Located on the right hand side of the Ramblas by the sea, the Maritime Museum is housed in BarcelonaŽs 700 year old Gothic shipyard and is one of the finest nautical museums in the world. Barcelona and shipping have always had an extremely significant relationship; its position as a vital western port made Barcelona the important city that it is today, whilst the city’s innovations in ship building played an essential part in the development of worldwide maritime activity.
The museum houses an extremely thorough collection including model ships, nautical instruments, figure heads and maritime paintings. One of the highlights is the model of Magellan's Santa Maria de la Victoria, the first ship to circumnavigate the world. However, the most exciting attraction is probably the full scale replica of the royal galley of Juan de Austria (the flagship of the fleet that won a vital victory against the Turks in 1571).
It is a fascinating opportunity to travel back in time and learn about the glories (and incredible hardships) of sailing over 500 years ago; there is even a 3D virtual reality display of the ship’s crew, unfortunate souls who were chained to their benches for months at a time.
Audioguides are available to accompany your tour of the Maritime Museum in Catalan, Spanish, French, English, Italian, German and Japanese; these are included in the cost of entry to the museum. Also included in the entry is a visit to the restored three-masted schooner, Santa Eulalia, which is moored at Barcelona’s Port Vell.
Museum Opening Times: Mon-Sun, 10am-8pm. Closed 25 and 26 Dec, 1 and 6 Jan
Santa Eulalia (located at Moll de la Fusta, Port Vell): 1 May-31 Oct, Tues-Fri 12pm-7.30pm, Sat, Sun and holidays 10am-7pm, 1 Nov-30 April, Tues-Fri 12pm-5.30pm, Sat, Sun and holidays 10am-5.30pm
Location: Av. de les Drassanes
Metro: Drassanes (L3)