HONG KONG MUSEUM OF HISTORY
Hong Kong Museum of History Main Entrance
This large museum occupying a floor area of 17,500 sq m and exhibition area of 7000 sq m was established in 1975 and moved from its original Kowloon Park building to its present location on Chatham Road next to the Science Museum in 1988. The museum aims to preserve and promote the historical and cultural heritage of Hong Kong. The entertaining and educational permanent exhibition “*The Hong Kong Story” comprises eight galleries with a display of over 3,700 exhibits, 750 graphic panels, dioramas and multimedia programmes supported by special audio-visual and lighting effects and illustrates the natural environment, folk culture and historical development of Hong Kong through a 400 million year period in an authentic manner. The eight galleries feature;
The Natural Environment
Prehistoric Hong Kong
The Dynasties : From The Han to the Qing
Folk Culture in Hong Kong
The Opium Wars and the Cession of Hong Kong
Birth and Early Growth of the City
The Japanese Occupation
Modern Metropolis and the Return to China
Amongst may impressive exhibits are a 42m long beach with life-like Neolithic inhabitants engaged in various activities, reconstruction of Hakka peasant family’s house, festive activities of the annual Cheung Chau Bun Festival including bun towers, temporary Cantonese Opera theatre and Taoist altar, an old street scene from the early 20th century with shops and double-decker tram and a port scene with steam launch.
* The Hong Kong Story permanent exhibition is to undergo a major renovation owing to expanding museum collections and new display techniques and a public consultation for opinions on the renovation is being held in March and April 2016.
The museum also has a large Special Exhibition Gallery where temporary exhibitions are held, theatre, refreshment corner and shop. An audio guide service is available in four languages.
The museum has five branch museums: Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence, Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb Museum, Law Uk Folk Museum, Fireboat Alexander Grantham Exhibition Gallery and Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum.
The annual attendance of the museum for the fiscal year ended 31st March 2014 was 830,159.
Take a stoll down an early twentieth-century street in Hong Kong Museum of History
LOCATION – 100 Chatham Road South, Tsim Tsa Tsui, Kowloon
OPENING HOURS – 10am to 6pm Mondays and Wednesdays to Fridays, 10am to 7pm Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Closed on Tuesdays (except on public holidays) and the first two days of Chinese New Year. Closes at 5pm on Christmas Eve and Chinese New Year’s Eve
ADMISSION – free (previous admission charge discontinued from 1st August 2016)
GETTING THERE – MTR to Tsim Sha Tsui exit B2 then walk along Cameron Road to Chatham Road South. There is an elevated pedestrian footbridge link to the museum (about 15 mins). MTR to East Tsim Sha Tsui exit P2 then follow Chatham Road South (about 10 minutes). MTR to Hung Hom exit D1 and follow elevated covered pedestrian link under Cheong Wan Road to Science Museum Road, Granville Road and Chatham Road South (about 15 mins). Buses 5, 5C, 8, 8A, 26, 35A, 41A, 81C, 87D, 98D, 110, 203, 208, 13X, 215X, 219X, 224X, 260B, 260X and A12 pass the museum. East Tsim Sha Tsui Bus Terminus on Science Museum Road is five minutes walk from the museum and served by buses 26, 35A, 41A, 98D, 208, 13X and 973. Also all Cross-Harbour buses stop at toll plaza at Hung Hom then follow pedestrian footbridge link.
WEBSITE – http://hk.history.museum
NOTE – the Museum of History is located next to the Science Museum although the two museums have postal addresses in different streets.
