Land-based museums

Exhibiting recovered material from underwater sites

Asia

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Brunei

Brunei Maritime Museum, Kota Batu

Description: this museum explains the importance of Brunei as a centre for maritime trade during the ancient times.

Collection: three galleries and shipwreck artefacts discovered along Brunei waters.

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Cambodia

Battambang Museum Cambodge

Description: une collection limitée mais très intéressante de linteaux sculptés dont de beaux linteaux Angkoriens, des objets provenant de la province de Battambang et des statues dont des pièces provenant de Phnom Banan and Sneng.

National Museum of Cambodge

Description: histoire culturelle de Phnom Penh

Collection: objets en pierre, céramique et sculptures 

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China

Guangdong Maritime Silk Road Museum (Nanhai No. 1 Museum) -Yangjiang, Guangdong Province

The wreck of the Nanhai No. 1 was found in the western part of the mouth of the Pearl River (Zhu Jiang), the starting point of China’s. The wreck is in exceptional condition. It is thought to contain 60,000 to 80,000 precious pieces of cargo, especially ceramics. The Nanhai No. 1 Museum features the shipwreck in an aquarium setting characterized by the same water quality, temperature and environment as the spot in which the wreck was discovered. Archaeologists have started to excavate the vessel inside the aquarium, thereby enabling visitors to observe underwater archaeological work in a museum environment. The remains of the ancient vessel are expected to yield critical information on ancient Chinese ship building and navigation technologies

National Museum of China, Beijing

Description: it is the largest comprehensive history museum in China now, located on the side of Tian’an Square in Beijing, built on former China History Musuem and former China Revolutionary Museum.

Collection: both material and non-material collections and exhibits.

Nanjing Municipal Museum

Description: as one of the earliest organs in China, it presents local history.

Collection: several relic samples and art works.

Naval museum or Ancient Ship Museum, Penglay city, China

Description: Naval Museum or Ancient Ship Museum

Collection: exhibits of ancient ships

Museum of Overseas Communications History, Quanzhou, Fujian

Description: A large number of cultural relics and models illustrating the vicissitude of the ancient seaport of Quanzhou and the prestigious past of Chinese navy.

Ocean hotel museum, Hailing Island

Description: Closely connected to the above Guangdong Silk Road museum exhibiting artefacts from local shipwreck excavations (located in the ocean Hotel, the training centre of the bigger museum)

 

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India

National Museum, New Delhi

Description: apart from the art collections, this Museum has conservation laboratory and the national museum institute of history of art, conservation and museology.

Collection: it possesses 200,000 objects of art covering 5000 years of India cultural heritage.

Maritime Museum, Calcutta Port Trust

Description: Objects represent historic ivory, lacquer ware, and bronze works as well as artefacts from China, Japan, Burma, Nepal, and Tibet. The archaeological section contains exhibits of stone-age Indian artefacts, antiquities ranging from 2500 BC to 1500 BC, sculptures from the 4th and 5th Centuries BC, as well as late medieval artefacts, Indo-Muslim architecture, and religious treasures that have made it a place of pilgrimage.

Navy Museum, Cochin, India

Description: The museum is divided into various different sections, which highlight significant and interesting aspects of the Indian navy like shipbuilding, evolution of the Indian navy since the year 1600, wars fought and victories of the navy, etc. History and important landmarks of the Indian navy

Collection: One can even find information on the various wars fought by the Indian navy like the Goa liberation, Indo-Pak conflicts of 1965 and 1971, Operation Cactus (Maldives), Operation Pawan and planned drills during Kargil war recently.

Prince of Wales Museum, Mumbai

Description: as one of the best-known Museums of the Country opened in 1922, its mainly collections were acquired by the Trustees and the Sir Ratan Tata bequest.

Collection: its maritime heritage gallery as the first of its kind in India

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Japan

Kaiyo Maru, Esashi Town

The museum consists of a square-rigged wooden battleship built more than 120 years ago. It stranded off Esashi in 1868, was salvaged and restored and is now used as a youth training facility. The ship exhibits Japan’s oldest underwater heritage relics.

Osaka Maritime Museum, Osaka

The museum explains the general development of maritime culture in Osaka. Its highlights are a replica Naniwa Maru, a 17th century trade ship, and a range of artefacts as well as a 60 m underwater walkway.

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Malaysia

Malacca Maritime Archaeology Museum

The museum exhibits maritime archaeology artefacts and findings. Its collection includes artefacts from shipwrecks, such as the Royal Nanhai, the Xuande and the Turiang.

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Philippines

National Museum of the Philippines

The museum was established in 1901 as a natural history and ethnography museum. It exhibits among others important underwater archaeological artefacts from various excavations and its scientists take part in investigation and excavation projects.

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South Korea

Sea Museum

The museum is a maritime museum dedicated to preserving and presenting Korea's rich maritime history. It displays over 3,000 excavated underwater cultural heritage relics from Wando and a replica wooden ship from the Goryeo Dynasty as well as approx. 22,000 items from Chinese ships of the 14th century.

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Sri Lanka

National Maritime Museum, Galle

The new museum is located within the Galle fort and displays marine artefacts found in underwater explorations, especially from the Dutch Aavonster wreck.

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Thailand

National Maritime Museum, Chantaburi

The National Maritime Museum is housed in a fortress. It displays models of boats that were used in Thailand, full sized old transport ships as well as artefacts found in sunken ships.

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Vietnam

National Museum of Vietnamese History, Hanoi

The national museum features with large collections, including a collection of unique ceramic items from an ancient shipwreck found near Cu Lao Cham Island.

