Date
27 April 2017
The Hong Kong Maritime Museum (left) has opened a free exhibition covering more than 150 years of the city's history. Photos: Metro Daily, Ming Pao
The Hong Kong Maritime Museum (left) has opened a free exhibition covering more than 150 years of the city's history. Photos: Metro Daily, Ming Pao

Umbrellas part of Maritime Museum exhibition of HK history

Last year’s Occupy movement caps an exhibition of more than 150 years of Hong Kong history at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum, Ming Pao Daily reported Friday.

Other highlights of the exhibition, which opens Friday, are the dark days under Japanese rule during World War II and the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2003.

The Made in Hong Kong:Our City, Our Stories exhibition runs until September 4. Admission is free.

The exhibition is divided into three galleries: Changing Landscapes, Trade and Commerce, and The People’s Wall.

Visitors are invited to vote on whether they think Hong Kong should switch to the use of renminbi.

A seven-minute video clip shows the social upheaval in Hong Kong in 1967, demonstrations in 2012 against national education and pro-democracy protests by people holding yellow umbrellas last year.

Occupy Central co-founder Chan Kin-man said he appreciates the privately run museum’s courage in including the Occupy protests in the exhibition and hopes the museums managed by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department will host exhibitions showing such events.

The Occupy movement will definitely make its way into Hong Kong’s history books sooner or later, he said, but the question is what people in the future will make of it.

The reported quoted Chan as saying discussions and views of it will become clearer as time goes by.

The Hong Kong Maritime Museum at Central Pier No. 8, supported by the Hong Kong Shipowners Association, is a non-profit organization. The government contributed 27 percent of its funds last year.

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