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Museo Maritimo Ria de Bilbao

Muelle Ramon de la Sota n0 1, 48013 Bilbao, Spain
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Ranked #19 of 49 Attractions in Bilbao
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
Owner description: We welcome you to the Ria de Bilbao Maritime Museum, a privileged overlook that will bring you...
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Owner description: 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 Euskalduna shipyard, on the left bank of the Bilbao Estuary. The Euskalduna de Construcción y Reparación de Buques Corporation was established in 1900 and marked the beginning of modern civilian shipbuilding in the Basque Country. After a glorious past, Euskalduna announced its closing in 1984.The Bilbao Estuary has undergone a spectacular change in recent years. It has once again become the centre of attention, this time as a space for leisure and entertainment. Aside from being an invigorating element of the city and the region, the Museum´s purpose is also to preserve and spread the history, culture and identity of the men and women that have lived on and from the Bilbao Estuary, which is closely bound to maritime tradition.Come aboard with us!

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

If you walk along the river front you can't miss it. If you walk in a straight line from Abando through Moyua to the river you can't miss it. As some have commented it is not entirely a maritime museum, it's also a history of the port and its impact on Bilbao's urban development. It's fascinating to learn of the... More 

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Jonrui, Director General at Museo Maritimo Ria de Bilbao, responded to this review

Dear @WelshToro, thank you very much for your opinion. You definitely captured the whole essence of our Museum. We try to explain the Maritime roots of the region, with its commercial lines through the different oceans, with the different maritime business, shipbuilding included. All of them were made with many parts of the world, but in fact very often with... More 

Naples, Florida
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216 attraction reviews
141 helpful votes 141 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

1st its very hard to find, along the river but under the concert hall. 2nd It's NOT a maritime museum but rather one about Bilbao's riverfront, history and shipping. 3rd it could have been so much better with some signage as to the direction of the exhibits. Not worth it.

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Jonrui, Director General at Museo Maritimo Ria de Bilbao, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your opinion @cordyroy. It is true that it may not be easy to find because the Museum has two different areas: one is outside (the docks of the former shipyard, the big red crane and other maritime objects) and the indoor side is under the concert hall. We are trying to improve its visibility. On... More 

new jersey
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35 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

This museum is a quirky collection of items associated with ship building, the role of the estuary, and various things nautical. It is a fairly new museum located right on the estuary which adds to the ambiance.

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Jonrui, Director General at Museo Maritimo Ria de Bilbao, responded to this review

Thank you very much @wajtv for sharing with us your opinion. It is a great satisfaction to see that our daily work is rewarded with this type of comments. We try to deepen in our maritime history and also in the understanding of the great recent transformation experienced by the city in the last 30 years. You could not understand... More 

Sydney, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We visited this museum during a short holiday in Bilbao. As far as museums go it is not large or amazingly glamorous but it is very well set up and a lot of the visual-audio information is extremely well done. There is a small theatre at the beginning of the exhibition, you can choose the language you want the video... More 

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Jonrui, Director General at Museo Maritimo Ria de Bilbao, responded to this review

Dear friend, Thank you very much for your opinion. You really do have learned a lot about our city Bilbao in your visit to our Museum. That's great! We try to tell our history but also to explain the recent transformation of Bilbao, as a symbol of urban regeneration. So we deeply celebrate to achieve that goal. Best regards More 

Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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195 attraction reviews
210 helpful votes 210 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

For the money I felt we were a little short changed. Two well presented floors with interesting artefacts. Boards with translations and some good audio visual stuff. It whet the appetite but we ended up wanting more.

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Jonrui, Director General at Museo Maritimo Ria de Bilbao, responded to this review

Thank you for your opinion. We celebrate that you appreciate the lay out of both floors of the Museum and its patrimonial objects. On the other hand, our most expensive rate is 6 euros, and during the scholar period every Tuesday the entrance is free. Thank you again and see you soon. More 

Rijswijk, Holland
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

They have really done their best to make this museum presentable and to show how important Bilbao has been at sea. It is only a pity that most of the info is in the Basque language. This museum is free on Tuesday!!!

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Jonrui, Director General at Museo Maritimo Ria de Bilbao, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your kind opinion. It is true that we do our best to show the importance of the sea and maritime issues in our history and in the recent transformation of Bilbao. All the information is in Basque Language and in Spanish, and there are many things in English and French. We will try to improve... More 

Canterbury
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

It's Ok - I quite liked all the displays made of Playmobil, but I guess that was aimed more at the children. I'd heard that there were external exhibits, but when we there (early April) there wasn't. Maybe we were out of season, but it was a little disappointing. Even my partner, who is v keen on maritime, was a... More 

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Jonrui, Director General at Museo Maritimo Ria de Bilbao, responded to this review

Dear @Canterbur, Thank you very much for visiting our Museum and for sharing with us your opinion. Our Museum has two permanent exhibitions: the one indoor mixed with temporary exhibitions and the external docks, with ships, a big crane and other maritime objects. The docks are thought to be the oldest civilian docks in Spain. They are full of history.... More 

Alcudia, Spain
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26 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 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 one of the best. The first thing I did when we decided to visit was... More 

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Jonrui, Director General at Museo Maritimo Ria de Bilbao, responded to this review

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 improving. The sculpture you enjoyed so much is called "Light Skin", made by Esther Pizarro,... More 

Glossop, United Kingdom
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81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

only went here to kill some time but it was quite interesting with external exhibits and areas of interest but overall had the feeling it would be more interesting for children than adults.

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Jonrui, Director General at Museo Maritimo Ria de Bilbao, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your visit and for giving us your opinon. It is true that is a nice option for children. In fact there are some areas specially thought for them. But it is also good for adults if you want to understand the great transformation of Bilbao or if you want to know the history of the... More 

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12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

Right at the top of the Gran Via and on the river it's really built in under one of the bridges. It covers the maritime history of the area in great detail with plenty of English and French translations, useful even if you can read Sopanish, unless you want to take a technical maritime disctionary with you. There are some... More 

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Jonrui, Director General at Museo Maritimo Ria de Bilbao, responded to this review

Thank you very much Jeff, We appreciate your visit and favorable opinion about our Museum. It is a source of joy for us that you enjoyed the exhibitions, the ships and that you found likable all the environment. More 

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