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Museo Maritimo Ria de Bilbao

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“dry dock”(6 reviews)
“ship models”(3 reviews)
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We welcome you to the Ria de Bilbao Maritime Museum, a privileged overlook that will bring you closer to the thrilling adventure of the sea via the Bilbao Estuary and Port.This space is located on the former site of the outbuildings of the...more
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Muelle Ramon de la Sota n0 1, 48011 Bilbao, Spain
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+34 946 08 55 00
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 5 February 2014

We only decided to go to the Maritime Museum because it was raining! As it happens the rain was a very good thing. The museum was brilliant. For some strange reason I have been to many maritime museums in Spain and this one was certainly...More

4  Thank LisaMarieSykes
Jonrui, Director General at Museo Maritimo Ria de Bilbao, responded to this reviewResponded 11 February 2014

Thank you very much LisaMarieSykes! It was a pleasure to greet you at the Museum. For us it is really important your opinion and we are fully satisfied if you, as our host, feel comfortable at our Museum. Your positive comments boosts us to continue...More

Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 22 March 2015

If it is pouring rain and you really cannot find anything else to do then this is your thing. Although I am seriously interested in maritime history I found this place very disappointing, there really ought to be more to show for the centuries of...More

1  Thank PickyDinerYorks
Jonrui, Director General at Museo Maritimo Ria de Bilbao, responded to this reviewResponded 31 March 2015

Dear PickyDine, Our Maritime Museum is located on the former site of the outbuildings of the Euskalduna shipyard, established in 1900 which after a glorious past announced its closing in 1984. The real docks, the pomp house, the red crane and two ships built here...More

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Reviewed 10 October 2018

We only had time to stroll around the exhibits on the docks outside the museum building, but this was still a pleasant way to pass some time-views of the river and the rejuvenating port area, and also the surrounding hills, plus various historic boats and...More

Thank evets1232016
Jonrui, Director General at Museo Maritimo Ria de Bilbao, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2018

Thank you very much. The docks are an important part of our Museum. Inside you can understand the historic and current importance of them and how the city has transformed in the last decades. It is absolutely lovely to stroll around the river from the...More

Reviewed 4 October 2018 via mobile

Good layout, easy to follow, great audio guide accessible by free app. Lots of interactive parts so great for kids

Thank Stephenwasere
Jonrui, Director General at Museo Maritimo Ria de Bilbao, responded to this reviewResponded 6 October 2018

Thank you so much for such a kind words. Love to hear that you enjoyed the visit as much as to recommend it. Best regards

Reviewed 30 September 2018 via mobile

On arrival at the desk the lady assistant was most helpful and with very good English not something we had come across up to now. She explained how to go round the museum without having to pay extra for the information guide. Even though it...More

Thank Jo H
Jonrui, Director General at Museo Maritimo Ria de Bilbao, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2018

Thank you very much for your kind word about both our staff and exhibition. You are absolutely right about the poor visibility of the building, something we are working on. In any case, it is true that the red crane, called Carola, is the best...More

Reviewed 10 September 2018

Disappointed with our vist not many ships to see, did meet a very helpful volunteer who explained the future of the museum, very fotunate to see the Victoria replica sailing shipMore

Thank Pete H
Jonrui, Director General at Museo Maritimo Ria de Bilbao, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2018

Thank you very much for your words. We are glad you could see the replica of the Nao Victoria on the docks of the Museum. In the dike we have a large collection of vessels, among which is the first boat built in the Euskalduna...More

Reviewed 29 August 2018

Alot of material and history about Bilbao's maritime/shipping history but felt it was all a little too dry for me. Thankfully there were some Playmobil exhibits that fascinated the children. We finished up relatively quickly (~1hr).More

Thank JNg512
Jonrui, Director General at Museo Maritimo Ria de Bilbao, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2018

Thank you very much for your kind words in which you value positively the heritage exposed about our maritime history. By saying that you felt a little "dry" we understand that you expected maybe more saltpeter, which we usually get with the vessels that visit...More

Reviewed 22 June 2018 via mobile

Visited here after the Guggenheim and actually enjoyed this museum. Great introduction to shipping and industrial history of Bilbao region.

Thank mkm1013
Jonrui, Director General at Museo Maritimo Ria de Bilbao, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2018

Thank you so much for your opinion. We love to hear that you really enjoyed our Maritime Museum learning about our history. Best regards

Reviewed 17 June 2018

Strongly recommend a visit to the Maritime Museum. Ecellent material explaining the origin and growth of the port. Displays largely in Basque or Spanish, but with English handout guides. Museum staff also readily available to help.

Thank LusakaWhale
Jonrui, Director General at Museo Maritimo Ria de Bilbao, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2018

Thank you so much for your opinion. We love to hear that you recommend to pay a visit to our Maritime Museum. Best regards

Reviewed 25 May 2018 via mobile

This is a cracking little museum detailing the maritime history of Bilbao and its ports. The exhibitions are good with information boards in English and nice explanatory films.

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Jonrui, Director General at Museo Maritimo Ria de Bilbao, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2018

Thank you very much for such a nice post. We love to hear that you think of our Museum as an ideal point for families. We strive to propose an educational visit but that it can also be fun for the children. Best regards

Reviewed 23 December 2017

Wanted to visit but wasn't really high on itinerary. Big mistake. This p!ace is amazing and should be the first place you visit to give you an idea of the history of the city, before you see anything else. If you are english speaking only...More

1  Thank karlynstu
Jonrui, Director General at Museo Maritimo Ria de Bilbao, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2018

Thank you very much for your kind words and for giving such a favourable opinion about our Maritime Museum. You spot on: the Museum allows you to understand the origin and transformation of Bilbao, which is very convenient for understanding the rest of the city....More

Reviewed 22 November 2017

This is a well-designed introduction to the seafaring history of Bilbao, with good videos of the development of the port over centuries. Highlights are the reconstruction of a consular barge that you can sit in, and the video of the renovation of the waterfront of...More

1  Thank Patrick P
Jonrui, Director General at Museo Maritimo Ria de Bilbao, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2018

Thank you very much for your kind words. We are delighted to hear that you highlight our "Falua", the consular barge, as well as the artistic installation sent to Shanghai in 2010 for the World Exhibition. Best regards

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