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Activities in Hong Kong: Family-Friendly Museums You Have to Check Out

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Looking for something to do with the kids on a Sunday afternoon? Why not plan a small day trip to one of the many museums in Hong Kong? There isn’t a shortage here when it comes to culture, art and history. We recommend spending a morning looking at the “Hall of Cosmos” at the Space Museum. Or check out the Children’s Discovery Gallery in the Heritage Museum (they have eight play zones!). We’re sure your kiddos will not want to leave! Quality family bonding time and an educational experience? Yes, please! Click through our slideshow to check out our favourite family friendly museums!

science museum

Science Museum

The Hong Kong Science Museum is all about spreading information on science, technology and astronomy with its stimulating exhibitions. There are also feature achievements from Asian scientists and astronomers. The 3/F Exhibition Hall houses the Children’s Gallery which includes the Big Kids’ Worksite, Time Tower and Hidden Animals exhibits. Your kids will have to use teamwork and imagination skills to work together to complete the fun missions.

How much: Standard: $25, Group ticket: $17.5, Concessionary ticket: $12.5, Free for children under 4 accompanied by an adult with a ticket

Opening Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 10:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 10:00am – 9:00pm
Closed on Thursdays (except public holidays), and first two days of Chinese New Year

Science Museum, 2 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2732 3232, http://hk.science.museum/

History Museum

The History Museum’s permanent exhibition: Hong Kong Story is a must-see. The entire history and development of Hong Kong is researched, collected and preserved in eight galleries. With special audio-visual and lighting effects, Hong Kong’s natural environment and folk culture is presented. Starting from the Devonian period (400 million years ago!) and ending with the reunification of Hong Kong with China in 1997, Hong Kong Story brings its viewers a comprehensive guide on all things Hong Kong and history related.

How much: Standard: $20, Group ticket: $14, Concessionary ticket: $10

Opening Hours: Monday, Wednesday to Friday: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 10:00am – 7:00pm
Closed on Tuesdays (except public holidays), and first two days of Chinese New Year

History Museum, 100 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2724 9042, http://hk.history.museum/

space museum

Space Museum

Hong Kong Space Museum’s permanent exhibitions are currently undergoing a major renovation (check their website to stay updated on when their halls reopen!), because the exhibitions are all interactive and perfect for kids. In the meantime, temporary exhibitions are still on show in the museum foyer with stargazing and astronomical observation opportunities available. We’re excited for the opening of the “Hall of the Cosmos” and “Hall of Space Exhibition” where kids can learn about the evolution of the universe, space exploration and the solar system.

How much: Permanent exhibitions open to full time students free of charge, Standard ticket: $20, Group ticket: $14, Concessionary ticket: $10

Opening Hours: Monday, Wednesday to Friday: 1:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 10:00am – 9:00pm
Closed on Tuesdays (except public holidays), and first two days of Chinese New Year

Space Museum, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2721 0226 https://www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/Museum/Space/

Maritime Museum

The Maritime Museum is sure to be a big hit among boat-lovin’ kiddos! You’ll have the chance to learn about sea bandits and water sports, as well as being able to dabble in the history of Hong Kong with the creation of Victoria Harbour. The exhibitions are very varied, ranging from Sounds of the Sea to the China trade. Find out how archaeologists excavate old wrecked ships using state of the art technology!

Watch more: Our Sassy Mama editor Kat, went with her family to check out all the sights the museum had on offer on this video here.

How much: $30 for adults, $15 for seniors and disabled, free entry for children under 18

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 9:30am – 5:30pm
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 10:00am – 7:00pm
Closed on first two days of Chinese New Year

Maritime Museum, Central Ferry Pier No. 8, Man Kwong Street, Central, Hong Kong, 3713 2500, http://www.hkmaritimemuseum.org

coastal defence museum

Coastal Defence Museum

Located in what used to be the Lei Yue Mun Fort, the Hong Kong Coastal Defence proudly presents its 600 years worth of history, covering Ming, Qing, British, Japanese invasion and the resumption of Chinese sovereignty over Hong Kong. Children will be huge fans of the multi-media programmes showcasing the 400 military artefacts on display. They’ll be especially impressed by the special exhibition Braving Untold Dangers: War Correspondents (available from June 30 to January 31, 2018!).

How much: Free entry to permanent exhibitions

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Closed on Thursdays (except public holidays) and first two days of Chinese New Year

Coastal Defence Museum, 175 Tung Hei Road. Shau Kei Wan, Hong Kong, 2569 1500 http://hk.coastaldefence.museum/

railway museum

Railway Museum

The Hong Kong Railway Museum chronicles the story of the development of HK’s railways. With the MTR being one essential component of Hong Kong, we believe that a trip to Tai Po Market to learn more about past and present train models. The six historical coaches are sure to be a huge hit with your little tykes! The education corner with interactive displays will also show them the plans for future MTR extensions. We say it’s time to hop on a train now and make your tracks to Tai Po!

