Hong Kong Heritage Museum is a handsome three-storey museum specifically designed and built to house artifacts that represents the history, art and culture of Hong Kong and the nearby South China region. It was opened to the public in 2000 by the Regional Council of Hong Kong and is now under the management of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department of the Hong Kong Government.
The museum is located at #1 Man Lam Road in Sha Tin and sits at the banks of the Shing Mun River. Its architecture was based on the traditional si he yuan, a compound of harmoniously blended houses built around a central courtyard. Considered as the biggest museum in the city, the Hong Kong Heritage Museum has a total of 12 exhibition galleries, covering some 7,500 square metres. Six galleries house permanent exhibits while the other half feature temporary exhibits and events. The permanent galleries include:
- New Territories Heritage Hall
- Children’s Discovery Gallery
- Cantonese Opera Heritage Hall
- T.T.Tsui Gallery of Chinese Art, displaying artifacts from the former Tsui Museum of Art
- Chao Shao-an Gallery
Some of the popular attractions in the museum are the extensive collection of beautiful Chinese paintings by the acclaimed artist Chao Shao-an and exhibition about the development of Cantonese opera. The museum’s interactive programmes make the exhibits not only educational but also entertaining.
Aside from the galleries, the museum also has a theatre that holds cultural performances, as well as a shop selling souvenirs and a cafe where visitors can sit down after exploring the exhibition halls to have snacks and refreshments.
How to get to Hong Kong Heritage Museum:
From MTR Che Kung Temple Station Exit A, walk for approximately five minutes along the footbridge until you reach the museum.