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Hong Kong Maritime Museum
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Ranked #44 of 848 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.
Reviewed October 3, 2013

No dislikes really....just wanted even more to see and learn about...It hasn't been open very long, but has been done well!

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Reviewed September 25, 2013

Firstly this is a very old picture of Hong Kong Maritime Museum. It has moved and reopened near the Central Ferry Pier (Pier 8), you can't miss it if you take the Star Ferry from or to Central to Tsimshatsui. The Hong Kong Maritime Museum is full of pleasant surprises and everything so nicely presented. The most amazing thing is the 360d digitized painting by an anonymous Qing painter commemorates the defeat of the pirates who infested the waters around Guangdong in the early Jiaqing period (1796-1820). In 1809, the emperor Jiaqing made Bailing Governor-General of Liang-Guang with special anti-pirate responsibilities. You won't regret paying HK$30, which is under US$4, for this overwhelming experience, highly recommended.

Thank rosaline117
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Reviewed September 22, 2013

We recently visited the Hong Kong Maritime Museum (HK$30 per adult), which reopened earlier this year at its new location at the Central Ferry Pier (Pier 8) in the Central district on Hong Kong Island. We were quite pleased with the new museum and consider it to be one of the better museum options we have for visitors to Hong Kong.

The Hong Kong Maritime Museum includes three levels and 12-13 sections of maritime related exhibitions. Displays are well arranged and laid out. Like other Hong Kong museums, there is adequate text provided for the many items on display and a wide array of things to see and they make good use of monitors where you can learn more about various subject matters on display, found throughout the museum. We also felt the layout of the museum was logical and effective, providing visitors opportunity to make a short and quick visit or to linger for a couple hours, without missing anything or having to back-track at all during their visit.

We felt the second and third floors (Section A and B) were more child and family friendly with exhibits that might interest younger members of your group a bit more, while the first floor (Section C) has a more historical maritime theme, featuring some impressive pottery boats from the Han dynasty, model ships representing Chinese ships through the centuries and some fantastic 18th century harbour paintings. A real highlight of this floor was the Canton Presentation Screen (circa 1690) made of eight panels. We also very much enjoyed the Gouache of Keying scroll painting (circa 1847).

Section C also featured an interesting section on historic and modern day piracy activity on the high seas. There were further areas were you can learn a bit of the history of the Opium wars and foreign trade activity in and around the Pearl Delta that served to greatly shape modern day Canton Region and Hong Kong. Section C ends with a section featuring the making and history of Victoria Harbour here in Hong Kong that is interesting for those keen to learn a bit about our famous harbour.

There is a temporary exhibition on the ground level floor just before you exit the museum. Presently, they are showing photos of very large container ships being built and refurbished. We enjoyed seeing this and found the floor to make very good 'art space', which should make way for very good future temporary exhibitions as well.

Lastly, the museum has a cafe and gift shop and the museum is located very near to the Star Ferry, which would make an appropriate add-on activity for those interested in visiting this very good museum.

Overall, we enjoyed our recent visit to the Hong Kong Maritime Museum and feel they did a very nice job with the relocation and reopening of this museum from its former home at the Murray House in Stanley. In the end, this is one of the better museums in Hong Kong and one that visitors with an interest in maritime and historical matters will enjoy.

Hint: A similar and equally good museum in Hong Kong that visitors might want to consider is the Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence in Shau Kei Wan.

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Reviewed August 5, 2013 via mobile

Real pity to see such a small museum for such a great maritime heritage nation. Location and venue fantastic but displays only average and no credit for the influence HK has played. Better maritime displays at the fav HK heritage museum on other side of Victoria harbour

Thank TramigoMalaysia
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Reviewed July 27, 2013

I never visited the museum when it was housed in Murray House in Stanley, but today went to see what had been done in relocating the HKMM to Pier 8 in Central. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised and impressed. The HKMM is a partnership between government and the shipping industry and a successful one too. The history of Hong Kong as a port and the importance of the shipping industry is nicely presented. Of course, there is a lot about China generally (Cheng Ho etc. ) which, arguably, is off subject if the focus is meant to be Hong Kong only, but I suppose that it is difficult ( for various reasons....) to exclude the wider seafaring history of the glorious motherland.

All exhibits are well displayed with bilingual captions and the exhibition, deck C, then deck B and finally deck A, more or less follows a chronological order and some sort of system. The entrance fee is very reasonable at HK$30 (HK$15 for seniors and children).

We visited on a Saturday afternoon but, mercifully, were spared crowds of noisy schoolchildren.

Well done HKMM - a jolly good show !

Thank Tim C
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