History Museums in Hong Kong

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History Museums in Hong Kong

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  • Navee
    Toronto, Canada1 contribution
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    I love going to museums on trips. This museum is by far one of the best I've been to, it is top tier! I spent half a day there, learned so some.

    They have actual rail cars, tea taverns and such that they strip from the original location and moved into the museum, these are not replicas! Which blew my mind. It's very interactive. I loved it and can't wait to go back when I make my next trip.
    Written 13 October 2023
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  • Anna G
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    Small but informative museum set in an old Hakka walled village. The staff were very helpful and enthusiastic. Worth a stop if you are interested in Hong Kong history, traditional livelihoods, architecture or Hong Kong's natural beauty. The short trail to the museum is also enjoyable and has many informational plaques about local plants and their uses.
    Written 3 March 2024
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  • LadianF
    Hong Kong, China90 contributions
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    Since the government announce their plan on reorganize the heritage museum, I tend to visit more frequently as you don’t know when would they close the museum.

    This time, I went there because of a timeless diva (Anita Mui) exhibit.

    It showed some of her clothes when she performed, the awards she won and there was even a short clip about her legacy.

    After finish visiting the diva exhibit, I went to visit the ‘Hong Kong pop 60+’ exhibit, it showed all the pop from 60s to 90s, when east meets west, how it influences the music and entertainment trend in Hong Kong. And Of course, you can also witness the legendary wedding dress that Anita Mui wore at her last concert before she passed away.

    Besides that, there are other exhibit like chinese drawings and Bruce Lee exhibit as well.

    Really worth for every locals and even visitor to go there. Oh ! Don’t worry! It’s free :)
    Written 15 January 2024
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  • chairmanglasgow
    Glasgow, UK119 contributions
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    We had late flight out so we’re looking for things to do. When crossing on Star Ferry(best value journey in the world) saw this museum so went in. What a find. Lots of exhibits, plenty of interesting information on the history of HK from a maritime perspective and great views of the harbour. We happily spent a couple of hours here and easily could have stayed longer. Well worth a visit.
    Written 8 April 2024
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  • Paul H
    Hong Kong, China2 contributions
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    Fully open March 2024. Excellent museum with excellent views across the harbour. Much more than a museum focusing on Coastal Defence. Lots of exhibits outside and a pleasant walk to explore them, though quite a lot of slopes if that is a concern for you. Inside the museum itself, which is lift accessible from street level, the Asia Pacific War/WW2 displays do a great job of tailoring things to your level of interest. If you want to explore in depth they have done a great job of presenting eye witness accounts in numerous short video clips on all sorts of topics.
    Written 30 March 2024
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  • Ross M
    Sydney, Australia278 contributions
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    This is a must for anyone who wants to know more of HK's history, especially its history pre-British rule.
    The archaeological displays extend back to neolithic times and are beautifully displayed and very well described (in English too).
    More modern history is covered thoroughly and again well described.
    Staff are extremely friendly and helpful, and entry is free.
    It's currently (mid-November 2023) closed on Thursdays.
    Written 12 November 2023
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  • R L
    Hong Kong, China56 contributions
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    It’s a branch of the Palace Museum in Beijing, China, the largest palace in the world by size. HK’s museum building itself is a piece of art at the harbour side. Curation and display are more modern, a world class museum especially for who interested into Chinese culture and arts.
    Written 17 April 2024
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China160,060 contributions
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    The Jao Tsung-I Academy is a hillside compound of heritage buildings along Castle Peak Road in Lai Chi Kok that were revitalised by the HK Institute for Promotion of Chinese Culture (HKIPCC) and named after the late prominent scholar Jao Tsung-I.

    The academy was opened to the public in phases between 2012-14 and now features three hillside levels of Grade 3 protected historic buildings that function as a museum with exhibition galleries, activity centre, restaurant, coffee shop and even a hotel. The outdoor grounds are open from 8am to 10pm daily, exhibition halls are open from 10am to 6pm daily. No entry fee required.

    The lower level is where you find the Main Gallery which is a testimony to the life and scholarly works of Jao Tsung-I. There is also a Heritage Hall where you can learn about the history of the area and buildings which date back to the late 19th century when a Qing Dynasty Customs house was located here. Later buildings, including those you see today, served as a labourers' quarters, prison, quarantine station, infectious disease hospital and lastly a psychiatric rehab centre which was eventually closed in 2004. There is a statue of Jao Tsung-I and a small but beautiful lotus pond here.

