Want to discover new facets of Hong Kong? Visit Hong Kong’s art galleries and museums!
Renowned for its soaring towers and trendy addresses, Hong Kong is a destination of dizzying complexity. Influenced by East and West, the territory has evolved into a bustling region where tradition and modernity intermingle. Surprising and inspiring, Hong Kong is both the ideal breeding ground for creative minds and a prime location for culture lovers.
Don’t resist, and discover Hong Kong’s little hidden secrets – sometimes – just around the corner. Immerse yourself in Hong Kong’s vibrant art scene, visit its trendy galleries and delve deep into its history. Thanks to its museums and incredible range of educational activities, nothing could be easier. Here’s a selection of 9 must-do cultural visits in Hong Kong!
Hong Kong Museum of Art
- 📍 Location: Yau Tsim Mong District, Kowloon
- 💙 We love: the connection between traditional heritage and the new local art scene
Standing on the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront, the Hong Kong Museum of Art is establishing itself as a major cultural venue. The first public art museum in the region, it deploys colossal resources to bridge the gap between China’s rich cultural heritage and the new local art scene. Boasting an impressive collection of works, displayed over almost 10,000 m², the museum also shines through its structured scenography.
Marvel at sublime antiques, contemplate Hong Kong’s modern art, discover local painting and calligraphy or take an interest in its industrial art. And at the Museum of Art, when there’s more, there’s more. Don’t miss its temporary exhibitions and special events highlighting international art.
Hong Kong Museum of History
- 📍 Location: Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
- 💙 We love: going back in time in a playful way
Thirsty to learn? Visit the Hong Kong Museum of History without further ado. Supported by donations and fieldwork, the museum is dedicated to presenting the History of Hong Kong and Southern China in an entertaining way. Divided into 3 main sections – Natural History, Ethnography and Local History – the museum presents Hong Kong from every angle.
From prehistory to modern times, discover the history, culture, geology and essence of this beautiful destination. Step back in time and immerse yourself in old memories. You’ll enjoy wandering through the enriching and entertaining spaces, home to no fewer than 140,000 coins. Pictures, coins, account books and much more!
The Hong Kong Palace Museum
- 📍 Location: West Kowloon Cultural District
- 💙 We love: the incredible fusion of past and present
Opening in July 2022, The Hong Kong Palace Museum is already a landmark in the local cultural landscape. Billed as a “contemporary interpretation of the Forbidden City”, this edifice – signed by Hong Kong architect Rocco Yim – has all the makings of a grand design. Housing 9 galleries, spread over 13,000 m², it offers visitors a breathtaking selection of treasures.
A blend of innovative technology and tradition, the Hong Kong Palace Museum unites art and culture lovers around sensational collections. Coupling its incredible thematic exhibits with special exhibitions, it maintains its appeal to perfection. With architecture, art, cultural exchanges under the Ming and Qing dynasties, and more, you’ll soon know all about local culture.
The Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware
- 📍 Location: Hong Kong Park
- 💙 We like: the peaceful atmosphere of the visit and the tea tasting
Nestled in a park, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, The Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware offers a gentle interlude. Much more than an ode to tea crockery, this Hong Kong museum lifts the veil on the culture of tea drinking.
With exhibitions, workshops, lectures and educational tours, everything is done to keep visitors fully informed. Contemplate its collection of precious Yixing clay teapots, admire its magnificent Chinese ceramics and take a look at its stone seals. At the end of the tour, stop off at the teahouse for a moment of pure relaxation.
Hong Kong Film Archive
- 📍 Location: Sai Wan Ho
- 💙 We love: discovering cinematic nuggets rarely seen elsewhere
Cinephile friends, have you been looking for a place to call your own? The Hong Kong Film Archive won’t disappoint! Spanning 5 floors (only the 1st and 3rd are open to the public), this museum takes you on an astonishing journey to the seventh art. The museum’s curatorial role means it houses a wealth of resources and cinematic treasures well worth the detour. Book your day – there’s plenty to see.
Between books, magazines and audiovisual content, you won’t know where to turn. Immerse yourself in an extensive catalog where international productions rub shoulders with Hong Kong classics, from kung fu to new wave. Watch brilliantly rare feature films and/or attend one of the many retrospectives organized throughout the year. In 2023, you can take part in a focus on soundtrack composer Tommy Wai.
- 📍 Location: West Kowloon
- 💙 We love: its state-of-the-art spaces
Ideally located in the cultural district of West Kowloon, the M promises to blow your mind. And it starts from its impressive LED-system façade, displaying programming and collections. Majestically overlooking Victoria Bay, this Hong Kong museum – dedicated to Asia’s contemporary visual culture – welcomes you to a huge, state-of-the-art space.
With no fewer than 33 galleries and exhibition spaces, it guarantees an immersive and interactive experience. Learning more about visual arts, design, architecture and moving images has never been so exciting! Want to extend your experience? Visit one of its restaurants or climb the Roof Garden for a breathtaking view of Hong Kong.
- 📍 Location: Soho
- 💙 We love: projecting one of this gallery’s original works into our living room
Located in the vibrant heart of Hong Kong city, Art Supermarket is more than just a gallery. A veritable avant-garde nugget, this singular venue aims to make art accessible to as many people as possible. Far from aseptic staging, you’ll find a dynamic scenography inspired by street-art and Pop Culture. Please note: the gallery is open by appointment only.
Founded in 2011 by Michael Manzardo, the gallery focuses on young artists from both the local and international scenes. You’ll discover the work of renowned British street artist Szabotage. Stroll happily through a space where disciplines intermingle, and imagine one of these works in your living room. And guess what? It’s entirely possible. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team on site to help you make your project a reality.
Blue Lotus Gallery
- 📍 Location: Sheung Wan
- 💙 We love: discovering the soul of Hong Kong through the eyes of promising artists
It’s on a picturesque street in the bustling Sheung Wan district that you’ll find Blue Lotus. Hong Kong’s leading photography gallery, it has established itself – over the years – as a remarkable springboard for talented artists. As well as being an industry-renowned incubator, it is also a fantastic cultural tool.
With its meticulous programming, exhibitions and exclusive events, it puts the spotlight onAsian cultural identity. And more specifically, Hong Kong’s contemporary heritage. In short, this gallery is an original and entertaining way to learn more about this exalted destination. Prints, photo books and vintage photographic equipment are waiting for you!
Bamboo Scenes Gallery
- 📍 Location: Sai Ying Pun
- 💙 We like: the narrative around each work on display
Set course for Sai Ying Pun and make a delightful stopover at Bamboo Scenes Gallery. Distinguished by its zen-like setting and relaxed atmosphere, this gallery is a unifying space where reality and the virtual combine beautifully. Whether you’re looking to admire beautiful works of art, are interested in “NFT Art”, or are looking for a quality souvenir, you’ll find what you’re looking for.
Rediscover the soul of Hong Kong through the lens of a hand-picked range of artists. Among them are several award-winning photographers. The recipe here is simple: passion, prints made by the finest local craftsmen, and top-of-the-range materials. In addition to its high-quality display, Bamboo Scenes is keen to create a link between the public and each work on show. To do this, it creates an intimate narrative through videos, articles and other means.
As you can see, between its museums and galleries, Hong Kong has no shortage of cultural entertainment.