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This fabulous museum is Hong Kong's largest, yet it still seems a well-kept secret: chances are you'll have most of its 10 massive galleries to yourself. They ring an inner courtyard, which pours light into the lofty entrance hall.

Highlights

The New Territories Heritage Hall is packed with local history—6,000 years of it. See life as it was in beautiful dioramas of traditional villages—one on land, the other on water (with houses on stilts). The last gallery documents the rise of massive urban New Towns. There's even a computer game that let's you design your own.

In the T.T. Tsui Gallery of Chinese Art, exquisite antique Chinese glass, ceramics, and bronzes fill nine hushed second-floor rooms. The curators have gone for quality over quantity. Look for the 4-foot-tall terra-cotta Horse and Rider, a beautiful example of the figures enclosed in tombs in the Han Dynasty (206 BC–AD 220). The Tibetan religious statues and thankga paintings are unique in Hong Kong.

The Cantonese Opera Heritage Hall is all singing, all dancing, and utterly hands-on. The symbolic costumes, tradition-bound stories, and stylized acting of Cantonese opera can be impenetrable: the museum provides simple explanations and stacks of artifacts, including century-old sequined costumes that put Vegas to shame. Don't miss the virtual makeup display, where you get your on-screen face painted like an opera character's.

Kids love the Children's Discovery Gallery, where hands-on activities for 4- to 10-year-olds include putting a broken "archaeological find" together. The Hong Kong Toy Story charts more than a century of local toys.

Tips

Look for the audio tours in English, which are available for special exhibitions.

There's lots of ground to cover: Prioritize the New Territories Heritage, the T.T. Tsui Gallery, and the Cantonese Opera Halls, all permanent displays, and do the temporary history and art exhibitions if energy levels permit.

The museum is a five-minute signposted walk from Che Kung Temple station. If the weather's good, walk back along the leafy riverside path that links the museum with Sha Tin station, in New Town Plaza mall, 15 minutes away.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 1 Man Lam Rd., Sha Tin New Territories, Hong Kong | Map It
  • Phone: 2180–8188
  • Cost: HK$10; free on Wed.
  • Hours: Mon. and Wed.–Sat. 10–6, Sun. and holidays 10–7
  • Website:
  • Metro Che Kung or Sha Tin.
  • Location: The New Territories
Updated: 02-04-2013

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    The main things to be seen

    its a great destination and great museum to be seen if you are intrested in the heritage or the old culture.
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    by aftab_306, 10/21/13
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    Amazing museum

    This museum is incredible. It is amazing in all possible meanings. The trip from my hotel to the museum was quite complicated because I had to switch trains 4 times. But I made it. The museum is mostly about Chinese dynasties and therefore it has a huge collection of Chinese artifacts. To me the most interesting part was the exhibit on Cantonese Opera and the exhibition on contemporary photography. Those pictures were taken by pretty cool artists. Both exhibits gave me an idea on how Chinese society has changed. The only bad thing the staff barely speaks English or French.

    by peterlawn, 11/15/12

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