It’s time to get cultured by learning all about Hong Kong's dynamic past at these museums across the city, sounds fun!
Hong Kong is jam-packed full of art galleries, historic buildings and unique tourist attractions if you just know where to look. And it’s also a city that has a huge selection of amazing museums to learn more about regional history, cuisine and more. From maritime tales to new frontiers in space, you will surely find something to enjoy, and the best part is that many Hong Kong museums offer free entry on Wednesdays. Sounds like it’s time to get your geek on!
Hong Kong museums that you won’t want to miss
Hong Kong Heritage Museum
One of our absolute fave Hong Kong museums, The Hong Kong Heritage Museum presents a unique mix of history, art and culture in a stunning traditional building in Sha Tin. Featuring an exhibition area of some 7,500 sq-m,, the museum houses five permanent galleries – the Jin Yong Gallery, the Cantonese Opera Heritage Hall, the T.T. Tsui Gallery of Chinese Art, the Chao Shao-an Gallery and the Children’s Discovery Gallery – as well as six thematic galleries that regularly host exhibitions showcasing the diverse treasures of our heritage.
Hong Kong Heritage Museum, 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin, Hong Kong, p 2180 8188, 香港新界沙田文林路一號
The Chocolate Museum of Hong Kong
Located at Victoria Peak, the Chocolate Museum of Hong Kong showcases a great range of amazing chocolate art piece, such as the themed edible chocolate walls and the chocolate Eiffel tower (that is 2.4 meters tall). The Art of Chocolate International has hosted over sixty exhibitions in six countries under “Nikolya Chocolate Museum” and “The Art of Chocolate” brands, and it’s definitely one of the most interesting Hong Kong museums. Perhaps the tastiest of all the Hong Kong museums on our list?
The Chocolate Museum of Hong Kong, Unit 208-209, 2/F Peak Galleria Shopping Mall, 118 Peak Road, Hong Kong, p. 2882 0488, 香港山頂道118號山頂廣場2樓208-209號
Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum
To commemorate Dr Sun Yat-sen, a revolutionary who dedicated his life to overthrowing the Qing Dynasty and setting up the Republic of China, Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum features a selection of important historical artefacts. There are also different audiovisual programs that educate the public about the life and career of this influential figure in history – Dr Sun.
Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum, 7 Castle Road, Mid-Levels, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2367 6373, 中環半山衛城道7號孫中山紀念館
Hong Kong Railway Museum
Located in Tai Po Market, the Hong Kong Railway Museum has a permanent exhibition of Hong Kong’s rail history where you can find photographs, six historical coaches and a full-size model of an electric train compartment. It’s perfect for those who want to learn more about local railway.
Hong Kong Railway Museum, 13 Shung Tak Street, Tai Po Market, Tai Po, New Territories, Hong Kong, p. 2653 3455, 新界大埔大埔墟崇德街13號香港鐵路博物館
Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware
When it comes to Hong Kong museums, this is definitely one of the most refined. Housed in a stunning building that originally serves as the office and residence of the Commander of the British Forces in Hong Kong, Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware specialises in the collection, study and display of unique tea ware. Including items from the Tang Dynasty right through to the present day, the Museum brings to life the cultural tradition of tea and the part it plays in Chinese culture. Alongside its exhibitions, the Museum holds regular demonstrations, tea gatherings and lecture programmes to promote ceramic art and education.
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Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, 10 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, Hong Kong (Inside Hong Kong Park) p. 2869 0690, 中區紅棉路10號香港公園
Hong Kong History Museum
Established in 1975, the Hong Kong History Museum in Tsim Sha Tsui has been showcasing and preserving cultural objects which are closely related to the history of Hong Kong and South China. Collections include the likes of coins and philatelic items along with books and commercial letters. In general, the collections are divided into three major areas of interest: natural history, ethnography and local history.
Hong Kong History Museum, 100 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, p. 2724 9042, 九龍尖沙嘴東漆咸道南100號
Hong Kong Science Museum
Looking for a great day out for the whole family? The Hong Kong Science Museum is devoted to presenting science in a fun and unique environment. Unlike many museums that stick to traditional formats, at the Science Museum, guests are encouraged to explore and interact with the over 500 exhibits on show.
Hong Kong Science Museum, 2 Science Museum Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Hong Kong, p. 2732 3232, 九龍尖沙咀東部科學館道二號
The Hong Kong Maritime Museum
Located on the harbour inside Pier 8, The Hong Kong Maritime Museum is a vibrant space that is dedicated to telling the story of trade and maritime history throughout Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta. The museum includes 13 galleries that explain the vital role that the sea plays in Hong Kong’s past, present and future. Don’t miss the Ship Bridge Simulator that allows you to experience steering a variety of ships; this is definitely one of our favourite Hong Kong museums.
The Hong Kong Maritime Museum, Central Pier No. 8, Hong Kong, p. 3713 2500, 香港中環八號碼頭
Hong Kong Space Museum
You can not miss the Hong Kong Space Museum thanks to its unique egg-shaped dome that sits alongside the waterfront in Tsim Sha Tsui. The only planetarium in the region, the Stanley Ho Space Theatre includes a hemispherical projection dome with a diameter of 23 metres. The Museum has two thematic exhibition halls: the Hall of Space Science and the Hall of Astronomy, each housing interactive exhibits that enable visitors to learn through a series of entertaining and educational experiences.
Hong Kong Space Museum, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, p. 2721 0226, 九龍尖沙咀梳士巴利道10號