Museums in Kowloon

Hong Kong Space Museum

Hong Kong Space Museum
Hong Kong Space Museum
As one of the most famous landmarks in the city, Hong Kong Space Museum is located on the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront and is easily recognized by its unique egg-shaped dome. Construction of Hong Kong Space Museum began in 1977 and was completed in 1980, covering an area of 8,000 square meters (about 1.97 acres). This museum is reputed to be the first local planetarium built to popularize astronomy and space science.

East and West Wings of Hong Kong Space Museum

The Hong Kong Space Museum is comprised of two wings, east and west. The east wing located under the dome is the planetarium's core, housing the Hall of Space Science, the Space Theatre, workshops and offices. The west wing houses the Hall of Astronomy, the Lecture Hall, the astronomy book store, gift shop and offices.

The Space Theatre in Hong Kong Space Museum

The planetarium was the first in the world to possess a fully automated control system. The Space theatre is equipped with a domed screen with a diameter of 23 meters (about 25 yards). Every year, two multi-media planetarium shows and the best foreign OMNIMAX films are shown on the dome screen with presentations broadcast simultaneously via head phones in English, Cantonese, Mandarin and Japanese. The images are notable for their unsurpassed size, clarity and impact. The Hong Kong Space Museum was the first planetarium in the eastern hemisphere with an OMNIMAX film projector.

The Hall of Space Science & the Hall of Astronomy

There are two main thematic halls: the Hall of Space Science is on the ground floor and the Hall of Astronomy on the first floor. The Hall of Space Science consists of three parts: the Ancient Astronomical History Area, the Early Rockets Area and the Space Station Area that portrays the history of human space exploration. Visitors have the opportunity to experience many interactive exhibits. In the Launch Vehicles Area, visitors can sit in a 'gyrochair' and learn how to control a gyro as well as launch a multi-stage rocket. The Hall of Astronomy introduces visitors to the solar system, stars and universe. With the help of interactive electronic equipment and the exhibits, visitors can learn about the mysteries of space quite easily.

The Hong Kong Space Museum has a collection of meteorites and organizes extension activities that enrich the lives of both children and adults. A lot of information related to astronomy can be found by visiting the homepage.

How to get to Hong Kong Space Museum

1. Take West Rail Line to East Tsim Sha Tsui or Tsuen Wan Line to Tsim Sha Tsui, you will see the museum.
2. Take Bus 1, 1a, 2, 6, 7, 8a, 8p, or 9 to Hong Kong Cultural Centre, which is right beside the Hong Kong Space Museum.

Entrance Fee Omnimax Show/Sky Show School Show Exhibition Halls
HKD 24 (Front Stalls);HKD 32 (Stalls)
HKD 12 (Front Stalls);HKD 16 (Stalls)
HKD 32;
HKD 16 for students.
Standard: HKD 10
Concession: HKD 5
Weekly Pass: HKD 30
Opening Hours Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday : 13:00 - 21:00
Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday : 10:00 - 21:00
Closed at 17:00 on Christmas Eve and Lunar New Year's Eve
Closed on Tuesdays (Except Public Holiday) and the first two days of the Lunar New Year

* Children under 3 years old will not be admitted to Omnimax Show/Sky Show; Exhibition Halls are free for children under 4, but they must be accompanied by adults.
* Concession is applicable to full-time students, people with disability and senior citizens aged 60 or above.
* Weekly Pass Holders can enjoy unlimited admission to the following Museums within ONE WEEK: Museum of History, Science Museum, Space Museum (excluding the Space Theatre), Museum of ArtMuseum of Coastal Defence, Heritage Museum and Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum.

Hong Kong Museum of History

Formerly called Hong Kong Museum, Hong Kong Museum of History was established in July, 1975. In 1998, it was moved from Kowloon Park to the present location at 100 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui. 

