Barcelona Maritime Museum

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Barcelona Maritime Museum Reviews

cotterb cotterb
71 reviews
Jul 21, 2006
The main museum only costs 6 Euro. The building itself is an old ship building facility from midieval times and is beautiful unto itself. Inside they have many full size ships, including a full size gally. There are also numerous ships to scale including many that were built to convince royalty to fund maritime projects. The entrance price includes an audio guide which comes in various languages. Also in the museum is an area that tries to explain what life on a midievil trading vessel would be like. They do a good job describing this, however I hoped that they would go in to the physics of navigation related to sailing a bit more. As it is they have a strong overview of the history of boats, sailing, etc. They even talk about steam ships, and where things are headed from here. This is a great visit even if you do not havea strong interest in maritime issues because of the boats and displays. Like all good museums there´s not a lot of reading to do.
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davidx davidx
564 reviews
Undersung Museum Oct 14, 1999
I know it's not possible to see everything worth seeing in a great city without staying a long time. I know very well that there are any number of places in Barcelona that I failed to see myself. Yet when I meet people who have visited Barcelona but not visited the maritime Museum, I feel sad.

I understand the reason. My own choice of museums is based on what cannot be seen elsewhere and maritime museums are two a penny - BUT this is not just another lot of ships and shipping artefacts. Before you take a glimpse inside a ship or at ship models and artefacts, just look at where you are!

The building is part of the 12th/13th century Drassanes or dockyards of the great mercantile city and is an extremely rare, if not unique, architectural survival in Europe. Frankly I think this alone justifies saying it is a must-see.

Within the building the most interesting thing can be seen at This is a galley which belonged to an Austrian prince and took part in the defeat of the Turks at the Battle of Lepanto in 1571. There is a full-size model and you are directed all over it.

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