The Hong Kong Maritime Museum in Stanley will close its doors on Monday 04 June. Since its opening by the Hong Kong Government’s Chief Executive, Donald Tsang on 8th September 2005, over 287,000 paying visitors have been admitted.
The development of the museum was spearheaded by Mr. Anthony Hardy (Wallem Group), Tan Sri Frank Tsao Wen-king (IMC Group), Mr. K.L. Tam (Goldstar Shipping), and Mr. M. H. Liang (Island Navigation Co.), all of whom retain a close association with the project. The museum’s first paid Director was Dr. Stephen Davies.
Over a few short years, the maritime museum developed a reputation as a Hong Kong ‘must see’ attraction for tourists and residents alike. Likewise, the growth of its collections, scholarly activity and temporary exhibitions created a strong regional reputation among all those interested in ships and the sea. Based on this track record and the undeniable need for a comprehensive maritime museum in Hong Kong (the current Stanley museum has only two galleries), the Hong Kong shipping industry and the HK Government have combined resources to enable the creation of the new seventeen gallery facility at Pier 8, Central.
Current Museum Director, Richard Wesley, speaking for all those associated with Stanley stated: ‘closure of the museum on 4th June will be simultaneously a sad and exciting day . . . . a day full of memories of past events but also full of promise for the challenges ahead’.
During June and July, staff will be relocating the museum’s collections and office facilities to the lower level of Pier 8. Telephone numbers and contact details will remain the same. It is anticipated the new Pier 8 Hong Kong Maritime Museum will be open to the public in early February 2013.
For further information:
Richard Wesley firstname.lastname@example.org
Mobile 5366 6312
Phone 2813 2322
by HK Maritime Museum
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