Hong Kong Maritime Museum
Hong Kong Maritime Museum
4.5
Speciality MuseumsScience MuseumsArt MuseumsHistory Museums
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
The Hong Kong Maritime Museum (HKMM), opened at Murray House in Stanley in 2005, is a vibrant, cultural institution dedicated to preserving, collecting and displaying objects that tell the story about trade and maritime in Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta. Since 2013, the Museum has been relocated to the picturesque Victoria Harbour at Central Pier No. 8. An independent, non-profit registered charity, HKMM is supported by the shipping industry, the business community, private individuals and the Hong Kong SAR Government. HKMM houses 15 galleries including a venue space for special exhibitions and events, a resource centre, a roof-top social enterprise café, and a gift shop. HKMM promotes Hong Kong, China and Asia's maritime history and heritage as well as the vital role that ships and the sea play in our past, present and future. It also offers visitors a variety of public programmes including guided tours, workshops, public talks, and school, community and family activities.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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The area
Neighborhood: Central
When people think of Hong Kong, most imagine movies with famous skyscrapers dominating the skyline. The area widely known as Central is the major financial hub and entertainment district, which truly lives up to the saying, “work hard, play hard.” Bars stay open late into the night and there just happens to be a street party every weekend. Although everything seems to be operating at lightning speed, Central is full of quiet, hidden gems. Nestled between office towers are wet markets and some of the city’s oldest restaurants dating back to the 1960s. Feeling a bit overwhelmed? Retreat from the crowds by exploring beautifully restored historical buildings and even a green oasis of botanical gardens.
How to get there
  • Hong Kong • 6 min walk
  • Central • 9 min walk
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  • Muzzamuzzamuzza
    Wellington, New Zealand137 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting museum
    This is a much bigger museum that first appears. The quality of the exhibits is outstanding. There is a lot of information. The view of Victoria Harbour was great - watching the Star Ferries going back and forth was kind of mesmerising.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 8, 2024
  • Karen n
    9 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go to the cafe even if you don't visit the museum
    Interesting museum right on waterfront next to star ferry and has a fantastic cafe that supports a local charity. Best tuna melt ever, but also did a little set lunch for 145hkd, terrific value and really tasty food. Also had wine and beer.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 28, 2024
  • PaulDavison
    Chipping Norton, United Kingdom36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit
    I had a couple of hours free before traveling to the airport to fly back to Europe and decided to try the museum. I was very impressed and excellent summary of the history of trade between China - Hong Kong - and the West over the last 500 years. Some great models and interactive sections for the Kids. Highly recommended and assume 1-2 hours
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written January 31, 2024
  • chairmanglasgow
    Glasgow, United Kingdom119 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Happen chance
    We had late flight out so we’re looking for things to do. When crossing on Star Ferry(best value journey in the world) saw this museum so went in. What a find. Lots of exhibits, plenty of interesting information on the history of HK from a maritime perspective and great views of the harbour. We happily spent a couple of hours here and easily could have stayed longer. Well worth a visit.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 8, 2024
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Family
On 06 of Nov, My family and I prepared to go enjoy sunset and do some exercise at the waterfront. Because of my leg is not function well and have to holding the walking stick. When we arrived somewhere near the Star Ferry, my 6 years old daughter requested to go to washroom. My wife and I tried to locate any, however we could not. Fortunately we saw a Museum and we believed that they might offer us assistance. I am full of hope that the Ladies who are working at the Museum will give us a hand. My request were turned by the Ladies and directed to go to the Pier no.7. We are being informed that the facility for the guest who paid the entrance fee ONLY.

We paid the entrance fee and asked for assistance to direct my daughter to the washroom. Again, my request is turned down by the LADY and she explained under their Rule and Regulation that children under 12 must accompanied by the parents. Finally my wife paid as this is our need. I am curious and question that why could not offer any assistance for the kids? We did not requested that to using the facility for my hold family. This is proper procedure, anyone who using the facility have to pay.

