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Hong Kong Science Museum A Complete Guide for First-Timers

Hong Kong Science Museum: A Complete Guide for First-Timers 

Want a fun and educational indoor activity you can enjoy with the whole family in our city? Try the interactive exhibits, cool demos, and hands-on fun experiments at the Hong Kong Science Museum! 

This place has been delighting science-loving Hongkongers for years and it may be your turn. Ignite your curiosity and check out our comprehensive guide to the place below! 

Overview of the Hong Kong Science Museum


Address: 2號 Science Museum Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Hong Kong

Contact information: +852 2732 3232

Hong Kong Science Museum is a remarkable and interactive hub of learning and discovery for visitors of all ages. This four-story science museum was founded in 1991 in Tsim Sha Tsui

It’s home to more than 500 exhibits and a range of galleries, laboratories, lecture halls, and more. 

Apart from that, this museum holds fun workshops with different themes each month. That’s why it’s the ultimate destination for avid Science aficionados and curious little minds alike. 

If you wish to learn more about the Hong Kong Science Museum, read on!

How to Get to Hong Kong Science Museum 

The Hong Kong Science Museum is easily accessible via public transportation. Here are some of the ways to reach the museum: 

Via MTR: If you’re coming from Central, ride the MTR at Central Station and get off Exit B2 of Tsim Sha Tsui Station. After that, walk along the Cameron Road in eastern Tsim Sha Tsui until you reach the Hong Kong Science Museum. 

Via Bus: The following Citybus lines have routes passing near or directly to the Hong Kong Science Museum – Bus A20, A21, and 973. Meanwhile, if you take the Kowloon Motor Bus, you can pick Bus No. 5, 5C, 8, 8A, 13X, 26, 28, 35A, 41A, 81C, 87D, 98D, 110, 208, 215X, 219X, 224X, 269B, and 260X. 

H2: Hong Kong Science Museum Operations Schedule 

The Hong Kong Science Museum is open on the following days and hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 10 AM to 7 PM 
Saturday, Sunday, and Public Holidays10 AM to 9 PM 
Christmas Eve and Lunar New Year’s Eve10 AM to 5 PM 

It’s best to note the operating hours of the museum because ticketing services inside close one hour prior to the museum’s closing time

Admission Fee and Museum Pass in Hong Kong Science Museum 

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Standard TicketHK$ 20 
Concessionary Ticket (for people with disabilities and senior citizens)HK$ 10 
Group HK$ 14 
Full-time StudentsFree
Children under 4 years old (must be accompanied by an adult with a ticket)Free
Individual Museum Pass HK$ 50 (annual fee)
Family Museum Pass (for a maximum of four persons of kinship)HK$ 100 (annual fee)
Concessionary Museum Pass (for full-time students, people with disabilities, or senior citizens)HK$ 25 

Note that additional fees may be required for special exhibitions and workshops. You can buy an admission fee ticket or museum pass in advance at any URBTIX outlets or URBTIX internet ticketing service and self-service ticketing kiosks at the Hong Kong Science Museum.  

Anyway, you can get a discount if you plan to visit with a large group. You see, the museum offers a special rate (HK$ 17.5) if you purchase 20 or more Standard Tickets. 

And guess what? On Wednesdays, admission to the museum and permanent exhibitions is totally free! 

Things to Know When Visiting Hong Kong Science Museum 

Before you visit the museum, here are some rules and tips you should know:

  • Eating or drinking is not allowed inside the museum 
  • There are no cafes, restaurants, or snack shops inside the museum, so make sure you eat something before your visit
  • The museum is a barrier-free facility, and if you need a wheelchair, just go to the information center
  • A separate ticket for admission fee may be required for special exhibitions 
  • Check out the timings for live demos or shows, and be there at least 10 to 15 minutes before the demo or show so you can get good seats 
  • Currently, the Motion Hall and Sound Hall are temporarily closed due to renovation. Meanwhile, all exhibits on the second floor are closed because new exhibits are being prepared 

A Journey Through the Galleries and Exhibits in Hong Kong Science Museum 

Before we delve into what this museum can offer, here’s a quick look at all the exhibits featured inside the Hong Kong Science Museum. 

Floor Level Exhibit 
Ground Floor • Biodiversity Gallery 
• Jockey Club Environmental Conservation Gallery
• Light
• World of Mirrors
• Motion Hall (temporarily closed due to renovation)
• Sound Hall (temporarily closed due to renovation)
First Floor• Electricity and Magnetism Gallery
• Earth Science Gallery
Second Floor(currently under renovation for new exhibits)• Food Science
• Home Technology
• Transportation
• Mathematics 
Third Floor • Children’s Gallery 

Location: Ground Floor 

Highlight: Ecosystem 

The Biodiversity Gallery is one of the permanent exhibits in the museum. Its goal is to raise public awareness about how biodiversity supports all life forms on Earth as well as how people can help conserve biodiversity. 

