MUSEUMS – KOWLOON*
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* (closed - see notes below) 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 was held in March and April 2016. The exhibition is closed from 19th October 2020 until at least 2022. The revamped exhibition will comprise two major displays, on ancient Hong Kong through to the 21st century and Hong Kong through different themes. In the meantime an interim temporary exhibition "Recreating a Classic: The Best Features of The Hong Kong Story" is on display,
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 2017 was 1,038,000.
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 2017 was 1,237,000.
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 CHILDRENS 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
In April 2021 to mark its 30th anniversary the museum opened its new permanent EARTH SCIENCE GALLERY. The gallery features about 30 sets of interactive exhibits, models and installations explaining the causes of natural phenomena. It also showcases the rich diversity of Hong Kong's geology and displays invaluable and colourful minerals as well as rock specimens. Comprised of four areas visitors can explore the secrets underneath the Earth's crust, and see how its internal and external forces lead to drastic natural phenomena such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis and typhoons. The interactive models, installations and typhoon simulator at the gallery offer visitors unique insights into the power of nature. The geology of Hong Kong is also featured at the gallery through its display of rock specimens from different geological ages, such as samples from the hexagonal rock columns in the High Island region, part of the Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark. Visitors can view the world-renowned scenery of the Geopark and learn more about Hong Kong's geology.
Photo shows the setting of an infinite universe where visitors can experience the feeling of walking in a starry night
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
The Hong Kong Museum of Art was formerly known as the City Museum and Art Gallery and moved across the harbour from its previous location in City Hall to its present large building on the waterfront in Tsim Sha Tsui in 1991. The museum closed for major HK$930 million renovation in August 2015, reopening in November 2019 having added a new wing, new upper floor and increased its floor space from 7,000 sq m to 10,000 sq m. The number of galleries has increased from 7 to 12, new entrances have been built to improve accessibility including one entrance linked to the Avenue of Stars and the restaurant and museum shop have been moved to the ground floor. The building was also given a new external look to replace its former drab tile-clad appearance and panoramic harbour views can be had from most floors.
The former drab exterior tiles have been replaced and the museum's facade given a new look inspired by Victoria Harbour and intended to give the impression of waves under the stars
Visitors can enjoy panoramic harbour views from the renovated museum
The museum aims to preserve the cultural heritage of China and promote art with a local focus. The museum’s collection comprises over 17,000 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. Permanent exhibitions include a series of collection exhibitions representing the cultural legacy in the museum's holdings including "Ordinary to Extraordinary: Stories of the Museum", "From Dung Basket to Dining Cart: 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Wu Guanzhong", "A Pleasure Shared: Selected Works from the Chih Lo Lou Collection", "The Wisdom of Emptiness: Selected Works from the Xubaizhai Collection", "Lost and Found: Guardians of the Chater Collection" "China Trade" and "The Best of Both Worlds: Acquisition and Donation of Chinese Antiquities". Amongst the exhibits are Chinese ceramic gems, calligraphy works, fine art and sculptures. Since 1995 the museum has received donations of 370 pieces of work from family of the late Wu Guanzhong, one of China's greatest modern artists who died in 2010. These include oil paintings, ink paintings, gouache paintings, watercolours, sketches, acrylic and porcelain paintings. The museum now has over 450 pieces of Wu's work and the renovated museum has a dedicated "Wu Guangzhong Art Gallery".
Chinese Antiquities Gallery
The museum hosts a number of prestigious special exhibitions with the first one on reopening of the museum being “A Sense of Place: from Turner to Hockney” –Jointly organised by the museum and Britain’s Tate, featuring 76 works from the British institution’s world-famous collection that illustrate the remarkable development of British landscape painting and its influence on European art from the 17th century to the present day.
"A Sense of Place": from Turner to Hockney" special exhibition at the reopening of the museum
Free Guided tours are available for individual visitors. No advance booking is required but participants should register at the counter at the entrance foyer on the ground floor 30 minutes before the tour begins. Quota of 30 on a first-come-first-served basis. Refer to the museum's website for the current schedule of guided tours.
The museum also boasts a Resource Centre.
There is a restaurant and souvenir shop located on the ground floor.
The museum also has a branch museum, Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware located in Hong Kong Park.
The Museum of Art attracted an annual attendance of 414,000 visitors in the fiscal year ended 31st March 2015 and 118,000 visitors from 1st April 2015 until its closure for renovation in early August 2015.
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 – Free admission to the museum and its permanent exhibitions. Some special exhibitions may attract an entry charge.
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,13X,26,28,110,234X,973,A21
HONG KONG SPACE MUSEUM
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 8,000 sq m museum provides a world-class facility for research and education into astronomy and space science and includes exhibition halls, planetarium, space theatre, research centre and lecture rooms.
Following a major HK$32 million renovation programme which commenced in November 2015 the museum's exhibition halls reopened in April 2018. The Hall of the Cosmos and the Hall of Space Exploration are located on the ground floor and first floor of the museum. Covering a total area of 1,600 square metres, the two exhibition halls showcase about 100 new exhibits, of which about 70 per cent are of interactive design. With the aid of advanced equipment coupled with lighting effects and environmental decorations, the exhibition halls aim to take audiences on a journey of discovery allied to extra sensory perception.
