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Hong Kong Museum of History, Hong Kong

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Through exhibits of natural history, archeology, ethnology, and local history, Hong Kong Museum of History presents the historical and cultural heritage of this island. Established in 1975, the museum includes collections that date back to 1962, when the former city museum was founded. Eight permanent galleries tell Hong Kong's story, covering 400 million years of history through graphics, dioramas, text, and special audio and lighting effects. You'll embark on a journey through time, from Prehistoric Hong Kong to the modern metropolis. Exhibits focus on the dynasties, folk culture, opium wars, early days of the city, Japanese occupation, and return to China. Temporary exhibits related to the museum's theme change periodically. For Hong Kong Museum of History and beyond, use our Hong Kong travel itinerary maker to get the most from your Hong Kong vacation.
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  • 了解古今香港歷史轉變的好去處,常設展覽的「香港故事」場內共有8個展區,由史前的香港到現今香港發展都有展覽介紹,建議逗留1-2 小時慢慢參觀及欣賞短片,要注意逢星期二休館。 
  • A great museum with excellent exhibits. Lots of video rooms with great effects too. Really enjoyed the opium wars and modern Hong Kong. Would definitely recommend this for an afternoon to learn about ...  more »
  • Well laid out in chronological sequence .Excellent displays with informative captions and video presentations in both chinese and english language. 
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  • It's been a while since I was last here, and this museum was expanded upon since then. This was one of those places that I wanted to make sure that my friends saw before we left Hong Kong. From the creation (literally) of Hong Kong island to the return to China, the museum is very descriptive. I love the way that they explain everything too! This is one of those places that you can really get lost in time at if you are not paying attention. Being that the weather was lousy (rainy) and my younger sister was not feeling well; we decided to spend a while here. \ Going from exhibit-to-exhibit and watching all the movies/videos provided to understand what was happening, it was a great learning experience. To see how the imbalance of trade lead to the opium wars, which in turn lead to the colonization of a free port Hong Kong was amazing! Then to learn about the 4 years of occupation by the Japanese was also very interesting. No matter the age of the person, you will learn something here. On top of it, as of August 2016, the museum is free EVERYDAY thanks to the Hong Kong Tourism Commission. The Lonely Planet book, didn't update that yet, and we thought that it was only free on Wednesdays. It was a pleasant surprise walking up and seeing that it was free everyday. Totally worth going to!
  • The best museum I went to in HK, I loved every bit. Very well organised, insightful and full of videos everywhere (perfect for dyslexic people).
  • The museum is set up such that it feels like you're walking into the time period that the exhibit is displaying. For example, when you're at the early stages of Hong Kong history, you'll be in a village where you can enter the houses and see what life was like back then. The fact that it's free is also great and you can spend hours there without getting bored.
  • Really comprehensive permanent exhibit covering Hong Kong's history back to the formation of the land. It's quite extensive and I started skipping things towards the end. There doesn't seem to be too much coverage regarding the current political situation in Hong Kong... Entrance is free which is great.
  • Every Hongkonese should come here and know our heritage. Exhibitions here are delicate, although it would be great if they add new exhibitions describing what happens after the handover.