Guide to Visiting Hong Kong’s Museums
One of greatest parts of visiting any big city is the access to museums and the wealth of knowledge you can gain from them. If you’re traveling to Hong Kong, the museums here are no different, and only a loser would pass them up. Did you know Hong Kong was occupied by Japan for nearly 4 years in the 1940’s, and that the Japanese enslaved not only Hong Kong people, but also the Brits? Ever heard of the Opium Wars? Did you know some people of Hong Kong almost never leave their boats? These are just a few of the things you can learn about in an interesting and fun way by visiting the museums in Hong Kong. If you’re looking to visit the museums of Hong Kong, this guide will provide you with an economical and simple way to do so. Your first step should be getting a coveted museum pass. Don’t make a mistake you’ll have to forgive yourself for later; don’t pass this one up.
Get a Hong Kong Museum Pass: What is it?
This is by far my favorite part of Hong Kong. The museum pass allows you to enter the permanent and special exhibitions for free as many times as you’d like. The value that you get for purchasing a museum pass is bar none. Make sure you bring a form of identification with you to prove you are who you say you are when applying.
*There are ways to visit some museums for free on certain days, but I wouldn’t recommend going on those days; they get packed with people–including students’ field trips–and are much less enjoyable.
Museums in Hong Kong
There’s a lot of museums in Hong Kong. What Museums are included?
The museum pass grants access to the permanent and special exhibitions of the museums operated under the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. Here they are linked with the address to each in parentheses and their phones numbers in brackets.
Hong Kong Science Museum (2 Science Museum Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui East) [2732-3232]
Hong Kong Heritage Museum (1 Man Lam Rd, Sha Tin) [2180-8188]
Hong Kong Museum of Art (10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui) [2721-0116]
Hong Kong Museum of History (100 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui) [2724-9042]
Dr. Sun Yat-sen Museum (Kom Tong Hall, 7 Castle Rd, Central) [2367-6383]
Hong Kong Space Museum (10 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui) [2721-0226]
Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence (175 Tung Hei Rd, Shau Kei Wan) [2569-1500]
Best Museum for Children in Hong Kong
The Hong Kong Museum of Science is one of the coolest museums in Hong Kong to take your child. There’s got to be 100 different stations they can interact with. Everything from toying with electricity and magnets, manipulating puzzles of all types (some of them are difficult!), VR systems, video games, and my daughter’s personal favorite: the construction yard for smaller children (technically the child must be between 80-120cms tall, but they seem to be quite lenient on this).
The children are given a construction vest and helmet and can proceed to build a building with foam blocks, move blocks around with carts on and off a track set, operate a crane and way station, and more! They are allowed to play for 15 minute intervals at which point a bell will go off and they will have to get back in line if they want to go again. Get a museum pass to go on any day you want because if you take your child on the ‘free day’ everyone else and their child will be there and the line can get quite long. Get there on a Monday or Tuesday morning and you’ll likely see just a few kids playing at a time. Your little one can get right back in if they want!
Cost of a Museum Pass
Family pass (up to 4 people)…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..$100 HKD
Individual Pass……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….$50 HKD
Concessionary Pass (applies to full-time students, persons over 60, and disabled persons)………….$25 HKD
How Long is a Hong Kong Museum Pass Valid For?
1 year from date of purchase. They used to sell monthly and weekly passes, but those have been abolished.
It’s possible that the orders for passes may be backlogged and you will have to wait 2 weeks to pick up your official pass, but don’t worry! In the meantime, you can use the receipt for your purchase as you would the museum pass itself. Just don’t lose your receipt, you need it to get your pass once it’s ready!
And luckily, if you do ever lose your pass, you can get a replacement for $5-$10 HKD depending on the type of pass you have.
Where can I buy a Hong Kong Museum Pass?
You can buy your museum pass at the following museums in Hong Kong, address to each will be listed in parentheses, see above for links and contact information.
Hong Kong Museum of History (100 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui)
Hong Kong Heritage Museum (1 Man Lam Rd, Sha Tin)
Hong Kong Science Museum (2 Science Museum Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui East)
Hong Kong Space Museum (10 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui)
Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence (175 Tung Hei Rd, Shau Kei Wan)
Dr. Sun Yat-sen Museum (Kom Tong Hall, 7 Castle Rd, Central)
Looking to Visit the Museums in Hong Kong for Free?
It can be done!
Firstly, some permanent exhibits have been opened for good. Secondly, the museums in Hong Kong without permanent displays open for free have free days you can visit. As stated before, this isn’t ideal because the museums get jammed with folks, but if you’re looking for free, be ready to join the hoards who are doing the same.
Which Hong Kong Museums are free?
The permanent exhibits of the Hong Kong Museum of History, Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence, and the Dr. Sun Yat-sen Museum are all open for free. The free entry does not include entrance to any special exhibits. That’s what the museum pass is for!
If you’re a full-time student, the Hong Kong Museum of Science and the Hong Kong Space Museum are also open for free to you.
Free Days for Hong Kong Museums
The Hong Kong Museum of Science is free to the public on Wednesdays. Beware, lots of field trips on this day, so come early if you want to beat the army of children that will be running and screaming throughout.
Other Perks of the Museum Pass
10% discount on souvenirs and publications purchased at the museums
Special offers at the catering outlets within the museums
10% discount on museum extension activities
Special offers on the Annual Pass to Ocean Park and the Magic Access of Disneyland
Visiting the museums in Hong Kong can be entertaining, enlightening, and an all around lovely morning or afternoon. I would highly recommend the museum pass if you plan on visiting multiple museums to see special exhibits, or if you plan on returning to the same museum more than once. I love to take my daughter to the Hong Kong Museum of Science at least a couple of times per week and the value of the museum pass paid for itself in the first few days.