I have bit confuse, they are courtesy but on the contrary were the most ruthless LADIES I have ever known. I am confidence to say that same situation happen at the MTR station, they will not ask to pay and offering you a convenience.
Written November 8, 2021
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chairmanglasgow
Glasgow, UK119 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We had late flight out so we’re looking for things to do. When crossing on Star Ferry(best value journey in the world) saw this museum so went in. What a find. Lots of exhibits, plenty of interesting information on the history of HK from a maritime perspective and great views of the harbour. We happily spent a couple of hours here and easily could have stayed longer. Well worth a visit.
Written April 8, 2024
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PaulDavison
Chipping Norton, UK36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
I had a couple of hours free before traveling to the airport to fly back to Europe and decided to try the museum. I was very impressed and excellent summary of the history of trade between China - Hong Kong - and the West over the last 500 years. Some great models and interactive sections for the Kids. Highly recommended and assume 1-2 hours
Written January 31, 2024
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Karen n
9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Interesting museum right on waterfront next to star ferry and has a fantastic cafe that supports a local charity. Best tuna melt ever, but also did a little set lunch for 145hkd, terrific value and really tasty food. Also had wine and beer.
Written January 29, 2024
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Muzzamuzzamuzza
Wellington, New Zealand137 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
This is a much bigger museum that first appears. The quality of the exhibits is outstanding. There is a lot of information. The view of Victoria Harbour was great - watching the Star Ferries going back and forth was kind of mesmerising.
Written January 9, 2024
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TheLeongOhana
United States7,455 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Solo
This was a surprisingly good museum located by the waterfront.

The museum was organized into three “decks” of exhibits.

On the C Deck (lowest floor) it started the visit with a history of Hong Kong and traced its growth to the powerhouse shipping port of today. Well done exhibits included ship design, building, historical voyages, cargo and important figures.

The B Deck contained more modern maritime exhibits including an active radar tracking ships in the harbor, cargo containers (including a cargo operator video game), modern ship design and impacts of humans on ocean environments.

The last Deck A contained numerous ancient navigation tools and a somewhat modern bridge with lots of dials and buttons for kids to play with. However the highlight was the bridge simulator. It was only available at certain times of the day (check with the front desk) and required a ticket for the timed entry. Once inside, I took over and steered the KS Koo ship through a simulated trip around the harbor. The large video displays somehow made it feel like the ship was moving and rocking but it was just a trick of the mind. Being the only person gave me a lot of time at the controls and I actually was allowed to crash the ship into another one. Unfortunately the ship got stuck but the “captain” reset the program! Very cool.

Highly recommend visiting this museum when you are near the docks. It was a few minutes walk from the Star Ferry.
Written July 15, 2019
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Brad
Hong Kong, China173,427 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020
The Hong Kong Maritime Museum is located at the Central Ferry Pier (Pier 8) next to the Central Promenade Waterfront. This is a good specialty museum for those interested in HK's rich maritime history. Entry fee is HK$30 per adult, HK$15 per child and opening hours are 9.30am - 5.30pm (weekdays) and 10am - 7pm (weekends).

Here you will find three floors providing a chronological walk through Hong Kong and China's maritime history. There are numerous displays with artefacts, artworks, model ships and interactive devises and plenty of text for the enthusiasts.

Particularly good representations are given for Chinese and greater Asian sea vessels as well as Western ships, journeys to China and the difficult establishment of trade with China in the Canton, Macau, Whampoa and the eventual colonial establishment of Hong Kong.

There are displays related to 20th-century maritime matters that influenced the growth Victoria Harbour and broader Hong Kong as an international shipping, shipbuilding and commercial trade powerhouse in Asia. Interesting sections on piracy, wreck treasure hunting as well as a freight ship simulator which you can sign up for when it is available are worth seeing as well.

Note: As the museum is located on a pier, there is an area with excellent nearly 180-degree, indoor views of Victoria Harbour. When sky conditions are good, this is a great place to see and enjoy seeing Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and several kilometres of the harbour in both directions.

Overall, the Hong Kong Maritime Museum is well laid out and a good learning opportunity for those with interest in maritime and history. You can spend 2-3 hours here leisurely visiting and enjoying most of the exhibits. Otherwise, 30-45 minutes will likely suffice if you have more casual interest or are limited on time. There is gift shop just outside the museum entrance and you may want to consider taking ride on one of our iconic Star Ferry vessels which berth at pier 7 after your visit to the museum.
Written May 16, 2020
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Ron S
13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Interesting and convenient exhibit, located just next to the Star Ferry terminal in Central. Everything from ancient vessels and lore to modern shipping.
Written October 7, 2020
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fmck49
Glasgow, UK942 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Couples
We took the Star Ferry over from TST as the museum is on the next pier to where it moors. This is one of the best maritime museums we’ve been to. The only thing that’s missing is outdoor space. Explanations of all exhibits is in Cantonese and English. The history of the development of marine craft, Hong Kong, the harbours, trade and exploration, and the city’s relationship with the rest of the world is fascinating as you work your way through the levels. There is an interactive bridge in construction at the moment which looks fantastic. A great place to spend a couple of hours if you need a rest from the heat and the entry fee is minimal.
Written September 25, 2019
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Ctl198
129 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Family
There is nothing to do here. Unless you like seeing models of ferries, don't go here. Also, the location is un-convinient.
Written January 14, 2018
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