THE HALL OF COSMOS explores the evolution of the universe, from the solar system where Earth is located to the myriad stars, Milky Way and distant galaxies. Among fun-filled interactive exhibits, "Aurora" allows visitors to adjust the strength of "solar wind" inside a vacuum tube to create a mini-aurora, while "Icy Bodies" creates comets with dry ice to simulate their jet streams and movement. In "Gravity Surfing", visitors can stand on surf boards for a simulated adventure through different celestial objects to help them better understand the warping of space by gravity.
The exhibit "The Milky Way"
In THE HALL OF SPACE EXPLORATION, which depicts the development of space exploration and space technology, visitors are able to enter an upside-down virtual space station to experience the disoriented sensation of being in a weightless environment. Visitors can also try a simulated launch of a Long March 2F rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. A 3D photo effect is also provided for visitors to experience how it feels to be inside a re-entry capsule.
The interactive exhibit "Relativity Bicycle"
A seven-month HK$34 million renovation of the Stanley Ho Space Theatre completed in June 2009 gave 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 with the new system consisting 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.
CURRENT SPACE THEATRE SHOWS;
3D DOME SHOW " TURTLE ODDYSEY 3D (runs from 1st January to 30th April 2020)
Audiences can join sea turtle Bunji for a remarkable adventure and meet an astonishing range of strange and fascinating creatures, from enormous breaching whales and massive manta rays to vibrant clownfish. In the 3D dome show, Bunji's journey starts from the moment her fragile egg cracks open below the warm sand of an Australian beach. Having traversed thousands of kilometres of open oceans, she returns after decades with mysterious precision back to the very beach where she was born to lay eggs and start the next generation. Bunji's journey reminds audiences of how interconnected all creatures are, thus moving viewers to cherish these beautiful and vulnerable sea turtles even more. Sea turtles are some of the most majestic and ancient creatures on Earth. For more than 100 million years, they have traversed the seas, surviving multiple mass extinctions and playing critical roles in maintaining healthy marine food webs. Not only do these friendly animals captivate audiences, their journeys of survival are equally amazing.
Film still of "Turtle Odyssey 3D". During the breeding season, adult sea turtles return to the beach where they were born, creating one of the nature's most amazing family reunions
The 41-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 available 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.
Sky Show "SKY TOUR: WINDOW ON THE UNIVERSE (1st November 2019 to 30th April 2020)
Audiences can experience wide starry skies and revel in the breathtaking views of earth and the universe through exquisite time-lapse footage gathered from North America, Hawaii, Bolivia, Australia and New Zealand over a three-year period.
The journey starts in the far north aurora-lit skies of Iceland. The audience will travel across stunning landscapes, oceans and continents to discover different views of the spectacular night sky. This includes the time-lapse footage of the Southern Cross and Milky Way moving slowly across the sky. Viewers will visit the Salar de Uyuni, a salt flat known as "Sky Mirror", where the universe is reflected within a giant natural mirror and, with simulations, traverse the globe to understand why the views of star-lit skies change with latitudes. Audience members ultimately leave the planet to travel through space to comprehend the true nature of our galaxy
Still from the film showing Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia, which is the largest salt flat in the world and known as "Sky Mirror". It is covered by a thick layer of salt, which is extraordinarily flat. After a rainfall, a thin layer of water will transform the area into the world's largest mirror. At night, visitors will find themselves completely surrounded by stars from above and below in a magical wonderland
The 35-minute show is screened at the museum's Stanley Ho Space Theatre daily at 3-50pm and 7-20pm. An additional show at 12-20pm will be available on Saturdays, 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
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;
The museum's annual attendance in the fiscal year ended 31st March 2015 was 480,000 to its exhibition halls and 349,000 to its Space Theatre. From 1st April 2015 until early October 2015 before closure for renovation the exhibition halls received 287,000 visitors. The Space Theatre received 247,000 visitors in the fiscal year ended 31st March 2016 and 284,000 visitors in the fiscal year ended 31st March 2017.
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 to the exhibition halls is by two-hourly sessions with quotas. See website for details.
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
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 2017 the museum attracted 39,000 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 203,000 visitors in the fiscal year to 31st March 2017.
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.
Hong Kong Maritime Museum (except for the KM Koo Bridge Simulator) will reopen from 18th February 2021. Opening hours 09-30 to 17-30 Monday to Friday, 10-00 to 19-00 Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. Visitors are required to use the LeaveHomeSafe mobile app or register personal information on site.
Hong Kong Police Museum will reopen on 19th February 2021. Opening hours 09-00 to 17-00. Closed on Mondays.
Antiquities and Monuments Office venues Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre in Kowloon Park and Ping Shan Tang Clan Gallery cum Heritage Trail Visitors Centre in Tin Shui Wai will reopen from 19th February 2021.