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- The price to get in isn’t expensive. There is lots to see and worth paying the little extra for the Winter Olympics Exhibition, that is great fun for both children and adults. The big energy exhibition which runs on the top floor every now and again throughout the day was fascinating. We had good fun with the mirrors. The Museum is next to the History Museum. We managed both on the same day. I good rainy day activity.Written October 15, 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- We headed in as it was Wednesday and so therefore free and we had some time to spare. It was quite interesting, most exhibits had english explanations. There were lots of "hands on". We only went into the exhibition hall, didn't do the show. I think it would be great for small kids and a good place to be if the weather is bad.Written November 9, 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- 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, 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- This is the Chinese listing for the Hong Kong Science Museum, which is one of the very best child-friendly attractions in Hong Kong and a perfect place to take the kids on a rainy or hot day. Located right next to the equally excellent Hong Kong Museum of History, the Hong Kong Museum of Science offers four floors of endless science inspired fun.
Here over 650 exhibitions are presently on display, with over 500 of them being interactive, meaning your kids (and curious adults) have hours of different things to try in this museum. Many exhibits are simple while others are more engaging and interactive. Collectively, they can easily occupy your time for several hours. This is why this particular museum is an excellent choice on bad weather days.
There is much to like about this museum. We particularly enjoy the 22-meter tall ‘Energy Machine’ that is turned on every couple of hour. Here you can see a system of balls that are set in motion, every couple of hours, seeming to fly around the museum, producing different sounds and visual effects. You won’t be able to miss this main attraction as it takes place over a large portion of the museum. When its running, you can’t really avoid it.
We also enjoy the Life Science gallery on the ground floor, finding many of the exhibits there quite interesting, lots of interactive stuff for the families in this area. The Hall of Mirrors, on the same floor is quite fun. Other areas we like are the E&M gallery and its series of magnet exhibitions (1/F) as well as the prototype and telecommunication galleries on the second floor (2/F). On the 3/F there is a children’s room with actual play areas, giant bubble making and other fun activities designed for the little ones, as if there wasn’t enough for them to do in this museum already.
The Hong Kong Science Museum also frequently has special exhibitions. Presently there is a Legends of the Giant Dinosaurs exhibition (until April 2014), these provide another reason to consider a visit to this attraction for families. You can check out what is going on by visiting the Science Museum website.
Unfortunately there is no café at the museum and only a few vending machines with cheap drinks. On busy days, these few machines can be emptied of beverages, which we have discovered during the hot summer months. Fortunately, you can walk over to the HK Museum of History, which is just a couple of minutes across a shared terrace and visit the café there. Or if you are finished with the museum and want more fun atmosphere, you can walk down to Cameroon road and visit the fun Charlie Brown Cafe, just a 5-6 minute walk from the museum, making a great way to end the day, especially for those with kiddies.
Overall, this is probably one of Hong Kong’s best museums due to the large number of family and child-friendly things to do and see here. Not only is it a fun place for kiddies, its entertaining for adults who have a curious mind as well. Entrance fee is more expensive than other HK museums at HK$25 per adult, HK$12.5 for children and free for those under 4 years of age, but you easily get what you pay for with the HK Museum of Science. The museum is free to visit on Wednesdays.Written January 13, 2014This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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