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.
View of the Port of Barcelona, by Adolfo GiráldezPaintings
Oil on canvas, painted at an unknown date between 1863 and 1891, showing the port from the Barceloneta neighbourhood. On the right, the old port Captaincy building and the port lighthouse can be seen. In the middle, the author paints the hybrid ship Comillas, owned by the Compañia Trasatlántica and built in Scotland. For years, the Comillas sailed the Santander-Puerto Rico-Havana route, carrying troops to the Antilles during the Spanish colonial wars.