Brought by the British into the colony in the 1840s, horse-racing has become an integral part of the city's culture. There's no better way to chart the development of this sport in the territory by visiting the Hong Kong Racing Museum.
The museum, also called Hong Kong Jockey Club Archive and Museum, was set up in 1995 and opened on 18 October 1996. It is housed on the second floor of the Happy Valley Stand of the racecourse in Wan Chai District, Hong Kong Island.
It covers a floor area of 6,000 square feet, divided into four galleries:
- The Origin of Our Horses: Shows the migration route horses traveled in the early days from the northern part of China to Hong Kong.
- Shaping Sha Tin: Exhibits the history of construction of Sha Tin Racecourse.
- Understanding Horses: Exhibits the skeleton of the three-time Hong Kong Champion Silver Lining
- Thematic Exhibitions: The history of the Jockey Club is exhibited. Selected charitable organizations and community projects supported by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust are also displayed in this gallery.
The musuem also has a a cinema and a souvenir shop. It also has a sweeping view of the Happy Valley Racecourse. It is open daily (except Mondays) from 10:00am to 05:00pm.
How to get there:
- Take MTR to Causeway Bay Station, get out at Exit A. Walk along Matheson Street to Wong Nai Chung Road and then continue to walk for approximately 15 minutes.
- Take Bus 75, 90 or 97 from Exchange Square bus terminus (near MTR Hong Kong Station, Exit D). Alight outside the museum.