As you step inside this gallery, you’ll be welcomed by immersive exhibits that depict diverse wild habitats like mangroves, wetlands, deserts, and forests. Besides that, you can also watch how a variety of species have undergone the path of biological evolution in these habitats. 

And that’s not all – after exploring the Biodiversity Gallery, don’t forget to swing by the Biodiversity Workshops and attend different programs to learn more about certain species and how they thrived amidst the alteration and destruction of habitats. 

Here are some of the Biodiversity Workshops you can look forward to:

Program Date Time 
A Glimpse of the Hong Kong Cetaceans and Their Health Assessment April 3, 2024 2 PM to 2:30 PM 3 PM to 3:30 PM 
Butterfly Watch April 6, 2024 2 PM to 2:30 PM 3 PM to 3:30 PM 
Colorful Nature April 7, 2024 2 PM to 2:30 PM 3 PM to 3:30 PM 
Mysterious Finless Porpoise Search April 10, 2024 2 PM to 2:30 PM 3 PM to 3:30 PM 
Amphibians and Reptiles Encounter April 13, 2024 2 PM to 2:30 PM 3 PM to 3:30 PM 

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Location: Ground Floor 

Highlight: Climate Action Show 

Once you understand how important biodiversity is in the Biodiversity Gallery, it’s time to see the bigger picture and learn about environmental preservation through the Jockey Club Environmental Conservation Gallery. 

Here, they feature a Climate Action Show where you can find a handful of interactive exhibits that will teach you about how climate change greatly affects our environment and natural resources

Apart from that, the exhibits also tackle how human activities such as infrastructure development, burning of fossil fuels, and other approaches to industry contribute to the destruction of nature. 

At the end of the show, you’ll also learn the ways and actions to help make positive change and create a balanced environment by living sustainably and making good use of our natural resources. 

Light Hall 

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Location: Ground Floor

Highlights: Physics of light 

Step into the Light Hall and get ready to be dazzled by the magical wonders of light! Technically, it’s not really magic; rather, it’s the physics of light. 

In this gallery, you’ll learn about all the interesting phenomena and applications of light – from how light works to all the fun and cool ways you can play with it. 

The Light Hall also features interactive exhibits where visitors are encouraged to unleash their inner scientists. Here, you can create your very own light show using various lenses, mirrors, prisms, and other tools. 

And if there’s light, there’s also darkness and shadows. But did you know you can make shadows in different colors? See them for yourself as you project and blend different colors in front of the big projection screen in the Light Hall. 

World of Mirrors 

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Location: Ground Floor 

Highlight: Mirrors 

Welcome to the World of Mirrors, where reality is not as real as it seems to be. But fear not because this exhibit is just a world of illusions and reflections. 

With the exhibit’s mind-bending combinations of ordinary plane mirrors that are cleverly arranged, you’ll be able to see something unexpected in each mirror you see. 

Can you crack the code and figure out how each mirror is positioned? Get ready to explore corridors filled with mirrors and find your way out of the exhibit without bumping into your own reflection. 

Motion Hall 

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Location: Ground Floor 

Highlight: Force and motion 

If you’re in Motion Hall, you’ve got to keep moving! Well, just like its name suggests, this exhibit is about unraveling the tricks and mysteries behind force and motion in the most hands-on way possible!

Here, you can try lying on a bed of nails and lifting heavy stuff without getting hurt or breaking a sweat. Come visit Motion Hall to learn the mechanics behind these tricks! 

Sound Hall 

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Location: Ground Floor 

Highlight: Sound Hall 

Are you ready to make some noise? Dive into the fascinating world of sound at the Sound Hall. Here, you’ll learn how sound is produced and how vibrations travel through different mediums. 

Plus, you’ll also be introduced to the basic properties and interesting qualities of sound through a range of exhibits. Don’t worry, the exhibits aren’t your usual classroom lectures, so you won’t get bored. 

You see, Sound Hall is all about interactive and hands-on activities, so you’ll get to watch sound waves interact inside a long transparent tube and observe how objects can dance and bounce around with just pure resonance and high frequency!

