Historical collections

The Archive manages different document collections closely associated with the maritime history of Barcelona, organized according to their origin: records from companies, associations and foundations, local administrations, peripheral state administrations, and collections from individuals or institutions.  Permission to view or reproduce documents will be subject to their state of conservation and current laws (protection of personal information, authorship rights, etc.).

Archive service


Efemèrides marítimes MMB

A collection of historical anniversaries related to the maritime world, and reported on the day of the event through social networks.

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Arxiu històric MMB

Pere de Prada i Arana

A regular publication focused on an archive collection managed by MMB. It also takes the form of a physical installation at the entrance to the Museum and an informational digital handout

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Arxiu històric MMB

Pere de Prada i Arana

We organize gatherings to share experiences and knowledge on document management, information, archives and data management, and to learn from professionals from other areas or institutions.

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Publicacions MMB

Pere de Prada i Arana

A collection of articles and publications by the technical staff of the archive service on archives, document management and information management.

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Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Who can consult documents in the archive?
The archive is a free and public service for anyone with scientific or personal interest. Access to documents is regulated by the general regulations on access to documents.

Can I do long-distance research?
Documents are to be viewed in person during the opening hours of the archive. However, in cases where you would like to view a specific document, you can request a reproduction of the same once you have paid the corresponding fees. See the document on conditions for reproducing and using documents (DOC_2)

Can I photograph documents with my digital camera or mobile phone?
Yes, with permission from Archive staff and in keeping with current legislation.

The reproduction service by Museum staff and using Museum resources is subject to the fees approved by the MMB. See the document on conditions for reproducing and using documents.

Do you have passenger lists?
The MMB has two passenger lists:

Bulletin of the Compañía Trasatlántica of Barcelona 1892-1894
Vapor Habana. Mediterranean – New York – Havana, 02/10/1946.

Ledger of passenger fees. Going and returning. Veracruz-Bilbao, Bilbao-Veracruz, January-August 1936.

We recommend that you view the resources compiled by Movimientos Migratorios Iberoamericanos.

What are the opening hours of the archive?
Mornings from Monday-Friday, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Wednesday afternoon, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm.

Can I access the archive at other times?
Yes. You will need to set up an appointment with archive staff.

What can I do if I don’t find what I’m looking for?
You can send us a message with your query at informació@mmb.cat