Visiting the Hong Kong Heritage Museum is a fun and education opportunity for guests of all ages and education levels. The building itself is the biggest in the entire city of Hong Kong, allowing for up to 6,000 guests at a time. The Heritage Museum opened in December of 2000 and was created to house comprehensive and detailed exhibits on art, culture, and history with a focus on the local, Hong Kong area.
Besides the permanent and temporary galleries and exhibitions, the Heritage Museum also is home to a 350-seat theater that highlights some of the best in performing arts, talks, and opera performances that the area has to offer.
The museum itself houses over 30,000 items and artifacts dedicated to the heritage of the area with a focus on Cantonese opera themes. It is surrounded by several bus lines, allowing for as much public access as possible. There are currently six exhibitions that call the Heritage Museum its permanent home.
There is a selection of permanent exhibitions at the Heritage Museum that form the core holdings and are must see attractions in addition to the temporary and touring exhibitions that frequently are on display. Below are just a few.
? Jin Yong Gallery - Opened in March 2017, the Jin Yong Gallery was designed to highlight Jin Yong and his fantastic martial arts skills. The exhibit is based around a world-famous journalist from Hong Kong named Dr. Cha who transformed himself into Jin Yong through his martial arts novel that he published in 1955 (The Book & The Sword). After that novel became an instantaneous success, Dr. Cha/Jin Yong went on to create 15 other novels (his last one, The Deer & The Cauldron, was published in 1972). He is often considered the most influential martial arts writer from China during the 20th century. The Gallery offers more than 300 different exhibits with a few specific highlights - a handwritten couplet, a paperback edition of one of his bestselling novels, a revised manuscript, photos, and various illustrations.
? Children’s Discovery Gallery - Meant for children ages 4 through 10, this gallery is a fun way for them to learn about sometimes tricky subjects like nature, archaeology, and the history of Hong Kong. It is made up of eight different play zones that allow children to actually interact with each section and subject and learn in a more hands-on way. They can roam their way through Mai Po marsh, head underground, or even dive deep into the ocean. There are also a variety of local toys for young guests to play with.
? Opera Heritage Hall - Featuring the many operatic treasures that grace the museum collection, which includes a variety of artifacts that were owned by local Cantonese opera legends, the Hall is in a theater that has been reconstructed out of bamboo and offers a diverse collection of multimedia applications.
The Heritage Museum is open Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 10am to 6pm, Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays from 10am to 7pm, and both Christmas Eve and Chinese New Year Eve from 10am to 5pm. They are always closed on Tuesdays (with the exception of public holidays that fall on a Tuesday). Admission is free to the permanent exhibits, although a charge may be necessary for special exhibits.
For teachers who are wanting to use the Heritage Museum to help increase their classroom learning, the website for the museum offers a large catalog of teaching resources and kits. These kits help teachers direct learning, either solely in the classroom or while visiting the museum with a structured field trip. Below is a selection of the available teaching kits.
? Walking in the Dreams
? The Past is Continuing
? The Ancient Olympics Games (multiple kits)
There are also children’s activity guides available in the same section of their website. These guides help the youngest visitors to the Heritage Museum identify important parts of the exhibits and speaks to them on their level. One of the favorites of many of the teachers and students is the activity guide on the Mai Po Marsh. With mazes, word searches, vocabulary, and other fun and educational activities, children will have just as much fun as they learn about the Heritage Museum.
Dining and Shopping
The Heritage Museum is home to a full-service cafe with a variety of freshly prepared options, as well as a moderately sized museum gift shop where guests can pick up small souvenirs of their visit to the museum while supporting the museum’s goals with their financial contributions. Both are great ways to spend a little more time there while helping fund their continued operations.
Hong Kong Heritage Museum, 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin, Hong Kong, Phone: +852-21-80-81-88