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Hong Kong Sights

Hong Kong Museum of History

  • 100 Chatham Rd. S Map It

Updated 02/04/2013

Fodor's Review

The permanent Hong Kong Story features spectacular life-size dioramas that include village houses and a Central shopping street in colonial times, while the ground-floor Folk Culture section is a Technicolor introduction to the history and customs of Hong Kong's main ethnic groups. Upstairs, gracious stone-walled galleries whirl you through the Opium Wars and the beginnings of colonial Hong Kong. Unless you're with kids who dig models of cavemen and bears, skip the prehistory

and dynastic galleries. Reserve energy for the last two galleries: a chilling account of life under Japanese occupation and a colorful look at Hong Kong life in the '60s.

Budget at least two hours to stroll through—more if you linger in each and every gallery. Pick your way through the gift shop's clutter to find local designer Alan Chan's T-shirts, shot glasses, and notebooks. His retro-kitsch aesthetic is based on 1940s cigarette-girl images. To get here from the Tsim Sha Tsui MTR walk along Cameron Road, then left for a block along Chatham Road South. A signposted overpass takes you to the museum.

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Sight Information

Address:

100 Chatham Rd. S, Hong Kong, Hong Kong–China

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Phone:

/2724–9042

Sight Details:

  • HK$10; free Wed.
  • Mon. and Wed.–Sat. 10–6, Sun. and holidays 10–7

Updated 02/04/2013

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Dec 13, 2004

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Excellent Value - the museum pass even covered the temporary exhibition, which was worth paying for! the "History of Hong Kong" exhibit is well laid out and comprehensive.

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