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Friday, January 21, 2011

Hong Kong Museum of History - Part I

Hong Kong Museum of History
Address: 100 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Museum of History is simply THE BEST Museum in Hong Kong. It is particularly ideal for travellers who do not have plenty of time for Museum visits. You can have an overview of the history of Hong Kong within 1 to 2 hours.

Hong Kong Museum of History

The museum is divided into three different levels. The main entrance is on the first floor; all "Pre-colony" history are presented on the ground floor; and all "Post-colony" history are presented on the second floor. The escalators in the museum will take visitors from one floor to another naturally.

Related Post:
Hong Kong Museum of History - Part II


The ground floor presents the history of Hong Kong before it was colonized by the British Empire. I would recommend visitors to only spend 1/3 of your time on this floor; and spend 2/3 of your time on the second floor (as it is much more interesting).


This level began with exhibits related to prehistoric (which in my opinion you can skip); and the significance of Hong Kong at the various ancient Chinese Dynasty. The exhibits become more and more interesting as you reach the last section on this level; where the ancient Hong Kong Chinese early settlers' construction, culture and events are presented.

Paper lanterns for special occuations

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A marriage chair party




Although all the exhibits are replicas of the originals, they are set up nicely to give insights into the Canton Chinese culture in Hong Kong.

Here are the official name of the four areas on Ground floor:

(1) The Natural Environment
(2) PreHistoric Hong Kong
(3) The Dynasties: From the Han to the Qing
(4) Folk Culture in Hong Kong (Recommended)
    We will continue our journey at the Hong Kong Museum of History in the next post.
     
    Nearby Attractions (within walking distance):
    Hong Kong Museum of Science, Charlie Brown Cafe, The One Shopping Complex