HONG KONG SCIENCE MUSEUM
Approach to Main Entrance of Hong Kong Science Museum
Since its opening in 1991 this large museum has become a favourite amongst adults and children alike with its many “hands-on” interactive exhibits and entertaining and educational demonstrations. The museum is located next to the Museum of History in Tsim Sha Tsui and has a permanent exhibition area of 6,500 sq m with over 500 exhibits. The exhibition halls span four floors all of which encircle a huge 22 metre high Energy Machine, the largest of its kind in the world. The Ground Floor Exhibition Hall has exhibits demonstrating mathematics, motion, light, sound, life sciences and has a world of mirrors where visitors can see distorted images of themselves. The Jockey Club Environmental Conservation Gallery on the ground floor opened as a permanent exhibition in August 2010 and features over 40 interactive exhibits grouped under ten themes related to environmental protection including air, water, land resources, energy and waste. The exhibition also highlights the beauty of Hong Kong's natural ecology and provides advice on green living. The First Floor Exhibition Hall has Occupational Health and Safety, Electricity and Magnetism Gallery and Science News Corner. The Second Floor Exhibition Hall has a prototype zone and exhibits on telecommunications, food science, home technology, and transportation featuring Hong Kong’s first airliner, a Cathay Pacific DC-3 suspended from the ceiling, and a flight simulator. The Third Floor Exhibition Gallery has an Energy Efficiency Centre and Children's Gallery with many entertaining and educational interactive activities. The 22-metre high Energy Machine demonstrates the relationship between energy conversion and the movement of balls in an entertaining manner when synthetic fibre balls are set in motion zig-zagging along some 1.6km of tracks along two towers and a connecting gallery activating dramatic sounds from bells and gongs and visual effects along their journey. The Energy Machine operates at 11am, 1pm, 3pm and 5pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays and additionally at 7pm on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.
Hong Kong Science Museum's 22-metre high Energy Machine occupies four storeys of space in the museum and operates for about ten minutes, four or five times daily
There is a daily series of demonstrations by enthusiastic staff who manage to make topics such as “Liquid Nitrogen”, “Artificial Clouds” and "Electricity and Magnetism" entertaining and special exhibitions are held throughout the year.
The museum also has a Resource Centre, Lecture Hall, classroom, laboratory, book shop and gift shop.
The annual attendance of the museum in the fiscal year ended 31st March 2014 was 2,112,988.
Cathay Pacific DC-3, Hong Kong's first airliner hangs from the Transporation Gallery ceiling
The Biodiversity Gallery, opened in September 2016, recreates diverse natural environments and habitats from around the planet, allowing visitors to enjoy an immersive experience. Visitors are able to explore nature in a visual, tactile and thought-provoking manner through interactive exhibits, dioramas and specimen displays based on four distinctive themes, namely "Local Biodiversity", "Variety in the World", "Changes through Time" and "Nature Lab".
"Local Biodiversity", the first exhibition area in the gallery, introduces the nature of Hong Kong in the aspects of sea, land and sky. Visitors can find information on endemic species of plants and animals, as well as wildlife habitats such as woodlands and sandy beaches in Hong Kong. "Variety in the World" presents a huge variety of the world's life forms and describes to visitors flora and fauna around the world, the adaptation of animals and the global problem of the extinction of species.
"Changes through Time" offers a series of enlightening exhibits, including a 12-metre-long graphic on a wall, which shows the genesis of life from simple cells to the appearance of complex life forms such as Homo sapiens. It visualises the connection between the history of the Earth and life sciences. "Nature Lab", located at the centre of the gallery, gives visitors opportunities to become scientists. By using microscopes and other equipment to observe living and non-living specimens, visitors can experience the fun of doing scientific research.
The gallery's "Local Biodiversity" exhibition area shows woodlands in Hong Kong and nesting sites of green turtles, giving visitors an impression of the rich and beautiful environment which exists in Hong Kong
In April 2017 the museum opened a Children's Gallery. The new gallery's 10 major exhibits were made by Universcience in France. They were carefully developed with advice from educators and other professionals and in collaboration with various artists, who helped to enhance the aesthetic appeal and educational value of the exhibits. They are designed for two groups of children - those aged 2 to 7 and those aged 5 to 12 - based on their physical, intellectual and emotional development. Highlight exhibits include "Big Kids' Worksite", "Time Tower" and "Hidden Animals". The exhibits encourage children not only to use their imagination, but also to co-operate and accomplish missions together.
"Big Kids' Worksite" at the Science Museum's Children's Gallery
LOCATION – 2 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon
OPENING HOURS – 10am to 7pm Monday to Wednesday and Friday. 10am to 9pm Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. Closed on Thursdays (except public holidays) and the first two days of Chinese New Year. Closes at 5pm on Christmas Eve and Chinese New Year’s Eve.
