The Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences (HKMMS) was officially opened in 1996 in a declared public monument, the Old Pathological Institute on Caine Lane, Mid-Levels Hong Kong. It is the only medical museum in Hong Kong with a mission of providing a stimulating environment for promoting education for all in health and medical sciences, past, present and future. The Museum is community-based and independent of government administration. It is managed by a non-profit charitable organization, the Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences Society. The Museum currently houses a series of long-standing exhibitions covering significant events and key institutions related to the medical history of Hong Kong, including the Hong Kong 1894 plague epidemic and the SARS outbreak of 2003. Comparison between Western and Traditional Chinese medicine is another major theme.