Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware
Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware is a professional museum hosted by Hong Kong City Council, which is also the world’s first museum with the theme of tea set. It began to open to the public from July, 1984. The museum is two storeys high, consisting of 9 exhibition rooms, displaying the treasure of Yixing tea sets in the Ming and Qing dynasties and introducing the productive process of tea sets.
Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware is a branch of Hong Kong Museum of Art, whose basic collections are mainly donated by Doctor Luo Guixiang, including the 600 tea wares as well as the related cultural relics from the Western Zhou Dynasty to the 20th century. In 1994, 25 porcelains and more than 600 seals were donated by Luo Guixiang Bund. In 1995, K. S. Lo Gallery was established, which contributes to popularizing Chinese tea art and promoting Chinese ceramics and seals.
The exhibition is composed of two parts, including the exhibition of Yixing red stoneware and ancient Chinese tea culture. From the exhibition of ancient Chinese tea culture, via some diagrams, pictures, models and film slides, visitors can learn about the history of planting tea, making tea and drinking tea, exploring the habits and customs drinking tea in the past dynasties. From the exhibition of Yixing red stoneware, tourists can appreciate 123 purple earthen wares as well as various kinds of teapots and teacups in various dynasties and area, such as various kinds of red stoneware teapots and sculptures from late Ming Dynasty to the modern times.
Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware is located in Hong Kong Park which is an unwonted venue for relaxation and rest. Hong Kong Park abounds with lush trees, various colorful flowers, conservatory garden and a garden for watching over 150 kinds of birds, which can be ranked as an ideal place for avoiding the hustles and bustles of cities. Thus, visitors can also feast their eyes by those natural scenery after appreciating the tea ware museum.
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