Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences

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Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences

Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences
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Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
The Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences is an independent public museum established in 1996 by the Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences Society. It is housed in the Old Pathological Institute, one of Hong Kong’s declared monuments.
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The area
Neighborhood: Sheung Wan
Unlike most of Hong Kong’s other popular districts, Sheung Wan welcomes wanderers with an easy-going, relaxed atmosphere. Art galleries are plentiful and boutique cafés are tucked away in every side street in the sub district known as “PoHo.” Browse through the vintage clothing and handmade leather goods stores – it’s no surprise fashionistas flock to this area. History enthusiasts will be rewarded with sites of beautiful architecture, reflecting Sheung Wan’s past as one of the earliest settlements by British forces. As night falls, the entertainment scene reveals itself to be just as laid back with its private kitchens, speakeasies and underground bars dotted throughout the area. When in Sheung Wan, everyday feels like the weekend.
How to get there
  • Sheung Wan • 6 min walk
  • Sai Ying Pun • 9 min walk
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom4,768 contributions
Cows, Rats, Smallpox & the Plague
May 2021
This small museum is not a must-see, but for those with an interest in the history of medicine and disease in Hong Kong from the 1800s to today, there is some interesting stuff here.
The building itself is rather grand and was built in 1906 as the ‘Bacteriological Institute’, the very first medical lab in Hong Kong. The location was important. This was the area that had been ‘ground zero’ for the devastating outbreak of bubonic plague in 1894 and the need for medical research was greatest here. The beautiful and large Edwardian building has been well-preserved with arched windows, finials, stained glass, pilasters and Ionic columns. Inside, original features like the wall panelling, decorative ceilings, Palladian window, fireplaces and heavily balustraded staircase have also been retained.
The displays are spread across 3 floors in small rooms so the museum will take anywhere from 30 minute to an hour depending on your level of interest. I found the layout a little confusing and it wasn’t immediately obvious where to start. In the end, I’d recommend looking through the middle/entrance floor first, then heading upstairs and starting with the short video on the 1894 Bubonic Plague so that you have some context for the other displays.
Highlights include an early pharmacy with traditional Chinese medicines and the original lab with examples of early medical equipment. A couple of the displays might make the more sensitive recoil. In the lab two mannequin scientists are dissecting bubonic infected rats and downstairs, a disconcertingly life-like cow is tethered to a table with 2 more scientists injecting its belly for cowpox for the smallpox vaccination.
Although it probably won’t make it onto most tourists’ list of things to do, overall it’s a good little museum.
NOTES: Entry is $20HKD and it’s closed on Mondays.
Written August 13, 2021
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Edgar S
Hong Kong, China1,432 contributions
Just awesome, great to go over the hot summer season. One can spent close to one hour.
Jun 2021
A jewel of a museum. One experience a fantastic insight into the medical history and development in Hong Kong from the British rule till the present time. The exhibitions are well worked out and explained in great detail, not to mention walking around in the first labs and medical facilities made available in Hong Kong. Currently, there is a Chinese medicine exhibition with a lot of interactive modules, great for young and old. On the top floor, there is an early lab layout and in the basement, you will find a Chinese herbal pharmacy, many antique medical types of equipment as well a small mortuary which is only feasible to see over a glass window. The staff is charming, great and so polite. Once you exit the museum, please wander through a well-kept herbal garden all plants are signed and explained. There is a little admission entrance fee. Highly recommended.
Written June 17, 2021
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rchlpn
41 contributions
Hidden gem of information
Jun 2019
In-depth information and exhibits on how HK handled SARS. Compelling and engrossing - planned to drop by for a peek but stayed for a couple of hours.
Written February 11, 2020
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VladZor
Halifax, Canada8 contributions
History of hong kong
Dec 2019 • Family
Great place to visit to learn about medicine history of Hong Kong.
There is an interesting 3d visualisation of human body
Written December 19, 2019
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Goldie6
Hong Kong, China98 contributions
Especially liked the model rats
Sep 2019
Small museum but air conditioned. Interested display showing the black plague, a healthy rat versus a bubonic plague rat. Liked the exhibit on sars. 3 dimensional body images good too. Place needs more visitors so they can add to their exhibits. Chinese herbal room has great furniture but needs explanation of herbs which are presented in the exhibit. Volunteer receptionist very nice and friendly. Only $1.30 American or $10.00 Hong Kong for seniors.
Written September 19, 2019
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LadyKU1999
12 contributions
Amazing history
Mar 2019 • Business
This museum is amazing. The history is displayed well. There are true artifacts and original pictures. The staff was very kind. The layout is well done. And traveling from the USA, it explained things I was unaware of and their effect around the world. Very worth the time.
Written June 10, 2019
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China137,287 contributions
Declared Monument and Museum of local medical history
Jan 2019 • Solo
The Museum of Medical Sciences is both a Declared Monument and interesting speciality museum (HK$20 per adult) located on Caine Lane near Blake Park in Central District. Opening hours are 10am to 5pm daily (closed on Mondays)

