Museums and Art Centres
Sun Museum, a non-profit, non-governmental museum established by Simon Suen Foundation in 2015, aims primarily to promote Chinese arts and culture. It strives to facilitate general understanding of how the art world in Hong Kong is enlivened by a diversity of cultures and how the local community is enlightened by a wealth of Chinese traditions.
With the emphasis on China and Hong Kong art and culture, the Museum will organise thematic exhibitions with exhibits on loan from collectors, artists and other cultural bodies. Related talks and guided tours will also be arranged.
Highlighted exhibitions include Dawn of a Sunny Century: 20th century Chinese Paintings from the Yitao Collection (2015), Kaleidoscope of Memories: Contemporary Oil Paintings by Hong Kong Artists (2015), Of Mist and Lushly Green: Longquan Celadon from Song to Ming Dynasties (2016), and Eternally Revolving Twin Rocks: Qi Baishi and Shi Lu (2016).
(TUE – SAT) 10:00am – 6:00pm
All visits are by appointment only
4/F SML Tower, 165 Hoi Bun Road, Kwun Tong, Kowloon
(852) 2690 6790
Art Museum, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
The Art Museum, The Chinese University of Hong Kong serves the community by collecting, preserving, researching, and exhibiting a wide range of artefacts illuminating the rich arts, humanities, and cultural heritage of pre-modern China.
The Art Museum promotes both its permanent collections and loan collections of Chinese art and their use for scholarly endeavours and outreach efforts. As a university teaching museum, it offers in-depth practice of museology and teaching of art history and heritage through direct and sustained access to original Chinese works of art. It advocates interdisciplinary approaches to the social, cultural, technological and historical context of Chinese art.
Founded in 1971, the museum has been taking an active role in advancing the University mission of promoting Chinese culture and heritage, and facilitating academic, as well as enriching the cultural and spiritual well-being of society.
10:00am – 5:00pm (MON – WED, FRI – SAT)
1:00pm – 5:00pm (SUN & Public Holidays)
Art Museum Institute of Chinese Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Sha Tin
(852) 3943 7416
Asia Society Hong Kong Center
As an affiliate of the Asia Society global network with 12 centers, Asia Society Hong Kong Center was established in 1990 by a group of Hong Kong community leaders, led by the late Sir Q.W. Lee, the honorary chairman of Hang Seng Bank.
In February 2012, Hong Kong Center established its new permanent home in Admiralty, Hong Kong at the Old Victoria Barracks, Former Explosives Magazine site.
Steeped in history, cultural significance and natural beauty, the 1.364 hectare site, which houses a group of four former British military buildings, was originally built by the British Army in the mid-19th century for explosives and ammunition production and storage. Through careful conservation, restoration and adaptive re-use, this heritage site was successfully transformed into a cultural, artistic and intellectual hub in Hong Kong in 2012 and offers a broad variety of programs in the form of lectures, performances, film screenings and exhibitions to the community. Asia Society Hong Kong Center was established entirely with local funding and is supported through membership dues, fundraising events, and contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations that work together to support and advance its mission.
11:00am – 6:00pm (TUE - SUN)
Closed on Mondays
Asia Society Hong Kong Center The Hong Kong Jockey Club Former Explosives Magazine 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, Hong Kong
(852) 2103 9511
BNP Paribas Museum
The restoration of Béthanie, built by the Mission Étrangères de Paris in 1875, was completed in November 2006 and it is reborn as the new home of School of Film and Television, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.
The basement wine cellar was converted into a museum recording the history of Béthanie and of the French Mission’s activities throughout Asia during the past three centuries, under the patronage of BNP Paribas.
Béthanie and the adjacent historic Dairy Farm cowsheds, now known as the Wellcome Theatre, house two performance venues, an exhibition hall, a chapel and the museum. This site is a new landmark serving the local community and overseas visitors.
139 Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong
(852) 2584 8633
For advance bookings for guided tours, go to www.hkticketing.com (Search “exhibition and travel”) or call (852) 3128 8288
Chinese Cultural Studies Center
Chinese Cultural Studies Center (CCSC) is a non-profit organisation that seeks to promote, foster, and restore traditional Chinese art and culture through recognition of and collaboration with individuals, groups, organisations and communities who are similarly committed to cultural expression, conservation, and development.
The CCSC library houses a private collection of books and rare Chinese manuscripts, which aims to provide resources and services supporting research, learning needs, and the dissemination of knowledge in Chinese culture. The rare manuscripts that the library holds includes shanben printed in the Ming and Qing Dynasty that have been listed in the First and Second batch of “Guo Jia Zhen Gui Gu Ji Ming Lu”, an official directory from the Chinese government on old manuscripts that have been designated as having significant cultural value.
