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Top 10 museums in Hong Kong

The best Hong Kong museums to take in art, history and culture including the Heritage Museum, Museum of History and more

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Hong Kong Museum of History

Start with the 400 million years explored in the Hong Kong Museum of History, bursting with exhibits on prehistoric Hong Kong, the Opium Wars, the Japanese occupation and local folk culture. $10.

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Tsim Sha Tsui East
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Hong Kong Heritage Museum

With a focus on local culture, from Cantonese opera to art, our favourite area at the Heritage Museum is the Bruce Lee exhibition – a must for martial arts fans and movie buffs. $10.

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Sha Tin
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Hong Kong Science Museum

This museum hosts daily science demos such as molecular gastronomy on top of its permanent exhibits. Highlights include the world of mirrors and a food science area. $25.

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Tsim Sha Tsui East
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Hong Kong Space Museum

Though the exhibition halls are currently under renovation, this museum is due to re-open by the end of the year. For now, there’s an exhibition in the foyer about Nasa’s Juno spacecraft and its Jupiter mission until September. Free. 

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Tsim Sha Tsui
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Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum

Dr Sun Yat-sen devoted his life to establishing the Republic of China. He had ties with Hong Kong, having received his education and devised plans here. The museum details his life and Hong Kong’s place in the founding of modern China. $10.

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Mid-Levels
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Magical World

Not exactly a museum, but that’s how they refer to it themselves, so we’re throwing it in here. This Disney-themed 4D experience uses augmented reality technology, sounds, smells and special lighting effects to create an immersive experience. 

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Tsim Sha Tsui East
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Museum of Coastal Defence

Calling the 100-year-old former Lei Yue Mun Fort home, this site played an important role during the Battle of Hong Kong in 1941. Nowadays, the fort boasts 600 years of history on Hong Kong’s coastal defenses and there’s cool stuff like tanks and military vehicles on display to keep military nuts entertained. $10. 

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Shau Kei Wan
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Flagstaff House Museum

Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware Flagstaff House, located in Hong Kong Park, was built in the 1840s and was formerly the office and residence of the commander of the British Forces in Hong Kong. It became the Museum of Tea Ware in 1984 and houses exhibitions, demonstrations, tea gatherings and lectures that promote China’s tea drinking culture. Free.  

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Admiralty
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Hong Kong Railway Museum

This dinky museum is in the declared monument that used to be the Tai Po railway station and exhibits artefacts from Hong Kong’s long rail history. There’s also a full-size model of an electric train compartment at the museum and railway tracks to explore. Free. 

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Tai Po
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Museum of Macau

Okay, this one’s the other side of the Pearl River Delta, but it’s a cracker that details the history of our sister SAR and, located in Mount Fortress, it’s conveniently close to the ruins of St Paul’s, allowing you to tick off two tourist attractions at once. The museum is the perfect place to educate yourself on Macanese history and culture. $15

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