Hong Kong Museum of History

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Hong Kong Museum of History
Front entrance to the museum
EstablishedJuly 1975; 45 years ago (1975-07)
Location100 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Coordinates22°18′06″N 114°10′38″E / 22.30159°N 114.17711°E / 22.30159; 114.17711
TypeHistory museum
Visitors1,038,000 (year ending March 2017)[1]
Public transit accessTsim Sha Tsui station, East Tsim Sha Tsui station, Hung Hom station
WebsiteOfficial website
Hong Kong Museum of History
Traditional Chinese香港歷史博物館
Simplified Chinese香港历史博物馆

The Hong Kong Museum of History is a museum that preserves Hong Kong's historical and cultural heritage. It is located next to the Hong Kong Science Museum, in Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong.

The collections of the museum encompass natural history, archaeology, ethnography and local history.


Exhibition of a junk

The museum was established by the Urban Council in July 1975 when the City Museum and Art Gallery was split into the Hong Kong Museum of History and Hong Kong Museum of Art; some of the Museum of History's collections were on display at the City Museum and Art Gallery's original 1962 location at the City Hall.[2]

From 1975 to 1983, the Hong Kong Museum of History was housed in a 700 m2 rented space within Star House.[3] In 1983, the Museum was moved to a temporary location (which now houses Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre) in Kowloon Park. It was moved to its present premises near Hong Kong Science Museum on Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui in 1998. It is currently managed by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department of Hong Kong Government.

The Hong Kong Story[edit]

The Hong Kong Story permanent exhibition is a showcase of the history and development of Hong Kong. Occupying an area of 7,000 m2, The Hong Kong Story comprises 8 galleries located on two floors. Through the display of over 4,000 exhibits with the use of 750 graphic panels, a number of dioramas and multi-media programmes, and enhanced with special audio-visual and lighting effects, The Hong Kong Story outlines the natural environment, folk culture, and historical development of Hong Kong. The exhibition, starts from the Devonian period 400 million years ago and concludes with the Handover of Hong Kong in 1997. The museum exhibits prehistoric fossils, colonial documents from the 19th Century and Ancient Chinese pottery

Branch museums[edit]

The museum runs five branch museums: Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence at Shau Kei Wan, Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb Museum at Sham Shui Po, and Law Uk Folk Museum at Chai Wan, Fireboat Alexander Grantham Exhibition Gallery inside the Quarry Bay Park and Dr. Sun Yat-sen Museum at Mid-Levels in Central.[4]

Public transport[edit]

The museum is accessible within walking distance West from Hung Hom station of MTR.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Museums – Kowloon*". Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  2. ^ "50 stories tell the tale of Hong Kong Museum of Art over the past 50 years"
  3. ^ "A Review of the Development of the Hong Kong Museum of History in the Past 30 Years", Hong Kong Museum of History website
  4. ^ Hong Kong Museum of History: About Us

Further reading[edit]

  • Stokes-Rees, Emily (22 May 2014). "Recounting History. Constructing a national narrative in the Hong Kong Museum of History". In Knell, Simon; Aronsson, Peter; Bugge Amundsen, Arne (eds.). National Museums: New Studies from Around the World. Routledge. pp. 339–354. ISBN 9781317723141.

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