ADMISSION – HK$20 (HK$10 for seniors 60 and over). Children under 4 and full time Hong Kong students free. Free admission for all on Wednesdays. Box Office closes one hour before museum closing time.
GETTING THERE - MTR to Tsim Sha Tsui exit B2 then walk along Cameron Road to Chatham Road South. There is an elevated pedestrian footbridge link to the museum (about 15 mins). MTR to East Tsim Sha Tsui exit P2 then follow Chatham Road South (about 10 minutes). MTR to Hung Hom exit D1 and follow elevated covered pedestrian link under Cheong Wan Road to Science Museum Road, Granville Road and Chatham Road South (about 15 mins). Buses 5, 5C, 8, 8A, 26, 35A, 41A, 81C, 87D, 98D, 110, 203, 208, 13X, 215X, 219X, 224X, 260B, 260X and A12 pass the museum. East Tsim Sha Tsui Bus Terminus on Science Museum Road is five minutes walk from the museum and served by buses 26, 35A, 41A, 98D, 208, 13X and 973. Also all Cross-Harbour buses stop at toll plaza at Hung Hom.
WEBSITE – http://hk.science.museum
NOTE – The Science Museum is located next to the Museum of History although the two museums have postal addresses in different streets.
HONG KONG MUSEUM OF ART (CLOSED)
* HONG KONG MUSEUM OF ART CLOSED ON 2nd AUGUST 2015 FOR MAJOR RENOVATION WORK AND UPGRADE OF FACILITIES AND IS EXPECTED TO REOPEN IN 2019.
Hong Kong Museum of Art - closed for renovation until 2019
The Museum of Art was formerly known as the City Museum and Art Gallery and moved from its previous location in City Hall across the harbour to its present large 17,530 sq m five-storey building in Tsim Sha Tsui in 1991. The museum aims to preserve the cultural heritage of China and promote art with a local focus. The museum’s collection comprises over 15,000 items divided into five major categories: Chinese Antiquities, Chinese Painting and Calligraphy, Contemporary Hong Kong Art, Historical Pictures and the Xubaizhai Collection of Chinese Painting and Calligraphy and these are displayed in five galleries. Amongst the exhibits are Chinese ceramic gems, calligraphy works, fine art and sculptures. There are a further two Special Exhibition Galleries which regularly feature prestigious local and international exhibitions on various themes. The museum also has a branch museum, Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware.
Free public guided tours are available daily (except Mondays) in English (11am), Cantonese (3pm and 5pm) and Putonghua (4pm) and themed tours of specific galleries in English and Cantonese are offered on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons (refer to the museum’s website for timetable). Digital audio guides to the Gallery’s collections in English, Cantonese and Putonghua can also be hired for a nominal fee.
Other facilities at the museum include Lecture Hall, Workshops, Ceramics, Painting and Print Studios, Café and Bookshop.
On the first Sunday of each month there is a free concert performance in the Lobby of the museum from 3-30pm to 4-30pm. The concert series is entitled "The Sound of Art" and is performed by various guest musicians.
A major renovation of the museum, estimated at HK$889 million renovation of the museum will see the museum close for up to three years from mid-2015. The museum, which is considered as "hidden" behind the Space Museum and clad with the same tiles as the adjacent Cultural Centre, will have a redesigned exterior to make it more visible and a new wing. There will be an additional 2000 square-metres of exhibition space. The lobby, restaurant and souvenir shop will be moved to the ground floor and a more prominent entrance added. During the renovation most items will be placed in storage but a series of exhibitions will be held at Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre in Kowloon Park which has been requisitioned by the Museum of Art during its closure. City Hall, the museum's original home from 1962-1991 and Central Library will also provide temporary facilities for the museum.
The Museum of Art attracted an annual attendance of 354,798 visitors in the fiscal year ended 31st March 2014.
First-floor Chinese Antiquities Gallery
LOCATION – 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
OPENING HOURS – 10am to 6pm Monday to Wednesday and Friday. 10am to 7pm Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Closes at 5pm on Christmas Eve and Chinese New Year’s Eve. Closed on Thursdays (except public holidays) and the first two days of Chinese New Year.
