Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence

The Museum is now closed for revamping until 2020.

Why is Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence so Special?

The total area of the museum is 34200 square meters. An exhibition called “600 years of coastal defense” is held permanently in the museum. It tells about the defense of Hong Kong’s coastline since the Ming Dynasty, through the first Opium War, the second Opium War and the Hong Kong campaign, to this day.

Where is Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence?

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.

How to Get There?

  • MTR Shau Kei Wan Station, Exit B2. Then walk for around 15 minutes.
  • Take NWFB bus route 82X Firstbus, running Siu Sai Wan, via North Point and Cityplaza.

History of Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence

On December 8, 1941, the Japanese launched an attack on Hong Kong Island. After the fall of the new territories and Kowloon, the British immediately strengthened their defense against the Lei Yue Mun and prevented the Japanese from crossing the Lei Yue Mun channel from the Devil Peak. The national defense forces successfully repulsed several Japanese raids, but they were finally overwhelmed. The fort fell into the hands of the enemy on December 19. The fort no longer had any defense significance in the post-war period. It was not until 1987 that it became a training ground for the British army and finally took off.
In 1993, the City Council decided to turn the fort into a museum. Opening on 25 July 2000.

Useful Travel Tips

1.The Museum is now closed for revamping until 2020.

2.Entrance Fee: Free

3.Opening Hours: Mar. – Sep.: 10:00 – 18:00, Oct. – Feb.: 10:00  – 17:00

4.Closing Days: Thursdays (except public holidays), First two days of Lunar Chinese New Year.

5.If you are going to visit Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence, you may get around Lei Yue Mun as well.

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