Special Exhibition

Current special Exhibition:


The Maritime Silk Road during 13th-17th Centuries

The year 2017 marks the 45th anniversary of the start of diplomatic relations between the People’s Republic of China and the Federal Republic of Germany. A broad program of cultural activities has been organized to celebrate this event. The International Maritime Museum Hamburg is proud to participate in this celebration with a special exhibition.

(Picture: Guangdong Museum)

Under the title „EAST MEETS WEST – The Maritime Silk Road during the 13th-17th Centuries“, our museum will be displaying over 110 treasures from the Guangdong Museum for the first time outside China, between the 9th of July and the 10th of September 2017.

(Picture: Guangdong Museum)

The core of this special exhibition is built by objects found by Chinese archaeologists in the shipwrecks Nan Hai No.1 and Nan Ao No.1 off the southern coast of China. This exhibits tell a story most Europeans know little of: the one of the early maritime connections between China and the West. In the Western World, the term „Silk Road“ relates mostly to the trade routes on land, but the idea of a „Maritime Silk Road“ is widely spread in China. Rare and luxurious oriental wares have been shipped all the way to Europe since the Middle Ages.


This special exhibition was innagurated on the 8th of June 2017 and will be shown on the decks 1 and 2 of the museum until the 10th of September of the same year.


The entrance fees to our special exhibition are included in the regular entrance fees of the IMMH.

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