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To See a World in a Grain of Sand: Ancient Maritime and Overland trade

17 May 2016 to 30 June 2017
‘To See a world in a Grain of Sand’ is an exhibition that uses a small number of objects to communicate about the extensive maritime and overland trade routes of the past. Sand is an interesting metaphor for the land and sea trade which characterised the ancient Silk Road. The objects chosen for this exhibition highlight key themes around the circulation of commodities, people and ideas across the Silk Road over time.
Inspired by the first line of the poem by British poet William Blake (1757-1827), this exhibition explores the idea that the miniature can capture the essence of the vast. For the Silk Road, this includes both the maritime and land routes and the fascinating cross-cultural exchanges on art and culture across China, Asia, the Middle East, and Europe.
This exhibition offers visitors a glimpse into the spread of decorative style, religious ideas and the development of technology that came about as a result of centuries of trade and cultural connections between China and the world. The artefacts on display include materials from different cultures related to China – far and near. They include export ceramics from China and Southeast Asia, gemstones from Southeast and Central Asia, Mongolia and the Mediterranean, Turkish saddles decorated with textile patternand ancient Roman glassware used in China. Some of the Chinese export ceramics on display demonstrate the influence of nomadic and Central Asian metalwork.
Exhibition WWF

Coastal Watch Project - Turning the Tide Against Marine Litter

29 Oct 2016 to 02 April 2017
Marine litter is a persistent problem in Hong Kong, threatening not only our scenic coastlines but also our marine ecology and the marine food chain. An average of 15,000 tonnes of marine litter is collected by the Hong Kong government annually, while thousands of tonnes more lies uncollected on our beaches and shorelines. Marine litter commonly accumulates in and seriously affects these remote coastal areas and the underwater environment. In the hopes of bringing attention to – and solving – this worsening problem, in 2014 WWF-Hong Kong and several partners organizations launched a two-year conservation project called Coastal Watch. The project saw teams of volunteers conduct marine debris and ecological surveys and clean-up exercises at different coastal sites around Hong Kong. This display showcases the severity of the marine litter problem in Hong Kong and summarizes the survey results of this ground-breaking two-year project. We hope you find the display interesting and engaging, as only through the collaborative efforts of all of us will we restore Hong Kong waters to their former glory.
Mist over the Sundarbans at dawn, Bangladesh

Being Water - An Exhibition of Photographs by Basil Pao

21 March to 1 April 2017

Free admission 

Being Water, an exhibition of photographs by renowned Hong Kong-based photographer Basil Pao, will be presented at The Long Gallery of the Hong Kong Maritime Museum. The exhibition will provide viewers with an opportunity to discover for themselves the Taoist philosophy behind this collection of ‘Water’ themed images.