Hong Kong Museum of Art, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsimshatsui ; daily ; HK$10; Tsimshatsui
MTR, Exit F). Located next to the Cultural Center in the heart of Victoria Harbour, the Museum of Art houses a collection of art and ceramics from across Asia. The museum has five permanent collections, including Chinese painting and calligraphy, contemporary Hong Kong art and historical pictures. They also host a number of temporary exhibitions.
The calligraphy collection on the second floor is well worth a look, as are the classic Chinese ink and brush paintings on the fourth floor. The museum offers helpful free guided tours in both English and Cantonese that leave frequently from the foyer. Headphones for audio tours (HK$10) are available from the first floor. Log on to the website for details of temporary exhibitions.
Hong Kong History Museum, 100 Chatham Road (Wed-Mon ; HK$10; Tsimshatsui MTR, Exit B2, or Jordan MTR, Exit D). This is an easy place to while away a few hours with fascinating, well-designed displays that trace Hong Kong’s history from earliest times. The museum is divided into four sections: Natural History, Archeology, Ethnography and Local History. Highlights are traditional local garments, photos of Olde Worlde Hong Kong and extensive dioramas.
Hong Kong Heritage Museum, 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin (_ 00852-2180-8188; Wed-Mon ; HK$10; Sha Tin KCR). Opened in 2006, the modern Hong Kong Heritage Museum offers six permanent exhibitions, all of which are clearly labeled in English. The museum is a good place to visit on your way to the New Territories as its exhibits provide a detailed history of the area from prehistoric times to modern.
Hong Kong Space Museum and Stanley Ho Theater, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsimshatsui (Mon, Wed, Thurs & Fri 1-9 pm, Sat & Sun 10 am-9 pm; HK$10; Tsimshatsui MTR, Exit F). This informative museum offers a number of interactive exhibits and is divided into two sections, with Space Science located on the ground floor and Astronomy on the first floor.
Both have some fun interactive features, including a gravity machine that simulates movement on the moon. Still, much of what you’ll see is a little worn and the museum could definitely do with a revamp.
The attached Stanley Ho Space Theater is more worthwhile and offers larger-than-life Omnimax movies covering a range of topics that change monthly. The permanent ‘Sky Show’ on the Hubble Space Telescope (daily & ; HK$12-HK$32) takes you on a journey into outer space and will leave the kids wanting to become astronauts!
Within Hong Kong Park you’ll find the Flagstaff House Museum of Teaware (Wed-Mon , free), which is worth a visit as much for its architecture and history as its contents. The building was originally constructed in 1846 and is Hong Kong’s oldest remaining colonial building. Inside, you’ll find an extensive collection of teaware spanning from the Tang dynasty to the 20th century.
Sam Tung Uk Museum, 2 Kwu Uk Lane, Tsuen Wan ( Wed-Mon , free; Tsuen Wan MTR, Exit E). This ancient Hakka walled village was first built in 1786 by migrants from Fujian and was inhabited until the 1970s, after which it was restored to serve as a portal into the past. Although it seems a bit artificial after restoration, the village is an excellent example of the many Hakka villages throughout southern China.
The grandest of these lie on the Guangdong-Fujian border, still housing hundreds of people within their fortified, often circular walls. The rectangular village here in TsuenWan contains 12 restored houses and ancestral halls, complete with original furnishings. It’s a 10-minute walk west from the MTR station and is clearly signposted.
If you’re a racing enthusiast you may find the Hong Kong Racing Museum (Causeway Bay,Tuesday to Sunday ; free) of interest. It offers a detailed history of horseracing in Hong Kong, the history
of Happy Valley and even houses the skeleton of one of Hong Kong’s bestloved racehorses, Silver Lining.
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