Hong Kong has a fascinating history and hosts a slew of incredible museums, including some epic kids’ favorites like the Space, History, Heritage, and Science Museums. There are also some specialty institutions, such as the Police and Railway Museums. Little Steps Asia has journeyed through them all and discovered everything from maritime adventures to space explorations. Many museums have great add-ons such as hands-on experiences, souvenirs, books, and yummy meals. They are suitable for every age from toddler to granny and are a fun, educational, and cost-effective way to escape the balmy summer or chilly rainy days.
The best news is that the museums started to open their doors today after being closed under government instruction during the pandemic.
Before entering the museum, you must scan the ‘Safe Travel’ QR code with your smartphone and meet the relevant requirements for the Vaccine Pass, except for exempted persons. You’ll find government coronavirus information here. It’s wise to check each museum before your visit.
The impressive government-run museum recently underwent a full expansion adding five more galleries and expanding the overall space from 7,000 to 10,000 square feet. The renovations have given the Museum of Art a facelift and new modern appeal. The HKMoA was the first public art museum in the city and today houses over 17,000 items representing the unique cultural legacy of Hong Kong. It celebrates Hong Kong's connections across the world and makes art accessible and relevant to everyone. The curators aspire to create new experiences and an understanding of a wide world of impressive contrasts from old to new, Chinese to Western, and local to international.
The Hong Kong Museum Of Art, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2721 0116, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://hk.art.museum/
The M+ Pavilion is located in the heart of the West Kowloon Cultural District opened in 2016 to showcase visual cultures in the 20th and 21st-century art, moving images, design, and architecture. There is a range of permanent and rotating art exhibitions. The museum is governed by the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority Ordinance; it has the vision to build a cultural quarter for the city, dedicated to bringing together local and international artists and audiences to be inspired and celebrate the arts. The nearby waterfront promenade is home to the pet-friendly Art Park, a well-lit running track, cycle hire, lots of harbor-front restaurants, and expansive green lawns. Come and enjoy a full day out, explore, participate, and be stimulated by the imaginative world-class exhibitions, performances, and other cultural events.
M+ Pavilion, West Kowloon Cultural District, 28 Museum Drive, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2200 0217, www.westkowloon.hk/en/mplus/m-pavilion
Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts is an exciting museum. It’s been completely restored and revamped from the old Central Police Station in Central, Hong Kong. The center explores almost 200-years of Hong Kong history and culture through various tours, exhibitions, and performing arts. It's a destination for inspiration, stimulation, and enjoyment. People can cultivate knowledge and appreciation of contemporary art, performing arts, and history in the community. The police station represents one of the most important revitalization projects in Hong Kong. The Station, Central Magistracy, and Victoria Prison are restored with impressive attention to authenticity. There are various storytelling spaces that show what life used to be like through the use of models.
Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 3559 2600, email@example.com, www.taikwun.hk
Formerly the industrial Nan Fung cotton mills, an enterprise that had its roots firmly in the manufacturing era in the 1950s. The Mills continues to carry on the legacy with applied creativity, innovation, and fascinating experiences. It's been revamped and revitalized into a business incubator, shopping center, and non-profit cultural institution. The Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile (CHAT) teaches visitors about Hong Kong's rich textile history. It runs exhibitions and other events exploring textile arts. The Spinning Factory is a permanent exhibition that showcases photographs, documents, and interesting objects related to textile manufacturing. You and the kids can even try your hand at some spinning instruments or make your own cotton label.
The Mills, 45 Pak Tin Par Street, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong, +852 3979 2300, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.themills.com.hk.
The Hong Kong Museum of History has an impressive collection of all things Hong Kong. The exhibition showcases 460 carefully selected exhibits and 210 photographs covering prehistoric, folk culture, cession, Japanese occupation, and the return to the motherland. You can enjoy the Hong Kong Story, which takes you on a journey through 400 million years of historical space-time for an in-depth understanding of the island. Kids love the realistic 1900s shops, the double-decker tram, and the fishing junk.
Hong Kong Museum of History, 100 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2724 9042, email@example.com, www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/Museum/History
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. The museum presents a unique mix of history, art and culture in a great variety of programs that cater for the wide-ranging interests of the public. The museum houses five permanent exhibitions, 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 Hong Kong’s heritage. In the Children's Discovery Gallery, kids can explore the lively and informative exhibitions and take part in activities such as a traditional farmhouse, designing a ceramic plate, and playing traditional games from the past.
Hong Kong Heritage Museum, 1 Man Lam Road, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong, +852 2180 8188, www.heritagemuseum.gov.hk
The impressive 47,000-square-foot museum is next to the bustling Victoria Harbour and the Star Ferry terminal. It's a vibrant cultural institution dedicated to collecting artifacts and regale stories about trade and maritime in Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta. There are 13 galleries over three levels that house over 1,200 objects. The museum encourages visitors to engage in the various educational programs and explore the fascinating exhibitions such as China's maritime heritage, maritime cultures and Hong Kong’s stories, maritime technology and science, Chinese junks in Hong Kong, and humans and the ocean. There are regular family days where the kids can learn about pirates.
