The Maritime Museum of Barcelona (MMB) is located in the building of Drassanes Reials de Barcelona, the royal arsenal of Barcelona (at the southern end of La Rambla). The Drassanes were dedicated to shipbuilding between the thirteenth century and eighteenth century. We visited it in October 2017, after two short visits in 2010 and 2013 when only part of the museum was open due to extensive renovation. The new museum's exhibition is clearly improved and very much worth a visit.
The main attraction is a full scale replica of the galley of
Juan de Austria, commander of the Christian fleet at the battle of Lepanto in
1571. At bow and stern are platforms to see the upper deck.
Photos of 1571 galley replica
At the bow platform there is a model of the galley under
Photos of 1571 galley model
In the museum buildings there is a model of Nao Victoria,
the ship used by Magellan to circumnavigate the globe in 1519 - 1522.
Photos of model of Nao Victoria
I especially liked the 1740 dockyard model of an 80 gun ship
that was built in Havana, Cuba.
Photos of the 1740 dockyard model
The museum has several historic ships and replicas that can
be visited in Barcelona harbour. The largest of them is the schooner Santa
Eulalia, built in 1918. One can participate in boat trips.
Photos of schooner Santa Eulalia
On our visit we got a leaflet with some information about the schooner.
If you click on a photo in the pages of the ships
you will get that photo in high resolution.
There is more information about the museum on a Barcelona tourist website.