ADMISSION – previous admission charge discontinued. Admission will be free to all when the museum reopens in 2019.
GETTING THERE – (The museum is located next to Hong Kong Cultural Centre and Hong Kong Space Museum close to the harbourside and Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade) Star Ferry to Tsim Sha Tsui then 5 minute walk. MTR to Tsim Sha Tsui and from exit E about 7 minutes walk or MTR to East Tsim Sha Tsui and from exit J about 5 minutes walk. All bus routes serving Star Ferry Bus Terminus and Salisbury Road stop close to the museum. Route numbers include 1,1A,2,5,5A,5C,6,6A,7,8,8A,9,13X,26,28,110,234X,973,A21
WEBSITE – http://hk.art.museum
HONG KONG SPACE MUSEUM
NOTE - THE EXHIBITION HALLS OF HONG KONG SPACE MUSEUM ARE CLOSED FOR RENOVATION FROM 5th OCTOBER 2015 UNTIL EARLY 2017. THE STANLEY HO SPACE THEATRE REOPENED ON 2nd MARCH 2016.
Main Entrance, Hong Kong Space Museum
This museum with its domed planetarium roof has been a distinctive landmark on the Tsim Sha Tsui harbour side since 1980. Located next to the Hong Kong Museum of Art and Hong Kong Cultural Centre the 8000 sq m museum provides a world-class facility for research and education into astronomy and space science. The museum is divided into two wings, the East Wing houses the planetarium, Stanley Ho Space Theatre with 23-metre IMAX screen and Hall of Space Science and the West Wing houses the Hall of Astronomy and Lecture Hall. A seven-month HK$34 million renovation of the Stanley Ho Space Theatre was completed in June 2009 which has given the theatre a completely new look with a new digital planetarium projection system with a resolution of over 53 million pixels making it one of only two theatres in the world capable of projecting such high definition images. The system projects both full-dome animations or movies and the new seats are installed with a multi-language narration system and interactive features enabling visitors to participate in real-time games. In early 2012 the digital projection system in the Stanley Ho Space Theatre was upgraded at a cost of HK$7 million and the new system consists of eight ultra-high resolution projectors and 32 high-performance computers, enabling projection of stereoscopic images with a resolution of up to 16 million pixels. In addition, the museum is carrying out a HK$32 million renovation of its exhibition halls. The renovation, which involves the Hall of Space Science and the Hall of Astronomy, commences in October 2015 and is expected to be completed by the end of 2016 during which time the exhibition halls will be closed and the museum will be closed in its entirety from 1st November 2015 until 1st March 2016. The renovation mainly involves renewing the exhibits, many of which were conceived in the 1980's and are now outdated and lacking key landmarks in space exploration. About 60 sets of exhibits, of which about 70 per cent are interactive, will be installed in a new immersive environment in the two exhibition halls, covering a total area of 1,600 square meters, in order to simulate the experience of travelling through space and time. The basic design concept for the Hall of Space Science is to make use of the existing circular and unidirectional nature of the gallery to relate the evolution of the universe. Visitors will venture into a dimmed and mysterious space environment with dynamic lighting, wall murals and elaborate decorations. A proposed "Reach for Your Star" exhibit, among others, will enable visitors to choose their own visit to any galaxy and to appreciate the starry night sky from a different perspective. The major themes of the Hall of Astronomy will be space exploration and the Sun-Earth relationship. The "How You Feel in Space" exhibit, the highlight of the proposed exhibits, will enable visitors to experience the disorientation of weightlessness in space and understand the unusual physical properties of matter by entering an upside-down virtual space station.
In July 2012, Hong Kong Space Museum introduced a brand new service: 3D dome shows. Under the museum's uniquely huge hemispheric dome with a diameter of 23 metres, and wearing specially designed 3D glasses, audiences are surrounded by 3D images and experience the illusion of being taken to another place.
