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. Use our Hong Kong attractions website to visit Hong Kong Museum of History on your trip to Hong Kong, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Hong Kong museums are affordable and educational. I attended the museum on the opening day of the current exhibit featuring the Silk Road. They have staff who will help you take a photo with authentic...  more »
  • Many museum visits I have made around the world and this is clearly one of the most impressive. Alternating exhibitions. Magnificent environments. Many and good educational movies in the way. Learned a lot about Hong Kong S.A.R.. Dull restaurant by the main entrance. Free admission to the permanent exhibition and it was enough. If you must choose between Heritage museum and this, so I recommend the historical Museum. Easily accessible, short walk from the Star ferry pier. Clearly worth seeing and child-friendly. A little boring at the beginning but is getting better and better.
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  • A fantastic museum of HK from ancient to modern times following a walking path through the museum which goes from prehistoric to the handover an beyond. I strongly recommend this for a quick insight i...  more »
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  • Really must try their cafe, though it's bordering on the expensive side, but worth every dollar spent. The normal exhibits are generally about Hong Kong history (as the name states, at least they advertised correctly) spanning from the opium war to modern Hong Kong. There is a continuous rotation of special exhibits that are worth checking out if you're into history. Although there are yearly passes, and history nuts may be tempted to buy it, note that the pass only allows you into the normal exhibits. If you want to visit for free, aim for Wednesday. Otherwise, the entry is actually quite cheap.
  • We almost bought tickets to the paid exhibit, but the kind security guard in the front told we should tour the free Hong Kong exhibit first. So happy we took his advice! While the exhibit starts out slowly, detailing rock formations and fossils found in Hong Kong's prehistoric times, it operates on a distinct timeline that tells the complete history of Hong Kong up until today. There are many interactive exhibits, such as a full size replica of a junk boat that you can climb on, and entire stores and and buildings are recreated . There are also a few theaters that play videos that are both interesting and informative, giving meaning to the exhibits. It took a few hours to go through, so it is great for a rainy day. I highly recommend that everyone visit this museum, as knowing the background story of the things that make up this great city will surely enrich your entire Hong Kong experience.
  • I really enjoyed my visit here, especially with the "Exploring Ancient Egypt" exhibition (Summer 2017). The museum is interesting for people of all ages with lots of playground kind of areas for kids and lots of interactive stuff for everyone.... Especially the history of HK part was very well put together... Would definitely recommend more than 3 hours of staying and exploring. Can't wait for the next temporary exhibition!
  • Excellent way to spend the day. Walks you through the history of Hong Kong from 400 million years ago to 1997. Free on Wednesdays but there is no English tour on that day. You can rent an audio guide for 10HKD. If you’re short on time I would recommend skipping the prehistoric section and start either at the opium wars section.
  • When we went it was free admission so that makes the museum very worthwhile. Very cool construction of buildings and historic shops/banks/cafes of Hong Kong inside the museum.

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