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.
Evolution of projects for the Port of Barcelona from 1773 to 1850Documents
This map is sheet number 3 in José Rafo’s project for reforming the port of Barcelona. It shows different moments in the history of the port between 1773 and 1850. Rafo’s project represents the great transformation of the industrial port and how it fit into Ildefons Cerdà’s design for a city in expansion once the old walls were torn down. This document is part of the historical archive of the Barcelona Port Authority (APB) on the Port of Barcelona deposited at the Maritime Museum of Barcelona.