The Stanley Ho Space Theatre which has been temporarily closed since 1st November 2015, reopened on Wednesday 2nd March 2016 and launched new shows, the Sky Show "Decoding Starlight" and the Omnimax show "Robots". The museum's Lecture Hall will also resume operation on the same day. However, the museum's two Exhibition Halls are still closed for renovation work and the replacement of exhibits, and are expected to re-open at the end of 2016
Brief introductions are as follows:
Sky Show “KAGAYA’S AURORA";
The Space Museum's sky show, "KAGAYA's Aurora", reveals auroras' amazing display of colour and light to audiences using advanced filming techniques. In some bitterly cold places such as Alaska and Iceland, mysterious and colourful "flames" often illuminate the starry sky. This natural light display in the sky of high latitude regions is known as an aurora. Auroras are caused by the interaction of the solar wind with the Earth's atmosphere, while their rich colours are caused by a variety of airborne constituents.The sky show "KAGAYA's Aurora" uses computer graphics to illustrate the natural mechanism behind the formation of auroras, and captures different forms of aurora through time-lapse photography. The show also provides aerial shots of glaciers, grand images of the Arctic and melodious New Age music, offering audiences a unique experience in the museum's dome.
Film still showing Iceland, which is located within the auroral zone, and is the only island on the submarine Mid-Atlantic Ridge. While its night sky is illuminated by amazing colours, Iceland is also full of exotic landscapes sculptured by plate tectonics
The 30-minute show is screened daily at 3-50pm and 7-20pm at the Stanley Ho Space Theatre between 1st May 2017 and 30th October 2017. An additional show will be screened at 12-20pm on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.
The museum's 3D dome show, "WE ARE STARS 3D", which takes audiences on an amazing journey through time and space to learn about the extraordinary stories of the universe, runs from 1st July 2017 until 31st December 2017.
The show takes audiences back to the eras before the Earth was formed to see the most important event of cosmic history - the Big Bang - and witness the formation of the first atoms when the universe was just 380 000 years old. The show explains how atoms were pulled by gravity to form the first stars and joined together to form molecules, from the simple molecule of water to the complex molecules of proteins, one of the building blocks of life. In fact, the human body is a cluster of atoms that originated in stars.
Film still showing the birth of the first stars in gigantic clouds of hydrogen
"We Are Stars 3D" seeks to answer some of the fundamental questions, such as "What are we made of?" and "Where did it all come from?". The show also explores the secrets of cosmic chemistry, allowing audiences to learn more about the connection between the Big Bang and the evolution of life on Earth and the universe.
The 26-minute show is screened at the museum's Stanley Ho Space Theatre daily at 2-40pm and 6-10pm. An additional show at 11-10am is screened on Sundays and public holidays.
Tickets priced at HK$24 (front stalls) and HK$32 (stalls) are available at the Hong Kong Space Museum Box Office and URBTIX.
Omnimax show "WILD AFRICA";
The show takes audiences on a journey to Africa and reveals how water shapes this unique and dramatic continent. Whether it is travelling above the plains with seasonal winds, cascading along raging rivers or sheltering coral cities, water makes everything vibrant along its way. In the show, water becomes a tour guide to introduce the special landscapes of Africa to audiences. Viewers will also be able to discover the rarely known and interesting facts of this enchanted kingdom. For instance, Mount Kenya is topped with ice and snow even though it is near the equator; there are substances in Lake Bogoria that turn flamingos pink; and elephant herds are led by the matriarch, one of the older females, in the search for hidden water sources. "Wild Africa" not only reveals the dynamic nature of Africa, but also offers audiences a lesson to learn about the earth by introducing the fascinating animals that can be found there.
The film features the African elephant, which is the largest existing land animal in the world. Being a herbivore with a large appetite, an adult elephant can consume up to 140 kilograms of plants and 200 litres of water a day.
The 42-minute show is screened daily at 1-30pm, 5pm and 8-30pm at the Stanley Ho Space Theatre between 1st March 2017 and 31st August 2017.
