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Maritime Museum of Barcelona

If you are enthusiastic about ships and boats of the historical era, the Maritime Museum of Barcelona is going to serve you with everything marine that you are looking for.

As the term maritime refers to the world around the borderline of the sea and its navigation, the Museum exhibits the rich maritime history of Catalonia. Situated in the former shipyards of Drassane, it has a remarkable collection of ships and boats and a huge exhibition on the construction of medieval ships.

Why visit the Maritime Museum Of Barcelona?

Maritime Museum Of Barcelona
  • The infrastructure of the building is one of the main reasons why the Maritime museum looks terrific.
  • The museum showcases how the ships were created and tested during the era.
  • The collection of nautical instruments and Gallions figures are another reasons that the place attracts tourists from across the globe.
  • Across the museum's multiple rooms, you will find the Galera Real, from which Juan de Austria fought in the Battle of Lepanto in 1571, and the Santa Maria on which Christopher Columbus went on his various voyages.
  • It is the collection of all these ancient artefacts with their rich cultural and historical value that makes this location worth visiting.

Things to See at Maritime Museum Of Barcelona

Maritime Museum Of Barcelona


The Galera Real from the 16th century is the site of core attraction. This 60- meters- long galley from Juan De Austria was involved in the battle of Lepanto in October 1571. About 500 meters from the museum buildings, the three-mast schooner Santa Eulàlia, is found. It was introduced in 1919 and it is known to be a typical merchant ship of that period.

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The Model Collection

Many times the original vessel of the ships do not exist. Since these ships have valuable information associated with them, models of these ships are built and exhibited to the tourists. These model ships were constructed with as much supervision and technology as the original ships built by Mediterraneans even with Barcelona’s naval supremacy over them.

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The Collection Of Nautical Instruments

The Maritime Museum serves the best collection of nautical instruments which are especially utilized for navigation. Most of the instruments belong to the era of the 18th to the 20th century. These nautical instruments showcase the advancement of the sextant, depth gauge and many other navigational tools.

Maritime Museum Of Barcelona

Collection Of Gallions Figures

The gallions were constructed from oak, pine, and various hardwoods for hull and decking. These are powered by wind entirely to make sure that ships sail safely through the ocean. The major part of the collection is from the 19th century’s Catalan sailing ships.

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Drassanes Reials De Barcelona

The construction of the royal shipyard commenced between 1280 and 1300. Earlier, the shipyards used to be a walled structures lacking a roof. The complete shipyard halls with roofs were built in 1381. Due to lack of money, large crop failures, and a huge population smashed by the plague, the construction was delayed.

Exhibitions At Maritime Museum Of Barcelona

Maritime Museum Of Barcelona

Desire Flows Like the Sea

The term desire is connected with the sexual pleasures of life. This exhibition aims to outshow the LGBTIQ glimpse from maritime heritage. The exhibition portrays the erotic emotions that sparked amongst men of that period who spent months and years sailing, without the presence of women. By exhibiting the erotic, sexual, and emotional desires of the sailing men, the exhibition aims at amplifying the queer voice and promote gender inclusivity.

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Catalonia Beyond The Sea

After the struggle of three centuries, Catalonia became the strongest industrial power in southern Europe in the 19th century. This exhibition depicts the transformation of Catalonia from a small and lesser-known country to an emerging industrial influence. It highlights how trade and shipbuilding became powerful hands of the country to bring out the transformation which completely changed people's relationship with the sea.

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Les Sorres X

" Les sorres X. A medieval ship" displays a mid-14th-century sanding ship that was found during the construction of the Olympic canal in 1990.

This exhibition helps us to understand the evolution of navigation and how shipbuilding and trade became the most important tools in the transformation and modernization of 19th century Catalonia.

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Boat Exhibition

The Maritime Museum has a diverse collection of boats such as working boats linked with the world of fishing ( i.e sardine and trawl line boats). The collection includes the trawler República, the dinghy, the Snipe Toñete, and the patì De vela among other important ships. A huge number of overseas’ boats such as kayaks and other flat bottom shapes are also included in the collection.

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Shipyards And Galleys

Shipyards and galleys are important pillars to get an understanding of how Barcelona accomplished dominance in the Mediterranean. The historical representation of the exhibition begins from the time of King pere Il "El Gran" (the Great) who returned to Barcelona after a voyage through the Mediterranean. This exhibition includes unique points from which to view the galley and the Roman mausoleum. It also includes items from the museum collections such as scale models of the building, models of galleys as well as audiovisual.

