story and you'll be directed to the website. You'll find several tour options there for seeing the other museums. As a bonus, you'll find the days when these museums give free entrances to their visitors. Also, I'd like to invite you to check out my blog at http://www.pinas-et-al.blogspot.com. I'm sure you'll find something there that would be of good use.
I spent quite a while at the Hong Kong Museum of Art. There were basically three different viewing areas. The collections from France, Monet, Degas, Cezzane etc... which were of course all beautiful and another room depicting the art of Huang Yongyu at age 80. From the absurd to the polished an incredible collection of his artwork. There is also a sculpture gallery, and black and white room and an ancient pottery room.
What fascinated me the most was the room adorned with a collection of chinese calligraphy. So many poets and lyricists depicting the art of the spoken word with pen and ink on sometimes paper, sometimes silk and even satin scrolled pieces of art. It amazed me. They were all such beautiful pieces of artwork. However photos in this particular room were not allowed.
This is a definite must see. Only $10.00HK.
The highlight of the museum is the Hong Kong story permanent exhibition which depicts the natural environment, folk culture and historical development of Hong Kong from 400 million years ago to the return to Chinese sovereignty in 1997. The culural traditions and history are fascinating to see.
This is a really interesting couple of hours you can spend getting to know the history of Hong Kong (and its worth it because there is very little history to be seen outside)
The museum tells the tale of the different ethnic groups that live in Hong Kong, of walled villages, piracy and fishing. It also takes you through the British opium wars and annexing of Hong Kong , Kowloon and the new territories. There is a bit about the japanese occupation in WW2 and lots about how the city has changed and how it has coped with the changeover back to China.
If you only do one museum in Hong Kong. Do this one.
There is an fixed exhibition of "The Hong Kong Story". It's divided into 8 subjects about geographic facts, history, culture, custom and so on of Hong Kong. They imitate enviroments of traditional house, streets in the period under British occupations etc. There also show various movies which teach us the story of Hong Kong by images. I especially had deep feelings on the difficult time of 3 years and 8 months when Hong Kong was occupied by Japan... It was really a sad period...
By all accounts, I should actually say that Wednesday is the best time to visit the Museums in Hong Kong since it's FREE. But in order to save you a bit of sanity and free you from gatecrashing the museums with harrassed teachers and screaming school-going kids, I will recommend that you buy a Museum Pass for a paltry HK$30 so that you can visit the following seven museums for a whole week at your own leisure.
Do bear in mind that Thursday is the worst time to visit museums as most museums are closed except for the heritage and history museum.
1)Hong Kong Heritage Museum (Closed on Tues)
2)Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence-
3)Hong Kong Museum of Art - The Best Museum.
4)Hong Kong Museum of History - (Closed on Tues)
6)Hong Kong Science Museum - The China Dinos are there now!
7) Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum
None of Hong Kong’s museums are that special, but they are more than worth the price of admission on Wednesdays. That’s because entry is free on Wednesdays. The Hong Kong Space Museum and Hong Kong Museum of Art can be found side by side between Salisbury Road and Victoria Harbour in Tsim Sha Tsui. The Hong Kong Museum of History and the Hong Kong Science Museum are located in east Tsim Sha Tsui just off Chatham Road South. Opening hours for the museums vary but are listed in the very helpful Hong Kong Visitor’s Kit free brochure.