What are the best museums in Hong Kong?

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Barbra Austin
Photo Courtesy of the Hong Kong Museum of Art

In a city more known for its malls than museums, these institutions serve up a healthy dose of history and culture.

Visit the Hong Kong Museum of Art for a superb collection of Chinese antiquities and fine art, with a strong emphasis on works from Hong Kong and Guangdong province.

The Hong Kong Heritage Museum explores the cultural and natural history of the region. The permanent collection includes galleries dedicated to Chinese decorative arts, Cantonese opera and an interactive area for children. This museum also plays frequent host to blockbuster traveling exhibitions from around the world.

Though not a museum per se, the Asia Society offers all kinds of cultural programming, and the site itself — a stunning complex built partly out of a colonial ammunitions magazine — is worth a visit. Free guided tours are available.

The Museum of Tea Ware in Hong Kong Park is lodged in the Flagstaff House, the oldest architectural vestige of British rule. It holds a beautiful collection of antique tea vessels and offers regular programming about tea-drinking culture.

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