BY ANTON WALKER
Hong Kong’s museums are conveniently located and many are free to visit on Wednesdays. Check out some from the list below!
5. Flagstaff House Tea Museum (10 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, Hong Kong Island)
Drinking tea is important to Hong Kong’s culture due to both the Chinese customs and the British influence. The museum is located in a traditional colonial building in Hong Kong park and displays tea ware alongside an overview of the many different types of teas, their history, and the associated health benefits. There is also an attached tea room for guests to try out the different types.
4. Hong Kong Science Museum (2 Science Museum Road, Tsim Tsa Tsui, Hong Kong)
Similar to San Francisco’s Exploratorium museum, the galleries are full of interactive exhibits on a variety of scientific topics. A fun museum for kids and adults.
3. Hong Kong Museum of Art (10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Tsa Tsui East, Hong Kong)
The excellent views of the harbor from the windows of this gallery may actually rival the art. Come here to check out traditional Chinese art. Also, look out for special exhibitions, for example: 15 Minutes Eternal, an exhibition of Andy Warhol’s art work which included memorabilia from his visits to Hong Kong.
2. Hong Kong History Museum (100 Chatham Rd S., Tsim Sha Tsui East, Hong Kong)
Walk through a physical timeline of Hong Kong’s history from geological times to modern day. Hong Kong has a fascinating history that includes the immigration of Chinese refugees, the Japanese occupation, and a period of English rule which have all shaped the city we see today. Highlights include a full-size recreated street including a streetcar and recreated indoor rainforests.
1. Upcoming M+ Art Museum (West Kowloon Cultural District)
In order to further secure its place as a world-class city, Hong Kong is in the process of developing a brand new cultural district on a prime piece of real estate located along Victoria Harbor. The space will include performing art spaces as well as the massive M+ contemporary art museum. The museum will certainly transform Hong Kong’s art scene. Currently the vacant piece of land is being used for Mobile M+: Inflation, a display of inflatable sculptures designed to generate excitement for the upcoming museum.