I thought this building would be a lot more creepy than it actually is. In my mind loomed thoughts of galleries of awful torture scientific devices and mad scientist experiments (pig-goat-dimsum-creatures?) but upon visiting, all of my vague worries proved seriously unfounded.
In fact, this museum is very interesing – set in a heritage building next to Caine Park- it covers the introduction of a bacteriologist to Hong Kong after the Black Plague swept through the city, sets the stage for the government standard of housing hygiene in Hong Kong, and showcases some of the medical breakthroughs of past times.
There are plenty of exhibits and a video introduction gives a visual introduction to work that has been done to bring Hong Kong’s medical industry to the standards of today.
It is very educational, can be covered in under 30mins, and the heritage building that it’s in makes for a worthy trip.
COPIED FROM WIKIPEDIA ARTICLE, FOUND HERE :
Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences
The Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences (Chinese: 香港醫學博物館) was established in 1996, and is located in a renovated 3-storey Edwardian-style building, at 2 Caine Lane at the Mid-levels, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong. It is also referred to as Old Pathological Institute.
The aim of the museum is to promote the collection and preservation of materials of historical interest relating to the development of the medical industry in Hong Kong. On occasion, some exhibitions are held by the museum, in order to present basic and advanced medical information and news. One of its major goals to help to raise public interest in the medical history of Hong Kong and teach them more about health and diseases.
The building that would later become Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences was built in 1906. It was designed as a Bacteriological Institute, and renamed to Pathological institute after World II. The building was designed by Leigh & Orange.
Being the first laboratory of bacteriology in Hong Kong, it was constructed of red bricks and consisted of three blocks. The main block is a two-storey building with a basement. The second one was used as a dormitory and the third for keeping animals. In 1972, the institute was relocated to Victoria Road and the building was then used as a storeroom for Pathology Service for the Health Department.
The building was declared a monument in 1990. In 1995, it was handed over to the Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences Society and converted to a museum for the public.
It is a three-tier building occupying 10,000 square feet (930 m²) and it consists of 11 exhibition galleries including a gallery for Tai Ping Shan View, a game room, a library and the Gordon King Lecture Theatre.
The galleries include:
- Lui Hac Minh Gallery
- Hong Kong Tuberculosis, Chest and Heart Diseases Association Gallery
- Hong Kong College of Radiologists
The aim of the museum is to exhibit and educate the public about Hong Kong’s medical history as well as to preserve historical medical materials relating to the local development of medicine. Occasionally, special activities are held by the museum to inform the public about medical information and news. Publications and leaflets are also distributed to the public occasionally so as to help arouse the interest of the public in the medical history of Hong Kong and increase their knowledge and understanding of health and diseases.