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Guide to Hong Kong’s most family-friendly museums

Guide to Hong Kong’s most family-friendly museums

Looking for a fun activity for the whole family? Hit up one of Hong Kong’s many museums, where you can enjoy family-bonding time while also picking up interesting new facts and knowledge, be it about outer space or local locomotive history. If you have a few curious minds among your travel clan then you’re sure to enjoy any — or all — of these museums.

Hong Kong Science Museum

Hong Kong Science Museum

Do you know which animal has the biggest brain, or how light travels from one object to another? You can find the answers to these questions and more at the museum. Conveniently located in Tsim Sha Tsui East, this beloved institution offers four floors of curiosity-piquing exhibits, the majority of which are interactive and designed for all ages. You can easily spend a whole day here perusing the many exhibition areas, such as the World of Mirrors, where you’ll be dazzled by incredible optical illusions as you strike different poses, and the Food Science hall, where you can learn how local delicacies such as mooncakes are made.

If you’re visiting with little ones, be sure to head up to the Children’s Gallery on the third floor, where kids can construct a house, create puffy cloud rings and partake in other fun and interactive activities. Also be sure to keep your head up to see the museum’s famed Energy Machine. The biggest gadget of its kind in the world, this 22-metre contraption is a spectacular way to witness energy conversion in action.

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Download the ‘iM Guide’ app for a handy mobile guide to several Hong Kong museums, including the science and space museums
Hong Kong Space Museum

Hong Kong Space Museum

Take a trip to the moon and beyond at the museum. Housed in an iconic egg-shaped structure right by the Tsim Sha Tsui harbourfront, the planetarium boasts two exhibition halls and the Stanley Ho Space Theatre, which is home to a hemispherical projection dome. We recommend checking out the theatre schedule first and buying tickets to any 3D documentary or Omnimax show that catches your attention. Then you can leisurely explore the many hands-on exhibits on display, from a virtual space station that allows you to experience the feeling of weightlessness, to a fun yet informative presentation of the Big Bang. 

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Admission to the Space Museum, as well as the Science Museum, is free on Wednesdays
Hong Kong Railway Museum

Hong Kong Railway Museum

All aboard the museum! Located in Tai Po Market, this open-air museum is a great way to spend a family day away from the bustle of the city. The museum is housed in what was formerly a functioning station for the Kowloon-Canton Railway and has since been declared a monument. Much of the original architecture has remained intact and you’ll even find railway tracks that you can walk along. Learn more about Hong Kong’s railway history — and that of other places in the world — by browsing through historic photographs, train tickets and other artefacts that are sure to thrill any locomotive fan. You can also literally take a step into the past by climbing into one of the vintage coaches on display or the diesel electric engine from the 1950s.

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There’s no admission charge, making this museum a fun — and free — way to spend the day
Dialogue in the Dark

Dialogue in the Dark

The Experiential Exhibition Tour is one of the most unique attractions in town.  Operated by Dialogue Experience (DE), a social inclusive brand that aims to improve social inclusion for the visually impaired and other differently abled individuals, the immersive walking tour takes you through a pitch-black room that’s transformed to simulate different Hong Kong settings, from a rollicking ferry ride to a bustling wet market. Each tour is intimate — consisting of no more than eight people — and lasts for 60 minutes, during which you’ll be led by a guide who’ll help you appreciate your surroundings with all your other senses. English tours are available with advanced arrangement. 

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DE also offers other fun experiences, such as Dinner in the Dark and a tour designed especially for families. Due to safety concerns, pregnant women and children under the age of five are not allowed to join the tour. Please check the website or call beforehand for other booking information and requirements.
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