CCSC regularly hosts events and lectures open to the public and its members, on a wide range of topics pertaining to Chinese culture, as well as engaging in long-term cultural projects for research purposes.
Room 304, Lyndhurst Building 29 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong
Comix Home Base
Comix Home Base (CHB), the iconic landmark and art community situated between Mallory Street and Burrows Street in Wanchai, sets out to cultivate artistic creativity and encourage local comics and animation production.
Comix Home Base is a cluster of 10 pre-war Grade II historic buildings refurbished by the Urban Renewal Authority, and operated by the Hong Kong Arts Centre for a five-year term since July 2013. Local and overseas comics can expand their reach to homegrown and worldwide audiences through exhibitions, masterclasses, publication releases and seminars. CHB also takes the lead to inspire comics and animation creations from education, retail to research and documentation.
Revitalised from the historic architecture into the first art community featuring comics and animation in Hong Kong, CHB marks a milestone in the preservation of local history and promotion of comics and animation art culture. Not only is CHB a gathering point for comics and animation artists, it is also an important platform to foster interaction and exchange between Hong Kong and overseas in comics and animation art.
G/F Lobby to 4/F
10:00am – 8:00pm (May extend to 10:00pm for any special activities)
12:00pm - 8:00pm (Closed on MON)
Public Open Space
8:00am – 10:00pm
7 Mallory Street, Wanchai, Hong Kong
(852) 2824 5303
Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware
Specializing in the collection, study and display of tea ware, the branch museum at Flagstaff House features at its core the generous donations of Dr. K.S. Lo (1910 – 1995), which include many fine examples of the famous Yixing teapots.
Built in the 1840s, Flagstaff House originally served as the office and residence of the Commander of the British Forces in Hong Kong. It was converted to the Museum of Tea Ware in 1984, with a new wing, The K.S. Lo Gallery, added in 1995. Alongside its exhibitions, the Museum holds regular demonstrations, tea gatherings and lecture programmes to promote ceramic art and Chinese tea drinking culture.
10:00am – 6:00pm (MON, WED – SUN)
Closed on TUE except Public Holidays
10 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, Hong Kong
(852) 2869 0690 / (852) 2869 6690
Hong Kong Arts Centre
The Hong Kong Arts Centre (HKAC) is a self-financed and non- profit organisation. For the past 37 years, the HKAC has played a unique role in promoting contemporary art and culture in Hong Kong and abroad. The HKAC’s main building is situated in Wanchai, with facilities including a cinema, theatres, galleries, classrooms, studios, restaurants and office space. The HKAC provides a wide range of programmes on performing arts, visual arts, film and video arts, public art projects, conferences, art festivals and more, connecting the arts to the general public. Its education arm, the Hong Kong Art School, is an accredited institute established in 2000 and is staffed by a group of dedicated artists. The focus of its award-bearing curriculum lies in four core academic areas – Fine Art, Applied Art, Media Art, and Applied Theatre and Drama Education. The HKAC is also the main operator of the Comix Home Base, operating the hub as a platform for exchange and interaction for the comics industry, locally and internationally.
8:00am – 11:00pm (MON – SUN)
2 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong (852) 2582 0200
Hong Kong Heritage Museum
The Hong Kong Heritage Museum presents history, art, and culture through a great variety of programmes that cater to the wide-ranging interests of the public. Designed to entertain and enlighten, our lively and educational exhibitions and activities offer a kaleidoscopic array of cultural and educational experiences for our visitors.
Featuring an exhibition area of some 7,500 square metres, the museum houses six permanent galleries - the Orientation Theatre, the New Territories Heritage Hall, the Cantonese Opera Heritage Hall, the T.T. Tsui Gallery of Chinese Art, the Chao Shao-an Gallery and the Children’s Discovery Gallery – as well as six thematic galleries that regularly host exhibitions showcasing the diverse treasures of Hong Kong’s heritage.
As part of our mission is to reach out to the community and engage the public, the Museum publishes a quarterly newsletter, produce teaching/learning kits and worksheets, organize seminars, school, and theatre programmes on culture, history and art, implemented programming for children and families, and provide guided tours.
10:00am – 6:00pm (MON, WED – FRI)
10:00am – 7:00pm (SAT, SUN & Public Holidays)
Closed on TUE except Public Holidays
1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin, N.T.
