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Ría de Bilbao Maritime Museum

The mission of the Ría de Bilbao Maritime Museum is to preserve and publicise the maritime heritage of The Nervion (Ibaizabal) river estuary, among local and foreign visitors alike. The museum is located in the former dry and wet dock area of the Euskalduna shipyards. It stands at the end of the Abandoibarra promenade, which also contains the Guggenheim Museum and Euskalduna Conference Centre and Concert Hall.

The museum has a total floor area of around 27,000 square metres divided into two areas, one indoors and the other outdoors. Part of the collection –including ships and boats, anchors, buoys and the Carola crane– is located in the open air, in the docks. This fine recreational area is gradually taking on a more important role as a centre for maritime leisure activities.

The interior of the Museum, with approximately 5,000 square metres of floor space divided between 2 floors, houses the temporary exhibitions and the permanent collection. The permanent exhibition centres around three main themes: the physical environs of the estuary, the development of trade in Bilbao and its surrounding area, and the development of industry in association with the hinterland. The permanent exhibition contains a range of models, audio-visual items and life-size recreations.

Ría de Bilbao Maritime Museum

General Details

Director: Jon Ruigómez
Address: Muelle Ramón de la Sota, 1. 48013. BILBAO
Telephone: 946 08 55 00



Tuesday - Friday: 10am - 6pm
Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays: 10am - 8pm


Tuesday - Sunday, and public holidays: 10am - 8pm

Complementary Services

Meeting room
Gift shop
Special accessible areas


General: €6
Reduced: €3.50
Free: Children under 6
Admission is free on Tuesdays, except in July and August.

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