This week for our family field trip we found ourselves at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum in Shatin. If you missed our last field trip, we were having fun and frolics Playtown in the West 9 Zone complex adjoined to Olympic MTR in Kowloon and you can read about our experience here.
This week the intrepid field-trippers were once again: One Mum and one energised toddler, Gracie, nearly 3. I had thought that summer was here but no it was raining AGAIN in Hong Kong and we were in need of yet another indoor activity. So, if you fancy shaking it up a bit and are in need of an indoor activity a little different from the run of the mill indoor playrooms, the Hong Kong Heritage Museum could be for you!
Completely unexpected (maybe it’s the name?), but this museum, is a delight for kids from 3 years and up with plenty to do and see and a delight also for parents in need of entertaining stir crazy kids fed of being cooped up in the apartment as it rains and rains outside!
Hits: Children’s Discovery Gallery on the ground floor split into different areas each designed to teach kids about Hong Kong’s heritage hits included Mai Po Marshes a reconstruction of the wetland area where kids can sort fish from shrimps, build birds that inhabit this area, wear masks of different animals looking through their eyes to see what they see; and listen to the sound of Egret birds to name a few delights. The Archaeology section was another hit where kids can restore broken pots; draw on transparencies and place them on a projector to decorate their own ceramic pot and The New Territories Village zone with its reconstructed village dwelling where kids can play in a typical kitchen complete with typical stove and dining table and bench. Another area where you can dress up as a crab (and other molluscs) and dance on TV was also popular!
The current exhibition: Intelligence infinity inspiration through art: On the first floor where there’s a small room full of drums and other musical instruments made from all sorts including saucepans, plastic jugs and pots basically anything that makes a noise (and we all know that kids LOVE to make a racket) was another high point. Finally, outside continuing the Intelligence infinity inspiration through art exhibition there’s an area made up of child-friendly installations including big and small plastic bottles to hit and bash, a big wooden snake to walk along and balance on, some toy tricycles, again lots to clamber and bash – perfect for small kids!
We didn’t have time to visit the Cantonese Opera Gallery but it’s supposed to be really good with computers where kids can generate an image of themselves in full Cantonese Opera costume including make-up, headdress and they can also watch videos and see the wonderful, eye-catching costumes that are on display.
Also, it’s spacious, cheap, a perfect rainy day activity, pretty easy to find… all in all, it’s a crowd pleaser!
Misses: Likely to get very busy at Peak times; we went on a public holiday and even early in the morning just after it had opened it was pretty busy. Bit of a trek but not too bad about 40 mins on the MTR from Central.
Need to know before you go: Closed on Tuesdays!
How to get there: By MTR: From Central or Admiralty take the red line to Mongkok, transfer to the green line to Kowloon Tong. At Kowloon Tong change onto East Rail Line for one stop alighting at Tai Wai. Then switch to Ma On Shan Line for one stop alighting at Che Kung Temple Station.
Take exit A to your right and look for signs for Hong Kong Heritage Museum – you’re aiming to cross the river, there’s a path that leads to a bridge that crosses the river and the Museum is on the opposite side of the river. Cross the bridge, turn right, you should have picked up the signs by now and the museum is a few minutes down the path on the left.
Opening times: Mondays, Wednesdays – Saturdays: 10am – 6pm. Sundays and Public Holidays: 10am – 7pm
Closed on Tuesdays (except Public Holidays) and the first two days of the Chinese New Year. Closed at 5pm on Christmas Eve and Chinese New Year.
Admission: Adults: $10, children (aged 4 and over): $5. Admission is free on Wednesdays only.
Hong Kong Heritage Museum, 1 Man Lam Road, Shatin, New Territories, tel 2180 8188