Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre

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Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre

Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre
4.5
The area
Neighbourhood: Tsim Sha Tsui
Tsim Sha Tsui is one of the major tourist and shopping areas of Hong Kong. With a high concentration of hotels, retail shops and commercial offices – it’s a busy and bustling neighbourhood that never sleeps. On the surface, Tsim Sha Tsui seems to only feature an abundant number of high-end retail stores selling designer brands and jewelry, owing to its popularity with high-budget shopping tours. However, it also contains a diverse range of attractions for the entire family. Whether taking a walk in Kowloon Park, exploring museums, going shopping or grabbing a bite to eat – Tsim Sha Tsui has something for everyone.
How to get there
  • Tsim Sha Tsui • 3 min walk
  • East Tsim Sha Tsui • 7 min walk
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China141,650 contributions
Sep 2021
The Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Center is located in the middle of Kowloon Park in two of the old Whitfield Barracks which occupied this location in the 20th century prior to the creation of the park. This heritage building is now the location of a pretty good little museum and information centre covering the topic of Hong Kong archeological history. Opening hours are 10am to 6pm daily (closed on Thursdays). Entry is free.

What you will find here are a main gallery describing general archeology and heritage sites around Hong Kong as well as three smaller galleries with a focus on artefacts from the Pre-historic times, Han and Ming Dynasties. There are interesting human remains, pottery, tools and other items of interest from these various time periods as well as helpful information description what you are seeing and where the discoveries were found or unearthed around Hong Kong.

The Discovery Centre now has a small exhibition setup to describe the damage to the old Duddell Street gas lamps that occurred during Super Typhoon Mangkut as well as the restoration efforts that went into restoring this popular historic attraction on Hong Kong Island. There is also a nice outside courtyard area and you'll find maps and brochures related to important heritage and archeology sites and related self-guided tours you can try around Hong Kong.

In the end, while less important than the Hong Kong History Museum in TST East and Hung Hum area, the Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre is a great use of the historic Whitfield Barracks and good place to spend a 20-30 minutes if planning to spend time in Kowloon Park.
Written 21 September 2021
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O4523DUteresaw
17 contributions
Mar 2021
Oasis within oasis in the golden mile of Tsimshatsui, Kowloon. I accidently discovered this heritage centre when I was looking for the Flower Exhibition currently being held in various parks. I walked past by Kowloon Park around Haiphong and Nathan Roads often, but seldom had time to go inside. The Colonial-style building attracted my attention from the distance. I remember the old Whitfield Barracks, didn't know when it turned into this heritage centre. The displays are different from the vast exhibits at the HK Museum of History. They centralized on the foundings in HK soil: like the ancient tombs discovered in Shek Ki Mei in late 20th century, the Rock of Sung Emperor in Kowloon City. Though certain areas are temporarily closed, what's opened (especially the Ming Dynasty Room) is worth for a brief visit at leisure.
Written 24 March 2021
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Jameshkg
Hong Kong, China60 contributions
Jul 2019
A good side excursion inside Kowloon Park. Can spend 1 hour or so exploring the heritage and mainly the architecture of Hong Kong
Written 17 August 2019
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nikdey
manchester, uk103 contributions
Jun 2019 • Family
Free museum in the park. It's a nice place to pop in if you're in the park already but there's not much to see. I was disappointed because we travelled a long way for not much.
Written 5 June 2019
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junior1907
Istanbul, Turkey188,467 contributions
Apr 2019 • Business
İnside the Kowloon Park this museum and Cultural Center offers very extensive and informative voyage to the past. Must be seen.
Written 27 April 2019
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Hong Kong, China3,914 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
...which I would hope would be a source of inspiration for other places in Asia and beyond where the care for and use of colonial-era buildings is somewhat of a hot potato topic. This is a stunning example of how good these buildings can look when it is done well. As for the exhibitions, the permanent and temporary ones, on Hong Kong archaeology and architecture and the Forbidden City in Beijing respectively, were both very interesting,
Written 31 March 2019
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Leonhkny
Hong Kong, China8,130 contributions
Mar 2019 • Family
This small museum is rich in content and full of old pictures about the cityscape of Hong Kong. The regular exhibition is an interesting story of how Hong Kong has transformed from a Chinese village to an international metropolis now. It is a great place to escape the crowd nearby and understand the social and cultural changes Hong Kong experienced.
Written 17 March 2019
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ECWorld
Hong Kong, China2,643 contributions
Jan 2019 • Solo
Small building but some interesting exhibits. Good information on local artifacts as well as projects to preserved Hong Kong's heritage. There is even a small library. Bi-lingual explanations, except for some video clips. There is even a small exhibit on the Forbidden City in Beijing. Worth a quick visit.
Written 29 January 2019
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Paul D
Toronto, Canada35 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
If you are interested in marine history this is the place to visit. Close to the Central Star Ferry system, it has combined the history of the harbour with the now popular pastime of shopping!
Written 20 June 2018
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Mitchell-Family-01
Romsey, Australia1,280 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
My wife and I have recently returned from spending 10 days in Kowloon -Hong Kong.

Our hotel - The Kimberley, was only a five minute walk from Kowloon Park which we visited on a number of occasions. Whilst walking through the park on our first visit we stumbled across the Heritage Discovery Centre located in the centre of the park.

We walked into the foyer and wasn't quite sure if there was an admittance fee until one of the staff invited us into the centre. We quickly worked out it was free of charge. We then spent the next hour and half learning about the history of Hong Kong and it's dynasties, including the Ming dynasty.

We found the artefacts and history fascinating, and would go as far to say that we found it better than the Hong Kong Museum of History also based in Kowloon.

If you have the time, we thoroughly recommend visiting this centre.
Written 27 May 2018
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