The museum produces two multi-media planetarium shows each year and also shows some of the best foreign IMAX films. The two permanent exhibition halls, the Hall of Space Science and the Hall of Astronomy are located on the ground and first floors and visitors are able to learn about the history of space exploration and latest developments in space technology. Interactive exhibits enable visitors to try the Gyroscope which demonstrates how rockets stabilise flight direction, experience a simulated Moon Walk and operate a Virtual Glider through a 3-D simulation of Grand Canyon.
The museum annual attendance in the fiscal year ended 31st March 2014 was 893,197.
Space Shuttle Model in Hall of Space Science
The museum also has a research centre and gift shop.
In November 2008 the Space Museum opened an iObservatory in a three-storey building at Lady MacLehose Holiday Village in Sai Kung Country Park with a six-metre "onion" dome and 60cm Cassegrain Telescope enabling observers to view celestial objects 4,000 times dimmer than those visible to the naked eye.
The museum opened an Astropark at Chong Hing Water Sports Centre at High Island Reservoir also in Sai Kung Country Park in January 2010. The Astropark, which is effectively a theme park with stargazing facilities, is open 24 hours a day and is divided into three zones, an Educational Zone for day-time use, Naked-eye observation area for casual users and Telescopic Observation Area for amateur astronomers.
The Astropark in Sai Kung Country Park is a branch of Hong Kong Science Museum
For more information see the Astropark website;
LOCATION – 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
OPENING HOURS – Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 1pm to 9pm, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 10am to 9pm. Closes at 5pm on Christmas Eve and Chinese New Year’s Eve. Closed on Tuesdays (except public holidays) and the first two days of Chinese New Year.
ADMISSION – Exhibition Halls* HK$10 (Seniors 60 and over HK$5, children under 4 and full time Hong Kong students free). Omnimax Show/3D dome show HK$24 front stalls, HK$32 stalls (half-price for seniors 60 and over, children under 3 not admitted). Free admission to Exhibition Halls only on Wednesdays.
GETTING THERE - (The museum is located next to Hong Kong Cultural Centre and Hong Kong Museum of Art close to the harbourside and Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade) Star Ferry to Tsim Sha Tsui then 5 minute walk. MTR to Tsim Sha Tsui and from exit E about 7 minutes walk or MTR to East Tsim Sha Tsui and from exit J about 5 minutes walk. All bus routes serving Star Ferry Bus Terminus and Salisbury Road stop close to the museum. Route numbers include 1,1A,2,5,5A,5C,6,6A,7,8,8A,9,13X,26,28,110,234X,973,A21
WEBSITE – http://hk.space.museum
LEI CHENG UK HAN TOMB MUSEUM
Lei Cheung Uk Han Tomb Museum, Sham Shui Po
Discovered in 1955 during construction works the Han dynasty (AD25-220) tomb was excavated and preserved in its original site on a wave-cut terrace in the Lei Cheng Uk area of what was once the north western coast of the Kowloon Peninsula. The tomb and exhibition gallery were opened to the public in 1957 and this small museum is now a branch museum of Hong Kong Museum of History. The tomb is a cross-shaped brick structure with four chambers and domed roof and although some fifty-eight pottery and bronze objects were found no human skeletal remains were found. Some of the tomb bricks have inscriptions and patterns which has helped dating of the tomb. The entrance to the front chamber was damaged during excavation and it is not known how the tomb was sealed. The museum comprises a small gallery where objects including pottery cups, bowls, models, pots and cauldrons and bronze bells and mirror found in the tomb are displayed. The tomb itself is at the rear of the exhibition gallery and although visitors are not allowed to enter the tomb the front and rear chambers can be viewed through a transparent screen. There is a small secluded park behind the tomb.
During the fiscal year to 31st March 2014 the museum attracted 36,897 visitors.
Front and rear chambers of Lei Cheung Uk Tomb
LOCATION – 41 Tonkin Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon
OPENING HOURS - Sunday to Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10am to 6pm. Closes at 5pm on Christmas Eve and Chinese New Year’s Eve. Closed on Thursdays (except public holidays) and the first three days of Chinese New Year.
ADMISSION – Free
GETTING THERE – MTR to Cheung Sha Wan exit A3 then 5 minutes walk along Tonkin Street. Buses 2, 2A,112,118,702,970 and 970X pass the museum on Tonkin Street.