How much: Free admission

Opening Hours: Monday, Wednesday to Sunday: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Closed on Tuesdays (except public holidays) and first two days of Chinese New Year

Railway Museum,
13 Shung Tak St, Tai Po, Hong Kong, 2653 3455, http://www.heritagemuseum.gov.hk/en_US/web/hm/museums/railway.html

heritage museum

Heritage Museum

The Hong Kong Heritage Museum has exhibitions that have a mixture of history, art and culture. The one exhibition that your kids will gravitate to, however, will be the children’s discovery gallery! The exhibits in this gallery are aimed for children aged 4-10 and children can learn about the wonders of nature and archaeology, as well as the history of Hong Kong. Your kids will have a lot of fun romping around in one of the eight learning play zones (we recommend the Hong Kong Toy Story exhibition!)

How much: Free for permanent exhibitions, Special exhibitions: adult $20, concessionary $10, group $14

Opening Hours: Monday, Wednesday to Friday: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 10:00am – 7:00pm
Closed on Tuesdays (except public holidays), and first two days of Chinese New Year

Heritage Museum, 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin, Hong Kong, 2180 8188, http://www.heritagemuseum.gov.hk/

police museum

Police Museum

Ever want to learn more about the police officers who work tirelessly to keep the streets of Hong Kong safe? Head on over to the Police Museum on the Peak to find out more! With four galleries to go through, you’ll easily wile away a lazy afternoon here, brushing up on historical uniforms, firearms or Triad society knowledge. Another reason to visit is that it’s on top of a hill, so your family can enjoy a nice hike as well! Perfect. 

How much: Free

Opening Hours: Tuesdays: 2:00pm – 5:00pm, Wednesday to Sunday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Closed on Mondays, public holidays and first three days of Chinese New Year

Police Museum, 27 Coombe Road, The Peak, Hong Kong, 2849 7019, https://www.police.gov.hk/museum/en/

house of stories

House of Stories

Intent on bringing Hong Kong’s culture and community to the public, the House of Stories is just right for a small family outing. There are two parts to the House of Stories; one part for the exhibitions and another for the handicraft area. Kids can choose which part of the museum they’d rather devote their time to. We recommend the arts and crafts area for those sentimentalists while visitors can make their own souvenirs to take home.

How much: Free (depends on event/exhibition)

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Closed every Wednesday, some public holidays and on first three days of Chinese New Year

House of Stories, 4 Hing Wan Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2117 5843, http://houseofstories.sjs.org.hk/

aviation museum

Aviation Discovery Centre

The Aviation Discovery Centre is fittingly located the Hong Kong International Airport. They aim for their visitors to discover the fascinating facts of aviation development of Hong Kong. With aviation themed exhibits and graphics (and even a SkyDeck to entertain!), you’re in for a unique learning experience! You can fit in a quick visit if your flight has been delayed!

How much: Free entry

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 11:00am – 10:00pm
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 9:30am – 10:00pm

Aviation Discovery Centre, Departures Level 6, Hong Kong International Airport, http://www.hongkongairport.com/eng/shopping/entertainment/t2/aviat/avia.html

sun yat sen museum

Sun Yat-sen Museum

Sun Yat-sen, the founding father of the Republic of China, is a household name and history-nuts will love the exhibitions this museum has to offer! Spend time seeing what Hong Kong was like in Dr Sun Yat-sen’s time or see the timeline of his revolutionary campaign as he travelled abroad. You’ll feel like you’ve traveled a decade back with the scene setting, historical photographs and artefacts.

How much: Free

Opening Hours: Monday to Wednesday, Friday: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 10:00am – 7:00pm
Closed on Thursdays (except public holidays), and first two days of Chinese New Year

Sun Yat-sen Museum, Kom Tong Hall, 7 Castle Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2367 6373, http://hk.drsunyatsen.museum

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in June 2017 by Crystal Lau, and was updated in January 2018 by Kat Lau.

Featured image via Unsplash; Image #1 courtesy of HK Government; Image #2 courtesy of HK Government;Image #3 courtesy of Hong Kong Maritime Museum via Facebook; Image #4 courtesy of Architectural Services Department; Image #5 courtesy of Brand HK; Image #6 by Brand HK; Image #7 via Pinterest; Image #8 courtesy of HKIA; Image #9 by Money Hero Blog

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