(852) 2180 8188
Hong Kong Maritime Museum
The Hong Kong Maritime Museum (HKMM) is a vibrant, cultural institution dedicated to preserving, collecting and displaying objects that tell the story about trade and maritime in Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta. Conveniently located on the picturesque Victoria Harbour at Central Pier No. 8, HKMM founded in 2003, is a non-profit-making organisation, registered charity supported by the shipping industry, the business community, private individuals and the Hong Kong SAR Government. HKMM houses 15 galleries including a special space for exhibitions and events, a resource centre, a roof-top café, and a gift shop.
HKMM promotes Hong Kong, China and Asia’s maritime history and heritage as well as the vital role that ships and the sea play in our past, present and future. It also offers visitors a variety of public programmes including guided tours, workshops, public talks, and school, community and family activities.
9:30am – 5:30pm (MON – FRI)
10:00am – 7:00pm (SAT, SUN and Public Holidays)
Central Pier No. 8, Central, Hong Kong
(852) 3713 2500
Hong Kong Museum of Art
The Hong Kong Museum of Art is one of the museums managed by the Leisure & Cultural Services Department. Established in 1962, it was first housed in the City Hall, moving to its present purpose-built premises by the Hong Kong Cultural Centre in 1991. The museum also has a branch, the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, located in the Hong Kong Park.
It is the mission of the Hong Kong Museum of Art to preserve the cultural heritage of China and promote art with a local focus. Its collections now number in excess of 16,000 art objects, including Chinese paintings and calligraphy works, antique Chinese treasures, paintings of historical significance as well as creations by local artists.
Promoting art among the general public is one of the museum’s main objectives, and a wide range of educational programmes are organised to enhance participants’ knowledge of and interest in artistic creation.
The museum has been closed for around three years for a major renovation and expansion project, beginning 3 August 2015.
10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
(852) 2721 0116
Liang Yi Museum
Opened in March 2014, Liang Yi Museum is Hong Kong’s largest private museum as well as the home to one of the world’s largest and best-curated collections of Chinese antique furniture, made of the treasured materials huanghuali and zitan, from the Ming and Qing dynasties. Started in the 1980s with many of the earlier pieces purchased right here on Hollywood Road, the collection has grown over 300 pieces three decades later.
Liang Yi also houses the world’s premier collection of bejeweled clutches, compacts and powder boxes. Made in the finest design houses such as Cartier, Boucheron and Van Cleef & Arpels, these necessaires were once a staple of every lady’s evening wear. With nearly 400 examples from the late 1880s through 1960s, this dazzling collection provides an elegant peek at bygone era.
10:00am – 6:00pm (TUE – SAT)
Closed on SUN, MON and Public Holidays
181 – 199 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
(852) 2806 8280
HK$200 includes a guided tour, by appointment only Wednesdays are open free of charge to full-time students with appointments
University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong
The University Museum and Art Gallery (UMAG) of the University of Hong Kong was founded in 1953 as the Fung Ping Shan Museum. It is the oldest continuously-operated museum in Hong Kong and has over the past sixty years built up a diverse collection of ceramics and bronzes dating from the Neolithic period (c. 7000 – c. 2100 BC) to the Qing dynasty (1644 – 1911), as well as traditional and modern paintings from the Ming dynasty (1368 – 1644) to the 21st century.
Chief amongst the collections are the Museum’s ceramics, which show the extraordinary achievements of Chinese potters from Neolithic period painted pottery jars, to the decorative porcelains of the Qing dynasty.
The Museum was originally established as a teaching museum and has maintained this commitment to the University to this day through the teaching of Chinese art and museum studies and by encouraging students and school pupils to broaden their education through the arts.
90 Bonham Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong
(852) 2241 5500
Connecting Space Hong Kong
Connecting Space Hong Kong is a transdisciplinary platform and arts space initiated by the Zurich University of the Arts. It is dedicated to explore different perspectives and opportunities of collaboration and exchange between Europe and Asia at the level of cultural practices. Connecting Space Hong Kong is a creative laboratory that closely interweaves art production, exhibition, research and education.
11:00am – 7:00pm (Weekend opening varies)
G/F, Wah Kin Mansion, 18 – 20 Fort Street, North Point, Hong Kong
(852) 9072 6901
Para Site is Hong Kong’s leading contemporary art centre and one of the oldest and most active independent art institutions in Asia. It produces exhibitions, publications, discursive, and educational projects aimed at forging a critical understanding of local and international phenomena in art and society.
Founded in 1996 as an artist-run space, Para Site was Hong Kong’s first exhibition-making institution of contemporary art and a crucial self-organized structure within the civil society before its handover. Para Site has grown into an active contemporary art centre and moved to its current premises in 2015. Throughout its history, its activities have included a range of different formats, among which the bilingual P/S magazine (1997 – 2006), which was Hong Kong’s first visual arts magazine and a platform for the development of art writing and of a discursive scene and the Curatorial Training Programme (2007 – 2010).
