Things to Do: Museums in Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Museum of History The Hong Kong Museum of History
100 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon (Google Map)
Admission: HKD$20 (Standard / adult), free every Wednesday (except for some Special Exhibitions)

The Hong Kong Museum of History was established in 1975. Containing the permanent exhibition "The Hong Kong Story" and other special exhibitions, the Museum outlines the natural environment, folk culture and historical development of Hong Kong. With this 400 million years of historical and cultural journey, it aims at arousing public interest in and introspection on the historical and cultural heritage of Hong Kong.


The Hong Kong Heritage Museum The Hong Kong Heritage Museum
1 Man Lam Road, Shatin (Google Map)
Admission: HKD$20 (Standard / adult), free every Wednesday

Housing six permanent galleries - the Orientation Theatre, the New Territories Heritage Hall, the Cantonese Opera Heritage Hall, the T.T. Tsui Gallery of Chinese Art, the Chao Shao-an Gallery and the Children's Discovery Gallery and another six thematic galleries that regularly showcase Hong Kong's diverse heritage, the Museum's exhibitions and activities offer a kaleidoscopic array of cultural and educational experiences for the public.


Dr. Sun Yat-sen Museum Dr. Sun Yat-sen Museum
7 Castle Road, Mid-Levels, Central (Google Map)
Admission: HKD$20 (Standard / adult), free every Wednesday (except for some Special Exhibitions) and on the anniversaries of Dr Sun's birth (12 November) and death (12 March)

Dr Sun Yat-sen was a world-renowned revolutionary who devoted his entire life to overthrowing the Qing Dynasty and setting up the Republic of China. Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum highlights Dr Sun's intimate connections with Hong Kong, so the public will be able to reminisce about the activities of this great Chinese statesman. It has two permanent exhibitions displaying a number of precious historical artefacts and audiovisual programmes, giving a comprehensive overview of the life and career of Dr Sun, and Hong Kong's vital role in the reform movements and revolutionary activities in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.


The University of Hong Kong Museum The University of Hong Kong Museum
90 Bonham Road, Pokfulam (Google Map)
Admission: Free

Since its inception in 1953, the collections of the HKU University Museum and Art Gallery have grown to over one thousand and eighty items of Chinese antiquities, notably bronzes, ceramics and paintings. Aspiring to generate artistic and cultural experiences that are accessible to people in all walks of life, the Museum is dedicated to educating the public about the past and present of Chinese and other cultures and seeking to encourage greater appreciation of the arts and nurture a stronger sense of cultural values within the Hong Kong community.


The Museum of Tea Ware The Museum of Tea Ware
10 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, Hong Kong (inside Hong Kong Park) (Google Map)
Admission: Free

Specialising in the collection, study and display of tea ware, the branch museum at Flagstaff House includes many fine examples of the famous Yixing teapots. 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 demonstrations, tea gatherings and lecture programmes to promote ceramic art and Chinese tea drinking culture.


Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence
175 Tung Hei Road, Shau Kei Wan (Google Map)
Admission: HKD$20 (Standard / adult), free every Wednesday (except for some Special Exhibitions)

The Museum is formerly the most formidable fortifications in the territory built more than 100 years ago and an important battlefield during the Battle for Hong Kong in 1941. Today it has been revitalized to preserve and present our 600-year history of coastal defence. The exhibition area of the Museum consists of three main parts, namely the permanent exhibition galleries, the special exhibition gallery and the Historical Trail. Exhibitions and historical relics covering subjects on the coastal defence and military history of Hong Kong are displayed.


Hong Kong Police Museum Hong Kong Police Museum
27 Coombe Road, The Peak (Google Map)
Admission: Free

Originally housed in Police Headquarters, the Police Museum was started in 1976 and later moved to the present site in 1988. The Museum is divided into five galleries; Orientation Gallery, Triad Societies and Narcotics Gallery 'Police Then & Now' Gallery, Current Exhibition Gallery and Heroin Factory, with 700 exhibits displayed.



The Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences The Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences
2 Caine Lane, Central (Google Map)
Admission: HKD$20 (Standard / adult)

The Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences, established in 1996, is a unique institution charting the historical development of medical sciences in Hong Kong. The Museum comprises 12 Exhibition Galleries, 1 Library and 1 Lecture Room, each presents in a variety of ways to arouse interests and to help members of the community know more about health and diseases, including past conquests, current developments and future challenge of special relevance to Hong Kong. It also explores the interface between Chinese and Western medicine and encourage research in this area and serves both as an educational venue and to restore and conserve medical objects of historical value.


Maritime Museum Maritime Museum
Central Pier No. 8, Central, Hong Kong (Star Ferry Terminals) (Google Map)
Admission: HKD$30 (Standard / adult)

The Hong Kong Maritime Museum is a vibrant, cultural institution dedicated to preserving, collecting and displaying objects that tell the story about trade and maritime in Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta. A non-profit registered charity founded in 2003 by members of the Hong Kong Shipowners Association, the Museum opened in September 2005 at Murray House in Stanley and relocated in 2013 to Pier 8, in the heart of the Central Harbour Waterfront. Today the Museum attracts 100,000 visitors annually where across 4,400 square metres more than 1,200 objects are displayed in 13 galleries on three levels.

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