This is the Old Pathological Institute which was constructed in 1906. It was the first public health and medical laboratory in HK. The architecture is Edwardian featuring Neo-classical features and red-brick structure.

The museum within includes 10-11 rooms displaying Hong Kong's history battling plagues and disease from the turn of the 20th century onward. There is emphasis on the blending of Chinese and Western medicine and medical practices. Displays feel a bit dated at times but collectively are rather interesting, particularly if you have interest in medicine or the history of outbreaks, such as the Tai Ping Shan plague of 1894.

The museum can be visited in as little as 20-30 minutes or you can spend perhaps up to an hour if exhibitions hold your interest.
Written April 10, 2019
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Hong Kong, China3,872 contributions
Could use the space better...
Mar 2019 • Solo
...as quite a few rooms (as well as an entire floor) seemed unused, which is a shame given that the museum is housed in such a distinctive building. And, again bizarrely in such large old building, there did not seem to be a toilet to use: they sent me to the one just outside in a public park! Anyway, in terms of the museum itself, I think this gives an excellent overview of HK's medical history and some of the exhibits are really informative, particularly the look back on SARS, but due to the factors mentioned above it's not somewhere I'd hurry back to.
Written March 10, 2019
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HelpfulAngel
Atlanta, GA835 contributions
Interesting but not essential to visit
May 2018 • Family
I went to see this museum because we were in the neighborhood meandering through the lanes and terraces of Central and Sheung Wan. Also my son is going to Medical school so I thought this might be of interest to him.

This building is an historical building - Dating back to 1906 as the Government Bacteriological Institute.

They had several healing herbs growing outside in their garden which was interesting and informative.

They showcase the outbreaks of Plague, SARS, bacteria, infectious diseases, epidemics, sanitation issues in Hong Kong over the last 100+ years at this facility, where they once were focusing on research, public health improvements, medical advances, etc.

From the top floor to the basement, they have loads of old school medical equipment on display. From an operation table from 100 years ago to the original lab table they used, it is kind of cool that all this stuff was preserved.

This is not your average museum. It is small compared to many and definitely a unique topic, but kind of cool. There are only around 30 medical museums on the planet.

For $20HKD per adult, you might learn something or just pass a little time in the A/C to get away from the Hong Kong heat.
Written June 7, 2018
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Careful critic
Bucks285 contributions
Interesting history and now primarily aimed at public education
Apr 2018 • Solo
This museum impresses on several levels. IT reflects the history of bubonic plaque from 1894 onwards and how the formation of the pathological institute in this building helped to overcome this annual blight amongst the population. IT is housed in a well restored (but needing more restoration which is in progress now) and historically significant building. Many of the displays are aimed at educating the current population about health in general, e.g. By asking the question "How healthy is Hong Kong?". ANd then there are the artefacts themselves, the old cold store door in the basement, old surgical apparatus, an old x ray machine, a bacteriological laboratory.
Something for anyone interested in these areas of history and more general health education. Probably not high on the list for a tourist with only a couple of days to see the city. OH, and it costs HK$20 for adult admission.
Written April 11, 2018
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Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences is open:
  • Sun - Sun 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Tue - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM


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