What to do and see in Tsim Sha Tsui, China: The Best Museums

June 20, 2021 Stefan Strunk

Delectable dim sum, floating islands, and a one-of-a-kind skyline are just some of Hong Kong’s unique features. Get an eyeful of traditional Chinese architecture in Ngong Ping village, then take the tram to the tippity-top of Victoria Peak for unparalleled views. The rocks and gentle hills of Nan Lian Garden will bring you inner peace, as will a calming cup of tea in a Stanley café. Become one with everything at the Chi Lin Nunnery, a serene Buddhist complex.
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1. Hong Kong Museum of History

100 Chatham Rd S, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong China +852 2724 9042 [email protected] http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/Museum/History/index.php
Excellent
64%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
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4.5 based on 3,702 reviews

Hong Kong Museum of History

Reviewed By kpiddy - Brisbane, Australia

What a find, the Hong Kong Museum of History was fabulous and free. Three hours passed so quickly, the exhibits and artifacts cover the history of Hong Kong in chronological order were superb. The exhibition starts in the prehistoric year and covers everything in between to modern times, there are recreated harbourside scenes, full sized traditional town streets and temples, quality pieces and so colourful and informative. Definitely worthy of a return visit in the future. Open daily, closed on Tuesday. Nearest MTR stations are Hung Hom, Jordan and Tsim Sha Tsui.

2. Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre

Haiphong Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong China +852 2208 4400 http://www.amo.gov.hk/en/hdc.php
Excellent
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 90 reviews

Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre

Reviewed By Mitchell-Family-01 - Romsey, Australia

My wife and I have recently returned from spending 10 days in Kowloon -Hong Kong. Our hotel - The Kimberley, was only a five minute walk from Kowloon Park which we visited on a number of occasions. Whilst walking through the park on our first visit we stumbled across the Heritage Discovery Centre located in the centre of the park. We walked into the foyer and wasn't quite sure if there was an admittance fee until one of the staff invited us into the centre. We quickly worked out it was free of charge. We then spent the next hour and half learning about the history of Hong Kong and it's dynasties, including the Ming dynasty. We found the artefacts and history fascinating, and would go as far to say that we found it better than the Hong Kong Museum of History also based in Kowloon. If you have the time, we thoroughly recommend visiting this centre.

3. Hong Kong Museum of Art

No.10 Salisbury Road Yau Tsim Mong District, Kowloon, Hong Kong China +852 2721 0116 http://hk.art.museum/zh_TW/web/ma/home.html
Excellent
37%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
8%
Terrible
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4.0 based on 302 reviews

Hong Kong Museum of Art

The museum has been closed for around three years for a major renovation and expansion project, beginning 3 August 2015. By 2019, we will herald a brand new look to Tsim Sha Tsui.

Reviewed By BradJill - Hong Kong, China

The Hong Kong Museum of Art (HKMOA) was closed for nearly 3 months due to the 4th wave of the Covid-19 pandemic here locally. However, it recently reopened (19 Feb 2021) with Special Opening Arrangements including the limiting entry numbers and opening hours to 10am to 5pm daily. With HKMOA reopened now, visitors have opportunity to experience the Botticelli and His Times exhibition (HK$30 per person) which includes 42 works from The Uffizi Galleries in Florence, Italy before the revised exhibition end date of 10 March 2021. This is an extremely rare opportunity to view collection of works by Old Masters of Italian Renaissance art, something we are lucky to have in Hong Kong in 2021. We managed to visit recently and found the Botticelli exhibition to be very good. The exhibition features artworks of Sandro Botticelli, Filippo Lippi and contemporaries who shaped the cultural movement of the Renaissance art scene in Florence during the 15th-16th centuries. It is well curated with the artworks arranged in logical manner through 6 gallery rooms. Lighting is understandably low to protect the works but good enough for photographs. The more important paintings include written summaries (English and Chinese) and there is a free downloadable audio guide which covers around 15 of the highlight works as well. Overall, we were very pleased with the HKMOA's Botticelli and His Times exhibition. We visited leisurely and spent an hour and 45 minutes at the exhibition, finding it an impressive follow up to the 2020 Turner to Hockley Sense of Space exhibition, which celebrated the long awaited reopening of the museum. That is two solid exhibitions of western art history and reason to be excited about the future might hold for important art showings at HKMOA. Note: The permanent exhibitions at HKMOA provide another 2-3 hours worth of rewarding art viewing opportunities. There are usually 2-3 other temporary exhibitions that are on display as well. These are usually free to visit and experience. You can find details on the museum website.

4. Hong Kong Science Museum

No.2 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong China +852 2732 3232 http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/Museum/Science/
Excellent
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4.0 based on 938 reviews

Hong Kong Science Museum

The Science Museum offers more than 500 exhibits, most of which are interactive to encourage exploration. With all the hands-on and engaging activities, it's the perfect way to spend an rainy day with the kids.

Reviewed By philiph696 - Reading, United Kingdom

The science museum's has free entry on a Wed. The museum is well organised. The exhibits are very interactive and interesting for adults as much as for children. The favourite exhibit was the construction site with a barrier to operate om, a crane, conveyor belt and barrows to move foam bricks around to build the house. The under 6's loved it. At busy times they keep people moving otherwise the children would stay for hours! Just opposite the History museum so could visit the 2 together although may be stretching the attention span of children!

5. Hong Kong Cultural Centre

10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong China +852 2734 2009 [email protected] http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/CulturalService/HKCC/index.html
Excellent
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4.0 based on 183 reviews

Hong Kong Cultural Centre

Reviewed By ACL3112

Every time when I look at this building I am amazed that it was built without a single window - and it faces one of the most iconic sky lines in the world. To me that is an opportunity missed - but I am sure the architect had a good reason. Everything is happening inside and it is worth checking out what's going on: music, opera, dance, film festivals, sometimes there are four or five shows per week, there are international shows and local culture (with English subtitles). There is a concert hall, a Grand Theatre and a small er theatre. There are also free performances - it's worth checking their website.

6. Hong Kong Space Museum

10 Salisbury Road, Cultural Centre Complex, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong China +852 2721 0226 [email protected] http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/ce/Museum/Space/e_index.htm
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
15%
Terrible
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3.5 based on 371 reviews

Hong Kong Space Museum

Reviewed By lilkitty111 - Adelaide, Australia

I have never been to a Space Museum before and found this place exciting and informative. We spent three hours wandering around. There are two permanent exhibitions: Hall of the Cosmos and Hall of Space Exploration. Both have many interactive exhibits, which made it a lot more interesting and fun.There is so much information on display. Vivid lighting effects and decorations. Plenty to see, touch, watch and get involved in. We had a good time. Very enjoyable, especially since it was raining a lot at the time so we gained shelter and an experience.

7. Hong Kong Avenue of Comic Stars

Kowloon Park, No.22 Austin Road, Hong Kong China +852 2788 5968 http://www.comicavenue.hk/Intro.aspx?ChannelKeyId=85&PageId=9
Excellent
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3.5 based on 139 reviews

Hong Kong Avenue of Comic Stars

Reviewed By Avrilx - San Francisco, United States

This walk is very unexpected. First off, it’s free. Secondly, a really fun photo stroll capturing some very interesting and some cute comic characters. We don’t really know many of them, but it doesn’t matter, it’s a nice walk and provided us with cute photos.

8. Legoland Discovery Centre

18 Salisbury Road Shop B131-133, B1, K11 MUSEA, Victoria Dockside, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong China +852 2143 7300

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