Visiting Museums in Hong Kong
Art, archaeology, history, literature - find out how to make the most of the museums using discount tickets and vouchers...
Hong Kong museums are categorised into:
- major museums
- museums of special interest
- For more information see the websites of the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) and the Leisure and Cultural Services Department
Most museums offer individual and group passes valid for six months or a full year. There are discounts for large groups, children, students and retired citizens. Yearly and half-yearly passes also allow discounts in museum shops and cafés as well as on special activities organised by the museums. Application forms are available from any of the participating museums.
- For more information Tel: 2721 0116
The following museums are free of charge on Wednesdays and all can be visited with a Museum Pass, valid for one week, sold at the Tourist Board Visitor Information and Services Centres and participating museums:
- Hong Kong Heritage Museum
- Hong Kong Museum of History
- Hong Kong Science Museum
- Hong Kong Space Museum
- Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence
- Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum
Hong Kong Heritage Museum
The museum hosts exhibitions of the history, art and culture of Hong Kong including a section for children, the Children's Discovery Gallery. The Gallery contains eight learning playzones that allow children to experience nature and archaeology. An exhibition, "Hong Kong Toy Story", illustrates the development of local toys. Guided tours are available.
- At: 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin, New Territories
Tel: 2180 8188
Open: 10:00-18:00 (17:00 on Sundays and public holidays), closed Tuesdays
Hong Kong Space Museum
Planetarium with two exhibition sections located in an egg-shape dome comprising the Space Theatre, the Hall of Space Science, Hall of Astronomy, the Lecture Hall, workshops, offices and gift shops. Special exhibitions are displayed throughout the year with OMNIMAX shows for children.
- At: 10 Salisbury Road, Tsimshatsui, Kowloon
Tel: 2721 0226
Open: 13:00-21:00 (10:00-21:00 weekends and public holidays), closed Tuesdays
Hong Kong Museum of Art
One of the larger museums housing ancient Chinese art from the Han to the Ming and Qing dynasties, international works and calligraphy. There are currently over 14,000 art objects on display. The museum provides free art activities for visitors, art workshops for children and guided tours.
- At: 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Tel: 2721 0116
Open: 10:00-18:00, closed Thursdays
Museum of Coastal Defence
Situated in the 100-year-old Lei Yue Mun Fort, the museum features the history of coastal defence in Hong Kong from the period of Ming and Qing dynasties to the present.
- At: 175 Tung Hei Road, Shau Kei Wan, Hong Kong
Tel: 2569 1500
Open: 10:00-17:00, closed Thursdays
Hong Kong Science Museum
The majority of the 500 exhibits in the museum are interactive and cover science and technology including robotics, transportation and virtual reality. There are several programmes for children: "Kid's Lab", "Little Scientist Exploration" and "Education Activities of Soaring Dinosaurs".
- At: 2 Science Museum Road, Tsimshatsui, Kowloon
Tel: 2732 3232
Open: 13:00-21:00 (10:00-21:00 weekends and public holidays), closed Thursdays
Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum
Exhibits dedicated to Dr Sun Yat-sen's life achievements as China's revolutionary pioneer. Workshops for adults and children, films and lectures available periodically.
- At: 7 Castle Road, Central, Hong Kong
Tel: 2367 6373
Open: 10:00-18:00 (until 19:00 on Sundays and public holidays), closed Thursdays