The Hong Kong Museum of History has a gross floor area of 17,500 square meters (4.32 acres). The building is a contemporary one, designed by P&T Architects and Engineers Ltd., with the architectural concepts of Mr. E. Verner Johnson. Its exterior and color harmonize with its neighbor, the Science Museum, together forming a museum complex. 

The collection in Hong Kong Museum of History is mainly from the local region and Southern China. After many years' search and acquisition, it now has over 90,000 pieces, divided into four types – natural historical, archaeological, folk-custom and local historical. 

The permanent exhibition Hong Kong Story, which introduces the history of the city, covers 7,000 square meters (1.7 acres) and comprises eight exhibition zones. You can get a good understanding of the city's natural zoology, folk customs and history through 4,000 exhibits, 750 graphic panels, many dioramas and multimedia facilities. Other than the permanent exhibition, the museum often holds special exhibitions. Some special exhibitions require an extra admission fee. 

In addition, Hong Kong Museum of History has five branch museums, namely HK Museum of Coastal Defence in Shau Kei Wan, Law Uk Folk Museum in Chai Wan, Fireboat Alexander Grantham Exhibition Gallery in Quarry Bay Park and Sun. Yat-sen Museum in Mid-Levels.

How to get to Hong Kong Museum of History

1. You can walk to it from Tsim Sha Tsui, Jordan or Tsim Sha Tsui East MTR station.
2. Take bus 5c, 8, 8a, 87d, 208, n216, n241, n271 or n281 to Hong Kong Museum of History.
Entrance Fee HK$ 20
Open Hours Mon. & Wed. to Fri.: 10:00 – 18:00
Weekends & public holidays: 10:00 – 19:00
Christmas Eve & Chinese Lunar New Year's Eve: 10:00 – 17:00
Tue. (except public holidays) & the first two days of Chinese Lunar New Year: closed.
Ticket selling stops 30 minutes earlier.

More Museums in Kowloon:
Hong Kong Museum of Art
Hong Kong Science Museum
- Last updated on May. 16, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Museums in Kowloon
Asked by Archi from PHILIPPINES | Nov. 01, 2015 00:09Reply
how go to the Hong Kong Museum of Art if our location is in Golden Island Hotel in Nathan Road?
Answers (1)
Answered by Anita from AUSTRALIA | Nov. 01, 2015 01:07

If time permits, it is actually easy to walk there in around 20min. Walk southwards from your hotel along Nathan Road till the intersection with Salisbury Road. In the south of the intersection (around 100m away0, you can see the Hall of Space Science, near which you can see the museum.

By public transportation, you can walk to Jordan MTR Station to take Tsuen Wan Line and get off at Tsim Sha Tsui. Get out from exit L3 and walk there. The whole way takes 10-15min.
Asked by cy from SINGAPORE | Jul. 07, 2015 08:06Reply
How long does it take to tour Hongkong museum of History?
Answers (1)
Answered by Heidi from USA | Jul. 07, 2015 21:49

If you are interested and visit closely, it requires 3-4 hours.
Asked by Viv from HK | Sep. 26, 2011 21:15Reply
What OMNIMAX shows are available this month? And how do i buy the tickets?
Answers (1)
Answered by Liz | Sep. 27, 2011 02:11

Two OMNIMAX shows now
Legends of Flight (1 May 2011 to 31 October 2011)
Sea Rex: Journey to a Prehistoric World (1 September 2011 to 29 February 2011)
Get the ticket at the entrance. The museum is closed on Tuesdays (Except Public Holiday)
Asked by Mrs.Celine from PHILIPPINES | Feb. 28, 2011 13:37Reply
are there major planetarium shows scheduled for March 2011?
Answers (1)
Answered by Ms.Liz | Mar. 01, 2011 21:20

You can see Sky Show, We Are Astronomers, Wednesday and Friday 6:10pm shows are in English narration.
OMNIMAX Film: Arabia - In Search of the Goden Age, Monday and Thursday 7:20pm shows are in English narration
OMNIMAX Film: IMAX Hubble, Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday 8:30pm shows are in English narration

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