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“Small but good” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hong Kong Maritime Museum

Hong Kong Maritime Museum
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Ranked #35 of 807 things to do in Hong Kong
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Small but good”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2012

A very small museum but well laid out and an interesting place to spend an hour. There are some interactive activities for kids but not much to keep them occupied. Good for dads while wives shop.

Visited February 2012
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“Impressive but a major omission with no mention of Royal Navy's 100+ year presence.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2012

A modern museum , well presented with interesting displays and information about ship development and maritime history. Perhaps a bit too much information about container ports and ships bUt they paid for the museum. It is strange that there is no mention at all about the Royal Navy who were a huge part of Hong Kong's maritIme history. The museum is moving to the Tamar/Admiral area of HK to bigger premises so maybe they'll correct this serious omission in the new premises.

Visited February 2012
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“Interesting & Well Laid Out”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2012

To me, this is the best feature of the Stanley area, but sadly at the time we visited, we were about the only people who chose to pop in. People seemed to be visiting the associated shop, but few chose to pay the small entrance fee for the museum. At least this was certainly the case on the day we went. There are two large rooms - the first detailing 'ancient' maritime artifacts and the second looking at 'modern' times. Both sections were interesting and well laid out. As Hong Kong is based around its harbour, the exhibits give you a much better appreciation of the city and its history.

Visited December 2011
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Hong Kong, China
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“great maritime museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2012

I went to Hong Kong Maritime Museum because I need a case study for my final assignment. Even the museum is small, but it's very complete. There are 2 galleries, Ancient and Modern. It's very interesting, because the collections are separated by timeline. The room is very comfy, and the presentation of the collections is very nice, not boring. I really like this museum and you can learn Chinese maritime history here. And the location (Stanley Bay) is very beautiful

Visited July 2011
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“Small museum, with some interesting things”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2012

There's some good exhibits in the Museum, but unfortunately I'm judging it against the Maritime Museum in Greenwich, which is more than three rooms. It seems a little strange that given how much of Hong Kong's history has been related to the sea, that there would be so little shown here, save a few replicas of boats and a pretty horrendous oceanliner simulator.

What there is, is quite pleasant: there's quite a few model ships that are nice to look at, and there are some interesting examples of documents from the days when passports didn't have photographs in them, along with some depictions of the Good Old Days when there were pirates lurking around the coast of Lantau. You could spend maybe an hour here, but it's not much of a destination - more something to do if you're in Stanley anyway.

The building itself is somewhat remarkable - it was originally in Central, and dismantled and then rebuilt in Stanley after spending years in storage. Opinion varies as to whether the six pillars outside the building used to be part of the structure or not - perhaps they're like those extra screws left over when you finish assembling Ikea flatpack furniture, or perhaps that's a myth to amaze tourists with...

Visited March 2011
Thank MrCushtie
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