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Location: 1st Floor 

Highlights: Principles of Circuits, Effects of Magnetism

Have a shockingly enjoyable experience and spark your curiosity at the Electricity and Magnetism Gallery. From the basic properties of magnetic fields and static electricity to its different applications in your daily lives, you’ll find an array of interactive exhibits to satiate your curiosity. 

Some of the crowd favorites here are Wonderful Plasma, What’s Behind the Socket, and  Electricity Travels Through the Body. 

Through these exhibits, you can observe dancing light streams generated by plasma discharge, learn how electric power sources work, and discover how your own body can conduct electricity. 

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Location: 1st Floor 

Highlight: Formation and Structure of the Earth 

The Earth Science Gallery’s exhibits will take you on a fun and immersive journey through our planet’s structure, formation, and all the incredible forces that have helped shape the Earth’s landscape. 

You’ll learn the basics about the Plate Tectonic Theory and the effects of climate change through an immersive experience. 

We’re talking about building your world of landforms like hills and rivers in a large sandbox and experiencing the mighty power of typhoons, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions firsthand. 

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Location: 3rd Floor 

Highlights: Play Areas 

If you’re bringing the kiddos, you shouldn’t miss the Children’s Gallery. It’s an entire floor, or should we say playground, filled with exciting games, challenges, and exhibits dedicated to children so little explorers can discover Science through play and enjoy while learning. 

You see, the Hong Kong Science Museum believes that children have unlimited potential to learn and master new things, especially if they’re having fun. 

One of the most sought-after exhibits here is the section that’s adapted from the Cité des Enfants of Cité des sciences et de l’industrie (City of Science and Industry of France). 

This educational leisure concept is popular with kids because, unlike the average classroom setting, this exhibit features a range of activities that help awaken their curiosity through play, discovery, and exploration.  

Other fun exhibits that we recommend are the Hidden Animals, Cloud Ring, Build Your Own Coaster, and the Big Kid’s Work Site. 

However, before you visit this gallery with your kids, here are some rules you should know:

  • Baby strollers or pushchairs are not allowed inside, so if you’re using one for your kid, make sure to leave the stroller at the storage facility next to the museum’s entrance
  • Only kids who are between 80 centimeters and 120 centimeters in height can participate in the Big Kid’s Work Site
  • The gallery only allows children under 160 centimeters, and they must be accompanied by an adult 

Energy Machine 

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Highlights: 22-meter-high Energy Machine, Tower A, Connecting Gallery, and Tower B 

The Energy Machine is the largest exhibit in this science museum. If you’re wondering where it’s located, just look up. 

You see, this four-story and 22-meter-high machine is in the middle of the museum’s exhibition hall, and its components are scattered throughout the ceiling of the Hong Kong Science Museum, so you can literally see them everywhere. 

The machine will help you understand how energy and motion conversion happens through a stream of balls rolling along the machine’s tracks. The Energy Machine is divided into three parts – Tower A, Connecting Gallery, and Tower B. 

Tower A, or “The Beginning,” shows how an elevator is used to lift the balls and depicts how potential energy increases as the balls move up. Next, in the Connecting Gallery or “In Transit,” you can observe how the balls are systematically directed to different tracks once they reach the top. 

Through computer-controlled gates, the balls take different routes, so you can see the balls go down on a straight, wavy, or staggered track. All these routes show how potential energy is converted into kinetic energy. 

In Tower B or “The Energy Symphony,” you can watch closely and predict where each ball will go through because there’s a range of interesting gears and tracks. Whether the ball goes in a zig-zag track, hits a drum, or bounces through a xylophone. Overall, the ball’s journey depicts the law of conservation of energy. 

Science Shows and Demonstrations in Hong Kong Science Museum

Aside from all the exhibits featured above, the Hong Kong Science Museum also showcases an array of cool science shows and demonstrations at the Demo Theater (Ground Floor). Here are some of them!

The Prequel of Life 

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Life here on Earth started way back 4 billion years ago, so there’s so much to know about how everything started, right? 

In the demo, The Prequel of Life, you can just sit back and watch Earth’s journey through the eons. Plus, you can also watch life forms and ancient creatures transition from sea to land and eventually into the skies. 

This cool show is open every day. Make sure you catch it at these times:

  • Friday to Wednesday – 11:30 AM to 11:50 AM, 4:30 PM to 4:50 PM
  • Saturday to Sunday, Public Holidays – 11:30 AM to 11:50 PM, 5:30 PM to 5:50 PM 

Liquid Nitrogen 

How does nitrogen turn into its liquid state? Why does liquid nitrogen seem like it’s boiling even though it’s supposed to be extremely cold? 

