On a rainy day in Hong Kong, visiting museums is one of the best indoor activities that you can do. You can visit more than 50 museums all around Hong Kong depending on the theme you are interested in. There are museums focusing on history, on culture, on art, on science, on cup noodles or any other topics you may think of.
Here are our top 9 favorite museums in Hong Kong!
1.) Hong Kong Museum of History
Location: 100 Chatham Rd S, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
The Hong Kong Museum of History preserves Hong Kong’s historical and cultural heritage. It portrays the evolution of HongKong- starting from how the island was formed, its first inhabitants, its first small kingdom, the invasion of Chinese dynasties to the Island, culture and religion, the invasion of the British and the Japanese, HongKong as an economic tiger, its current lifestyle and politics.
In one area of the building, you can see a small painting of a boy emperor. This is my favourite so far. It amazes me that China was once ruled by a boy and he has been to Hong Kong as an exile. I would want to know more of his story.
2.) Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware
Location: Inside Hong Kong Park, 10 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, Hong Kong Island
The first bowl moistens my lips and throat;
The second bowl shatters my loneliness;
The third bowl searches my barren entrails, but to find therein some five thousand scrolls;
The fourth bowl raises a slight perspiration, and all life’s inequities dispense through my pores;
The fifth bowl cleanses my flesh and bones;
The sixth bowl opens up the realm of immortals;
The seventh bowl could not be drunk , only the light breeze raises in my sleeves.
-Lu Tong, Chinese poet
HongKong has a tea culture. The tea can be prepared in various methods, leaves, ingredients, and wares. And the combination of those varieties can create a very unique taste. A typical person ,who doesn’t have any background knowledge on how the tea is prepared, would say that the taste are all the same. But to a connoisseur, these are different. The tea culture started since the first dynasty in China. The tea can be a powdered tea, whipped tea, steeped tea, gong fu tea or with the current favourite- ice cold milk tea with pearls! Owning an expensive tea set is one of the Chinese family goals. I actually bought a tea set exported from JianXing province, the ceramics tea set capital of the world. (Swipe below photo for more pictures)
3.) Museum of Coastal Defense
Location: 175 Tung Hei Rd, Shau Kei Wan, Hong Kong
The Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence is housed in a former coastal defence fort overlooking the Lei Yue Mun channel, near Shau Kei Wan on Hong Kong Island. The fort was built by the British in 1887, intended to defend the eastern approaches to Victoria Harbour. (Swipe below photo for more pictures)
4.) Tai Kwun
Location: 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
Tai Kwun exhibits cultural art installations in its compound of three declared monuments- the former Central Police Station, the former Central Magistracy and the Victoria Prison. One of the permanent exhibits talks about the Hong Kong police system. The other non-permanent exhibit we have visited is entitled ‘Vital Signs’ that celebrates Hong Kong’s unique and distinctive visual identity through its iconic neon heritage and pays tribute to the skill, craftsmanship, audacity, competitiveness, precision, and can-do mindset that define this vibrant art form. (Swipe below photo for more pictures)
5.) Dr. Sun Yat Sen Museum
Location: 7 Castle Road, Mid-levels, Central, Hong Kong
Dr. Sun Yat Sen did not only received his secondary and tertiary education in Hong Kong, but also nurtured his epoch-making revolutionary ideas here. Through invaluable historical artefacts and supplemented by a wide range of multi-media programmes, the exhibition aims to introduce the life of Dr. Sun Yat Sen and Hong Kong’s role in the modernisation and revolutionary campaigns at the turn of the 20th century. A Visit to the museum will offer the visitors a unique experience to cherish the memory of this great Chinese statesman in Hong Kong. Kom Tong Hall, where the museum stands, was named after Ho Kom-tong, brother of the magnate Robert Ho Tung and a comprador of Jardine, Matheson & Co. The building marks the blending of Chinese and Western architectural styles. Thanks to the Ho’s family and the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints, Kom Tong Hall is well-preserved with its magnificent facade and elegant interior. (Swipe below photo for more pictures)
6.) Madame Tussauds
Location: The Peak Tower, The Peak, Central, Hong Kong
Madame Tussauds houses nearly 100 wax figures of internationally known personalities. Please take note that tickets are more pricey if you will buy it from The Peak Tower booth. You may buy combo package tickets in Madam Tussauds booth in the city or online. (Swipe below photo for more pictures)
7.) Hong Kong Heritage Museum
Location: 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin, Hong Kong
Hong Kong Heritage Museum presents a unique mix of history, art and culture. Be inspired by the story of the internationally renowned megastar, Bruce Lee and discover the world of martial arts created by Jin Yong at the museum. There is also the Children’s Discovery Gallery which is designed for the little ones to learn about the wonders of nature. (Swipe below photo for more pictures)
8.) Arte M
Location: 2F, K11 HACC, K11 Atelier King’s Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Arte M is a special exhibition space showcasing selected highlights from the district’s ARTE MUSEUM, an immersive media art exhibition space. It has 4 exhibition spaces which reinterprets the subject and space of nature as media art under the theme of Eternal Nature in the heart of Hong Kong. Aurora Beach- brave the fierce waves illuminated by a luminous Aurora. Whale- dancing whale resembling the sea. Lost Tube- giant flamingo tubes beneath the emerald sea. Flower Camellia- meet the flower of love and the cycle of life. Forest- sacred forest of mystic spirits. Jungle Glow- new persona emerging from the tropical rainforest. Flower Wisteria- a symbol of hospitality, greets you with its fluttering petals and sweet fragrance.
9.) Hong Kong Museum of Art
Location: Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
The Hong Kong Museum of Art is the first and main art museum of Hong Kong. (Swipe below photo for more pictures)