ANIMALS ON BOARD


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ANIMALS ON BOARD

Animals and people have sailed together on ships and boats for centuries. Animals have been shipped off to new destinations because of our absolute dependence on them: in agriculture, transport, war, consumption and so on. And they shared voyages by sea ─ and spaces ─ until legislation on their transport became stricter, from the 1970s onwards.

Some live animals were loaded on board to be eaten during voyages: cocks and hens, pigs, sheep, etc. Others, such as cats or dogs, were there to carry out certain tasks. Some were also stowaways, leading crews to despair: rats, bedbugs, cockroaches and every kind of species, taking to boats to invade new territories across the seas. And there have naturally always been pets on board.

The exhibition is based on the anecdotes explained in a discussion which the Museum holds regularly with retired merchant navy captains. The display is illustrated with photos loaned from public and private collections, along with photos of pets on board boats, gathered through a call on social media. The exhibition also includes recreational elements such as a photocall and games linked to the account of Noah’s Ark.


Place: Foyer of the Museu Marítim de Barcelona
Free admission

Date

  • From 27/10/2023
  • to 26/05/2024

Schedules

  • From 10:00 to 20:00

Place

  • Vestíbul (Nova entrada)

Price

  • Free

Languages

English / Castellano / Català

Credits

  • OrganizersMMB