Hong Kong Museum of History
Hong Kong Museum of History (香港歷史博物館) is a place to go if you want to learn something about the history of Hong Kong. It is definitely Hong Kong’s best museum. More than 90,000 artifacts from 400 million years ago to the present days are exhibited over an area of 7,000 m2. There are eight galleries located on two floors. The first 4 galleries cover more distant past, and last 4 galleries are about more recent history and events that created Hong Kong in a way it is now. Galleries are:
- The Natural Environment
- Prehistoric Hong Kong
- Hong Kong during Imperial China
- Folk Culture in Hong Kong and South China
- Hong Kong under British control
- Birth and Early Growth of the City
- The Japenese Occupation
- Modern Metropolis and Return to China
The Hong Kong Story takes you on the journey from ancient history up to the modern days showing how Hong Kong became such a fantastic and exciting city. It outlines the natural and local history, archaeology and ethnography. Among other things, you will see traditional Chinese clothing from different ethnics groups, a replica of old sailing ships and even re-creation of Hong Kong’s old street.
Artifacts are labeled and explained in English. There are small theaters in all galleries with very informative and interesting 4 to 11 minutes long movies. Although it is easy to explore Hong Kong Museum of History, you can take 1.5 hours long free guided tour in English, starting at 10:30 and 14:30. It would give you a quick overview of the museum, but you can spend more time in the galleries you are interested most afterward.
Within the museum, there is a small book and gift shop. You can also have a drink and snack in the museum cafe.