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.
Model of the Ictíneo II submarineUnderwater navigation
With the success of the Ictíneo I, in 1862 Narcís Monturiol began to build an underwater craft that was even safer and more productive. In 1864, he founded the Navegación Submarina society and launched the Ictíneo II, which reached depths of 30 meters.
This new craft was 17 meters long, with a beam of 3 meters and 3.5 meters from the keel to the hatch. 20 men fit in the inner hull, 16 of which were dedicated to propelling the craft. Unfortunately, the maritime industry failed to show interest in the project, and the company went under.