This is the Chinese listing for the Hong Kong Science Museum, which is one of the very best child-friendly attractions in Hong Kong and a perfect place to take the kids on a rainy or hot day. Located right next to the equally excellent Hong Kong Museum of History, the Hong Kong Museum of Science offers four floors of endless science inspired fun.
Here over 650 exhibitions are presently on display, with over 500 of them being interactive, meaning your kids (and curious adults) have hours of different things to try in this museum. Many exhibits are simple while others are more engaging and interactive. Collectively, they can easily occupy your time for several hours. This is why this particular museum is an excellent choice on bad weather days.
There is much to like about this museum. We particularly enjoy the 22-meter tall ‘Energy Machine’ that is turned on every couple of hour. Here you can see a system of balls that are set in motion, every couple of hours, seeming to fly around the museum, producing different sounds and visual effects. You won’t be able to miss this main attraction as it takes place over a large portion of the museum. When its running, you can’t really avoid it.
We also enjoy the Life Science gallery on the ground floor, finding many of the exhibits there quite interesting, lots of interactive stuff for the families in this area. The Hall of Mirrors, on the same floor is quite fun. Other areas we like are the E&M gallery and its series of magnet exhibitions (1/F) as well as the prototype and telecommunication galleries on the second floor (2/F). On the 3/F there is a children’s room with actual play areas, giant bubble making and other fun activities designed for the little ones, as if there wasn’t enough for them to do in this museum already.
The Hong Kong Science Museum also frequently has special exhibitions. Presently there is a Legends of the Giant Dinosaurs exhibition (until April 2014), these provide another reason to consider a visit to this attraction for families. You can check out what is going on by visiting the Science Museum website.
Unfortunately there is no café at the museum and only a few vending machines with cheap drinks. On busy days, these few machines can be emptied of beverages, which we have discovered during the hot summer months. Fortunately, you can walk over to the HK Museum of History, which is just a couple of minutes across a shared terrace and visit the café there. Or if you are finished with the museum and want more fun atmosphere, you can walk down to Cameroon road and visit the fun Charlie Brown Cafe, just a 5-6 minute walk from the museum, making a great way to end the day, especially for those with kiddies.
Overall, this is probably one of Hong Kong’s best museums due to the large number of family and child-friendly things to do and see here. Not only is it a fun place for kiddies, its entertaining for adults who have a curious mind as well. Entrance fee is more expensive than other HK museums at HK$25 per adult, HK$12.5 for children and free for those under 4 years of age, but you easily get what you pay for with the HK Museum of Science. The museum is free to visit on Wednesdays.