Permanent Exhibitions

Permanent Galleries 


Discover 2,000 years of Southern China’s maritime heritage over 15 galleries. Through art, science, history, engineering and marine ecology, visitors can gain a unique insight into the world’s famous Pearl River Delta stories.


With specially designed exhibits and programmes, a wealth of experiences can be found for all members of the family, from participating in the highly interactive KM Koo Ship Bridge Simulator to observing the exquisite paintings of nineteenth century Cantonese  painters.

C Deck

China's Maritime Heritage 

The first four galleries of the museum explore the early history of Hong Kong and how it developed from a small fishing village to a thriving global city. 

Robert Y.T. Chen Gallery -
Traditional Maritime China

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Anthony & Susan Hardy Gallery -
The China Trade

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The D L Wu Keying Display -
The Pioneering Voyage of the Keying

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Pacific Basin Shipping Gallery -
Sea Bandits

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T Y Chao Gallery -
Creating Victoria Harbour

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Swire Gallery -
Hong Kong Ships and Shipyards

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B Deck

Maritime Culture and Hong Kong Stories


The galleries on this deck explore a wide variety of maritime themes from safety on the sea to the underwater world. On this deck, you will find the viewing gallery of Victoria Harbour with its specular skyline and active sea commerce.

K H and K W Koo Gallery -
China’s First Maritime Modernization


Swire Gallery -
Making of a Modern Port

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Hongkong International Terminals Gallery -
Harbour Viewing Gallery


C.C. Liu Gallery -
Carrying People

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C. C. Liu Gallery -
Fun on the Water

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Fish schooling Sir Yue-Kong Pao Gallery -
The Underwater World

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The COSCO Gallery -
Sounds of the Sea

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The COSCO Gallery -
People of the Sea


Special Exhibitions & Events Gallery


A Deck

Maritime Technology and Science


When people began sailing beyond the sight of land, new techniques and tools were needed for navigation, hydrology, communications and meteorology. This deck explores the triumph of human ingenuity in answering questions every navigator has faced through the centuries.

KC Maritime Gallery -
Maritime Communications

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Frank Tsao Gallery -
Navigation and Meteorology

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KM Koo Ship Bridge Simulator

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Ocean Line Holdings Gallery - 

The Companionways


As with all ocean-going vessels, long passages — or companionways —zigzag through the museum. While onboard ship a companionway may link the bridge to nearby staff quarters, in the case of the museum, display galleries are connected to support areas including the library and research offices.

In an imaginative teaming up with leading photographer Basil Pao, the Hong Kong Maritime Museum has commissioned the artist to create a series of stunning visual images that capture different aspects of the ocean, for exhibit along the companionways that link A, B, C and D decks. An important theme of this photographic expose is to remind visitors that the world’s oceans occupy by surface, seven-tenths of the earth.

This gallery is sponsored by Ocean Line Holdings.

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