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Located in the Spanish Navy’s headquarters, on the city's Art Walk, this museum takes you on journey through Spain’s maritime history from its earliest days to the 20th century. The collection displayed includes weapons, flags, uniforms, and the crown jewel: a Mappa Mundi dating back to 1500.
The museum was originally founded in 1842 but was moved to its current location in 1932. The building has undergone various refurbishments over the years, the most recent one was completed in October 2020. The 2-year-long renovation has not only given it a new look but also made it more accessible.
The collection is displayed in chronological order and boasts over 12000 items, including extraordinary models of ships, naval charts, paintings of famous sailors and naval battles, uniforms flags, weapons and other naval paraphernalia. Particularly noteworthy is Juan de la Cosa’s beautifully illustrated parchment map, the first known cartographic representation of the American continent. The navigator and cartographer produced it in 1500 having travelled to the Americas on three occasions accompanied by Christopher Columbus.
Most of the museum’s spaces have been adapted for people with reduced mobility. There is a lift to communicate the entrance with the museum’s galleries.
The museum has an adapted bathroom at the entrance and a wheelchair can be borrowed at the ticket office.
The lift buttons include Braille signage.