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Hong Kong Maritime Museum Hits Summer Waves With Day of the Seafarer and Muse Fest 2016

The Hong Kong Maritime Museum (HKMM) is organising a series of events in collaboration with the Hong Kong Seamen's Union and the Marine Department to celebrate the Day of the Seafarer (25 June 2016). Concurrently, HKMM also participates in Muse Fest 2016 for the first time this early July.  Both campaigns, together with the arrival of Norwegian tall ship Sørlandet, make HKMM an ideal place for Hongkongers of all ages to join in this summer season.
 
Day of the Seafarer aims to pay tribute to seafarers for their contribution to the seafaring industry whilst increasing public awareness and understanding of the working and living conditions of seafarers. On 25 June, volunteers from the Hong Kong Seamen’s Union will be stationed at HKMM to interact with visitors at the Seafarers’ Life Roadshow. Instructors from the Institute of Seatransport will also be on-site, leading exciting navigation skills workshops, while students from Maritime Services Training Institutes (MSTI) will lead public sessions in the KM Koo Shipbridge Simulator. To celebrate this special day, HKMM is open to the public for free too.
 
“The mission of Day of the Seafarer is really close to the heart of the Hong Kong Maritime Museum. Of course we love telling stories about the past, but the maritime heritage of Hong Kong is something that all our seafarers, local or just stopping by, take pride in and share. We are very excited to bring Hong Kong together to celebrate the seafaring men and women who make such an important – if sometimes invisible - contribution to our daily lives. The Day of the Seafarer is a good opportunity to thank seafarers and their families for their hard work and sacrifices.” says Dr. Dominique Bouchard, Head of Education and Public Programmes at HKMM.
 
Dominique continues, “It is also an opportunity to get young people excited about the broad range of maritime careers available to them. Seafaring and Maritime are sectors that rely heavily on STEM subjects and HKMM is committed to supporting young people in developing their skills and knowledge in these subjects.”
 
For details of the Day of the Seafarer programmes held at HKMM, please visit: http://hkmaritimemuseum.org/eng/whats-on/calendar-of-events/79/265/day-of-the-seafarer-2016.html
 
What is more, as HKMM is a one of the museum partner of the recently launched Muse Fest 2016, hosted by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), HKMM will host an array of in-depth and unique programmes from 2 to 10 July 2016 that no one should miss!
 
"See More" is the theme of this year’s Muse Fest which aims to encourage the public to take different perspectives and think “outside the box” through their participation in the featured programmes. Participants will gain new insights and broaden their horizons. 
 
HKMM endeavours to maximise its promotional synergy by partnering with various organisations.  In the past, HKMM has collaborated with the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and other public museums to promote HK SciFest 2016 and International Museum Day, Muse Fest 2016 is another partnership that between HKMM and LCSD, to offer interesting cultural and educational programmes to bring the Hong Kong community together.
 
For details of the Muse Fest 2016 programmes offered by HKMM, please visit: http://hkmaritimemuseum.org/eng/whats-on/calendar-of-events/79/264/muse-fest-hk-2016.html
 
25 June, 2016 - Day of the Seafarer Programmes
 
Participation in the below activities is free upon museum admission. Tickets are required to join any of the below sessions, which will be distributed from 11:00 onwards at the Day of the Seafarer info desk, first come first served.
 
KM KOO SHIP BRIDGE SIMULATOR (Cantonese and English) 
Session 1: 11:15 - 11:45
Session 2: 12:15 - 12:45 
Session 3: 14:15 - 14:45 
Session 4: 15:15 - 15:45
Session 5: 16:15 - 16:45
Session 6: 17:15 - 17:45
NAVIGATIONAL INSTRUMENT DEMONSTRATION (Cantonese and English)
Session 1: 11:00 – 12:30
Session 2: 13:30 - 15:00
Session 3: 15:30 - 17:00 
WORKSHOP: ARTS AND CRAFTS (Cantonese and English) 
 
Viking Long Ship Making Workshop:
Session 1: 11:00 – 11:30
Session 2: 12:00 – 12:30
Session 3: 14:00 – 14:30
Session 4: 15:00 – 15:30
 
Shrink Plastic Workshop: 
13:00 – 13:30
 
Admission to the below activities is on drop-in basis. Free to join with museum admission ticket.
 
GUIDED TOURS: AROUND THE MUSEUM IN 45 MINUTES (Cantonese and English) 
English tour: 11:00, 15:00 / Cantonese tour: 12:00, 14:00, 16:00
BADGE MAKING ACTIVITY (Cantonese and English) 
11:00 - 16:00
Donation required. 
Participants can make one badge with HK$10 donation. 
Three badges could be made with HK$20 donation. 
Your donation will help support HKMM’s operations and education and public programming.
WORKSHOP: TEMPORARY TATTOO (Cantonese and English) 
11:00 - 16:00
 
 
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Muse Fest 2016 Programmes
 
All programmes below requires advance online registration: http://www.hkmaritimemuseum.org/eng/visit/gift-shop/online-store/70/110/
 
Date and Time Programme
2 July 
Saturday
14:00 - 15:00 (Cantonese)
Guided Tour: If These Walls Could Talk: The Building of the Hong Kong Maritime Museum
 
2, 3, 9, & 10 July 
Saturdays and Sundays
16:00 - 17:00 (Cantonese)
Guided Tour: Secret Stories of the Hong Kong Maritime Museum
 
3 July
Sunday
14:30 - 17:30 (Cantonese and English)
Workshop: Object Handling in Gallery
 
5 July
Tuesday
16:00 - 17:00 (English)
Talk: Making Museums Relevant
Elliot Gruber, CEO
Mariner’s Museum 
Newport News, Virginia, USA
 
7 July
Thursday
18:00 - 20:00 (English)
Adult Workshop: Museum Masterclass
Advance booking required. 
HK$100 Friends of HKMM / HK$500 Public (including refreshment)
 
9 July
Saturday
15:30 - 17:00 (Cantonese and English)
Family Activity: Navigation Skills 
For adults and children ages 8+
 
9 July
Saturday
16:00 - 17:00 (English)
Talk: Building Blue Networks: Measuring and Conserving Marine Biodiversity
Dr. Shelby McIlroy, Coral Ecologist
The Swire Institute of Marine Science 
School of Biological Sciences & Department of Earth Sciences
University of Hong Kong