Hong Kong hosts a slew of fantastic museums, including kid-favorites such as the Space Museum, History Museum, Heritage Museum, and Science Museum. There are also unique museums such as The Police Museum and Railway Museum. Get up close and personal with the best public museums in Hong Kong for toddlers, kids, teens, and families. From maritime adventures to space explorations, Little Steps delivers the best finds for kids of all ages. They’re inexpensive, educational, perfect for a rainy day and or a hot day, and can often accommodate add-ons too, like a great meal out or shopping.
The Hong Kong Museum of Art is worth a visit now more than ever. The government-run museum re-opened at the end of 2019 after pouring millions of dollars into four years of renovations to add five more galleries, expanding the space from 7,000 to 10,000 square feet and granting it a modern new look in the process. Not to be missed is the permanent Ordinary to Extraordinary: Stories of the Museum exhibition, which includes some of the best Chinese and local art from the museum's main collections.
M+ Pavilion in the West Kowloon Cultural District was opened in 2016 as a museum of visual culture focusing on 20th and 21st-century art, design, architecture, and moving images. In addition to the rotating and permanent art exhibitions, there's also the outdoor Art Park and a nearby waterfront promenade that's worth a wander after you're done at the museum. They offer Summer programs for teenagers, so stay tuned!
M+ Pavilion, West Kowloon Cultural District, 28 Museum Drive, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2200 0217, www.westkowloon.hk/en/mplus/m-pavilion.
Another revitalization project, Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts is a collection of buildings that used to be the Central Police Station. Having opened in 2018, the center explores over 170 years of Hong Kong history through tours, exhibitions, performing arts and other activities for the entire family! Heritage Storytelling Spaces across the center shows what life in the station used to be like through models and other items — courtrooms and prison cells have been preserved and restored, too. Now, Tai Kwun will rise earlier with gate opening for the public at 8am, offer a relaxed atmosphere to kick off the summer days!
Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, www.taikwun.hk.
Formerly the Nan Fung Cotton Mills, The Mills was revitalized into a business incubator, shopping center, and non-profit cultural institution by Nan Fung Group, opening in 2018. The latter of these, the Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile (CHAT), teaches visitors about Hong Kong's rich textiles history and runs exhibitions and other events exploring textile arts today. The center's permanent exhibition, Welcome to the Spinning Factory, showcases photos, documents and objects all about textiles manufacturing, and you can even try out various spinning instruments or make your own cotton label.
The Hong Kong Museum of History has been around since 1975, building up an impressive collection of all things Hong Kong. Kids will love the realistic shops from the early 1900s, the double-decker tram, and the fishing junk. The museum has a simple but good cafe with plenty of kid-friendly choices like hot dogs and noodles. It's also directly across from the Hong Kong Science Museum (temporarily closed)...if you are up for a museum double header! For more on the museum, click here!
Situated alongside the river in Shatin, the Hong Kong Heritage Museum boasts 7,500 sq. meters of interactive exhibits dedicated to understanding the city from the inside out. At the Children's Discovery Gallery, kids can explore a traditional farmhouse, design a ceramic plate, and play traditional games from the past. Ask about the many special exhibits and events throughout the year! For more on the Heritage Museum, click here!
Hong Kong Heritage Museum, 1 Man Lam Road, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong, +852 2180 8188, www.heritagemuseum.gov.hk
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This 47,000 square foot museum next to the Star Ferry terminal teaches the whole family about Hong Kong’s maritime past, present, and future with lots of room to roam and explore. Kids and adults will appreciate the ship models, interactive displays, and stellar views of Victoria Harbour. Make sure to ask about Family Sundays and other special events. For information, click here!
Hong Kong Maritime Museum, Central Pier Ferry No. 8, Hong Kong, +852 3317 2500, www.hkmaritimemuseum.org.
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After a run around Hong Kong Park, cool off at Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware. Located in HK's oldest colonial building, this free museum has galleries to explore and a sweet playroom with plenty of games! Check the museum's website for free tea demos, calligraphy workshops, and other activities. For information, click here!
Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, 10 Cotton Tree Drive (Inside Hong Kong Park), Central, Hong Kong, +852 2869 0690, www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/Museum/Arts/en_US/web/ma/tea-ware.
Located near Hong Kong Park on the Former Explosives Magazine Compound built by the British Army, this cultural and intellectual hub is the perfect place for the whole fam to learn, explore and relax! Walk the gorgeous grounds, including a rooftop garden with sculptures and water fountains, and then grab a bite at onsite AMMO with floor-to-ceiling windows facing the verdant hillside. Guess want? They have put together a wonderful Summer Camp 2021 series.
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Calling all future firefighters! Climb aboard the Fireboat Alexander Grantham for a fun and educational outing on Hong Kong Island. See the firefighter tools and uniforms throughout history, and pictures of fireboats in action. Then climb aboard the boat to explore. Make sure to visit Quarry Bay Park's huge playground that you'll pass as you walk from the MTR to the fireboat. For more detailed information, click here!
Fireboat Alexander Grantham Exhibition Gallery, Quarry Bay Park, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2367 7821, www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/Museum/History/
The Hong Kong Science Museum offers hundreds of hands-on exhibits and a great gift shop! Kids of all ages will enjoy all the bits and bobs they can press, punch, and pull at this robotic wonderland. Littlest scientists must visit the Children's Gallery, with bubble hoops, wheels to toss down a track, ball mazes, a mist creator and other interactive exhibits. If you've got energy, hit the Hong Kong Museum of History across the way too! For more information, click here!
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Housed in the former Lei Yue Mun Fort built in the 1880s, the Museum of Coastal Defence offers activities galore from craft workshops to historical trails for the whole family to explore! Check out the galleries and Children's Area inside, and then head outdoors for a picnic and more learning. There's a replica cannon kids love, and great trails to explore cool military sites and vehicles. For more information, click here!
Located in TST, the Hong Kong Space Museum is the perfect post-Star Ferry treat. Learn about the history of space travel through interactive exhibits, including a relativity bicycle and anti-gravity harness! Find out more on Rockets of different countries and their history. The star of the show here is the Omnimax theatre, with ongoing movies ideal for kids ages 3 and up. Ask about Astronomy events at the Planetarium and other fun activities for kids.
Hong Kong Space Museum, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2721 0226, www.hk.space.museum
- Woodside Biodiversity Education Centre - truly a hidden gem for naturalists
- HKU Museum - free!
- Hong Kong Police Museum - Temporarily closed for renovation until March 2022.
- Bethanie Pokfulam - learn about Hong Kong's French Mission in a beautiful setting.
- Hong Kong Museum of Medical Science - in the ultra-hip Po Hing Fong area!
- Sheung Yiu Folk Museum - explore a Hakka village!
- Oi! Art Space - art-filled urban oasis.
- Hong Kong Railway Museum - a must for Thomas fans!
- Hong Kong Discovery Pop Up - for kids 10 and under.
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