Growing with Time
The penal system in Hong Kong has a history of over 170 years. In this long stream of time, numerous reforms and developments took place in response to the economic, political, judicial and social changes of Hong Kong at different points of time. The history of the penal system hence becomes an indispensable part of the history of Hong Kong.
Correctional Services in Perspective
The museum is housed in a two-storey building next to the parade ground of the Staff Training Institute of the Correctional Services Department in Stanley. It has an area of 480 square meters with a collection of some 600 artefacts. The museum comprises ten galleries with one mock gallows and two mock cells. A mock guard tower stands on top of the building, which highlights the theme of the museum.
Themes of the Ten Galleries:
1 Punishment and Imprisonment
2, 3 Prisons History and Development
4 Inside Prisons
5 Staff Uniform, Insignia and Accoutrement
6 Vietnamese Boat People
7 Home Made Weapons and Unauthorized Articles
8 Evolution of Corrections
9 Industries and Vocational Training Section
10 Overseas Cooperation and Experience Sharing
A Community Education Centre for presentation of correctional and rehabilitative services and for display of handicrafts produced by prisoners has been added to the museum. Outside the Community Education Centre is a 200 ㎡ lookout point for visitors to savour the scenery of Tai Tam Bay. History lovers and tourists from around the world will find the museum most worth visiting.
Museum Front View
Community Education Centre
Community Education Centre Interior View
Museum Open Area