Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware

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Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware

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The area
Neighborhood: Central
When people think of Hong Kong, most imagine movies with famous skyscrapers dominating the skyline. The area widely known as Central is the major financial hub and entertainment district, which truly lives up to the saying, “work hard, play hard.” Bars stay open late into the night and there just happens to be a street party every weekend. Although everything seems to be operating at lightning speed, Central is full of quiet, hidden gems. Nestled between office towers are wet markets and some of the city’s oldest restaurants dating back to the 1960s. Feeling a bit overwhelmed? Retreat from the crowds by exploring beautifully restored historical buildings and even a green oasis of botanical gardens.
How to get there
  • Admiralty • 3 min walk
  • Central • 7 min walk
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom4,994 contributions
Not Everyone’s Cup of Tea?
Jun 2021
The tea museum won’t be for everyone and is a small, niche museum. It’s housed inside the lovely old, colonial Flagstaff House (1846), a very stately white house, which is the oldest colonial building still standing in Hong Kong. Even if you don’t go inside, it’s worth strolling through the grounds of Hong Kong Park, past it.
Entry is free and it has recently re-opened after closing during the covid 19 restrictions. Some sections are still closed, like the children’s playroom.
The entire collection is only small with 8 separate rooms but the displays are well supported with good information on tea making ceremonies and traditions. Signs are in both English and Chinese.
Some teaware dated back to 11th century BC. I found it astonishing to think that 3000+ years ago, people were brewing a cuppa, using these sophisticated, decorative bowls and ewers.
The blue and white Ming dynasty china was extremely delicate and beautiful but I was equally intrigued by the rustic Yixing earthenware, with teapots and cups that imitated tree trunks and featured realistic looking grasshoppers and toads.
There’s a small, good quality but expensive gift shop near the entry.
Afterwards allow some time to wander through Hong Kong Park, past the waterfall, ponds and aviary.
Written June 15, 2021
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom4,994 contributions
Free Entry But Check Website Before Going (Closed During Pandemic)
Aug 2020
Before you head here, check the website because it has been closed during the current co-vid 19 pandemic. Unfortunately, we didn't find this out until we walked through Hong Kong Park and arrived at the front doors. Fortunately, Hong Kong Park is very lovely anyway, with lily ponds and waterfalls and the lotus flowers are in bloom right now.
The Flagstaff House building is the oldest colonial building still standing in Hong Kong so even without being able to go go inside, it’s still worth strolling past if you are visiting the park. It’s a very grand and stately old building, built in 1846 in the Greek Revival style. It suffered from some shelling and bombing when the Japanese invaded during WWII but was repaired.
When you stand in front of it, you are immediately struck by the contrast between the white colonnaded façade of this colonial building and the gleaming Lippo towers and modern skyscrapers in the background. It’s a dramatic contrast that is so typical of Hong Kong where the old and the new often sit cheek by jowl.
Written September 8, 2020
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StrShp115
Berkeley, CA278 contributions
Hidden gem for lovers of tea
Oct 2019
After visiting Victoria Peak, take a short walk from the Tram base through the Hong Kong Park to find this free museum. Opened in 1984, this museum features displays of tea ware dating back to the 11 century BC to modern designs...There is an informative display of tea preparation history throughout the history of China....yes, dynasties had their chosen teas and preparation techniques and then there are teas found only in certain regions of China as well. Everything is bi lingual and there are plenty of informational handouts to read as well. The gift shop has teas and tea ware for sale as well. the temporary exhibit we saw had award winning modern tea sets designed by children as well as professional artists.
Written November 23, 2019
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Jonathan W
Burlington, VT824 contributions
Informative Museum
Sep 2019 • Solo
A free Museum that provides an insight in the various traditions of Chinese tea. Tea ceremonies take place on Saturday. Gift shop has a good selection of items.
Written September 5, 2019
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Alli B
Saint Louis, MO205 contributions
Cute Little Museum
Aug 2019 • Solo
It’s everything you would expect from a tea museum, but the upstairs display gives it a little something extra. The handmade pots are so cute!

The information was really interesting (if you’re into tea) and there’s even a demonstration on how to serve tea traditionally. It was something new and fun to do around the city if you’re here for awhile.
Written August 11, 2019
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China139,423 contributions
Free Museum of Tea Ware at Hong Kong Park
May 2019 • Couples
The Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware is one of the free attractions you'll find within Hong Park. Here visitors can spend time learning about tea, tea ware and China's history as a tea drinking nation. Opening hours are 10am to 6pm daily (Closed on Tuesdays)

This is actually a two part attraction. First, this is the historic Flagstaff House, which served the residency of numerous British Governors of Hong Kong and other statesmen from the mid 1850s when the building was constructed until the late 1970s when the building fell under the responsibility of the Urban Council. It is Greek Revival in architecture and an attractive representation of western architecture from the mid 19th century.

The Urban Council dedicated the building as the Museum of Tea Ware in 1984. Today, there are gallery rooms on the ground floor dedicated to the history of tea and tea ware. There are fine displays, much of collection was donated by K.S. Lo. The upper floors are dedicated to creative tea pots submitted by local students as part of annual competitions.

The Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware can be conveniently visited in 15-45 minutes depending on how much time you have available and how much interest you have in tea and tea ware. Its a good place for museum fans and those looking for indoor activities on hot summer days.
Written May 22, 2019
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peter s
Nottingham, UK76 contributions
Retirement trip
Apr 2019 • Couples
Went here because my wife wanted to go as she loves tea!!!!!!!
It was very informative and showed the history of tea across the ages. The museum was set on some very nice gardens and was another well worth a trip
Written April 30, 2019
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Ken M
Wadhurst1,264 contributions
Great Experience
Oct 2018 • Couples
Sweet little museum and very interesting. There is also an interesting tea shop where you can sit and choose from a whole menu of different trees. They also have a lovely menu of dim sum you can have with the tea. Absolutely lovely and a real contrast with the bustle outside - so relaxing.
Written October 15, 2018
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Clivel_98
Hereford, UK1,474 contributions
Some very interesting tea wares and very good information boards
Oct 2018 • Couples
The exhibition is held in a series of rooms, each covering a period in Chinese history. Different types of tea wares are shown, along with the different ways tea has been prepared through the ages.

All very interesting, and the gift shop has some nice tea wares on sale (ranging from decently priced to ridiculous) as well as tea itself (ditto in price) and associated items.
Written October 9, 2018
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Manuela Ines
Cape Town Central, South Africa82 contributions
Museum OK, Teahouse a Tourist Trap
Jun 2018 • Friends
We visited the museum and it was fine. A nice little museum with plenty of little historcal facts that one would not have picked up otherwise. We got to watch a video of how to brew and serve tea properly. And were really looking forward to such a "ceremony" at the adjacent Teahouse. Well... we were disappointed. Sorely disappointed. Not only was there no ceremony at all, there was a kettle on the table where hot water was boiled and we could just top up the teas that we had chosen ourselves. No charm, no nothing. They would have also served dim sum but we opted for starting with a soup (as we were not certain of food quality). Rightly so. The "vegetable soup" tasted like hot water was added to a can of mashed tomatoes and a few other vegetables cut in. In all the wonderful food we had in Hong Kong, this was a most grievous letdown. We should have known. When we entered only one table was filled - with a couple (obviously US or Canadian tourists). All the other delicious places we ate or consumed anything were swarming with Chinese. Let it be a sign.
Written June 28, 2018
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