Special Exhibitions 

INVOLUNTARY PAIRS man-made lost in Nature

18 February 2021 to 7 March 2021

Long Gallery 

 A collection of objects of marine plastic pollution, individually picked up from Hong Kong beaches since 2013. Each is matched with an item found in nature to form an Involuntary Pair; the two objects look alike, yet one originates from nature, the other from human manufacturing. An astonishing collection that makes us rethink our relationship with consumer goods, especially in the festive season.

About the artist:

liina klauss is a German artist & activist who explores visual and conceptual perceptions of waste. Her works translate environmental pollution into over-flowing installations of screaming colours and horrifying abundance. liina creates anything from large-scale land-art to delicate mosaics. In this exhibition she explores perspectives between the individual and the collective, distance and tangibility, beauty, and shock and between perceptions of significance and trivia.

Online Preview 

Return! Another Look at “The Dragon and the Eagle” and “The Silver Age”

1 July 2020 Onwards

Online Exhibition

2020 is a challenging year for Hong Kong and the world. We have contemplated how to best practice social distancing while presenting our maritime heritage, Hong Kong harbour and global shipping stories, to the public in an engaging and informative way. With the launch of a new online exhibition platform, we hope our latest exhibition, "Return!", will provide you with a safe and enjoyable visitor experience. Visitors can now enjoy our amazing exhibitions from our museum and anywhere else around the world.

We invite you to view our newly-interpreted exhibitions, “The Dragon and the Eagle” and “The Silver Age”, and gain an in-depth understanding of the stories behind global maritime trade. Visitors are welcome to immerse themselves in these trading tales and legends with music, artefacts, and multimedia campaigns in the Long Gallery. It's a quick step from the museum to the online exhibitions! We hope visitors from all walks of life will have an unforgettable visit, explore their horizons, and learn something new at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum.

The Silver Age Origins and Trade of Chinese Export Silver

The Silver Age Origins and Trade of Chinese Export Silver


B Deck Underwater World Gallery

Our underwater heritage encompasses the rich cultural relics of humankind. Such heritage, discovered through underwater archaeological investigations, provides testimony to our shared history and the Maritime Silk Routes which Chinese, Arab, Asian and Western traders followed for over 2000 years. The term, “die Seidenstraße” (The Silk Routes), was first coined by the German geologist Ferdinand Von Richthofen in 1877. The name was given to the ancient and extensive transcontinental trade network connecting the East and the West. In the second century BCE, the imperial envoy Zhang Qian was dispatched to Central Asia during the time of the Han dynasty. Maritime trade starting from South China towards Central and West Asia was developed and commercial relations between the East and the West began to flourish.  

East Meets West: Underwater Archaeology and the Ancient Maritime Trade

October 2019 onwards 


The ocean has always played a fundamental role in the development of human civilization. The close relationship between humanity and the ocean is reflected in the growth of early settlements in river valleys during the pre-historic period, the rise of global maritime trade and modern economic developments. At the Hong Kong Maritime Museum, you will learn about many seafaring narratives across different eras and see how Hong Kong is connected to the world via the sea.

Humans and the Ocean

May 2019 onwards

B Deck

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