The Maritime Museum’s collections are extremely rich and varied. They include pieces ranging from a ship that still sails to a postal stamp, or from a steam engine to a 14th-century manuscript. Of course, they also include everything you expect to find in a maritime museum: binnacles, anchors, model ships, navigational tools, etc. In other words, all sorts of documents and objects from the miniscule to the huge, from all different periods and made of all sorts of materials. For decades, the Museum has gathered examples of the maritime past, a heritage that reminds us of the lives of seafarers, the histories of ships and maritime activities in peacetime or war.
We would like to offer a selection of objects and documents that are notable for their historical interest, their rarity or their aesthetic value. These can give you a general idea of the content of the Museum’s collection. However, do not forget that there is a great deal beyond this selection, with thousands of artefacts and documents that you can discover using our search engine or other resources.
We encourage you to take a stroll through some of the key pieces in our Museum’s collection, grouped into twelve categories to help you keep your bearings.
Painting of the maintenance tasks of a shipPaintings
Tempera painting on paper from 1876, with the title: Token dedicated to the masters and carpenters of this society. View of the Cristóbal Colón shipyards located in the port of Barcelona. Although we do not know the history of this painting, it helps us to remember that in the 18th and 19th centuries, traditional shipyards abounded on the beaches of the Catalan coast, building and repairing wooden sailing ships. The author shows us the tasks involved in the maintenance of a ship at the Cristóbal Colón shipyards in Barcelona.