Maritime Museum of Barcelona

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Coordinates: 41°22′32″N 2°10′33″E / 41.375556°N 2.175833°E / 41.375556; 2.175833

Barcelona Maritime Museum
Drassanes de Barcelona.jpg
Established23 October 1936
LocationDrassanes Reials de Barcelona,
Av. de les Drassanes s/n, Barcelona
Coordinates41°22′32″N 2°10′33″E / 41.375556°N 2.175833°E / 41.375556; 2.175833
TypeMaritime museum

The Maritime Museum of Barcelona (MMB) ( Maritime Museum of Barcelona ) is located in the building of Drassanes Reials de Barcelona , the royal arsenal of Barcelona, dedicated to shipbuilding between the thirteenth century and eighteenth century. The first mention of these arsenals date from 1243 in a document indicating the boundaries of the city of Barcelona where it mentions its shipyard.[1]

It shows the history of the navigation from the early days together with the history of the Spanish Navy since the Catholic Monarchs, in the 15th century, up to the present. It also hosts several navigation instruments, weapons, portolans and paintings. The museum was declared Museum of National Interest by the Government of Catalonia.[2]


Entrance to the Maritime Museum

It is located inside Barcelona Royal Shipyard (Catalan: Drassanes Reials de Barcelona; Spanish: Atarazanas Reales de Barcelona) a shipyard and former military building of Gothic architecture placed at the Port Vell area of the Port of Barcelona. Construction started during the 13th century under the rule of Peter III of Aragon.

The building is of Gothic style, its construction was carried out in a first stage between 1283 / 1328 and the second between 1328 / 1390. Subsequent reforms and extensions have been made, basically keeping the original structure.

During excavations in 2012[3][4][5] it was discovered that in the late 16th century a new building was constructed on top of the old medieval dockyard, giving the building its current structure. This excavations also uncovered a Roman graveyard. The shipyard's restoration was finished in early 2013. The Museum was reopened in 2014.[6]

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  1. ^ (ca) AADD, Museus i Centres de Patrimoni Cultural a Catalunya, Barcelone, Departament de Cultura de la Generalitat de Catalunya, 2010 (ISBN 84-393-5437-1), p. 35
  2. ^ "Els museus d'interès nacional" (in Catalan). Generalitat de Catalunya. 1 April 2011.
  3. ^ "Unes obres a les Drassanes Reials permeten datar l'edifici". (in Catalan). Retrieved 2017-01-08.
  4. ^ Frisach, Montse (2 March 2012). "Drassanes més joves". El Punt Avui (in Catalan). Retrieved 2017-01-08.
  5. ^ Comorera, Ramon (2012-03-02). "Les naus de les Drassanes es van construir després del gòtic". El Periódico (in Catalan). Retrieved 2017-01-08.
  6. ^ Museu Maritim de Barcelona official website.


  • Volume 3 (1998), Art de Catalunya, Urbanisme, arquitectura civil i industrial, Barcelona, Edicions L'isard. ISBN 84-89931-04-6
  • Volume 14 (2004), La Gran Enciclopèdia en català, Barcelona, Edicions 62. ISBN 84-297-5442-3
  • Martínez-Hidalgo, José María; Domínguez, Juan Manuel (1984). El Museo Marítimo de Barcelona. H.M.B. ISBN 8486054176.
  • García Domingo, Enric, Història del Museu Marítim de Barcelona 1929/1939- Edició Museu Marítim de Barcelona
  • Ibañez, Cristina, Història del Museu Marítim de Barcelona 1940/1992- Edició Museu Marítim de Barcelona
  • Valldeoriola, Mar, Memòria del Museu Marítim de Barcelona 1993/1999- Edició Museu Marítim de Barcelona