Sunday, April 30, 2017

Hong Kong | Day Four

A line up of Stormtroopers outside the museum

Nathan was very fittingly wearing his Darth Vader t-shirt 😁
On our last day in Hong Kong we planned to visit two museums, the Science Museum, and the History Museum, which are right next to each other. After we got up, we went to the bakery near our guesthouse and bought some things for breakfast, which we ate in the local park. I love that there are so many parks in Hong Kong, each neighborhood has one and they were so well maintained. That morning, we watched as a gardener came along and swept the ground, and then splashed some water on the ground and spot cleaned with a scrubby brush. We were very impressed! Haha

Comic books in the toys exhibit

Entrance to the toys exhibit

Testing out the slinky toy

Timeline of toys

Interactive! Building blocks for kids (and kids at heart) to play with

An activity book for kids to fill out as they walk through the museum

Paper doll toys

An assortment of robots

Matchbox cars

Sylvanian Family toys

A collection of Barbie dolls

Disney Princess dolls

A cool Transformers collection

More Star Wars toys
Anyway, after breakfast we walked to the museums, which were just about to open. Straight away we were already excited for the special exhibit in the History Museum, when we saw about a hundred Stormtrooper figurines lined up along the entrance to the museum. The special exhibit running at the moment is "The Legend of Hong Kong Toys", an exhibit all about Hong Kong's history as one of the leading producers of children's toys. We had such fun walking through the exhibit, looking at all of the toy collections and reliving our childhoods full of these fun toys. The first part of the exhibition was even an interactive display, with big building blocks, Viewmasters, slinkys and other fun toys to play with. I was also impressed by the fact that the museum had put together activity books for kids to do as they walk around the museum, filled with games and questions to answer.

Trees inside the History Museum

An old style baby carrier, decorated with patches

A life sized boat inside the museum

The permanent exhibit in the museum is "The Hong Kong Story", which goes through everything from the natural environment of Hong Kong, the people and the culture, and how it came to be the "modern metropolis" that it is today. The exhibit is huge, and comprises of 8 galleries, the last few of which we had to hurry through, because Charlotte was becoming cranky and needed a nap! haha
Overall though, the museum was excellent, and very interesting. Charlotte loved looking at the toys in the special exhibit, and kept making funny noises at the ones she liked.

After the History Museum, we took Charlotte out for a walk so she could have a quick nap, and then we ate lunch. Next, we walked back to explore the Science Museum, which was just fantastic. The museum is on four floors, and is divided into different sections, like food science, mathematics, electricity, and life sciences. Almost every display is interactive, with a short text to go along with each activity, explaining the different sciences. The museum was packed with kids of all ages, and it all looked like so much fun. Even though Charlotte is too little to do any of the activities, she still really enjoyed watching the other children, and looking at the exhibits.

We were so impressed with both museums that we visited, and the best part is that it cost so little to visit them! The History Museum's permanent exhibit is actually free, so we just paid HK$10 each (US$1.28) for the toy's exhibit. Then the Science Museum was only HK$20 (US$2.57). That is so awesome!

I hope you enjoyed reading all about our stay in Hong Kong.
Next up will be what we got up to in Taiwan :)

Hannah xx

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