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Museo Maritimo Ria de Bilbao

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Address: Muelle Ramon de la Sota n0 1, 48011 Bilbao, Spain
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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We welcome you to the Ria de Bilbao Maritime Museum, a privileged overlook...

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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Some really interesting info about the development of Bilbao. The captions of the exhibits are in Spanish, but if you look around, there are info boards in each rooms with... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed January 1, 2017
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Totnes
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2017

waiting for our airport taxi we stumbled across this museum wonderful cleverly laid out interesting a view of the city and its development over the centuries

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

Thank you very much for your kind words and for promoting a visit to our Maritime Museum, where as you perfectly point out we explain the martime roots of the city of Bilbao and its recent urban transformation. Best wishes More 

Venice, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2017

but more adapted for kids and school-classes with educational approach , but very lovely even for me ! Pity , all text's just in Basque and Spanish, which are not among the 3 languages I speak !

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

Thank you very much for your kind words Tom K. In order to provide a better experience for English-speaking visitors we have developed an APP with an audioguide in English and French, apart from Basque language and Spanish. Best wishes. More 

Cheshire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2017

Some really interesting info about the development of Bilbao. The captions of the exhibits are in Spanish, but if you look around, there are info boards in each rooms with translations in several other languages including English which was excellent.

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

Thank you very much for your opinion Truebluemif. In order to provide a better experience for English-speaking visitors we have developed an APP with an audioguide in English and French, apart from Basque language and Spanish. Best wishes. More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2016

Interesting museum tucked away in the old docks area of Bilbao. Tells the maritime story of Bilbao, which is very interesting in itself, and is full of interesting exhibits and galleries. Its a bit tricky to find but worth the effort.

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

Thank you very much MAR-AM-UK for visiting us and for giving such a good mark to our Museum. It is true that it can be tricky to find the entrance. The right clue is the big red crane in the outside. When you see it you are just on the docks of Euskalduna where the Museum sits. As you said,... More 

Thames Ditton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2016

Visiting Bilbao with elderly parents, with some leisure sailing history, we hopped on the Euskotren tram down to the Sabino Arana stop near the football stadium and meandered down to the lower level near Plaza Sagrado Corazón. It is not especially well signposted - except for the massive red crane which can be seen from a distance. This is an... More 

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

Thank you very much for your kind words and for this impressive review of our Museum. It may be the most accurate report seen of our collection, exhibits, and messages, including directions to arrive it!. As you said the best way to find us is the big red crane, named Carola, in the outside. It is very satisfying to receive... More 

Ventura, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016

This museum is a wonderful experience. The exhibits are so well done. There are films, computer graphics and educational displays. There are activities for children which my husband and I enjoyed too. It is not only about ships and sea going vessels it is also a wonderful history of Bilboa. I highly recommend it for all age groups. The staff... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016 via mobile

Reasonably priced, and well set out Museum. Modern museum. Enough English narrative to link the flow of exhibits. Introductory history video is also available in English and is well worth watching. I really enjoyed this maritime museum.

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Hertford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016 via mobile

We came to have a look at history but also to entertain the kids. It does both. Well laid out with some fun stuff aimed for the kids whilst having displays and films for adults. Not easy to find given its hidden position under a roundabout and lack of signage for pedestrians.

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

It is very pleasing to hear that the museum has satisfied these two objectives: to explain well the history of our city while enjoying a nice time in family. Regarding signage, we try to point the outer red crane to better find inner exposure. But it is true that we should improve our visibility. The red crane is our lighthouse.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2016 via mobile

A really well laid out museum which we visited on a Tuesday, this day is free admission. It gives you all the info you need on the port history of Bilbao which really is what has made the city tick over centuries. Lots of stuff to see on the tour which you can follow through an app, video, artefacts, displays... More 

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

Thank you very much Stephen for your kind words about our Museum. We are so pleased to see that the message we transmit really reaches visitors! Our sincere thanks. Best wishes. More 

Peterborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2016

I found this museum good for the history of Bilbao. It was also raining which made it the perfect place to be. It was free on the day we went and it was very quiet because it was a school day. The displays were excellent and informative and we were given an audio guide. The displays were very well presented... More 

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