Hong Kong Heritage Museum
Hong Kong Heritage Museum
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This place is temporarily closed. The Heritage Museum houses exhibits covering art, history and culture. Guided tours and activities for children are offered.
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  • schmidtmg
    Switzerland1,083 contributions
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    Go while you can
    I have been to the HK Heritage Museum many times over the years, and there's always an interesting exhibit. This time it was the exhi it to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the death of Cantopop diva Anita Mui... traces the history of this iconic and most talented lady.... go visit the museum whie you can, as the HK government announced plans, in December 2023, to moce the current Science Museum to the site of the Heritage Museum and scatter around the collections of the latter. If implemented, this would be pretty , not to put too fine a point to it, dumb.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written January 8, 2024
  • LadianF
    Hong Kong, China275 contributions
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    A extraordinary diva exhibit everyone should visit
    Since the government announce their plan on reorganize the heritage museum, I tend to visit more frequently as you don’t know when would they close the museum. This time, I went there because of a timeless diva (Anita Mui) exhibit. It showed some of her clothes when she performed, the awards she won and there was even a short clip about her legacy. After finish visiting the diva exhibit, I went to visit the ‘Hong Kong pop 60+’ exhibit, it showed all the pop from 60s to 90s, when east meets west, how it influences the music and entertainment trend in Hong Kong. And Of course, you can also witness the legendary wedding dress that Anita Mui wore at her last concert before she passed away. Besides that, there are other exhibit like chinese drawings and Bruce Lee exhibit as well. Really worth for every locals and even visitor to go there. Oh ! Don’t worry! It’s free :)
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written January 15, 2024
  • SitesAndFood
    California123 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Went for the Bruce Lee exhibit, but also saw an exhibit for the mighty USD!
    Went to see the Bruce Lee exhibit which was worth the trip. At the time there was also an Anita Mui exhibit and Jin Yong (learned about him while I was there). There is also an exhibit that shows the mighty USD!
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 17, 2024
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LadianF
Hong Kong, China275 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
Since the government announce their plan on reorganize the heritage museum, I tend to visit more frequently as you don’t know when would they close the museum.

This time, I went there because of a timeless diva (Anita Mui) exhibit.

It showed some of her clothes when she performed, the awards she won and there was even a short clip about her legacy.

After finish visiting the diva exhibit, I went to visit the ‘Hong Kong pop 60+’ exhibit, it showed all the pop from 60s to 90s, when east meets west, how it influences the music and entertainment trend in Hong Kong. And Of course, you can also witness the legendary wedding dress that Anita Mui wore at her last concert before she passed away.

Besides that, there are other exhibit like chinese drawings and Bruce Lee exhibit as well.

Really worth for every locals and even visitor to go there. Oh ! Don’t worry! It’s free :)
Written January 15, 2024
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schmidtmg
Switzerland1,083 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
You can take the 49X bus to get to the HK heritage museum. We have bene there several time, this time primarily for the "Remembering Leslie" exhibit, on the occasio of the 20th anniversary of the death of Cantopop legend Leslie Cheung. Small but well done. There is another HK Pop culture exhibit on the first floor which gives you a far more detailed survey of HK's music, cantopop and movie culture from the 1960's to the early 2000's.
Written May 1, 2023
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schmidtmg
Switzerland1,083 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
I have been to the HK Heritage Museum many times over the years, and there's always an interesting exhibit. This time it was the exhi it to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the death of Cantopop diva Anita Mui... traces the history of this iconic and most talented lady.... go visit the museum whie you can, as the HK government announced plans, in December 2023, to moce the current Science Museum to the site of the Heritage Museum and scatter around the collections of the latter. If implemented, this would be pretty , not to put too fine a point to it, dumb.
Written January 8, 2024
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MsMkonnichiwa
Sydney, Australia240 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Friends
The museum is in a large building, and easy to get to via bus or train. Located in Shatin, along the river, different part of HK, and since it’s a bit further out, some planning could make it a fun day out. Eg rent bicycles nearby.

