Hong Kong Museum of History

A 101 history lesson on Hong Kong

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Sure, you can shop til you drop and say you’ve seen Hong Kong, but the Hong Kong Museum of History does a darn good job explaining Hong Kong’s beginnings (way before the British arrived) and the events that shaped it to what it is today. Not only that, but it’s a good introduction to all the other sights you may be heading to, making your experiences that much richer.

The permanent exhibit, called The Hong Kong Story, covers the region’s natural history and its first Neolithic inhabitants, its early years as fishing and farming communities, its transformation into a bustling metropolis under the British, and its 1997 handover to China. What makes the museum particularly captivating are its dioramas, photographs from the 19th and early 20th centuries, true-to-life replicas of everything from fishing boats to traditional housing, and countless displays of clothing, furniture, and objects from every day life.

You can watch movies in small theaters spread throughout the museum on topics ranging from the Opium War to folk traditions, learn about life in the infamous Kowloon Walled City before it became a park, view the backstage of a Chinese opera, and walk down a recreated street of old Hong Kong, complete with a pawnshop, herbal medicine shop, and more. If you see only one museum in Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Museum of History is the one I’d recommend. Note that renovations of The Hong Kong Story are in the planning stage; check the website for updates.

MTR: Tsim Sha Tsui or East Tsim Sha Tsui.

At A Glance

100 Chatham Rd., East Tsim Sha Tsui
Hong Kong
(852) 2724 9042
Free to Hong Kong Story; special exhibits usually HK$20 adults
Mon & Wed-Fri 10-6; Sat-Sun & hols 10-7. closed Tues

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