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Seven Vessels, Seven Stories

The seven vessels at the museum portray seven different stories from people of different centuries who recite their incredible seagoing adventures. All these include The Santa Maria da le Victoria, the transatlantic liner the royal Edward, the mixed vessel the city of Paris, the container ship polar, and 80- cannon warship, and the xebec Santa Cristina.

Interesting Facts About Maritime Museum Of Barcelona

  • The Maritime Museum of Catalonia came into existence on On 23 October 1936 and the collections of the nautical institute of the Mediterranean were shifted to the museum.
  • The Museum promotes the prosperous maritime history of the city of Barcelona. The museum is just a few steps away from the historic Port Vell.
  • The architecture of the building is designed in the gothic style and it has gone under renovation throughout the centuries, but with measures to ensure that the original features of the buildings are still carefully preserved.
  • The Museum is surrounded by beautiful artefacts and replicas of historic vessels, maps, navigation instruments, and paintings.
  • The Museum regulates tours as well as various exhibitions throughout the year. It encompasses the detailed naval history from the 15th century onwards.

Plan Your Visit to Maritime Museum of Barcelona

Getting There
Maritime Museum Of Barcelona
  • The visiting hours of the museum are from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm: (last access at 7:00 pm) from Monday to Sunday.
  • Boat rides are accessible on Saturdays from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. (reservation mandatory)
  • You can also visit the Maritime Museum of Barcelona for free every Sunday from 3:00 pm until closing time.
Maritime Museum Of Barcelona

The Maritime Museum of Barcelona is located at Av. de les Drassanes, s/n, 08001 Barcelona, Spain.

You can reach the Maritime Museum of Barcelona by the following modes of transportation:

  • Metro Drassanes (line 3) and Paral·lel (lines 2 and 3).
  • Buses lines are 21, 59, 91, 120, D20, H14, V11, V13, and tourist buses.

You can get there on foot as well if you are in the middle or lower part of La Rambla as well as in the Poble Sec neighborhood.

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There are plentiful facilities available at the museum such as various

  • Temporary exhibitions, conferences.
  • Educational activities for juveniles and adults.
  • A cafe and a shop are available to visitors for refreshments.
  • Activities for children during vacations or holidays.
  • Boat rides on Saturday's.
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Visitor Tips

  • Research & book in advance to ensure you get the best tickets.
  • Wear comfortable shoes as you'll have to walk around a but.
  • Stay in the city centre to avoid extended travelling.
  • Do not carry luggage or heavy bags to the museum.
  • Don't eat at the museums. Explore the Spanish bars in the enclosing area.
  • Use the Barcelona tourist bus to receive vouchers to spend in different restaurants around the city.
  • Buy the Barcelona Card and get a 20 percent discount on museum entrance fees, plus free admission to younger ones.

Frequently Asked Questions About Maritime Museum Barcelona

What is the Maritime Museum of Barcelona?

The Maritime Museum is a ship museum dedicated to the maritime history of Catalonia between the thirteenth and eighteenth centuries.

Where can I buy Maritime Museum of Barcelona tickets for cheap?

By buying a Barcelona card you can get a 20 percent discount on Barcelona museums.

What can I see inside the Maritime Museum of Barcelona?

You will find replicas of historic vessels and maps, navigation instruments, paintings, weapons, and other artefacts in the Maritime Museum of Barcelona.

What are the opening hours of the Maritime Museum of Barcelona?

The visiting hours of the museum are from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm: (last access at 7:00 pm) from Monday to Sunday.

Where is the Maritime Museum of Barcelona?

The Maritime Museum of Barcelona is located at Av. de les Drassanes, s/n, 08001 Barcelona, Spain.

Are there any restaurants inside the Maritime Museum of Barcelona?

There is a cafe and a shop inside the museum for refreshments.

How can I reach the Maritime Museum of Barcelona?

You can reach the Maritime Museum of Barcelona by tourist bus, metro and on foot.

What are the facilities at the Maritime Museum of Barcelona?

There are plentiful facilities such as fun activities for children, temporary exhibitions, boat rides, and conferences.

Is the Maritime Museum of Barcelona safe to visit?

Yes, The Maritime Museum of Barcelona is extremely safe to visit.