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Hong Kong Museum of History
Time Travel 6000 years in the past at the Hong Kong Museum of History
The first gallery of the Natural Environment is an epic display of the 'Land and Climate' and 'Flora and Fauna' in Hong Kong. The topography of the territory has been displayed through tunnels and walls made from casts taken from rocks. A theatre inside the gallery demonstrates the geological changes of Hong Kong over time. Further, the gallery introduces you to the rich flora and fauna of the territory and the entire ecosystem.
The next gallery introduces you to the prehistoric era of Hong Kong, taking you back to 6000 years ago, to the Neolithic period. How people in Hong Kong existed by taking shelter on sand dunes by the sea, the Diorama beach, lifestyle of inhabitants and survival techniques, everything has been captured and showcased here. The gallery also displays the beautiful rock carvings at the Big Wave Bay, that seemingly possess totemic significance.
South China was prehistorically inhabited by the Nanyue people, from the Qin and Han dynasties. With the Dayuling Pass opening up leading to growth in the number of immigrants, a lot of technological advancement started taking place. This gallery has successfully been able to deliver the facts about development taking place in the Honk Kong territory and several interesting events taking place at this time.
The Folk Culture gallery exposes you to the colourful customs and ethnicity of the place. There are life-size replicas of the coastal objects like fishing junk. People also familiarize themselves with the life and customs of the boat dwellers, Hoklo people, birth rituals, Lantern Lighting ceremony of first lunar month, and festive activities of the annual Taiping Qingjiao ceremony. This is the liveliest part of the history of Hong Kong.
This gallery talks about the Opium War and its repercussions, events before the wars, discovery of the sea route from Europe to Asia, early Sino-British relationships and much more. Magnanimous models of architecture like Hong Kong cemetery, Napier Column, Fountain Arch can also be seen here. The visitors feel engaged through interactive video narrations.
The triple storied European style structure next to a port scene against an eye catching background, in this gallery, leaves no stone unturned to astonish its guests. Layouts of street shops, teahouses, banks to portray the city arrangement and the famous Shing Chai Tong selling medicines can be seen here. The attractions have been given a lively effect with real-life sounds. There is much more to see and get enthralled.
The designing of this gallery has been done in the form of an air-raid shelter. Hong Kong's 'Dark Age' as it is termed, after the war of 1941, when it surrendered to Japan, have been well depicted here with the help of media like photography and videos. The battles and their effect on the inhabitants of Hong Kong, the atmosphere of fear and insecurity among people, the bitter truths of war, is what people imbibe and learn.
The past has always something to learn from it. The story of evolution of the territory into the modern metropolis it is today, and it stepping into the new era through technological development draws tourist attention. This gallery has scheduled video shows for the tourists to educate them about Hong Kong post the war era.
How to Get Tickets?
The tickets to the museum are available at the location with a standard charge of HK$10 giving admission to all the galleries. Entries to specific parts of the museum like the Hong Kong Story or Permanent Exhibition is free. Lookout for the annual passes with special discounts and unlimited entries also available at the site.
How To Get Around?
The museum premises and all the galleries are easily accessible and well interconnected. The guided on floor assistance and floor plans help you explore the entire museum easily. The galleries are distributed on different floors with escalators leading to each other.
Best Time to Visit
Any time throughout the year is a good time to take inspiration from the magnificent past of Hong Kong. The museum is open all the year round and is always ready to catch your interest.
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Will I Need a Guide?
The museum is equipped with all the facilities you will ever need in it. The Audio-Guide service counter will provide you with headsets for a self-guided tour within the premises.
How To Get There?
Hong Kong city caters to the tourist needs by a Hop On Hop Off city bus that provides guided tours to the city's attractions. It is the most recommended option for the first timers in the city. There are other public transportations and public buses available too that will drop you at the museum entrance.
The museum is open from morning 10 am to evening 6 pm on weekdays, and until evening 7 pm on weekends and public holidays. Please note that the museum is closed on Tuesdays.