5 Niche Museums to Visit in Hong Kong

Off the top of your head, how many museums are there in Hong Kong? Go on, take a guess! How many can you name – if you’re familiar with the city you might say Space, History, Science, Art, and Heritage? Okay, that’s five, let’s double that to be safe – 10 maybe? Well, my friend, you are far off. There are a whopping 53 museums in Hong Kong! Let’s see, if you were to visit one museum a day, it would take 7 and a half weeks to see them all. Don’t worry – check out our list of Top 5 Niche Museums and the type of people who would enjoy them.  

1. Bruce Lee: Kung Fu – Art – Life

Bruce Lee Musuem
My childhood hero! (Credit – http://www.heritagemuseum.gov.hk/)

An exhibit at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Bruce Lee: Kung Fu – Art – Life is a comprehensive study of the life of the Legendary Dragon. Open until July 2018, the exhibit follows Lee’s footsteps from his days as a schoolboy in Hong Kong to his untimely death as a global superstar. Be prepared to spend hours poring over the amazing collection of over 800+ pieces of artifacts, from his handwritten poems in his university days to the famous yellow and black tracksuit worn in the Game of Death. The jewel of the crown is a fascinating 75-minute documentary about Lee’s life told by his closest friends and loved ones (check the schedule on their website) [link to site]. The film also features rare footage of Lee’s performances as a child actor. This is a great way to spend 2 hours in the afternoon.  

Who would enjoy this?

Martial Art buffs, Bruce Lee Fans (that’s everyone), Fans of biographies/well-made documentaries, Cinematic History Fans, Fans of Cha Cha (Bruce Lee was a Cha Cha Champion)

How much time will this take? 2 hours

For more Info: http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/ce/Museum/Heritage/en_US/web/hm/exhibitions/data/exid209.html

Immerse yourself in the local culture

2. Hong Kong Railway Museum

Tai Po Railway Museum
Tai Po train station, as it once stood in 1913 – (Credit: https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/48/117268432_5d10bba472_b.jpg)

Step inside the Hong Kong Railway Museum in Tai Po and transport instantly back to 1910 to see the Tai Po train station as it once stood. For those interested in history, you’ll be pleased to visit the restored ticketing station. Want to relax? Grab a date or a good book and spend the afternoon hopping between the 6 vintage trains from 5 different time periods (10s, 20s, 50s, 60s, and 70s). Aside from the carriages, you can also appreciate the two gorgeously-restored period locomotives on display. There’s something for everyone in the Hong Kong Railway Museum.    

Who would enjoy this?

Train Enthusiasts, History Buffs, Kids, Parents with kids, Photographers, Budget-minded individuals who want a place to take a date

How much time will this take? 1 Hour

For more Info: http://www.heritagemuseum.gov.hk/en_US/web/hm/museums/railway.html

3. Fireboat Alexander Grantham Exhibit

Fireboat Alexander Grantham
In all it’s heroic glory!

Firefighting is cool whether you’re 8 years old or 80. Experience a day in a life of an actual firefighter at sea by stepping aboard the once flagship fireboat of Hong Kong: the Alexander Grantham. Decommissioned in 2002, Fireboat Alexander Grantham had served and protected Hong Kong for 49 years before being converted into a public museum. The fireboat has a distinguished history, including fighting the famous (and controversial) fire of Seawise University of 1972. Take an hour to tour the firefighter’s quarters, appreciate the ship’s bridge, and pose for pictures on the deck with the water cannons. Come say hello to an old Hong Kong icon as it stands hoisted overlooking the water that it once protected.

This is for: Kids, History Buffs, Boat Enthusiasts, Firefighting Enthusiasts.  

How much time will this take? 1 Hour

For more info: http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/Museum/History/en_US/web/mh/about-us/fireboat-alexander-grantham-exhibition-gallery.html

4. The Hong Kong Monetary Authority Museum

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority Museum
This photo doesn’t do the view justice!

Money is something everyone uses but very few understand their role in society. The HKMA museum celebrates the story of Hong Kong through the point of view of finance and currency. You’ll find everything from old currencies to a historical timeline detailing the relationship between money and Hong Kong. We recommend the 30-minute tour that runs twice a day at 10:30am and 2:30pm.

For those who have a fear of heights, I strongly advise approaching the exhibits slowly, because the museum is located on the 55th floor of the IFC Two, which has large floor-to-ceiling windows offering the gorgeous panoramic view of the Hong Kong Island and Victoria Harbor. Take an hour break from your shopping in Central and treat yourself to a breathtaking view and learn about money’s role in society.

This is for: History Buffs, Fans of Finance and Money, Fans of The Dark Knight (Batman jumps from this tower), People interested in Spectacular Views

How much time will this take? 1 Hour

More info: http://www.hkma.gov.hk/eng/about-the-hkma/hkma-information-centre/hkma-information-centre.shtml

5. Dialogue in the Dark

Dialogue in the Dark
This place is really a gem! (Credit: https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5308/5626645288_6e4ffc0711_b.jpg)

Dialogue in the Dark is a mind-opening experience that I cannot recommend enough. Its flagship tour, called Dialogue in the Dark, is approximately 75 minutes long and it introduces you into the world of blindness. A guide will hand you a walking cane and take you into the dark to experience first hand what it’s like to live as a blind person. You’ll be taught to use your hands and ears to paint a vivid mental picture of the world around you. As your senses sharpen, the feeling of helplessness will be replaced by a childlike sense of wonder. I will not go into details of the tour to avoid spoiling the experience. What I can say is that you’ll learn to conquer darkness while also develop a new profound sense of appreciation for humanity. Dialogue in the Dark is the ultimate museum experience.

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How much time will this take? 2 Hours

For More Info: http://www.dialogue-experience.com.hk/web/index.php?lang=en&mid=0

Thanks for reading. Stayed tuned for more Hong Kong related articles! 

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