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Museu Marítim - Maritime Museum

The Ship Museum in Barcelona

The Museu Marítim (Maritime Museum) is certainly one of the most interesting sights in Barcelona. In line with the theme, the museum is housed in the former shipyards of Drassane. The museum is located on the southern edge of the old town and at the end of the Rambla, and has an extensive collection of ships and boats and a large exhibition on the construction of medieval sailing ships.


Our Recommendation for Museu Marítim

  • Reduced Admission with the Barcelona Card
  • Enjoy the ocean with the Golondrinas and the Goleta Karya
Highlights

Benefits of the Barcelona Card

Benefits of the Golondrinas Coastal Tour

  • 1.5 hours long ride with the Golondrinas
  • The voucher is valid for one ride with the Golondrinas the entire calendar year
  • The ride rakes place with two-storey catamarans. The upper deck is outdoors. The lower deck is furnished with tables, chairs and a bar
  • The boat hull is accessible over stairs, there you can see the panorama windows underneath the water line

Benefits Goleta Karya

  • 60 minutes ride
  • 90 minutes ride
  • The voucher is valid for one ride on the date and time you booked
  • The upper deck is outdoors, the lower deck partly roofed. The inside is furnished with tables, chairs and a bar
  • The boat is mainly run by motor
Times

Opening Hours of the Museu Marítim

  • Tuesdays to Sundays 10:00 to 20:00
  • Closed on 25 and 26 December, 1 and 6 January
  • Closed on Mondays

Opening Hours of the Schooner Santa Eulalia

  • Departures Saturdays from 10:00 to 13:00. By reservation only, at Moll de la Fusta, Port Vell.
  • Opening hours summer time:
    Tuesdays through Sundays and bank holidays: 10:00 to 20:30
  • Opening hours winter time:
    Tuesdays to Sundays and public holidays: 10:00 to 17:30
  • Closed on Mondays
Booking

Booking Information for the Barcelona Card

  • You will receive the Barcelona Cards here for a favourable online price
  • Booking is really simple: select the product on the upper right and enter the desired number
  • Select the shipping method (mail or voucher by e-mail)
  • Then click on "Add to cart"

Free Time Selection and Validity

  • Full flexibility: You can choose yourself from when you would like to use the Barcelona Card or the Voucher for the Golondrinas Coastal Tour. Our voucher and tickets are valid the entire calendar year
  • Starting with the first use the Barcelona Card is valid for 72, 96 or 120 hours
  • The voucher for Goleta Carya is valid at the date and time you booked it for

Shipping

  • Shipping with the post (4.90 € shipping costs): This allows you to have your Barcelona Cards before your trip to Barcelona. No waiting time to pick them up. You are independent of the opening hours of the issuing offices.
  • Shipping by e-mail (free shipping): Immediately after booking you will receive the voucher, with which you can pick up your booked Barcelona Cards directly at the airport or at several locations in the city area (issuing offices stated on the product page Barcelona Card or on the voucher).
Cancellation

Cancellation Policy

  • Booking without risk: Unused Barcelona Cards received via post can be returned to us until 15.01. of the following year, we will refund the full purchase price
  • Booked Barcelona Cards delivered by e-mail (voucher) can be canceled up to six weeks after the booking, but no later than 15 January of the following year
  • Booked tickets for Golondrinas can be canceled up to 31 December of the valid year. 
  • Vouchers for Goleta Carya can be cancelled up tp 48 hours prior to the tour. You will receive a full refund. In case of a later cancellation or a no show a refund won't be possible.
  • No cancellation fees

The Permanent Exhibition at the Museu Marítim in Barcelona

In the Drasannes war and merchant ships were built from the 13th until 18th Century. The construction of the shipyards was Barcelona's naval supremacy throughout the Mediterranean expansion. It could take up to 30 galleys simultaneously in the built vaults. From 1792, the Drassanes were used as barracks.
Since 1929, the permanent exhibition at the Maritime Museum shows the maritime history of Catalonia, the museum moved into the Gothic building in 1936. In several steps the buildings were restored, so that it now has an exhibition area of more than 10,000 sq m.

