Devoted to the maritime history and trade of the Pearl River Delta, the original HK Maritime Museum opened in 2005 at the historic Murray House in Stanley. Since February, it has relocated to the Central Ferry Pier 8 along the heart of the Victoria Harbour, giving easier access to a greater number of visitors.
Spread over four levels, the new facility houses 15 galleries that feature exhibits covering China's maritime heritage, the Canton Trade, the Pirate Coast, Hong Kong's harbour, the evolution of China's sea routes, relations with foreign powers, maritime communications, charting, navigation and pilotage, sounds of the sea, shipping today, port development and safety at sea and Chinese marine art. In addition to documenting the past, the museum also covers the present by explaining global trends and the importance of shipping to Hong Kong's economy. Together with precious models of ancient ships, artistic nautical works and interactive displays of modern ships and ports, it continues to pay tribute to over 2000 years of seafaring history and development of Hong Kong and Mainland China.
The Museum Society is excited to organize this visit to the newly opened HK Maritime Museum with Director Richard Wesley and Dr. Stephen Davies. Director Richard Wesley will share with us the process involved with building this museum, its mission and vision, as well as stories on the acquisition of its collections. Dr. Stephen Davies, CSSC Maritime Heritage Resource Centre Research Fellow will guide us on a tour of the maritime exhibitions, as well as background information on maritime trade, history and heritage of Hong Kong.