WEBSITE - http://hk.history.museum/en/lcuht.php
HONG KONG HERITAGE DISCOVERY CENTRE
A former British Army barracks in Kowloon Park is home to Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre
Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre opened in 2005 in a splendidly preserved former colonial British Army barracks in Kowloon Park which had previously been home to Hong Kong Museum of History before its move to its current location on Chatham Road South. The centre which falls under the auspices of the Antiquities and Monuments Office aims to inform the public of its work in preserving the archaeological and cultural heritage of Hong Kong. The centre has a permanent exhibition gallery on the first floor displaying, pottery, glassware, ceramics and other artefacts and on the ground floor is a thematic gallery for temporary exhibitions. There is a reference library which is open to the public for research and educational purposes, lecture hall and educational activity room. This is a good place for visitors to go to obtain information, leaflets and guides on heritage trails, antiquities and monuments in Hong Kong.
The Discovery Centre attracted 193,559 visitors in the fiscal year to 31st March 2014.
First floor Exhibition Gallery, Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre
LOCATION – Kowloon Park, Haiphong Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
OPENING HOURS – 10am to 6pm Monday to Wednesday and Friday. 10am to 7pm Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Closes at 5pm on Christmas Eve and Chinese New Year’s Eve. Closed on Thursdays (except public holidays) and the first two days of Chinese New Year.
ADMISSION – Free
GETTING THERE – The centre is located near the Bird Lake in Kowloon Park. MTR Tsim Sha Tsui exit A1 is about five minutes walk to the centre from the Kowloon Mosque entrance to the park. Numerous bus routes travelling along Nathan Road stop close to the park entrances including 1,1A,2,6,6A,7,9,13X, 35A,41A,63X,234X,A21.
HONG KONG HOUSING AUTHORITY EXHIBITION CENTRE
Hong Kong Housing Authority Headquarters on Fat Kwong Street. The entrance to Block 3 is behind the trees to the left of the minibus
Hong Kong Housing Authority has established a 1000sq-metre Exhibition Centre at its Headquarters at Ho Man Tin which illustrates the development of public housing in Hong Kong. The exhibition features glazed display panels, building models, mock-up flats and various collections of photos and videos. Through these exhibits, visitors are able to glimpse social changes which have occurred over the decades from the 1950’s and appreciate the improvements in living standards in public housing estates. Visitors can walk over a glass observation bridge, below which is a huge model showing the magnitude and distribution of housing estates throughout the territory. Visitors can also freely browse the various collections of photos and videos and participate in an interactive game to build the ideal housing estate.
Mock-up of typical 1950's flat found in Hong Kong's earliest public housing estates
LOCATION – 4/F, Block 3, Housing Authority Headquarters, 80 Fat Kwong Street, Ho Man Tin, Kowloon
OPENING HOURS – Monday and Wednesday to Friday 9-30am to 6-30pm. Saturday 9am to 7pm. Closed on Tuesdays, Sundays and public holidays.
ADMISSION – Free. Casual visitors welcome. Visitors need to sign in at reception on entry to the Housing Authority building and are given a visitor badge. Group visitors can make appointments for guided tours.
GETTING THERE – Buses 109 Jointly-operated, KMB/NWFB (Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal to Ho Man Tin Estate), 8 KMB (Star Ferry Pier Tsim Sha Tsui to Kowloon MTR Station), 18 KMB (Nam Cheong MTR Station to Oi Man) and 7B KMB (Hung Hom Ferry Pier to Lok Fu) all stop on Sheung Foo Street outside Ho Man Tin Plaza, about 100-metres walk from Blocks 3 & 4 of the Housing Authority Headquarters. Buses 17 KMB (Oi Man Estate to Kwun Tong) , 41 KMB (Cheung Ching to Kowloon City Ferry Pier) and 45 KMB (Lai Yiu to Kowloon City Ferry Pier) stop on Fat Kwong Street outside Blocks 3 & 4 of the Housing Authority Headquarters.
