The museum changes its displays regularly. The exhibitions in the museum are mainly of paintings, calligraphy and sculpture from Hong Kong, China and other parts of the world. It has cooperated with other museums as well.
The museum was established as the City Hall Museum and Art Gallery in the City Hall in Central by the Urban Council in 1962. Before leaving City Hall in 1991, the museum occupied the 8th (rear portion), 9th, 10th, and 11th storeys of the High Block. These floors now house a public library.