Highly anticipated by art lovers, M+ opened in the heart of the West Kowloon Cultural District in Nov 2021 and is one of the largest museums of modern and contemporary visual culture in the world. It exhibits twentieth and twenty-first century visual culture encompassing visual art, design and architecture, and moving image.
Located at the southernmost edge of Kowloon overlooking Victoria Harbour, the M+ facade (one of the largest media facades in the world) with its huge LED that can be seen across the harbour, has now formed the new harbour skyline that can be viewed from Hong Kong Island. It is among Hong Kong’s most iconic landmarks, both monumental in its architectural form and radically open in its position in the urban landscape.
Hong Kong Palace Museum
The latest addition to Hong Kong’s vibrant arts and culture scene, the Hong Kong Palace Museum (HKPM) opened its doors to much fanfare in July 2022. HKPM presents over 900 priceless treasures from the Palace Museum. Many of them are on display in Hong Kong for the first time, while others have never been shown to the public before. The Museum regularly presents special exhibitions featuring Chinese art and culture, as well as art and treasures from other parts of the world.
The Hong Kong Palace Museum offers a Hong Kong perspective and a global vision, presenting the finest objects from the Palace Museum and other important cultural institutions around the world. Through innovative research and travelling exhibitions, as well as educational, cultural, and professional exchange programmes, the Museum will build international partnerships and help position Hong Kong as a hub for art and cultural exchanges between China and the rest of the world.
Xiqu Centre is a world-class performance venue promoting Chinese traditional theatre, Cantonese opera and regional forms of xiqu.
Established with the goal of preserving, promoting and developing the heritage art of Chinese opera, the Xiqu Centre presents performances from Hong Kong, mainland China and around the world. Catering for seasoned fans and newcomers alike, Xiqu Centre showcases award-winning troupes, master artists and emerging talent, and offer large-scale classic dramas, rare regional productions and experimental contemporary creations.
The Xiqu Centre also presents a specially-curated introduction to Cantonese opera, Magic Tea House – an original production performed by the centre’s resident Tea House Theatre Troupe – as well as film screenings, music performances and a range of related educational activities.
Tai Kwun is Hong Kong’s Centre for Heritage and Arts — a cultural destination offering the best heritage and arts experiences, and to cultivate knowledge and appreciation of contemporary art, performing arts and history in the community.
Opened in May 2018, Tai Kwun is one of the most significant revitalisation projects in Hong Kong. The site comprises three Declared Monuments of Hong Kong – the former Central Police Station, Central Magistracy and Victoria Prison, all have been meticulously conserved, with unfailing attention to authenticity.
The site also includes two new buildings – JC Contemporary and JC Cube and several outdoor spaces – Parade Ground, Prison Yard and Laundry Steps, providing an exciting venue for the public programmes presented by Tai Kwun and its partners.
Tai Kwun, which means “big station” in Chinese, is the colloquial name used by Hong Kong people to refer to the former police headquarters and the surrounding compound. The name has been adopted as a reminder of the historical importance of this living heritage site.
Hong Kong has some of the best mural villages in the world, with many from local and international artists leaving their mark in the form of captivating wall art. From the alleyways of Peng Chau Island to murals hiding in plain sight at Wan Chai, there are surprise at every turn if you know where to look.
The murals are refreshed from time to time by famous street artists and various arts groups such as HKwalls, a non-profit arts organisation that aims to create opportunities for local and international artists to showcase their talent in Hong Kong and internationally through the mediums of street art and street culture.
Hong Kong Museum of Art (HKMoA)
First established in 1962, Hong Kong Museum of Art (HKMoA) reopened in end November 2019 after a 4 year expansion and renovation program. HKMoA was the first public art museum in the Hong Kong, and now the custodian of an art collection of over 17,000 items, representing the unique cultural legacy of the city's connection across the globe. HKMoA curates a wide world of contrasts, from old to new, Chinese to Western, local to international, with a Hong Kong viewpoint, to refreshing ways of looking at tradition and making art relevant to everyone, creating new experiences and understanding.
West Kowloon Promenade
The sprawling West Kowloon waterfront promenade offers mesmerising vistas of Victoria Harbour and the Hong Kong Island skyline. The Art Park is a pet-friendly stunning urban oasis with manicured open lawns and landscaped green spaces along the promenade. Open-air performances, exhibitions and events at venues like Freespace within the West Kowloon Cultural District, also makes West Kowloon promenade an ideal location for recreation and relaxation.
A diverse range of dining venues dot the promenade, delivering refreshing cuisines and experiences, from fine-dining to bistros and cosy cafés.