    The second level is where you find a series of buildings including another exhibition hall, presently presenting information about Chinese language characters, activity rooms, Hope of Joy restaurant and Coffeeflow. Continuing to the third level, you will find the Heritage Lodge. There are public toilets on each level as well as a series of lifts for those unable to walk up the stairs between levels and guests of the hotel with luggage.
    Written 11 May 2022
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China160,060 contributions
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    This is restored Hakka village house and declared monument in the Chai Wan area of the Hong Kong Island. Built in the mid-18th century and belonging to the Law Uk family, the property provides glimpse into the architecture and everyday life at what was once a major Hakka settlement. Now the building serves as a minor museum (free entry) for those who visit this area of the city and have interest in local history.

    The grounds include the restored house which has five indoor rooms, several including displays of historic furnishing, farm equipment, ceremonial and other items from the past. There are information panels outside the museum in the small courtyard providing some history of the Hakka people, their village lives before and then during the British colonial period, customs and festive ceremonies, building architecture and details about the family who owned this particular house in the past.

    There is also an annex property on the museum grounds as well, it is built in the same manner as the historic Law Uk house. It was closed when we passed by recently.

    Overall, it is good that the government restores and protects historic properties and puts them to good use like what you will find with the Law Uk Folk Museum in Chai Wan. It makes for a good place to spend 20-30 minutes if you find yourself in the area. However, if you are real history buff, it is better to visit the Hong Kong Museum of History, where you will find similar displays and learning opportunity regarding the Hakka people and other Chinese ethnic groups that have roots here in Hong Kong.
    Written 11 October 2020
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  • Lynns98816
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    This is a complementary for people who wait for the tram. You can see the history of the peak tram. It only takes 5 minutes to see this.
    Written 14 March 2016
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  • schmidtmg
    Switzerland1,106 contributions
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    It was interesting to juxtapose the exhibits in 2019 (in the middle of the protests, when these were not yet included in the exhibits) and in spring 2023. The 2019 protests, the NSL of July 2020 and the Covid pandemic are addressed, but very briefly and without hardly any commentary... it is indeed a bit reflective of the political changes in Hong Kong since 2019....
    Written 2 May 2023
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China160,060 contributions
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    CLP Pulse is the newest museum in Hong Kong. It is located in the Grade I Historic CLP Clock Tower situated along Argyle Road just next to Kadoorie Hill. The museum is open from 10am to 6pm (Tues, Wed and Fri - Sun), closed on Mondays and Thursdays. Entry is free.

    There are three main exhibitions along with historic information about the architecture and history of the CLP Clock Tower building itself. The ground floor is dedicated to the ElectriCity exhibition which showcases Hong Kong's history of electricity foundation and evolution, highlighting the role CLP played in establishing electricity in HK and how electricity shaped the growth of the city during the 20th century. There are also dedicated sections which focus on clean and green electricity and Hong Kong's plans to become a carbon neutral city by 2050.

    The displays are sometimes fairly texty but you can move along at whatever pace you are comfortable with and there are interactive displays wit screens you can use as well to help keep things from going stale. The Connect the World to a Brighter Future - Immersive Experience room in particular is quite impressive. It is a full room programme that is well worth watching as part of your visit.

    The upstairs is dedicated to two exhibitions. These include 'Our Home Our History' which focuses on the role of the Kadoorie Family and contributions they made to both Shanghai and Hong Kong. The second upstairs exhibition called 'Traces of Human Touch' presents a history of heritage industries in Hong Kong, allowing visitors to learn about past livelihoods of Hongkongers who worked in apparel, footwear, ornaments, decorations, furniture building, print, musical instruments and the likes. This exhibition highlights efforts by the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) office. Displays are similar to what you can see at the Sam Tung Uk Museum in Tsuen Wan.

    There is a cafe upstairs and if you walk through to the outdoor patio garden you can see a preserved 5th generation Peak Tram car which was in service from 1989-2021. These have now been replaced by the new 6th generation trams that went into service last year.

    Overall, the new CLP Pulse is a good speciality museum and experience if this is a topic of interest. Everything is new and in very good working order presently. You can leisurely visit and see all in 45-60 minutes time. Visit the CLP Pulse website directly for more information.
    Written 27 June 2023
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China160,060 contributions
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    The Fa Pau Exhibition Hall is located just next to the historic Hau Kok Tin Hau Temple at Temple Plaza on the east side of the Tuen Mun River. It is open from 10am to 6pm (Tues - Sun) but closed on Mondays as well as the first two days of Chinese New Year.

    If you are planning to visit the Tin Hau Temple you should include a brief stop here as well. Within the exhibition hall you will find three large scale Fa Pau (floral shrines) and learn about local traditions of creating these decorative paper shrines, their meanings and how they are paraded around the Temple Plaza just outside during the annual Tin Hau Festivities. There are a couple of video screens and a handful of information panels with Cantonese and English descriptions that help you understand what you are looking at. You can comfortably see everything in 10-15 minutes.
    Written 7 January 2023
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