The Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence is a museum in Hong Kong, located in a former coastal defence fort overlooking the Lei Yue Mun channel, near Shau Kei Wan on Hong Kong Island. The fort was built by the British in 1887, intended to defend the eastern approaches to Victoria Harbour.
The total area of the museum is 34,200 square metres (368,000 sq ft). An exhibition entitled "600 years of Coastal Defence" is held permanently in the museum, which tells the story of the defence of the Hong Kong coastline from the time of the Ming Dynasty, through the First and Second Opium Wars and the Battle of Hong Kong, through to today.
|Monday||10:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Tuesday||10:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Wednesday||10:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Friday||10:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Saturday||10:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Sunday||10:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
Julie Monast-Nadeau | Jan 4, 2018
If you can only visit one museum, visit this one. It's in a beautiful location, easily accessible by public transit with great views of East Hong Kong. The visit will take you about 60-90 minutes. It's very educational on Hong Kong history which I found very interesting. It's also very well divided and explained. There are a few videos, some physical room to visit. Overall one of the best museum I've visited in my life! The special exhibit on War Correspondents was very informative as well. Free on Wednesdays. The place wasn't too crowded but the time we left (1pm). Highly recommend.
Sandy Ho | Feb 4, 2018
It's a big piece of historical landmark on the hills. Lots of different things to see, from the museum at the top to the view of the fish market at the bottom. Spend my afternoon there.
steven lim | Nov 1, 2017
A fun outing for an hour or two. Quite a number of nice military displays and a large number of steps outside, particularly to the torpedo room and back. Nice views across to the Kowloon peninsular, especially Devil’s lookout. Easy to get to from the MTR station, and is next to the fish wholesale market.
Aubrey Scarborough | Jan 17, 2018
Best views in HK, the Peak has nothing on this museum. Cafe is wonderful too, with indoor and outdoor seating.
Sin Ting Ivy Yip | Jan 7, 2018
good for indoor running with kid. kids drawing facilities available. the restaurant is equipped with highchair.
Larry Suen | Mar 22, 2018
The Coastal Defence Museum used to be a artillery battery and a barracks quartering the artillerymen. It’s since then converted to the only museum in Hong Kong focused in the military stationed in Hong Kong. Other than the main subject, there are also some other regular topical exhibitions! Please do note that it closes every Thursday.
Mike Freider | Mar 9, 2018
Nice. Small but nice. Just don't have huge expectations and enjoy exibition.
Derek Jaques | Apr 6, 2018
Very well done museum regarding Hong Kong's long history of invasions and defensive tactics. There are activities for kids, but the museum is best for adults. All displays are in English and Chinese, the museum is a short walk from the MTR and the entire experience is free.
Heidi Killing | Apr 25, 2018
Interesting to see, one visit is enough, maybe two if you're interested in the war
Hans-Robert Dalen | May 13, 2018
It's a bit of the beaten path, meaning you'll have to walk a bit after taking the subway. But that's not a big problem, the signs from the subway will guide you. This place is located at one of the old forts that were built to protect the Hong Kong harbour, which has been somewhat restored. They explain in much greater detail the history of Hong Kong from a warfare and military perspective than the Museum of history does. You will learn about the opium wars, Japanese occupation and the history of not only this fort, but also the history of coastal defense in the region. It is a particularly nice place to go when the weather is nice. There's a small cafeteria that sells small dishes and drinks and it has an outdoor area which is pleasantly quiet and shrouded in trees and bushes (a veranda, nothing fancy). You will get around in a wheelchair or with a stroller if you need that for your kids.
Dave M | May 23, 2018
Nice museum. Modern facilities and displays, informative, well planned and the restoration of the site and exhibits is excellent. Also a great location for views along the coast (of course).
Kenneth Lopez | Jun 1, 2018
Tucked away in a part of the island you wouldn't normally go to. It's about a 15 to 20 minute walk from the Shau Kei Wan MTR station. Along the way, stop at SKW landing no 7 for a look see. The museum is pretty well maintained but the start point is not well signposted. Go to the reception and take the elevator to the top floor. The grounds and exhibits are quite interesting. Plan to spend 3 to 4 hours there to see everything. Entry is free.
Siegfried Clarke | Jun 26, 2018
Part parkland and part museum, the Hong Kong museum of coastal defense is built on top of a mountain which was a coastal defense battery. The museum contains a number of exhibits as well as a cafe and can be accessed with a lift from the base of the mountain. The parkland around the museum offers some great views of Hong Kong, as well as outdoor exhibits and some steep climbing tracks. You could avoid the climb but taking the elevator to the museum and then walking back down.
English Chaai | Jun 22, 2018
I only found out about this place after my arrival, but it's well worth a visit if you want to broaden your HK history. Well laid out and kept me occupied for two hours. The sight has some good views to admire, and entrance is free!
Lancelot Colas | Jul 18, 2018
Much less known and a bit further than the others museums of Hong Kong, but it is definitely worth a visit. Very well explained, not too much information, not too few. Everything is in English and Cantonese. Very interesting and you will learn about the history of Hong Kong !!
Kelly Rae | Aug 5, 2018
This is a free museum. When I looked it up orginally I thought it was only the outdoor parts. There is an indoor museum that has rooms that go through the history of Hong Kong. Very educational and just very cool to see. You also look out over the harbor towards Hong Kong Island.
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