Located at 100 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui East, in Kowloon, the Hong Kong Museum of History encapsulates the territory's rich and colorful history in a 7,000 square metre space. The main attraction is the permanent exhibit called, Hong Kong Story, which is actually a series of themed galleries, each displaying a specific era in Hong Kong's past including archaeology, natural history, ethnography and local history.
The Hong Kong Story begins with the territory's prehistoric past as a Neolithic settlement, it's development as a fishing village and eventual transformation into a modern metropolis and Asia's World City. The exhibition also discusses Hong Kong's return to China in 1997.
Hong Kong's history is prersented in a variety of media including dioramas, replicas of fishing boats, models of villages, reconstructed traditional housing, and displays of old Chinese furniture, costumes and other items used by ancient Hong Kongers.
Some of the most popular displays are the re-creation of an arcaded street in Central from 1881; a fishing junk; and a simulated backstage of a Chinese opera.
There are also ten small movie theaters within the museum, showing all sorts of snippets from Hong Kong's beginnings and the Opium Wars to its movie industry.
Admission ticket prices are HK$10 for adults and HK$5 for children and seniors. Free admission during Wednesdays. Free guided tours of the museum are available in English at 10.30am and 2.30pm on Saturday and Sunday.