Hong Kong does museums surprisingly well. All the main subjects are covered, such as a history and art, and there are some quirky extras like medical sciences. Conveniently, many of the main museums are only a short ferry or train ride apart.
Generally, Hong Kong museums are well laid-out, bilingual, and run with both passion and commitment. Perhaps the best one to start with is the Hong Kong Museum of History – don't imagine a range of objects in fusty cases: this is a vibrant and exciting space, with lots to see and do.
And whether it's pouring with rain or the mercury seems to be busting out of the thermometer, the museums offer an air-conditioned respite that does not involve spending money on shopping or eating. Indeed, one of the best things about Hong Kong museums is that by international standards, admission is phenomenally cheap – a few dollars at most. What's more, one day a week (usually Wednesday) is free. For the budget conscious, this is great, but for serious visitors, it can be trying as so many freeloaders barrel through the doors. Depending how long you are staying, it may be worth investing in a museum pass, which grants free entry to seven major museums for up to six months.