Hong Kong Maritime Museum

Hong Kong Maritime Museum: Hours, Address, Hong Kong Maritime Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Hong Kong Maritime Museum
Speciality Museums • History Museums
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9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
*This place is temporary closed 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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Neighbourhood: 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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Grasse, France405 contributions
Dec 2021
A MUST visit when coming to Hong Kong! The unsuspecting name does not reveal the true importance and value of this museum. It describes vividly the more than 300 years of trade between the West and China - especially the European trade with China via Hong Kong. We can learn that there is nothing new to this world - todays trade and relationship issues and mutual benefits for both worlds have not much changed in principle - all that changed is technology and media. We can learn from this museum that trade between the western world and China is mutually beneficial since hundreds of years - so we can truly relax a little bit in our overexcited times and refrain from getting carried away with the different political systems in place. It's does not matter on either side - Let's learn a bit from history and how we are in the end all just humans who want to have a decent good life ! this museum is very educational and teaches is us daily life in the "old times" and you will be surprised how close it is to the "new times" that we live in. Spend 2 hours there BUT GO ON WEEKENDS when volunteers are there to explain you details - otherwise you will not capture the essence of the trade history and how it relates to today's world. THE guides are very knowledgeable and competent and extremely friendly and helpful. A privately run Museum - my respect.
Absolutely worth a visit.
Written 12 December 2021
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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 8 November 2021
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Ron S
13 contributions
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 7 October 2020
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Hong Kong, China146,615 contributions
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 16 May 2020
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Serge F
67 contributions
Mar 2020
Great place to fill in a few hours. Was the only person there for about an hour when there march 4th 2020. Great way to get an idea of the HK maritime history
Written 19 March 2020
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Alton, UK192 contributions
Dec 2019
Very glad we went to the museum.Initially we found it quite hard to find which level to go in but found the door and very helpful guides showed us the way.Very well set out museum and of course being where it is the views are amazing.We saw a large tourist junk going past which was fun.If you want to go it's near the Star ferry terminal and leave time before or after for cake in the cafe there on the top floor!
Written 28 January 2020
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Airlie Beach, Australia20 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
The maritime history is well laid out with succinct explanations of each exhibit. Start from the basement and work your way up through each 'deck' with plenty of interactive displays and fabulous views of the harbour. Use your ticket to come and go throughout the day. We went for a Star ferry ride, and enjoyed a discounted lunch upstairs, each time returning to the museum to check out another level. Highly recommend.
Written 26 January 2020
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Helen Costelloe
27 contributions
Mar 2019
The muesum itself is not great. Worth a walk around if in the area and a venue for some talks and presentations which are more interesting. Fantastic Cafe 8 on the upper floor, really worth a visit, affordable and simple food with a fantastic view of the harbour.
Written 5 January 2020
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Lancaster, UK58 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
Very near to the Star Ferry. Easy to spend a couple of hours or more here learning about the history of Hong Kong‘ session trade. Can recommend.
Written 30 December 2019
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Frank C
Melbourne, Australia55 contributions
Nov 2019
I only wish I had more time and patience, to take in all the exhibits. It is a fascinating place. I learned quite a bit about the acient mariners!
Written 20 December 2019
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Hong Kong Maritime Museum is open:
  • Mon - Fri 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Sat - Sun 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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