Heritage and Museums

Hong Kong’s rich cultural heritage is being preserved for the education and benefit of all. This article provides information on heritage conservation efforts, heritage activities you can enjoy, online resources, the museums managed by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) and efforts to safeguard our intangible cultural heritage.

Heritage Conservation

It is the Government’s policy to protect, conserve and revitalise as appropriate historical and heritage sites and buildings through relevant and sustainable approaches for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations. In implementing this policy, due regard should be given to development needs in the public interest, respect for private property rights, budgetary considerations, cross-sector collaboration and active engagement of stakeholders and the general public.

For more information, you can visit the website of the Commissioner for Heritage’s Office -

Heritage’s Office

Heritage Activities

The best way to experience Hong Kong’s built heritage is to get out and see it. There are three main ways to do this.

Heritage Trails and Heritage Hiking Routes

If you are keen to tour our heritage areas, a number of heritage trails will allow you to visit key monuments or historic sites in all districts. There are five main trails for you to enjoy:

  1. Central and Western Heritage Trail
    1. Central Route
    2. Sheung Wan Route
    3. Western District and Peak Route
  2. Lung Yeuk Tau Heritage Trail
  3. Ping Shan Heritage Trail
  4. Tai Tam Waterworks Heritage Trail
  5. Wan Chai Heritage Trail
More on main heritage trails in Hong Kong

You can also head out further into the countryside and experience the heritage hiking routes of the New Territories:

List of heritage hiking routes in the New Territories

Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre

Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre

For a convenient and educational overview of Hong Kong’s heritage treasures, you can visit the Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre. Occupying part of the former Whitfield Barracks in Kowloon Park, the Centre offers thematic exhibitions, lectures, educational activities and a reference library, all at no charge.

Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre

Ping Shan Tang Clan Gallery cum Heritage Trail Visitors Centre

Ping Shan Tang Clan Gallery cum Heritage Trail Visitors Centre

As one of Hong Kong’s longest settled areas, Ping Shan in the Yuen Long district houses a wealth of heritage sites. The Ping Shan Tang Clan Gallery cum Heritage Trail Visitors Centre is the focal point of the Ping Shan Heritage Trail that links these sites. It also hosts thematic exhibitions and houses relics from the Tang Clan, one of the major clans in the New Territories since the 12th century. Admission to the Centre is free.

Ping Shan Tang Clan Gallery cum Heritage Trail Visitors Centre

More Heritage Activities

You may also find more heritage activities at the website of the Commissioner for Heritage’s Office -

Heritage’s Office – activities

Online Resources

Heritage-related resources are also available online. With the Virtual Heritage Explorer, you can take an online tour of Hong Kong’s historical buildings, experience a 360o walkthrough of every site and read about the features of each building.

Virtual Heritage Explorer

Also available online is the Hong Kong Traditional Chinese Architectural Information System. This database contains text, drawings and images of representative traditional Chinese buildings and villages in Hong Kong. The building types covered include temples, ancestral halls, study halls and houses.

Hong Kong Traditional Chinese Architectural Information System

Museums

The LCSD manages a number of museums, offering a composite picture of Hong Kong’s art, cultural, historical and natural heritage. Each of the museums under LCSD management has different characteristics and objectives. Together, they provide ideal environments for the conservation and display of collections and large-scale exhibitions. Also on offer are activities such as lectures, classes, film shows, guided tours, demonstrations, workshops and travelling exhibitions. Some of the museums have facilities for hire.

Dr Sun Yat-sen MuseumFireboat Alexander Grantham Exhibition GalleryFlagstaff House Museum of Tea WareHong Kong Film ArchiveHong Kong Heritage MuseumHong Kong Museum of ArtHong Kong Museum of Coastal DefenceHong Kong Museum of HistoryHong Kong Railway MuseumHong Kong Science MuseumHong Kong Space MuseumHong Kong Visual Arts CentreLaw Uk Folk MuseumLei Cheng Uk Han Tomb MuseumOi!Sam Tung Uk MuseumSheung Yiu Folk Museum

Other Museums

Museums not under LCSD management also offer interesting exhibitions and valuable resources. The following should be of particular interest:

Art Museum, the Chinese University of Hong KongCity GalleryDr. & Mrs. Hung Hin Shiu Museum of Chinese Medicine, Hong Kong Baptist UniversityExchange Exhibition HallHong Kong Correctional Service MuseumHong Kong Maritime MuseumHong Kong Museum of Education, The Hong Kong Institute of EducationLions Nature Education CentreMuseum of Ethnology (Available in Chinese only)Museum of Medical SciencesPo Leung Kuk MuseumPolice MuseumThe Hong Kong Racing MuseumThe Stephen Hui Geological Museum, Department of Earth Sciences, The University of Hong KongTung Wah MuseumUniversity Museum and Art Gallery, the University of Hong Kong

Exhibitions

Hong Kong’s museums offer a wide range of permanent exhibitions, with something on display sure to please you. Large-scale thematic exhibitions are also held year round to add variety. The aim is to develop interest in and a better understanding of arts, science, technology, astronomy, archaeology and Hong Kong's history and culture. A menu of the latest exhibitions is available through the following link.

Museum exhibitions

Intangible Cultural Heritage

In 2006, the Hong Kong Heritage Museum established an Intangible Cultural Heritage Unit (ICHU) to fulfil Hong Kong’s obligations under UNESCO’s Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage applied to Hong Kong since November 2004. The ICHU has initiated activities aimed at identifying and enhancing the promotion and preservation of Hong Kong’s intangible cultural heritage.

Intangible Cultural Heritage
Last revision date: September 2017