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“Interesting museum” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence

Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence
175 Tung Hei Rd, Shau Kei Wan, Hong Kong, China
(852) 2569-1500
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Ranked #29 of 392 Attractions in Hong Kong
Type: History Museums, Military Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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Hong Kong, China
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“Interesting museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013 via mobile

Since me and husband had no plan on this Sunday afternoon, we decided to visit this museum near Shaukeiwan. Normally I m not a museum lover, but I found this one interesting. It displays history of Hk from Ming Dynasty to 20 th century. The landscape of the museum is interesting which was a fort built by the British. They have 11 rooms regarding the coastal defense in Hk from Ming Dynasty till 20 th century. Each room have different theme. Even I m not a military lover I don't found it boring. I don't agree with some writers below stated that the museum is political bias. I have studied history of opium war and Japanese invasion while at school. Truely speaking, both opium trade and invasion could not be judged as beneficial to people. On the other hand, in the museum there are also information regarding British, Canadian and Chinese defended HK. There are also memorial for the British, Canadian, Chinese soldiers died for defending HK. For British and Canadian wants to know their old soldiers in Hk, here you go. I also found some young Japanese couples visit here, it was good that they are open-minded to know more information about WWII. The museum also displays historical relic and many cannons and children corner. I agree that some writers said better take 2-3 hours to complete the tour. Take a lift up and walk down the trial. Also can see the nice views of Lei Yue Mun. We don't have time to complete the tour today. For only hkd 10, definitely will go again.
A tip: the cafe was temperory closed when I visited.

Visited October 2013
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Hong Kong, China
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“Great museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

HKD10 to get into a really interesting museum. It's a little off the beaten track, with v little around it of interest but is well worth a visit. It's also a nice walk as well once you get out of the exhibition centre and stroll around the place (although is up and down with lots of steps if you want to see all of the outside).

Inside the building they break down the history of HK into bite size chunks, from the early occupation through to 1997 in detail but without being overwhelming. They also use a variety of methods to teach you the history (TV clips, exhibits, story boards). Seemed to me that there was plenty there to occupy people of all ages. Once you get out of the exhibition hall (which is a beatifully restored building) the views are great and you get an interesting perspective of different parts of HK. Tried the cafe, whilst it was quiet and they did a decent coffee and eggy bread - the cafe doesn't look all that but it is fine.

If you live in Sai Wan Ho then a visit here is a must. But it is also worth a trip if you live elsewhere or are visiting HK - I know families who have been here with buggy bound youngsters to teenage children, grandparents, couples, and individuals and all have enjoyed it. The gift shop is pretty underwhelming - really not much to it in terms of products (some fake Lego and a lots of photos).

Be warned - if there is a chance of a Typhoon they will close the outdoor areas which cuts off most of the outdoor exhibits (there is still enough in the exhibition centre to keep you occupied).

Visited July 2013
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“Best history lesson with cool exhibitions!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

The route is covered with directions from the Shau Kei Wan mtr, about 500m walk only. Don't be discouraged because it passes right by a huge and smelly wholesale fish market. Once you get to the museum it's extremely clean and tidy and has a brilliant view of Hong Kong (one with no skyscrapers). The museum is really interesting and takes you through HK's history starting from the dynasties of China up to the handover in 1997! With many interactive displays and videos, it's a great way to enjoy the day. The museum is actually very big, and has treks that go through high mountains to see coastal defence weapons, but even just staying in the exhibition hall (2 storeys, a/c), is quite enough. Once you're done you can use the free wifi provided by the hk govt, and shop for souvenirs in the gift shop. I didn't go to the cafe because it was empty and looked quite shabby compared to everything else. Entrance ticket $10.

A tip- if you plan to visit many museums in hk, get a half-year museum pass ($50) which will get you free admission into select hk museums (space, history, art, coastal defence, science). It also saves you time by not having to wait in the long queues. You can get the pass at the museum and they'll give you a temporary pass.

Visited July 2013
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“Brilliant museum !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

Only about 10 minutes walk from the closest MTR station, I started to wonder what I was going to find as it appeared that I was walking through an industrial estate under the expressway, but as I passed the wholesale fish market I entered the carpark of the museum and was pointed in the direction of the entrance part way up the hill.

Taking the lift up to the top of the hill - much better than walking up I can tell you, coming down was steep enough in places - you enter the old fortress which has been refurbished and had a roof added so that the exhibitions of coastal defence going back to the Ming dynasty are housed in the rooms around the courtyard.

Once you have looked through the inside area which covers from the 14th to the 21st centuries including a room covering the years since the Chinese return to HK in 1997, you head outside where you will find toilets and a basic restaurant selling cold drinks and noodles etc

Once outside you then work your way back down the hill, passing by gun emplacements, magazines, and buildings damaged during the Japanese invasion of 1941 until you reach the water's edge and the torpedo station with a model of the Brennan torpedo. Walking back up the hill via some more steps before returning to the carpark where you can see a few military vehicles the visit was complete - a very interesting few hours, which would only have been improved by it being a little less hot.

All this for just an entrance fee of just HK$ 10. A bargain !

Visited July 2013
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Osaka, Japan
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“Well worth a visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

The combination of a renovated coastal fort to explore (kids will enjoy), plus well-curated exhibitions make this museum worth a visit for most visitors to Hong Kong. Coastal defence is put in the context of several hundred years of history without being dry or dull. A must for WWII buffs or those interested the British reaction to Japanese occupation.

Visited March 2013
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