Ria De Bilbao Maritime MuseumCurrently Open [Closes at 06:00 pm]
- Address: Muelle Ramon de la Sota n0 1, 48013 Bilbao, Spain
- Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
- Phone: +34-946085500
- Ticket Price: 6 EUR
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Educational Site, Family And Kids, Specialty Museums
A life in the sea is one full of adventure and mystery, any salty old sea dog would agree. With ports acting as trading grounds as well as monuments of history, it’s only natural that there are entire museums dedicated to the Maritime world. The Ria de Bilbao Maritime Museum is such a museum and is filled with enlightening and fascinating information and objects of the Bilbao estuary and its port.
Built upon the former site of the Euskalduna shipyard in 2003 this museum’s objective is to preserve and share the history, culture and identity of those who have thrived upon the Bilbao estuary. Bilbao began as a waterside town, and took advantage of its location to build maritime trade. As a result, it grew through the maritime trading industry being a major exporter of iron to England and the Netherlands.
Located under a bridge, it was created with typical ship-building materials such as stone, steel and wood. Its fascinating range of naval artefacts and maritime memorabilia is divided into two sections: indoor and outdoor, and both comprise of temporary as well as permanent exhibits.
- Its permanent indoor exhibits showcase the physical transformation of the estuary. Today, the area has become a hub for leisure and entertainment, but its invigorated façade belies a long, colourful past. The themes this exhibit explores are: ‘the Estuary, a sea port’, ‘the Estuary, a market and factory’ and ‘the Estuary, a ship yard’. Coloured lighting, music and videos are used to create a feast for the senses and put out information in the most attention grabbing ways possible.
- The permanent outdoor exhibit is located on the outside docks and is filled with all kinds of floating vessels, such as tugboats, pilot boats and ships. Other machinery and devices from different stages is also on display. A Carola crane, rising up from the docks, has become a trademark sight of the museum.
- The museum has put up different temporary exhibitions which span a vast array of sea- centred topics, such as ‘A Century of Surf’, ‘RMS Titanic: How it was Built and Why it Sank’ and ‘The Song of the Whales’. All these exhibits teach visitors about the wonders that lie beneath the waves and provide fascinating insights. Numerous stunning photography and art exhibitions take place here as well, all drawing inspiration from sea life. These exhibitions keep changing, so no matter how many times you visit this museum, there will always be something new and interesting to discover.
Ria De Bilbao Maritime Museum Travel Tips
- Touching or playing with the exhibits is not allowed.
- It is not permitted to take photographs inside the Museum building.
- Entry is not permitted with large bags, suitcases, and sharp objects, except for crutches and/or canes. The Museum offers a free cloakroom service where these articles may be left.
- Make a not that umbrellas are allowed only if they are folded and dry. Otherwise, please place them in plastic bags that are available from the machine provided by the Museum.
- For sanitary reasons, animals, food, beverages, plants, etc., are not permitted. Pets, except for guide dogs, are not allowed in the Museum.
Entrance Ticket Details For Ria De Bilbao Maritime Museum
- Free entry on Tuesday.
- Admission for retirees, pensioners and over 65 years- 3.5 €.
- Student admission (maximum 26 years)- 3.5 €.
- Unemployed admission- 3.5 €.
- Children under 6 years- Free.
- Handicapped admission- 3.5 €.
- Access only to the dry dock- 3 €.
- There are different group charges (15+ people).
How to Reach Ria De Bilbao Maritime Museum
- Metro: San Mames station, Sabino Arana exit.
- Tram (Euskotren): Euskalduna stop.
- Bilbobus (City Bus): Sagrado Corazon stop, 56, 62, A3 lines.
- Restaurante Etxanobe (Basque, Seafood, Spanish)
- Restaurante Abandoibarra (Basque)
- Jatetxe Berdea (Vegan)
- Lupulo (German)
- Peggy Sue’s (American)
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89.74% of people who visit Bilbao include Ria De Bilbao Maritime Museum in their plan
11 AM - 12 PM
48.21% of people start their Ria De Bilbao Maritime Museum visit around 11 AM - 12 PM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Ria De Bilbao Maritime Museum
65.24% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Ria De Bilbao Maritime Museum
Ria De Bilbao Maritime Museum Reviews & Ratings
Interesting museum with some very good exhibits. Some of the informative videos can be played in English and there is also a useful app you can use to maximize your visit (bring headphones) I would recommend this museum to visitors to the City who want to understand a bit more of the history of Bilbao and how it’s roots are strongly set around a maritime history
Very nice little museum tucked out of the way. Easy to miss. It's worth seeing.
Fantastic museum over shadowed by the Guggenheim but we'll worth a visit. Do make the effort, the walk along the river is a bonus
Besides the Nervion riber. boats. Nice people from all over the World. love it
Wonderful experience seeing the maritime museum. The restaurant was fabulous too.