A museum linked
to the sea

For centuries, Bizkaia and its people have lived by and for the sea. It has been a gateway to the rest of the world for them and a link to other traditions and cultures.

Itsasmuseum highlights the stretch of the maritime world that runs from the Bilbao river estuary to the Bay of Biscay.

Bizkaia,
a territory with the sea in its heart

The people who live on the coast of Bizkaia have a deep-rooted maritime culture which has given them their unique character and driven their economic and social development throughout history.

From the river
to the sea

Bilbao was founded on the banks of the river, first as a port and then as a city. The navigability of the river was a driving force for trade, opening the area up to the rest of the world via the sea and permitting unprecedented progress and development in Bizkaia.

Family
visits

Enjoy some quality time with your family, learning about the maritime culture and history of Bizkaia through participative educational activities designed for different ages.

About us

Our museum is a dynamic, friendly place open to public participation, which offers visitors a unique experience as they discover the maritime heritage and culture of Bilbao and Bizkaia.

And now…

Discover our temporary exhibitions, activities and workshops.

19.01.2019 – 31.07.2019

DIRECT
GYOTAKU

“Direct Gyotaku” looks at an age-old Japanese artistic technique that consists of making prints of fish using the fish themselves as printing blocks or templates, with ink and paper. The exhibition sets out to showcase the marine diversity of the Bay of Biscay through art.

26.06.2019 – 26.06.2020

J. S. Elkano.
Following in his footsteps

«J. S. ElkanoFollowing his footsteps» takes an in-depth look at the biography of Juan Sebastián Elkano (1487/88-1526) and takes visitors along his life path before, during and after the first circumnavigation of the globe, which he began 500 years ago in a search for a new route to the Spice Islands

Community


Join the Itsasmuseum community!

Take an active part in the life of the museum and enjoy special offers available only to members of our maritime community.

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Get to know Itsasmuseum

ilustración de la grúa carola

The “Carola” crane


An iconic witness to Bilbao’s past industrial and maritime culture, and one of the flagship exhibits of Itsasmuseum.

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ilustración de los diques

Docks


The history of the Euskalduna docks stretches back over 150 years. They are currently home to the main vessels in our collection.

ilustración de la casa de bombas

Pump house


This building houses the pumps used to drain the docks and keep them dry.

ilustración de erain

Erain


This project seeks to preserve knowledge of the trade of shipwrighting and highlight its importance in Bizkaia in the 20th century.

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ilustración del Itsasmuseum

Interior


Over 3000 m² of space given over to permanent and temporary exhibitions awaits you.

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