Ships at Museu Marítim

The exhibited vessels are certainly the highlights of the Maritime Museum. Especially noteworthy is the faithful reproduction of a galley from the 16th Century. The 60-metres-long royal galley Admirals of Juan de Austria was involved in the Battle of Lepanto on 7 October 1571, in which the Turkish Armada was defeated. 236 people at 59 oars used to row on the galley.

In Port Vell, about 500 metres from the museum buildings, the three-mast schooner Santa Eulàlia is located, which also can be viewed. It was launched in 1919 and is a typical merchant ship of that time.

Several other boats of different categories, from simple wooden fishing boats to a wooden submarines to racing boats are exhibited.

The Model Collection

With the same care and building technology the big ships were built with, even at times of the naval supremacy of Barcelona on the Mediterranean, original models of ships were built. This happened e.g. for training and testing purposes. Most models of the collection were made in the 19th Century. Often the original ships no longer exist, so that the models provide valuable information on the design, technology and capacity of ships of all eras.

The Collection of Nautical Instruments

The Museu Marítim has a remarkable collection of nautical instruments, which are especially served for navigation. Most instruments are from the period of the 18th to the 20th Century and show the development of the sextant, depth gauge and many other navigational tools.

Collection of Gallions figures

The figureheads were always supposed to make sure that the sailing ships sail safely through the sea. The main part of the collection comes from Catalan sailing ships of the 19th Century.

Drassanes Reials de Barcelona

The construction of the royal shipyard started between 1280 and 1300. Originally, the shipyards consisted of a walled area without a roof. The complex resembled a fortress, there was a watchtower on each corner, two of which are still preserved today.

The shipyard halls with roof were completed in 1381. Reasons for the long construction period were a lack of money, large crop failures and famines and a population decimated by the plague. After the first completion the Gothic shipyard consisted of a total of eight halls, in each of which a ship could be built. In 1571, the La Real was built in the Drassanes. The shipyard halls were gradually expanded and at the end of the 16th century, the Drassanes already consisted of 16 halls, which then were expanded in 1618 by three halls.

From 1714 to 1935 a barracks was housed in the shipyard. Shortly before the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, the buildings were handed over to the city of Barcelona, ​​and the museum was opened on 18 January 1941. During the renovation works from 2011 to 2014, a Roman necropolis with 25 tombs was discovered in the Drassanes.

Why the Museu Marítim is Worth Visiting

The Museu Marítim is located in a medieval shipyard. The building itself is already impressive. Barcelona dominated the Mediterranean for a while during the Middle Ages. Here you can see how the ships were built: first models were built and tested. With those models, the processes were tested in the yard. Ropes had to be made in the shipyard and the wood had to be processed in a specific way. Here you can see the entire production process of the shipyard. The highlight is the faithful replica of a medieval rowing galley. But also modern sports and commercial boats and maritime equipment are exhibited.


Book the Barcelona Card and Get a 20% Discount at Museu Marítim

With the Barcelona Card you get many discounts at sights in Barcelona. For example at the Museu Marítim you get a 20% discount.
Please, enter the desired number of Barcelona Cards and choose the shipping method. The Barcelona Cards are valid for 72, 96 or 120 hours starting at first usage.
Barcelona Card 2018 (Adults) Desired quantity
3 days (72 hours) 45.00 € 42.75€
4 days (96 hours) 55.00 € 52.25€
5 days (120 hours) 60.00 € 57.00€
Barcelona Card 2018 (Children 4-12 Years)
3 days (72 hours) 21.00 € 19.95€
4 days (96 hours) 27.00 € 25.65€
5 days (120 hours) 32.00 € 30.40€
Please select the shipping method:
By e-mail (free shipping)
By post (€4.90 shipping and handling costs)


Important information

Address
Avinguda de les Drassanes
Phone: +34 933 429 920
www.mmb.cat/

Arrival
Metro: Drassanes (L3)
Bus Turístic: Colom - Museu Marítim

Admission
Regular: €10.00, reduced: € 5.00
Free admission on Sundays from 15.00.



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