After visiting the St. Stephen’s College Heritage Trail we crossed the street to the Hong Kong Correctional Services Museum.
This free-entry, two-floor museum showcases 170 years of crime and punishment in Hong Kong. It traces the transformation of the Hong Kong penal system from the original punishment-as-a-deterrent model to the current approach that promotes rehabilitation.
The museum features some 600 artefacts, a mock gallows, two imitation cells and a mock guard tower perched on top of the building. The 10 galleries present exhibits covering the history and development of the prison system, including punishment and imprisonment, staff uniforms and insignias, the Vietnamese boat people, homemade weapons, and more.
It is an interesting museum, but it is quite small and it didn't include much info about the history of the different prisons (there are a lot around Hong Kong and several in really great locations) or any anecdotes about famous inmates or outbreak attempts.
The Museum is closed on Mondays and Public Holidays. On all other days it is open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Hong Kong Correctional Services Museum
No 45, Tung Tau Wan Road, Stanley, Hong Kong
Bus 260 or 6 stop near the Museum