Science Museum

  • Kids especially like it.
  • 4-story Energy Machine.
  • Physical fitness and health tests.
  • Artifacts and equipment of China’s rocket and space program.
  • Hundreds of interactive videos, computers, and equipment for fun and learning.

You might reallylike the big Science Museum (香港科學館). This is especially true if you like science, are a kid, or like physical fitness and health science.

Most of the museum is really meant to appeal to kids and teach them science. It gives them a place to have fun with interactive exhibits, computers, and videos. Kids like running around and playing with the equipment in the various galleries.

However, adults can learn some science too. You can learn about a broad range of subjects, from physics to nutrition, and much in between.

There are 500 exhibits arranged in 18 galleries covering topics including energy, transportation, sound, motion, electricity and magnetism, mathematics, life science, geography, meteorology, computers, communication, and nutrition science.

Fun and Memorable Highlights

Energy Machine

The biggest highlight of the museum is a large four-story falling ball contraption where big bowling ball-like balls fall from the top and roll downwards, sounding chimes and drums, setting off a xylophone, powering lights, and doing other things to show that potential energy changes to other forms of energy.

It isinteresting and is viewable from every floor since it occupies the central core area of the museum. It also sometimes makes a racket, and it gives the museum a constant background noise.

Other Highlights

A DC-3 plane hangs from the ceiling of the Transportation Gallery. The DC-3 was an innovation in air transport used from the 1930s and still in use today.

The physical fitness test equipment gives people a place to test their stamina and physical fitness. A crowd usually gathers to watch people doing these tests.

The mirror effects room is like a hall of mirrors. See what mirrors can do to the image of your body.

China has joined the space race. See the space program exhibits and technological development.

History

The museum opened at the present location in 1991.

Travel Essentials

  • Hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays: 1pm - 9pm. Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays: 10am - 9pm. Closed on Thursdays (except Public Holidays) and the first two days of the Lunar New Year. Closed at 5pm on Christmas Eve and Lunar New Year's Eve
  • Address: 2 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon.
  • MTR: East Tsim Sha Tsui station. Take Exit P2 and follow Chatham Road South (about 10 minutes).
  • Bus:5 from the TST Star Ferry pier, 8, 8A, 26, 35A, and 41A.
  • Taxi:Show this address: 香港科學館, 香港九龍尖沙咀東部科學館道二號.
  • Admission: HK$25 for adults, HK$12.5 concession. Free for kids under 4. Free on Wednesdays.
  • Time for a visit:2 or 3 hours.
  • Nearby Attractions: History Museum (80 meters away). It is next to the History Museum making it worthwhile to visit both on the same day. However, there tend to be long lines, especially when school classes visit, and on Wednesday when there is free entry.