Barcelona has an enormous amount of culture and history, which can be perceived at almost every step when walking through the city. If you are coming to visit Barcelona there are several places you should not miss. One of them is the Maritime Museum of Barcelona. Here visitors learn to understand the scope of the Catalan maritime culture. Lucky for you, if you’re staying at Hotel Grums, you will only be a few minutes’ walk away. Also you are located in one of the most vibrant areas of Barcelona.

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The Maritime Museum of Barcelona opened its doors in 1941. Though, in reality its spirit was conceived many years before. With the outbreak of the Civil War the space was utilized to store and protect the collections, instruments and all kinds of documents held by the Nautical Institute of Barcelona, ​​founded in 1929.  From safeguarding the history it transformed into the Maritime Museum of Barcelona, where it now reminds of  the precious Catalan history.

The museum is located in the Royal Shipyards, a site which dates back to the 12th century. The buildings purpose was to build and maintain warships. Little by little it grew and turned into a defensive structure including high walls and other elements.

When visiting the Royal Shipyards, you will be able to immerse yourself into the marvellous universe of sea faring and the tools used to navigate the open waters. The collection includes ships of all sizes, maps, paintings, navigational gadgets and much more.  If you have the opportunity to visit you will be able to admire a reproduction of the Royal Galley of John of Austria and a chronometer from the 19th century, manufactured by John Poole.

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The visit of the museum continues at sea.

One of the key parts of a visit to the Maritime Museum of Barcelona, is seeing its historic fleet. Moored at the port you will see a group of boats. These historical ships will allow you an insight on the mechanics that are involved in sailing the see in the past. The flagship of the museum is, without a doubt, the Santa Eulàlia pailebote, which dates back to the 19th century. But besides her, there are plenty more; such as the sailboat Faro Barcelona, the Mallorcan Lute Faro Formentera or the yacht Faro Barceloneta.

The Maritime Museum of Barcelona is open from Monday to Sunday from 10.00 to 20.00. When staying at our luxury hotel in poble-sec you can get there easily. We are looking forward to welcoming you!