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Maritime Crossroads: Millennia of Global Trade in Hong Kong

A Special Exhibition on 6,000 Years of Hong Kong Maritime Stories

3 June 2021 to 12 August 2021

Special Exhibitions & Events Gallery and Long Gallery

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The Hong Kong Maritime Museum (HKMM) presents a special exhibition, Maritime Crossroads: Millennia of Global Trade in Hong Kong, from 3 June to 12 August 2021. Taking the audience on a journey through time from the Neolithic to the Internet era, the exhibition illustrates the concepts of crossroads, flows, transitions, migration, and settlement through the circulations not only of commodities but also of people, their culture, and their stories that turned Hong Kong into a cosmopolitan city of possibilities and opportunities.


Organised and curated by the Hong Kong Maritime Museum, this exhibition displays two parallel yet highly connected narratives. The first examines the maritime stories of Hong Kong, whilst the second examines maritime interactions between Hong Kong, South China, East Asia, and the rest of the world. Five sections, namely “Tracing the Maritime Roots”, “Meeting Points of Trade and Culture”, “Wonders and Encounters”, “Integration and Interaction” and “Standing on the World Stage”, with ten anchoring themes arranged in chronological order interweave the Hong Kong maritime stories into global perspectives. The visitors embark on an exciting voyage of maritime discoveries, experiencing 6,000 years of Hong Kong maritime history, and anticipating future navigational landscapes.


Surrounded by the sea and depending on maritime resources, our lives are inseparably connected with the ocean. The long history of our activities at sea, our trading and cross-cultural interactions has deep roots in Hong Kong’s heritage, and is still highly relevant today. The ocean not only sustains our lives but has also transformed Hong Kong into a dynamic world city for everyone.


A salon series, curator’s tour and education programmes will take place during the exhibition period to encourage discussions on topics in Hong Kong maritime history and heritage.


The exhibition is generously supported by the Maritime and Aviation Training Fund (MATF), Transport and Housing Bureau HKSAR. The general loans came from the city’s Antiquities and Monuments Office, HKSAR; Art Museum, The Chinese University of Hong Kong; University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong; Zhuhai Museum; as well as prominent local collectors and the Museum collection. Digital exhibits from Museu do Oriente in Lisbon will also be featured. Our thanks to media partner Orientations.

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