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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.

Religious image of Bishop Sant Telm (Saint Erasmus of Formia)

Figureheads and sculptures

The patron saint of seafarers in Catalonia was Sant Elm (Saint Erasmus, Bishop of Formia) until the 16th or early 17th century, when he was gradually replaced by Pedro González Telmo, Bishop of Tui, who was popularly known as Elm or Telm by association with his predecessor. Their similar names created a lasting confusion between the two saints, and one was replaced by the other almost without anyone noticing. In this image of Sant Telm, he wears the robe and mitre of a bishop, holds a crozier in his right hand and a model ship in his left.