Hong Kong’s newest museum, on the outskirts of Sha Tin in the New Territories, is by far its best (although the revamped History Museum in Kowloon is also worth a visit). Opened in 2000, the Heritage Museum covers the culture, arts and natural history of Hong Kong and the New Territories. Exciting audio-visual exhibits and a good interactive section for children make for a fun day out.

  • 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin, New Territories

  • 2180 8188

  • East Rail Line to Tai Wai, then bus 30K or 38K

  • KCR: Che Kung Temple, then a five-minute walk


  • 10am–6pm Mon, Wed–Sat, 10am–7pm Sun & public hols

  • Adm HK$10 (free Wed)

Hong Kong’s Earliest Settlers

The New Territories History hall tells the scant story of Hong Kong’s original inhabitants. Bronze Age people left behind axe and arrowheads in various parts of the territory more than 4,000 years ago, along with some mysterious rock carvings. Excavations on Lamma Island have turned up artifacts from an older Stone Age civilisation, dating back about 6,000 years.

Museum entrance

Combine a visit to the museum with a trip to the races at Sha Tin if you can .

Admission to the Heritage Museum is free on Wednesdays.

There is a small café and gift shop in the lobby.

Top 10 Features
  1. Architecture and Design

    The Heritage Museum building is based on the traditional Chinese si he yuan style, built around a courtyard. The style is still visible in the walled villages of the New Territories .

  2. Orientation Theatre

    For a brief overview of the museum, visit the Orientation Theatre on the ground floor opposite the ticket office. A short film in English and Cantonese (in rotation) explains the exhibits and the main aims of the museum.

  3. Children’s Discovery Gallery

    The brightly coloured gallery is a vibrant, fun way to introduce children to local nature and archaeology, and the history of toys. Interactive exhibits and the child-size 3-D models are very popular with young children.

  4. Cantonese Opera Hall

    Cantonese opera is an obscure subject. However, the sumptuous costumes, intricate stage sets and snatches of song from the elaborate operas of Guangdong and Guanxi go some way to illustrating the attraction.

  5. Thematic Exhibitions

    Five halls on the first and second floors house temporary exhibitions focusing on subjects varying from popular culture, contemporary art and social issues in Hong Kong, to traditional Chinese art and history.

  6. Chao Shao-an Gallery

    The delicate ink on scroll paintings of artist and one-time Hong Kong resident Chao Shao-an are known far beyond China. There are dozens of fine examples in the gallery.

  7. Courtyard

    For fresh air and interesting surroundings, head to the shaded courtyard in the centre of the complex.

  8. New Territories Culture

    Large mock-ups of old maritime and village scenes recreate the pre-colonial days. The growth of the new towns, such as Sha Tin, are also covered.

  9. New Territories History

    The rich fauna and flora of the region are exhibited along with 6000-year-old artifacts from the early days of human habitation in Hong Kong.

  10. TT Tsui Gallery

    The works of art dating from Neolithic times to the 20th century include porcelain, bronze, jade and stone artifacts, furniture, laquerware and Tibetan religious statues.

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