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Hong Kong Museum of History information
For a whistle-stop overview of the territory’s archaeology, ethnography, and natural and local history, this museum is well worth a visit, not only to learn more about the subject but also to understand how Hong Kong presents its stories to the world.
‘The Hong Kong Story’ takes visitors on a fascinating walk through the territory’s past via eight galleries, starting with the natural environment and prehistoric Hong Kong – about 6000 years ago, give or take a lunar year – and ending with the territory’s return to China in 1997. You’ll encounter replicas of village dwellings; traditional Chinese costumes and beds; a re-creation of an entire arcaded street in Central from 1881, including an old Chinese medicine shop; a tram from 1913; and film footage of WWII, including recent interviews with Chinese and foreigners taken prisoner by the Japanese.
Free guided tours of the museum are available in English at 11am.