City Gallery
City Gallery
3.5
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
This place is temporarily closed. City Gallery is Hong Kong's first exhibition hall with the theme of urban planning and large-scale infrastructure development. This unique exhibition venue highlights Hong Kong's major planning proposals and infrastructure projects, introduces the future sustainable development direction of our city. We offer an extraordinary interactive exhibition experience that showcases the past, present, and future achievements of Hong Kong’s urban planning. The public is in the planning process for major planning projects that will shape Hong Kong into a better, sustainable “livable city”.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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The area
Neighbourhood: Central
When people think of Hong Kong, most imagine movies with famous skyscrapers dominating the skyline. The area widely known as Central is the major financial hub and entertainment district, which truly lives up to the saying, “work hard, play hard.” Bars stay open late into the night and there just happens to be a street party every weekend. Although everything seems to be operating at lightning speed, Central is full of quiet, hidden gems. Nestled between office towers are wet markets and some of the city’s oldest restaurants dating back to the 1960s. Feeling a bit overwhelmed? Retreat from the crowds by exploring beautifully restored historical buildings and even a green oasis of botanical gardens.
How to get there
  • Central • 5 min walk
  • Hong Kong • 6 min walk
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Brad
Hong Kong, China173,756 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
City Gallery is located near City Hall at the Edinburgh Place complex in Central District. This is a free museum with several floors of exhibition zones and halls dedicated to city planning and urban development in Hong Kong. It is an educational opportunity for those with interest in the historic city planning of Hong Kong and future development projects such as the proposed future New Town of San Tin Technopole which is being slated to be built near the mainland border.

The City Gallery is open from 10am to 6pm (Wed to Mon), closed on Tuesdays. There is a child friendly activity area on the 1/F and views of over the Central Promenade and Victoria Harbour are pretty good from the 4/F. Exhibitions are interesting with some overlap of displays you may have encountered in other museums such as the CLP Pulse, HK Heritage Museum or HK History Museum. A 30 minute visit will be plenty for most interested in paying visit.
Written 6 August 2023
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TheOExpress🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🇭🇰
Hong Kong, China5,826 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
That’s the slogan in lots of the videos here and it was refreshing to see that being said given that so much of HK’s current self-identity seems to be about crisis and managed decline. Anyway, this is basically one giant advert for Hong Kong, which I loved because I think it’s one of the best cities in the world. GO HK! Plenty to see and lots of interactive exhibits too, so kids will enjoy bashing buttons and building stuff even if the main thrust of the info is way over their heads. (Land reclamation and maritime trade consolidation anyone?)
Written 17 May 2019
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M L
Singapore, Singapore5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
The gallery provides an interesting introduction and summary of Hong Kong's urban planning and development. The permanent exhibition (on the ground floor and levels 1 to 3) covers the territory's land use, reclamation, transport, nature & leisure, heritage, sustainable development and future developments. The exhibits are in English. Admission is free. I recommend joining the free guided tour (English tour at 4:30pm on Sundays and public holidays) as it really helped me better understand the displays. Billy conducted the tour for me, and he was great! The ground floor also has a thematic exhibition which changes. The upper floors of the Gallery also provide a lovely view of the Victoria Harbour. Worth a quick visit especially if you are visiting the Central Harbourfront area or before/after dim sum at Maxim's City Hall (next door).
Written 7 April 2019
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K C
Galway, Ireland721 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Couples
Dropped in while passing by. Good for a stroll and has lots of detailed information about HK and the development of the city both past and future plans. Free entry and very informative.
Written 7 January 2019
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Mindkandy
Porto, Portugal134 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Friends
Despite its reputation for one of the most free economies in the world, a lot of planning goes into the development of the densely populated, small land space that is Hong Kong -- private, public, public works, transportation, etc.

Hong Kong is rightly proud of what it has done, which among other things, is to preserve more than 90% of its land area as open space.

The City Gallery showcases city plans and achievements in a joint project between the Planning and Business Development departments.

2017 is the 20th anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong back to China and there were two outstanding displays:

1) Iconic developments: A lit path in a Star Trek-like setting led us along the years with visual displays of iconic buildings erected in each year since 1997.

2) West Kowloon development: A large swath of land in West Kowloon is under heavy development and will bear fruit starting in 2019. (Visit HK then!) This exhibit included architectural models of major buildings under construction: a theater for Chinese Opera, an art museum for modern Chinese art, a Palace museum that will share displays with the Imperial Palace in Beijing, and a community arts center.

A fantastic virtual reality area puts you in the middle of the Chinese Opera theater to experience it before it opens!
Written 7 December 2017
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smallhausen1
Bratislava, Slovakia1,753 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017 • Family
During our visit there was an interesting exhibition in the gallery - dedicated to progress in Hong Kong development. Exhibition was technically and technologically outstanding. Generally, gallery facilities were not too large but good organized.
Written 4 September 2017
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John T
Cebu City, Philippines1,039 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Solo
My background is in landscape architecture, so I thought this gallery - focused on city planning and infrastructure - would yield up an interesting visit. It was interesting, yes, but as a professional, perhaps I am aware of how much more in-depth and informative it could be. I felt there was an orientation to school education, and therefore many of the interactive exhibits were "dumbed-down," so to speak. The fist floor was promising, as it showed an in-progress city plan establishing various planning principles, but after that I found the rest of the exhibit to be less professional and contemporary. If I was a western exhibits designer, I would find this place very interesting, as I think many of the techniques are less known int he set, and the commitment to education seemed very high. But as a design-oriented person... this ended up being a pretty quick walk-through, although I'm glad I had a chance to avail myself of the venue.
Written 2 December 2016
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Grounded500
Calgary270 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Solo
Was looking forward to this museum since it was closed on my last visit to Hong Kong. However this museum was rather pointless. There were old photos and broken video display of old Hong Kong. These would have been interesting had the displays been functional.

After that it was random games, uninformative displays or child oriented games about Hong Kong city services. For example, there's an entire section about how Hong Kong has highways, airports and seaports, but it does does not give any detail on how or why they were built. Same with the section on that fact that Hong Kong has water and sewer systems... but again not detail on any of them.

If you happen to walk by, stop in fora quick look (air conditioned). Otherwise, not worth the trip.
Written 17 May 2016
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Umii
Geneva9 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Solo
I'm into infrastructure, and was looking forward to this museum. Unfortunately, it mainly consists of interactive video displays with limited information. Not a lot of maps, or diagrams of the city.
Written 25 April 2016
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RayAnh72
Hong Kong, China651 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Couples
If you stroll by the harbor pedestrian promenade between Central and the Tamar Park – and you should, the view on Kowloon and Central’s skyline are excellent – you can stop by the City Gallery, a (free) exhibition of Hong Kong’s development over time and what the government is doing to have the place run smoothly and prepare the future, including infrastructure integration with the other cities in the Pearl River Delta. A 8mn film, alternatively in English and in Chinese, provides an overview. Lego models of some of the city’s iconic buildings are a hint of the Gallery’s intended audience: local school children. The whole exercise feels a bit technocratic but the 15-20mn spent there will be interesting nevertheless.
Written 24 April 2016
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