The Barcelona Maritime Museum is a great destination to visit if you're interested in history, as it's one of the museums in Barcelona that isn't focused on art. Known as the Museu Maritim in Catalan, this museum displays a variety of maritime artifacts. Most date from between 1750 and1850 and will thrill anyone with an interest in maritime history. Considered one of the more specialist museums in Barcelona, the Maritime Museum is open Monday through Sunday from 10 am to 8 pm. Admission is relatively cheap, but you can save up to 20% by presenting a Barcelona Card. If you plan on visiting a variety of museums and tourist attractions throughout Barcelona, this card will save you money on each admission price. To reach the museum, take the Metro green line to the Drassanes stop.
After visiting the Barcelona Maritime Museum, many visitors continue their tour of Maritime history in the city itself. A quick walk away is Colon, the statue dedicated to Christopher Columbus. Continue on to see Port Vell, which is a lovely walk across the marina. The Museu Maritim first opened in 1929 and is located in the former shipyards of Drassanes at the edge of the Old Town and the end of La Rambla.
For many visitors, the most impressive element of this museum is the ships on display. One favorite is a 200-foot reproduction of a sixteenth-century ship that was defeated by the Turkish Armada. Other ships include simple fishing boats, wooden submarines, and racing boats. There are also many models of ships and navigational equipment on display. If after visiting you're interested in learning more about local history and culture, other popular museums in Barcelona include the Miro Museum, the Archaeology Museum, and the Barcelona Art Museum.