Hong Kong Maritime Museum, Central Pier Ferry No. 8, Hong Kong, +852 3317 2500, www.hkmaritimemuseum.org.
Flagstaff House originally served as the office and residence of the Commander of the British Forces in Hong Kong. In 1984, it was aptly converted into the Museum of Tea Ware. The museum holds regular demonstrations, tea gatherings, and lecture programs to promote ceramic art and the Chinese tea drinking culture. The KS. Lo Gallery holds many fine examples of the famous Yixing teapots. There is a kids' playroom with plenty of games. There are complimentary tea demonstrations, calligraphy workshops, and other colonial activities throughout the year.
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 family to learn, explore and relax. Wander through the perfectly landscaped grounds, including the rooftop garden with impressive sculptures and water fountains. Throughout the year, there are all sorts of exhibitions, including recovery, resilience, resurgence, and photography exhibition featuring Hedda Morrison, Lee Fook Chee, and Brian Brake. They trace Hong Kong's history from post-war recovery between 1946 and 1947, the resilience of the 1950s, and the resurgence of the 1960s and 1970s. Make a day of it and grab a bite at onsite AMMO with its floor-to-ceiling windows facing the verdant hillside.
Asia Society Center, The Hong Kong Jockey Club Former Explosives Magazine, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, Hong Kong, +852 2103 9511, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.asiasociety.org/hong-kong
This is a haven for budding firefighters. Alexander Grantham's fireboat went into service in 1953. It served as the flagship of the Hong Kong Fire Services Department's fireboat team before being decommissioned in 2002. The boat responded to fire alarms and conducted rescue operations in Hong Kong's waters and along the shoreline. The Hong Kong & Whampoa Dock Co. Ltd built the Alexander Grantham are a testament to the shipbuilding in the 1950s. Climb aboard the Fireboat Alexander Grantham for a fun and educational outing. See the firefighter tools and uniforms throughout history and pictures of fireboats in action. There is a gigantic playground for the kids as you walk from the MTR station to the fireboat.
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 souvenir shop. The permanent exhibition has more than 500 exhibits, the most striking of which is an energy shuttle with a height of 22 meters, the largest of its kind in the world. Many of the exhibits can be operated by the audience, allowing them to participate in learning, so they can have fun pressing, punching, and pulling various robots! The extraordinary collection of exhibits is extensive and includes light, sound, mechanics, magnetism, electricity, mathematics, earth science, biodiversity, and environmental protection. Little scientists will love the children's gallery with bubble hoops, tossing wheels, ball mazes, a mist creator, and other interactive exhibits.
Hong Kong Science Museum, 2 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2732 3232, email@example.com, www.hk.science.museum
Established in 1953, the oldest museum in Hong Kong, University Museum and Art Gallery, is home to an impressive array of Chinese antiquities, traditional oil paintings, ceramics, wood and jade carvings dating from the Neolithic period to the Qing dynasty. The extensive collections include archaic bronze food vessels with animal mask designs, an early blue-and-white water pot, and the world's largest collection of Nestorian plaques. There is also an increasing number of historical photographs of Hong Kong alongside items of popular culture. The team seeks to encourage a greater appreciation of the arts and nurture a stronger sense of cultural values within the Hong Kong community.
University Museum and Art Gallery, 90 Bonham Road, Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong, +852 22415500, www.hku.hk/hkumag
The Hong Kong Space Museum embraces and educates visitors about astronomy and space science on the waterfront in Tsim Sha Tsui. The egg-shaped dome is one of Hong Kong's iconic landmarks. It is the core of the space museum, which houses a planetarium, a cosmic exhibition hall, an all-sky movie screening room, and multiple production workshops. The space museum will host several promotional activities throughout the year, including the starry sky amusement park, interesting astronomy classes, and lectures. The kids will love to learn about the history of space travel through interactive exhibits, including a relativity bicycle and anti-gravity harness! Find out more about Rockets from different countries and experience a movie in the Omnimax theatre.
Hong Kong Space Museum, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2721 0226, www.hk.space.museum
Dr Sun Yat-sen devoted his life to establishing the Republic of China. After receiving his education, he devised plans for a revolution. The museum carefully details his life and how Hong Kong was part of founding modern China.
Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum, 7 Castle Road, Mid-Levels, Central, Hong Kong, +852 23676373, https://www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/Museum/sysm/en_US/web/sysm/aboutus/intro.html
The Hong Kong Museum Of Coastal Defence in Shau Kei Wan is temporarily closed for extensive renovations. Please check back for future updates.
- 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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