Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware

Flagstaff House and the Museum of Tea Ware

Flagstaff House
Built in the 1840s, Flagstaff House is an elegant reminder of Hong Kong’s colonial heritage. Formerly the office and residence of the commander of the British Forces in Hong Kong, it is one of the oldest examples of Greek Revival architecture in the city.

Its first occupant was Major-General G C D'Aguilar, who served as general officer commanding from 1844 to 1846 and who also held the appointment of lieutenant governor. Flagstaff House continued to be the residence of the commander of the British forces up until 1978, when it was handed over to the Hong Kong government. The building hasn’t been immune to Hong Kong’s turbulent life and, during the Second World War, it was hit twice by Japanese shells in the Battle of Hong Kong, but repaired quickly when it was commandeered for use by officers of the occupying forces.

Taking pride of place inside the grounds of Hong Kong Park, which also has a marriage registry, Flagstaff House is now a popular background for wedding photos.

Museum of Tea Ware
Flagstaff House was converted into the Museum of Tea Ware in 1984 with a new wing, the K.S. Lo Gallery, added in 1995. Alongside its exhibitions, the museum holds regular demonstrations, tea gatherings and lecture programmes to promote ceramic art and China’s enduring tea drinking culture.

Info
Address:
10 Cotton Tree Drive, (inside Hong Kong Park), Central, Hong Kong Island
Tel:
+852 2869 0690
+852 2869 6690
Website:
hk.art.museum
How to get there
MTR Admiralty Station, Exit C1. Then follow the signs up the escalator to Hong Kong Park.
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