KMB = operated by Kowloon Motor Bus Company
NWFB = operated by New World First Bus
WEBSITE - http://www.housingauthority.gov.hk/en/about-us/community-engagement/exhibition-centre/index.html
Sun Museum is a non-profit, private museum established in May 2015 by the Simon Suen Foundation. The museum aims to promote Chinese arts and culture and enable an understanding of how the art world in Hong Kong is enlivened by a diversity of cultures and how the local community is enriched by a wealth of Chinese traditions.
Its objectives are to enhance understanding of Chinese art and culture through exhibitions, research, lectures, publications, and myriad related activities, support aspiring Chinese artists, particularly those in Hong Kong, accumulate a collection of Chinese paintings and related art for educational purpose, contribute to the study of Hong Kong culture and to collaborate with artists, collectors, scholars and cultural institutions around the world to achieve the Museum's Vision.
The museum is located on the 4th floor of the SML Tower on Hoi Bun Road along the Kwun Tong waterfront and has an total area of 12,500 sq. ft. with 5,000 sq. ft. of exhibition space and an outdoor court of 4,100 sq. ft.. Overlooking the new Kwun Tong waterfront promenade, the museum commands a spectacular harbour view beyond Kai Tak Cruise Terminal and across to the high-rise architecture stretching from Eastern District to Wan Chai on Hong Kong Island. The museum and its surroundings lie within a former industrial area which is being revitalised and transformed into Hong Kong's "CBD2" second major business area and cultural and recreational district under the government's "Energising Kowloon East" plan.
Panoramic views from the museum, over Kowloon Bay to Hong Kong Island
The museum is designed according to the traditional Chinese concept of the five-elements to strive for everlasting movement and change as well as smooth operation. It consists of four sections: exhibition hall, office, corridor and terrace, each differentiated by colour of the five-elements of metal, wood, water, fire and earth.
The exhibition hall has two walls facing each other with one painted beige white and the other red. They represent the elements metal and fire respectively. Sparks are produced when metal meets fire and it is hoped that sparks will be generated when visitors view the exhibits.
The office in charge of administration is considered the heart of the museum and is therefore positioned in the centre. According to the five-elements concept, the office represents earth and the walls should therefore be in yellow.
The corridor is painted in harmonious green and brown to reflect the wood element. On the other hand, the main entrance is painted red to symbolize fire. The combination of wood and fire gives life and vitality to the museum.
The terrace is situated north and belongs to the water element. Therefore, its brick floor and surrounding wall are in black, which is the colour for the water element. As water sustains wood, the terrace is furnished with wooden fences and furniture to create the ambience of comfort for visitors. Brick, being fired clay, is classified as earth within the five-elements. On the basis that wood controls earth, wooden furnishings of the terrace will eliminate excess earth energy, thereby enhancing prosperity.
All visits to the museum are by appointment only and the museum offers both individual visits and guided tours, conducted in English, Cantonese and Mandarin, with each tour lasting about 45 minutes. Group tours for up to 40 participants can also be arranged on request for registered schools and registered non-profit making organisations.
To book a visit, refer to the museum's website;
10am to 6pmTuesday to Saturday. Closed on Sundays, Mondays and public holidays
MTR - The museum is located about 10 minutes walk from Kwun Tong Station Exit B3 or Ngau Tau Kok Station Exit B6
BUS - The following KMB routes serve nearby Kwun Tong Ferry Pier Bus Terminus;
11D (from Lok Fu), 23 (from Shun Lee), 74C & 74D (from Kau Lung Hang), 74X (from Tai Po Central), 80 (from Mei Lam Bus Terminus), 80P (from Hin Keng Bus Terminus), 83X (from Wong Nai Tau Bus Terminus), 93A (from Po Lam), 268C (from Long Ping Station) and 269C (from Tin Shui Wai Town Centre).
Bus 40 from Tsuen Wan Nina Tower stops near the museum on Hoi Yuen Road
GREEN MINIBUS - GMB 22A from Ngau Tau Kok Station stops in front of SML Tower
FERRY - from Hong Kong Island scheduled ferry services operate from North Point Ferry Pier to Kwun Tong Ferry Pier and from Sai Wan Ho Ferry Pier to Kwun Tong Public Pier.