The forerunner of the Police Museum was the Police Historical Records Committee which was formed in 1964. The Committee had by then collected a significant number of artifacts relating to the history of the Force and proposed the foundation of a museum. The very small scale Police Museum was established in 1976 in the Police Headquarters, and it was later moved to the Tai Sang Commercial Building in Wan Chai. In 1988, the Police Museum was further relocated to its present site on the Peak.
The Police Museum has four galleries, namely the Orientation Gallery, the Triad Societies and Narcotics Gallery, the Hong Kong Police Then and Now Gallery and the Thematic Exhibition Gallery. The Museum has a total gross floor area of 570 square metres displaying around 1,200 exhibits.
Orientation Gallery - This gallery describes the general history of the Police Force through historical photographs and archives, uniforms, equipment, firearms and other artifacts. Significant exhibits include the stuffed head of the “Sheung Shui Tiger” which was shot in 1915 after killing two policemen, memorabilia donated by the widow of the former Commissioner of Police, Mr. Duncan MacIntosh, and a “Plague Medal” of 1894, etc.
Triad Societies and Narcotics Gallery - This gallery features the history of local triad societies, their structure, their beliefs and the rituals practiced by members. This gallery also introduces the past narcotics problems in Hong Kong through the display of replica drugs, drug smoking paraphernalia and trafficking methods and an old heroin manufacturing laboratory.
Hong Kong Police Then & Now Gallery - This exhibition gives an overview of the transformation of the Hong Kong Police Force over the past 170-odd years by exploring several areas of interest. The history of the Hong Kong Police Force is closely tied with the history of Hong Kong, and this gallery shows the history of Hong Kong from another perspective.
Thematic Exhibition Gallery - The current exhibition is “A History of Hong Kong Police Stations”. In the past, the Police Museum organized a number of exhibitions including “Police Dog Unit”, “Gems of Collection: Police Artifacts in Modern China”, “25 Years at the Front: A History of Police Escorts in Hong Kong (1986-2011)”, “Striving for Wisdom, Bravery, Sincerity and Fortitude: Reminiscences of the Days Together in the Police Cadet School (1973-1990)”, “The Historical Development of Force Communications: Being closely bound up with the Communications Branch” and “Cheung Chau Police Station (1913 – 2013): Marking One Hundred Years”.
A pamphlet of the Museum (PDF format)
Address : 27 Coombe Road, The Peak, Hong Kong.
Tel: (852) 2849 7019
Fax: (852) 2849 4573
Public Transport :
NWFB Bus No. 15 (from Exchange Square to the Peak). Get off at the Wan Chai Gap Road Stop.
Opening Hours :
Wednesdays to Sundays : 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesdays : 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed on :
Mondays, Tuesdays a.m., Public Holidays and the first three days of the Chinese New Year
(Please book in advance for group visits)