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“Good interesting museum right by the water”

Hong Kong Maritime Museum
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Ranked #38 of 811 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.
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“Good interesting museum right by the water”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2013

This museum is right on Hong Kong harbour and allows you to make sense of Hong Kong (primarily a trading port) in a way nothing else would. I found it to be both enjoyable and well-made. That having been said, my companion judged it boring and, if you are used to free museums, the HK$30 cash-only entrance ticket comes as a shock.

Visited March 2013
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“all at Shea”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2013

I understand that this museum has just relocated to central pier 8.that probably explains why there are very few directional signs and the entrance is hard to find.inside you will find a state of the art museum on 3 floors.the bottom floor deals with the development of shipping.it is probably the best gallery.the middle floor deals with charting the depths and diving.the top floor highlights navigational aids.I found it very engrossing and stayed over two hours.lots of hands on screens and not just for the kids either.maybe not enough people know of its new location.I was one of only a handful of people visiting.

Visited March 2013
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Hong Kong, China
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“Another Great but less known Attraction in Hong Kong”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2013

This museum was previously situated in Stanley. It existed since 2005, closed 6 years later due to high rent & moved to the present location. Opened in February 2013, the new museum is much bigger & has more exhibits than before. It tells the story of the maritime history of Hong Kong & her neighbouring cities in China. Models of ancient junks which played a great role in trades between China & other countries. Of special interest is a model of the first junk which circumnavigate the Pacific. It also tells the story of marine piracy in olden days, specially that of the famous Hong Kong pirate Chrung Po Chai, whose enclave still exist s on one of the outlaying islands in Hong Kong. The exhibits shows the story of the Hong Kong ship building & breaking up industry of Hong Kong.

Visited March 2013
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Marblehead, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2013


I first visited this museum in 2009 when it was located at Stanley and found the exhibits to be very informative and impressive.

My second visit was on the day after the opening of the museum at the new site at Central Ferry Pier 8.

The museum is set to appeal to a wide range of interests and ages.

We were astounded at the organisation and quality of the exhibits. There was a feeling that every detail had been scrupulously attended to. Of special note are the wonderful models of vessels from small sampans to ferries and ocean going riggers.

The museum is organised into four main parts called 'Decks'. Visitors begin with C Deck to get an overview of the maritime history of the city and its harbour.

Included in the history is an interesting section on piracy or 'Sea Bandits' as they were called.

B deck displays various maritime themes including safety at sea and the underwater world.

For us, the section on the development of the harbour was of great interest as , during our years of residence in Hong Kong we witnessed the harbour becoming narrower as the years went on.

In this section of the museum is a viewing deck where you can sit and gaze out over the harbour. This is highly recommended.

There is a lot of information to take in so we concentrated on C & B decks and plan to return next week and maybe even the week after!.

Visited February 2013
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Hong Kong, China
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“New Museums is coming”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2012

The museum is currently under renovation. It will open to the public in late Jan 2013. By then, it will be very different from the old museum in Murray House, Stanley.

Since it is locating in the center of Hong Kong, you can spend a moment by visiting the museum before heading out to IFC Mall for a bit of serious shopping.

Visited August 2012
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