Hong Kong Museum of History – a gateway to the history of Hong Kong

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When did Hong Kong begin

Do you think Hong Kong’s history started from a small fishing village and then developed into a bustling metropolis? Well, yes and no… In the Hong Kong Museum of History, you can see Hong Kong in 400 million years ago!

Hong Kong Museum of History showcases Hong Kong’s natural ecology, folklore and historical development. It also exhibits archaeological discoveries, precious relics and information, etc. in Hong Kong and South China area.  Visiting the museum seems like going through the history of Hong Kong via a time tunnel.

The Hong Kong Museum of History was established in 1975. Its predecessor, the City Museum was founded in 1962 at the City Hall. In 1983, the museum was moved to Kowloon Park temporarily (now the location of Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre). Until 1998, it was moved to its present site neighbouring the Science Museum.

The Hong Kong Story

“The Hong Kong Story” permanent exhibition the museum over the years of hard work to collect, preserve and research work display the total.

The permanent exhibition, The Hong Kong Story, covers an area of ​​7,000 square meters, with a total of eight galleries. There are over 4,000 exhibits, 750 text descriptions, some 3D landscapes and a multimedia theater, together with the special effects of sound and light, which vividly describe Hong Kong’s natural ecology, folklore and historical development.

The Hong Kong Story begins from the Devonian of about 400 million years ago, and concludes with the 1997 handover (the permanent exhibition has to move with the times, therefore a major renovation is being planned and is expected to be completed in 2021/22). The exhibition is bilingually displayed, widely appealing, fun and educational. You won’t be disappointed!

The theme of the eight galleries are:
G1: The Natural Environment
G2: Prehistoric Hong Kong
G3: The Dynasties: From the Han to the Qing
G4:  Folk Culture in Hong Kong
G5: The Opium Wars and the Cession of Hong Kong
G6: Birth and Early Growth of the City
G7: The Japanese Occupation
G8: Modern Metropolis and the Handover

The Museum occasionally holds some thematic exhibitions which features the artifacts and historical information from around the world. For current exhibitions, please check the Special Exhibitions page.

Hong Kong Museum of History Review

The Hong Kong Museum of History is enjoyed and highlighted by tourists around the world. It is featured in one of the world’s top travel blog, Gadling; recommended by a famous budget traveler and writer, Nomadic Matt; frequently visited by an expat, Bluebalu; and also recorded as a video by Karst. You may want to check them out.

Hong Kong Museum of History Opening Hours

  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 10am – 6pm
  • Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 10am – 7pm
  • Christmas Eve and Chinese New Year’s Eve: 10am – 5pm
  • Closed on Tuesdays (except public holidays), and the first two days of the Chinese New Year
Hong Kong Museum of History Price
  • Free for the permanent exhibition
  • Special Exhibition: Normally HK$20 for a standard ticket and HK$10 for concessionary. Free admission for Museum Pass holders.
How to get to Hong Kong Museum of History

The easiest way to get there is by MTR. The address is: 100 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong.

  1. Tsim Sha Tsui Station Exit B2. Walk along Cameron Road towards Tsim Sha Tsui East for approximately 20 minutes.
  2. Jordan Station Exit D. Walk along Austin Road towards Tsim Sha Tsui East for approximately 20 minutes.
  3. East Tsim Sha Tsui Station Exit P2. Walk along the Chatham Road South for 10 minutes.

Have you ever been to Hong Kong Museum of History? If yes, please share with us your experience. If not, when are you planning to visit it?

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