After many years in Stanley, this museum, which outlines Hong Kong's long history with the sea, moved to the Central Ferry Piers in early 2013, where it seems aptly at home with views of bustling Victoria Harbour. Exhibits, divided among three "decks," begin with early Chinese maritime history, including Zheng He's remarkable voyages in the 1400s to Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, India, and more (his first voyage alone was manned by 27,000 seagoers); China's trade with Japan and Southeast Asia and later with the Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch, and others; and the infamous opium wars. Other displays explore maritime development and safety, with interactive displays showing how containers changed the nature of shipping, the role ships played in immigration, and how communication and navigation have changed over time. Expect to spend about 90 minutes here.
- Beth Reiber