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One Man’s Legacy: Lee Fook Chee’s Photographs, Hong Kong in the 1950s

1 Oct to 30 Oct 2016

Co-organized with The Photographic Heritage Foundation 

This exhibition presents the photographs and life story of Lee Fook Chee. Born in Singapore, Lee became a seaman and came to Hong Kong in 1947. He became a photographer, and captured the images of Hong Kong during the 1950s, producing memorable images seen in the book Lee Fook Chee’s Hong Kong. Through the case study of Lee Fook Chee, showing his photography and documents, as well as the HKMM collection such as paintings from contemporary artist Lui Shou-kwan, this exhibition will record the phenomenal changes and harbour development of Hong Kong between the 1950s and today. The exhibition will invite visitors to reflect on issues such as migration and settlement, the overseas Chinese diaspora and Hong Kong’s ‘can do’ spirit.

Pirates of the South China Sea: Chasing Cheung Po Tsai and the Port Cities

28 April to 8 October 2017

Long Gallery, Hong Kong Maritime Museum 

This exhibition will explore the development of ports and early trade routes in the South China Sea during the 16th to 20th centuries. It will provide a fresh angle on maritime history with its narrative through the eyes of pirates, with a focus on Hong Kong, then Pearl Delta River and Southern China. By exploring the locations of pirate bases such as those of Cheung Po Tsai, the exhibition will begin by tracing the development of China’s ports and trading routes from the Ming to the Qing dynasties.

The exhibition will also shed light on the evolution of shipbuilding technologies within the context of sea piracy in the South China Sea during the Ming and Qing dynasties. It will show how shipbuilding technologies and piracy were inter-influential; shipbuilding technologies were improved in order to enhance maritime safety while at the same time, the tactics of pirate attacks were influenced to counter these technological innovations.

In addition, this exhibition aims to provide a deeper understanding of the multiple concepts of piracy relative to time, place, and culture. For example, Zheng Zhilong and Zheng Changgong were considered to be pirates in the eyes of the Qing government.However, they were feted as heroes within the communities of Fujian.

The legends of local hero Cheung Po Tsai as well as the locations where he was actively based in Hong Kong’s seas will be highlighted in this exhibition. Several paintings and objects from the HKMM's collections and the Hong Kong Museum of Art will be displayed. These include a 200-year-old oil painting depicting the famous 9-day battle located at the Island of ChekLap Kok, and Tung Chung on the north shore of Lantau Island, which is close to the modern-day Hong Kong airport and Disneyland. The exhibition will also feature a digital animation showcasing the HKMM's eighteen metres long masterpiece Pacifying the South China Sea, an exquisite lego model of the local pirate scene and a giant interactive board game related to the legend of the pirate Cheung Po Tsai. Audiences will have various opportunities to learn more about Hong Kong’s successful maritime history, as well as about future port developments.

Pirates of the South China Sea: Chasing Cheung Po Tsai and the Port Cities

Mist over the Sundarbans at dawn, Bangladesh

Being Water - An Exhibition of Photographs by Basil Pao

21 March to 9 April 2017

Free admission 

Being Water, an exhibition of photographs by renowned Hong Kong-based photographer Basil Pao, will be presented at The Long Gallery of the Hong Kong Maritime Museum. The exhibition will provide viewers with an opportunity to discover for themselves the Taoist philosophy behind this collection of ‘Water’ themed images.


‘Out of the Blue’ Photographic Exhibition

25 November to 31 December 2016

Guest Exhibition

Venue sponsored by Hong Kong Maritime Museum

The Royal Commonwealth Society, Hong Kong Branch, together with the Royal Geographical Society (HK), will organize an exhibition of the winning photographs in the Prince of Wales’s Commonwealth Environmental Photography awards from 25 November to 31 December 2106 at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum.

These 35 stunning pictures of the world’s oceans have only been exhibited once before at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta, opened by HM The Queen on 27 November 2015. The pictures are divided into three categories: Nature’s Assets; People and the Oceans; and Human Impacts.

The purpose of the exhibition is to provide environmental education to Hong Kong people, particularly schoolchildren. They will learn that 80% of all life on earth lives in our seas and oceans; that 4000 species of life are hosted by one coral reef; that one billion people rely on fish as their primary source of protein; and that by 2025 the oceans will hold one tonne of plastic for every three tonnes of fish. We hope to encourage people to take up solutions to restore and protect our blue world.

The Exhibition will be opened with a reception for 100 people at the Maritime Museum on 25 November at which Doug Woodring, co-founder of the Ocean Recovery Alliance, will speak on the current state of our oceans and what people can do to protect them.

Exhibition WWF

Coastal Watch Project - Turning the Tide Against Marine Litter

29 Oct 2016 to 21 April 2017
Marine litter is a persistent problem in Hong Kong, threatening not only our scenic coastlines but also our marine ecology and the marine food chain. An average of 15,000 tonnes of marine litter is collected by the Hong Kong government annually, while thousands of tonnes more lies uncollected on our beaches and shorelines. Marine litter commonly accumulates in and seriously affects these remote coastal areas and the underwater environment. In the hopes of bringing attention to – and solving – this worsening problem, in 2014 WWF-Hong Kong and several partners organizations launched a two-year conservation project called Coastal Watch. The project saw teams of volunteers conduct marine debris and ecological surveys and clean-up exercises at different coastal sites around Hong Kong. This display showcases the severity of the marine litter problem in Hong Kong and summarizes the survey results of this ground-breaking two-year project. We hope you find the display interesting and engaging, as only through the collaborative efforts of all of us will we restore Hong Kong waters to their former glory.