One of the most interesting and informative attractions in Hong Kong is the Hong Kong Heritage Museum. The museum features six different galleries for the permanent exhibits and six themed galleries for exhibits that are on display temporarily. A theater has the capacity to seat 400 people for seminars and lectures. The theater is also the venue for musical concerts, presentations in multimedia, and Cantonese opera. Special ceremonies may also take place in the theater. Courses and workshops are held in the rooms for seminars and education studios.
Among the permanent exhibitions at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, is the Chao Shao-an Gallery, which features ongoing displays of artwork. The T.T. Tsui Gallery of Chinese Art exhibits displays of decorative Chinese works of art. Treasures from Tibet, Chinese pottery, ceramics, and bronzes are displayed. Bronze-making began in China 4,000 years ago, and items from the Western Zhou Dynasty and Shang Dynasty are on display. Gold and silver items are part of the collections. The Orientation Theater plays a short documentary introducing visitors to the culture of Hong Kong. Some of the artifacts from the exhibits are on display to introduce guests to the various exhibits.
The Children's Discovery Gallery at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum features displays of interest to children between the ages of 4 and 10. This gallery has different play zones of varying interests that children can explore. The New Territories village allows children to explore traditional lifestyles. They can learn about archaeology and explore Mai Po Marshes. Artifacts from archaeological digs in Hong Kong are on display. Another of the play zones allows children to explore under the ocean and learn about marine life. Hong Kong Toy Story has a hands-on display of toys that allow children to learn and interact with other children.
At the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, the New Territories Heritage Hall displays different time tunnels that explore 6,000 years of history. The tunnels include the natural environment with plant fossils from the Middle Jurassic Period of 170 million years ago. Visitors can learn about the eco-system from that time period. Life during prehistory displays items from 4000 BC to 2500 BC. Trade and the coastal defense and glimpses of the life of a fisherman are two more of the displays. The time during British rule in Hong Kong is also part of the display. The final permanent collection is the Cantonese Opera Heritage Hall, which has multimedia displays and collections of items used by famous artists of the Cantonese opera.
A journey from Tsim Sha Tsui station costs HK$9 and takes 30 minutes.