The Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences is a small museum charting the historical development of medical sciences in Hong Kong. It was established in 1996 and is housed within the century-old, Edwardian-style Pathological Institute at the Mid-Levels.
The museum features a wide collection of old medical equipment and accoutrement and provides a rundown on how Hong Kong coped with medical maladies that struck the region over the years such as the bubonic plague in 1894 and the more recent SARS and H1N1 swine flu scares.
The 3-storey brick building that houses the museum is a historical structure itself. It was built in 1906 and became the first laboratory of bacteriology in Hong Kong. Originally called Bacteriologicl Institute, it was renamed to Pathological institute after the Second World War.
In 1990, the building was declared a monument and was handed over to the Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences Society in 1995 to be converted into a public museum.
The museum aims to showcase Hong Kong's medical history, preserve historical medical materials relating to the local development of medicine and increase the public's knowledge and understanding of health and diseases. There are 11 exhibition galleries including a recreation of the appaling living conditions in Tai Ping Shan during the 1894 plague, a laboratory filled with old equipment and a display on traditional Chinese medicinal herbs. There is also a game room, a library and the Gordon King Lecture Theatre.
The Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences is located at No.2 Caine Lane, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong. It is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Sundays and Public Holidays. Adminsion fee is HK$20 for adults and HK$10 for children, full-time students, seniors and persons with disability.
To get there, take MTR to Sheung Wan Station and get out at Exit A2 or take Bus 23, 23A, 23B, 40, 40M outside Pacific Place or 12M at Tamar Street in Admiralty and get off at Ladder Street.