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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.
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.
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.
Discover our temporary exhibitions, activities and workshops.
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
The history of the Euskalduna docks stretches back over 150 years. They are currently home to the main vessels in our collection.
This building houses the pumps used to drain the docks and keep them dry.
Over 3000 m² of space given over to permanent and temporary exhibitions awaits you.
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