The museum has a few different elements. The pop exhibit I found meh, but if you’re into pop culture, or you grew up in HK, you’d like it. TV, music, movies. Etc.

The other part i enjoyed a lot more was the Chinese art. Nowhere near as big of a collection as, say, in Taiwan, but still fabulous.

The staff are friendly amd helpful, and the exhibitions done well. Aircon not too cold, and the kids’ area looked good.

Overall, a great free experience.
Written September 28, 2021
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SitesAndFood
California123 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Went to see the Bruce Lee exhibit which was worth the trip. At the time there was also an Anita Mui exhibit and Jin Yong (learned about him while I was there).

There is also an exhibit that shows the mighty USD!
Written May 18, 2024
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Brad
Hong Kong, China173,073 contributions
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We always send our visitors to the Hong Kong Heritage museum in Shatin during their visits to Hong Kong. Surprisingly to them (not to us), they usually find this one of their favorite visits while in Hong Kong. This museum can also be combined with a visit to the 10,000 buddha monastery.

I believe the entry fee is still just $10 HK dollars, silly price compared to Museums of this quality level anywhere else in the world. There is nothing amazing about this museum but it has plenty of interesting Chinese and Hong Kong artifacts, some up to 5000 years old, if you can believe that.

Don't pass up a chance to have traditional Chinese tea served to you in the tea shop on the ground floor. Our favorite is the the Jasmine and Green tea, both very good.
Written August 3, 2010
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Brad
Hong Kong, China173,073 contributions
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Jun 2019
The Heritage Museum is one of Hong Kong's best 'lesser known' attractions. It is located just southwest of Shatin Park in Sha Tin and provides an excellent opportunity to learn more about Hong Kong as well as regional Chinese culture and heritage. Opening hours are 10am to 6/7pm depending on the day of the week. Permanent Exhibits are now free to visit.

Here you will find a handful of permanent exhibits as well as changing temporary exhibitions spaced out over two floors of museum space. Galleries include precious artefacts and art, opera items and other interesting elements of local heritage and history. There is a children's discovery gallery with various play zones, making for a good way to for the little ones to spend time at the Heritage Museum.

There is a popular Bruce Lee temporary exhibition that has been running since 2013. It is scheduled to end next year in 2020. This is worth time to view if you are fan of the movie star and martial artist.

You'll find an expected gift shop, cafe & clean bathrooms. The museum website is up to date with temporary exhibitions that are slated for the upcoming future. That is worth checking out prior to intended visits.

Other interesting things to do nearby in Shatin include Shatin Park, The Racecourse (on race days), Che Kung and Man Fat Sze temples as well as the popular New Town Plaza shopping mall.
Written November 5, 2019
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owls9383
perth, western australia60 contributions
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Visited this place last year and spent a whole day there. For canto opera fans like myself there's a permanent expo section of past canto opera greats like famous duo Yam and Pak, Lum Kar Sing, etc. Black & white pics of days gone by, their involvement in the movie world , etc. You also get to admire the beautiful original handmade sequinned opera costumes worn by them. The museum is divided into different areas. Was there for Chinese New Year/2008, there were also exhibition of some Tibetan=related artifacts and scrolls (I think), chinese pottery, beautiful paintings by a famous chinese painter (flowers & animals). Top it all there's chinese opera appreciation, free for tourists (gotta show passport). If you book early they have small groups complete with English speaking guide to explain the basics of canto operas. Quenched my feed for 3 hours in the afternoon (heaven!!). Also a permanent section where they feature past great canto pop stars like my beloved Leslie Cheung, also Roman Tam, Anita Mui, the story of canto pop, etc. There's also a small shop on the ground floor offering chinese tea appreciation and you can shop there too. Only down bit is the bookshop. Yes it offers some memorabilia stuff which I found limited offerings , however did picked up a couple of opera dvds. As a feedback, I did mention they have to lift their game.

