Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Hong Kong Museum of History

Definitely this museum is jewel and I wish all the cities of the world would have one like this.

In Tsim Sha Tsui east. Also Tsim Sha Tsui station (TST station) is close walking.

This is the view when you exit the underground.
Opening times (December 2012)
10:00am-6:00pm (Mondays, Wednesday, Thursdays and Fridays)
10:00am-7:00pm (Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays).
Closed on Tuesdays except public holidays. Closed the first 2 days of the Chinese New Year. Closed at 5pm on Christmas Eve & Chinese New Year eve.

The admission fee is a ridiculous 10HK$ per adult, but there is free admission on Wednesday.
More Information: 27249042 (+85227249042 if calling from outside Hong Kong).
Inside the museum there are audio guides to rent for 10HK$ in Cantonese, English, Putonghua and Japanese.

Schedule of the shows. They run in English, Cantonese and Mandarin one after the other.

What it is special in this museum?
You will feel part of the story of Hong Kong since the moment you start in gallery 1 (Natural Environment: “landform and climate” and “Flora and fauna” What did happened in 400 millions of story in Hong Kong). Learn things you didn’t expected about Prehistoric Hong Kong like there are evidences of life since 6000 years ago. There is a 42 metres beach diorama where activities as fire cooking and building houses are demonstrated.
The first inhabitants of this region were the Yue. Get involved in the rich history of this area of China with the dynasty of Qin and Han. Galleries 4 and 5 will teleport into the fascinating past story of Hong Kong and your camera won’t stop shooting.
When you enter into the gallery 6 you will think you are in Europe. There are an imposing 3 storey European style building where you can freely walk inside and imagine how the city was during the colonial time. Get trapped into the story: visit the herbal shop, the school, the pawn shop…
Gallery 7 is fully dedicated to the 3 years and 8 months that Hong Kong was occupied by the Japanese. You can witness the horrible battle of 18 days.
The last gallery is obviously dedicated to the last part of the story: the formation of the modern metropolis and the return to China.

Is it worth to visit this museum?
Yes, yes and yes.  No other answer is possible. I recently visited Auckland Museum, which is pretty good however this one is unforgettable. I am not a museum person, but this museum will definitely will give you many clues about the history, past and present of this fascinating city. And if you are smart enough, you might even figure it out some clues about the future!


Mustachio said...

Weird that your new posts don't show up in my reading list anymore :( I wonder what's wrong. Anyway, thanks for sharing this. I wasn't able to visit this museum in HK. Maybe next time I get to visit HK (if and when). The only museum I visited in HK was the Science Museum and I had fun there. Guess I am just a nerd. Hahaha

Noelfy said...

really? :(
As far I know, I haven't changed any configuration :(
Just check every 2-3 days, I always have something to post ;)

The HKMH is really good! In a rainy Wednesday, I checked first the Science Museum and it was good, but the History was amazing. Comparing to the History one, the Science was like a children playground!

Just add it in your bucket list of travel for the next time ;)

Mustachio said...

the Science was like a children playground! <--- haha. True! Guess that's why I enjoyed the place hahaha :D

Noelfy said...

Don't be afraid to recognize what you are!
I am another grown-up child and the last thing I want is to become an adult!! :D

I can't wait to meet you tonight! ;)

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