Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Visiting a museum was part of our itinerary in Hong Kong since my 9-year-old nephew, Gael was with us. Hong Kong Museum of History was the perfect informative attraction that can be enjoyed by both children and adult. I also wanted to know the history of Hong Kong on how it had become the city it is today.

Hong Kong Museum of History is located at Chatham Road South in Tsim Sha Tsui, It is just within walking distance of Tsim Sha Tsui, Jordan, Hung Hom or East Tsim Sha Tsui MTR stations. There are also buses and min-bus stops outside the Museum. 

Schedules are as follows:
Monday & Wednesday to Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm
Sunday and public holiday: 10 am - 7 pm
Closed at 5 pm on Christmas Eve and Chinese New Year's Eve
Closed on Tuesdays (except public holidays) and on the first two days of the Chinese New Year

Entrance fees:
Standard: HK $10
Concession: HK $5
Group Ticket: HK $7
Free admission on Wednesdays (except some special exhibitions)

The museum is divided into 8 galleries of 2 floors. They don't have tour guides but they do offer audio guide for HK $10

Audio guide for HK $10

Gallery 1: The Natural Environment
This gallery comprises two areas-'Landform and Climate' and 'Flora and Fauna'. Here you'll be plunged in a large primeval forest with towering trees and models of different species and exotic animals. 

Gael with a Tiger Model

Gallery 2: Prehistoric Hong Kong
Exhibits in this area include prehistoric artifacts of stone, pottery and bronze. There is a long beach diorama on which several activities are demonstrated, like making fire for cooking, building houses and fashioning ornaments with stone.

Prehistoric Hong Kong
Gallery 3: The Dynasties: From Han to Qing
This gallery outlines the development of Hong Kong from Han to Qing dynasties through the relics preserved in the territory. Immigration gave Hong Kong's economy a significant boost. In this gallery you will see a wide array of pottery exhibits preserved from the past.

Pottery display

Gallery 4: Folk Culture in Hong Kong
From all the galleries, I enjoyed this one the most. In this gallery you will be welcomed by a large replica of fishing junk. Through this replica, you can understand the boat dweller's living condition, customs and beliefs.

Junk model

You can also examine diverse costumes from the locals of the past.


This gallery provides visitors a deeper understanding of local folk traditions.

wedding ritual


Gallery 5: The Opium Wars
This gallery outlines how the Opium Wars came to be and the ceding of Hong Kong to Britain. Going back to events before the Wars, visitors can trace the discovery of the new sea route from Europe to Asia, the arrival of the Portuguese in Macau and their mercantile activities there.

Gallery 6: Birth & Early Growth of the City
You will be astounded by the sights of this gallery. Street scene from the early days is replicated with a variety of shops : tea shop, tailor's shop, pawnshop, grocery store, Canton teahouse, post office, bank.


Gin for HSBC

They even have a double decker tram model.

riding the TRAM :)

Gallery 7: The Japanese Occupation
Hong Kong entered a dark age that lasted for three years and eight months when the Japanese conquered Hong Kong during the 1940's. Through the display of relics, historical photographs and videos, visitors can witness the horrific battles during those 18 days, learn about the harsh conditions of life in Hong Kong under Japanese occupation.

way of living during the Japanese occupation

Gallery 8: Modern Metropolis and the Return to China
The last gallery of The Hong Kong Story traces the story of Hong Kong's postwar development into a modern metropolis. You will be amused by the reconstruction of a herbal tea shop, a grocery shop, a barber shop, a cinema, and part of the Hong Kong trade fair, all dating to the 1960s. 

grocery shop

We were entertained by the old Hong Kong movies being played at their replica movie house.

The second part is devoted to the Sino-British negotiations, the signing of the Joint Declaration and the Handover Ceremony marking the return of sovereignty to China, the process recorded by relics, memorabilia and important documents.


100 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
(next to the Hong Kong Science Museum, Tsim Sha Tsui East)
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