Since 2012, Para Site has been running an International Art Residency Programme and has been organizing an annual international conference. A new educational format aimed at training young curators and other art professionals commenced in 2015. Para Site’s activities are made possible by its supporters and the Government of the HKSAR.
2:00pm – 7:00pm (WED – SUN)
Closed on MON, TUE and Public Holidays
22/F, Wing Wah Industrial Building 677 King’s Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong
(852) 2517 4620
Videotage is a leading Hong Kong-based non-profit organisation specializing in the promotion, presentation, creation and preservation of new media art across all languages, shapes, and forms.
Founded in 1986, Videotage has evolved from an artist-run collective to an influential network, supporting creative use of media art to explore, investigate and connect with issues that are of significant social, culture and historical value.
Videotage is dedicated to nurturing emerging media artists and developing the local media arts community. It has organized numerous events and programmes since 1986, including exhibitions, presentations (Dorkbot), festival (Wikitopia), workshops, performances, a residency programme (FUSE) and cultural exchange programmes, as well as continually distributing artworks through its networks and publication, and developing an extensive offline and online media art archive.
11:00am – 7:00pm (MON – SUN)
Unit 13, Cattle Depot Artist Village, 63 Ma Tau Kok Road, To Kwa Wan, Kowloon
(852) 2573 1869
Art Museum of China Central Academy of Fine Arts
Established in 1953, the Art Museum of China Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA Art Museum) is one of the state-of-the-art art museums in China and has a collection of some 13,000 artworks covering a wide variety of genres and styles from ancient to contemporary, China to western countries, and all art fields.
Committed to an “all-embracing” academic tradition keeping eyes on both past and future, CAFA Art Museum aims to create an open, free and academic space and allow artist-to-audience interaction. With the completion and use of the new building designed by Japanese architect Arata Isozaki in 2008, the museum becomes a platform for the exchange of Chinese and foreign art, as well as to provide a space for visit, study and exhibition to CAFA faculties and students, the public, domestic and foreign artists. Besides academic exhibitions, the museum also holds public and community art education outreach.
9:30am – 5:30pm (TUE – SAT)
Closed on MON
No.8 Hua Jia Di Nan St., Chao Yang District, Beijing, China
(8610) 6477 1575
Shanghai Himalayas Museum
Designed by Arata Isozaki and established by Shanghai Zendai Group in 2005, Shanghai Himalayas Museum is a non-profit art institute focusing on Chinese and Asian contemporary art exhibitions, education, collections and academic research. Other than its main space, Himalayas Museum also has two branch museums: one is Zendai Contemporary Art Space, consisting of galleries and artist studios, focuses on the study and exploration of experimental and avant-garde art; and the other is Zendai Zhujiajiao Art Museum, located at Zhujiajiao town, a picturesque water town in southeast of Shanghai suburb, runs an artist- in-residence programme and organises a variety of public art programmes targeting at local community.
Since 2011, the museum has presented a series of international art projects including “Designing Design / The Exhibition of Kenya Hara in China 2011,”“Tony Cragg: Sculptures and Drawings,”Ink Art Exhibition Series, “Ateliers – Ofer Lellouche Solo Exhibition,” 2014 John Moores Painting Prize (China) Exhibition, solo exhibitions of Sean Scully and Michael Craig-Martin. In the meantime, the museum has also made an effort to promote Chinese art on the international stage. It participated in Marrakech Biennale, the Liverpool Biennial and Gwangju Biennale.
10:00am – 6:00pm (TUE - SUN)
Closed on MON 3-4/F,
No. 869 Yinghua Road, Pudong New District Shanghai, China
(8621) 5033 9801
Shanghai 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum
Shanghai 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum (M21) was founded by China Minsheng Banking Corporation Limited in 2014. M21 aims to promote new ideas of contemporary life, generate significant cultural impacts and establish influential art spaces in China with an international vision.
Through the construction of this platform that facilitates the dialogues between fine arts and applied arts as well as between contemporary arts and traditional arts, M21 breaks conventional subject boundaries and brings art to everyday life. M21 contributes to the development of contemporary art and culture within and beyond China through exhibitions, collections, researches and publications.
Highlighted exhibitions include Cosmos (2014), Lumière! (2015), Passage to the Future: Art from a New Generation in Japan (2016), Exhibition Tour of Works from John Moores Painting Prize (China) Winners 2010-2014 (2016) and The Shadow never Lies (2016).
10:00am – 6:00pm (TUE - SUN)
Closed on MON
No. 1929 Shibo Dadao, Pudong New District, Shanghai, China
(8621) 6105 2121