Come watch the Liquid Nitrogen Show if you wish to learn more about this inert cryogenic fluid and how it affects various substances. Join this chill science experiment show from Friday to Wednesday from 10:30 AM to 10:50 AM. 

The Fun of Static Electricity 

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Have you ever felt the jolt of static electricity? Well, at The Fun of Static Electricity, you can try the hair-raising thrill of it all as currents crackle and sparks fly. 

But fear not because using their Van de Graaff Generator, this static electricity show is totally safe and under control. 

Have an electrifying, fun time, and don’t miss it at this schedule – Friday to Wednesday from 3:30 PM to 3:50 PM. 

Current Activities and Workshops in Hong Kong Science Museum 

The workshops and activities featured in the Hong Kong Science Museum change occasionally. Currently, here are some programs you can attend and look forward to. 

Member’s Day: Sci-Fi or Not? 

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Location: 1st Floor 

Operation hours: 1 PM to 5 PM (last admission 4:30 PM)

Language: Cantonese 

The Member’s Day: Sci-Fi or Not? is an exclusive event for museum pass members of the Hong Kong Science Museum. The featured shows and activities in the event are also limited by a quota, so everything’s on a first-come, first-served basis. 

But don’t worry. The museum offers different schedules for each show, so you can drop by and attend the event at your earliest convenience. Here are the current shows and activities you can check out at this event:

Show/Activity Venue Time 
Wearable Rehab Robotics 1st Floor (Lecture Hall)1 PM to 2 PM, 3 PM to 4 PM
Sci-Fi Gastronomy: 3D Food Printing 1st Floor (Discovery Corner in Earth Science Gallery)1:15 PM to 1:45 PM, 2:15 PM to 2:45 PM, 3:15 PM to 3:45 PM, 4:15 PM to 4:45  
TECH Wonders of Robotic Dogs Ground Floor (Demonstration Theater)2:30 PM to 3 PM, 4:30 PM to 5 PM 
Laser Fantasy, Space Travel Secrets, and Unveiling the Monster’s Blood PressureGround Floor (Classroom)1 PM to 5 PM
Incredible Robotic Arm Workshop Ground Floor (Laboratory)1:30 PM to 2:15 PM, 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
Spacesuit Technology Marvels, and Artificial Satellites Geometry Ground Floor (Special Exhibition Hall)1 PM to 5 PM 
Science Fiction: Voyage to the Edge of Imagination Ground Floor (Special Exhibition Hall)1 PM to 5 PM 

Croucher Science Week 2024 

Location: Ground Floor 

Operation hours: Depending on featured programs 

Language: English and Cantonese 

The Croucher Science Week 2024 is made possible through the collaboration of the Croucher Foundation, the Hong Kong Science Museum, and the Education Bureau. 

Its goal is to bridge the gap between scientific knowledge and daily experiences, so this program offers free and fun activities that people of all ages can enjoy. 

Make sure to sign up for this event so you can check out the following activities: 

Show/Activity Venue Date and Time 
Adventures in AI 1st Floor (Lecture Hall)• April 4, 2024 (10 AM to 11:15 AM, 12:45 PM to 2 PM, 5 PM to 6:15 PM)

• April 5, 2024 (10 AM to 11:15 AM, 12:45 PM to 2 PM, 4:30 PM to 5:45 PM)
Mystery Hunters 1st Floor (Lecture Hall)• April 4, 20243 PM to 3:45 PM 

• April 7, 20241:30 PM to 2:15 PM, 3:15 PM to 4 PM, 5:15 PM to 6 PM 
A Rough Guide to Engineering 1st Floor (Lecture Hall)• April 6, 2024, April 7, 202410 AM to 10:45 AM
Science Drop-In 1st Floor (Lecture Hall)• April 4, 2024, April 5, 2024 11:30 AM to 12:15 PM, 2:15 PM to 4 PM

• April 6, 20241:30 PM to 3:30 PM 
Ground Floor (Classroom)• April 7, 2024 12 PM to 1 PM, 3 PM to 5 PM 
Air and Force 1st Floor (Lecture Hall)• April 6, 2024, April 7, 2024 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM 
Family Workshops Venue Date and Time 
Mystery of the Mathematical MenaceGround Floor (Laboratory)• April 6, 2024, April 7, 2024 11 AM to 12 PM 
Ground Floor (Classroom)• April 6, 20242 PM to 3 PM, 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM 
AeroCraft Adventure Ground Floor (Laboratory)• April 6, 2024, April 7, 2024 2 PM to 3 PM, 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM 
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