For a small entrance fee, it's worth every penny.
Written October 23, 2009
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Brad
Hong Kong, China173,073 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2012 • Couples
We recently visited the HK Heritage Museum and had an enjoyable time here. The 5 permanent exhibits and 4 temporary collections were nicely spread out in 2 floors, and while that seemed a lot to go through, we did not feel overwhelmed. There was an optimal number of items on display, the galleries were spacious, and there were few visitors, providing an ideal environment for us to appreciate the artifacts and read their captions at a leisurely pace.

Of the permanent exhibits we liked the TT Tsui collection of Chinese art the most, the ancient and exquisite ceramics were laid out nicely and we took our time here, in fact the cushioned seats in the centre of the rooms encourage one to pause and just quietly enjoy the collection.

It would have been good if there were similar seats for viewing the paintings in the Chao Shao An gallery.

There is a Cantonese opera hall which is a smaller version of the one in the HK Museum of History, but equally photo-worthy.

The New Territories Heritage Hall provided some context in the development of this lesser known area of the HKSAR.

Lastly there is a Children's Discovery Gallery with fun learning play zones, a good insurance for when the kiddies get bored, but still interesting for adults with an HK toy story exhibit included. These are HK made toys from the late 19th century up to the 70s and 80s, and can be nostalgic to many.

The temporary exhibits were very interesting and visitor volume was concentrated here. The exhibits were contemporary in nature, with lots of interactive audio and video. The fashion exhibit and woodcut art galleries were very good!

We had excellent tea tasting in their tea room years ago but unfortunately the Tea House has been closed since 2010.

The entrance fee to the HK heritage museum is only HKD10, and although being similarly priced with HK Museum of History but limited in scale and space, it is still excellent value for money. It is not a prime museum to visit when in HK, but makes a very good addition to The 10,000 Buddhas Monastery, being walking distance from it, or a day trip to Shatin.
Written February 5, 2012
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Brad
Hong Kong, China173,073 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
The Hong Kong Heritage Museum in Sha Tin is one of the finest in Hong Kong and a very good complement to the HK History Museum in Hung Hum/TST East. The museum is open from 10am to 6pm daily (closed on Tuesdays). Permanent exhibitions are free to visit while special exhibitions usually require a HK$10 per adult ticket purchase.

What you will find are permanent exhibitions highlighted by the T.T. Tsui Gallery of Chinese Art which is a collection of over 700 works of antiquity and treasures that are curated and presented in an excellent manner. Some items date back nearly 2500 years and are in very good condition. This gallery alone is worth making the effort to visit the museum.

Other permanent exhibitions that cover the topics of Pop Culture, Chinese Opera and calligraphy and a particular special exhibition on the life of Hong Kong kung fu legend Bruce Lee which started in 2013 and has more or less been treated as a semi-permanent exhibition since that time. It is a very good introduction to the life of Bruce Lee and there are numerous items from his life that you can see.

Over the years, the HK Heritage Museum has hosted regular rotation of special exhibitions focusing on local and regional art, history and heritage. Presently, there is an interesting special exhibition called Out of Thin Air (until Sept 2023) that showcases the film art culture, providing a behind the scenes look at how art, sets and customs are created for locally produced film and movies.

The museum also hosts impressive international exhibitions that come through on an annual basis. Presently, there is a visual and virtual exhibition about the Versailles which makes use of multi-media and interactive installations to introduce the famous French palace near Paris in a fun and creative way, one in which adults and children can enjoy.

It is worth checking out the museum website to see what exhibitions are being held. If there is something of interest, you can always make a 1/2 day visit to the Sha Tin area to see the museum along with Che Kong and Man Fat Tsz (10,000 Buddha) temples and other sightseeing/shopping and dining opportunities that are nearby.
Written June 18, 2023
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