Africa

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Kenya

Fort Jesus Museum, Mombasa

The Fort houses the finds from the shipwreck of the “Santo Antonio the Tana”.

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Mozambique

Maritime Museum, Palácio de Sao Paulo

This maritime museum houses exhibits from the boats which frequented the island of Mozambique including a small wooden boat from one of da Gamma's vessels and underwater cultural heritage artefacts.

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South Africa

Bredasdorp Shipwreck Museum, South Africa

The theme of this museum is “Shipwrecks along the dangerous Southern Cape coast and their influence on the development of the Strandveld”. The collection encompasses a variety of material recovered from wrecks, such as the wrecks of the British troopship HMS “Birkenhead” (1852) and the wreck of the “Nieuw Haerlem” (1647).

Port Natal Maritime Museum

The museum gives an insight into the influence of maritime culture on local life whilst also reflecting on the rigors and romance of lives lived at sea. Its collection encompasses artefacts from a number of vessels and some Chinese porcelain from a Portuguese ship wrecked in 1554.

East London Museum

The museum is a major natural and cultural history museum in South Africa. Its maritime gallery displays model ships and shipwreck artefacts.

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Tanzania

The House of Wonders, Museum of History & Culture

The exhibition of this museum on the history of Zanzibar & the Swahili Coast includes displays on the Dhow Culture of the Indian Ocean and a life-size model (about 17 metres long) of the now extinct Swahili sewn vessel, the Mtepe.

Arab region and Middle-East

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Egypt

Egyptian Museum, Cairo

One of the biggest and most renowned museums focusing on Egyptian Antiquity. Its collections include more than 160,000 pieces including many ancient ships and ship models.

Khufu Boat Museum, Cairo

The building is a specially built museum at the Giza pyramid complex exhibiting the solar barge of Khufu, considered to be the oldest, largest and best preserved vessel from antiquity. It was recovered from the desert ground, not from under water.

Graeco-Roman Museum, Alexandria

The museum provides an excellent introduction to the Greek and Roman Art of Egypt. It displays hundreds of precious antiques from the surrounding of Alexandria, including artefacts recovered from the bottom of the bay.

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Israël

National Maritime Museum, Haifa

The museum is devoted to the maritime history of the Mediterranean basin, the Red Sea and the Nile. It displays ship models; maritime archaeological artefacts and a large collection of ancient maps.

Yigall Alon Museum, Kibbutz Ginosar, Israel

The museum is also called the « Jesus Boat Museum » and exhibits a 2,200 year old shipwreck.

Oceania

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Australia

Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney

This maritime museum is located at Darling Harbour, Sydney. It displays a fleet of historic vessels, special exhibitions, historic and underwater archaeological artefacts. The museum has also an underwater archaeology unit.

Ben Cropp Shipwreck Museum, Queensland

Private museum exhibiting relics from shipwrecks found on the North Eastern Australian coast. The collection includes an estimate of over 1,000 items from shipwrecks such as the Yongala, Pandora, Purpoise, Cambus Wallace, Aahrus, Eastern Argosy, Sun, Titanic, Batavia, and Zeeyk. More.

Broome Historical Society Museum, Broome

The museum gives an insightful look into Broome’s diverse cultural history, including the town’s pearling history and many old photographs and files of Japanese air raids on Broome during World War II, including tales of shipwrecks.

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum, Victoria

The museum explains the history of the Great Ocean Road and does also display an important collection of shipwreck and maritime trade artefacts.

Garden Island Ship’s Graveyard

The site is a trail for small boats or canoes among the abandoned wrecks of the Garden Island Ships' Graveyard near Port Adelaide, the final resting place of 25 wrecks.

La Pérouse Museum, Sydney

Located within the Botany Bay National Park, the La Perouse Museum and Visitors Centre stands on the site of the first landing of the First Fleet in January 1788, which was followed by the French explorer Comte de Laperouse, who later mysteriously disappeared. The museum hosts also exhibitions on Australian history and a collection of Aboriginal artefacts, historic maps, important local documents and maritime exhibits, including recovered relics from French explorers.

Museum of Tropical Queensland

This natural history and archaeological museum located in Townsville displays among others artefacts from the wreck of HMS Pandora.

Queenscliffe Maritime Museum, Victoria

Initially the museum was formed to preserve the last Queenscliff lifeboat which was in service between 1926 and 1976. The lifeboat forms the core of the Museum collection. The collection includes also artefacts from shipwrecks. 

Shipwreck Galleries, Western Australia Museum, Freemantle

The museum is considered the No.1 maritime archaeology museum in the southern hemisphere. It displays hundreds of relics from wrecked ships, such as the Dutch shipwrecks Zuytdorp, Zeewijk and Vergulde Draeck.

South Australia Maritime Museum, Port Adelaide

Hosting one of the oldest nautical collections in Australia the museum displays large collections including a nautical museum collection.

Western Australian Museum, Geraldton

The museum focuses on the region’s natural landscapes and marine environment. Its collections include artefacts from shipwrecks located in the region, the Batavia, the Gilt Dragon, the Zuytdorp, the Zeewijk and the HMAS Sydney (II).

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New Caledonia (France)

Maritime History Museum, Noumea

The museum focuses on the maritime history of New Caledonia and displays artefacts from numerous ships salvaged around the reefs in New Caledonia, dating from the 19th and 20th century.

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New Zealand

Inconstant, Wellington

In 1997 the bilges of the 1848 Nova Scotia built wooden sailing ship the Inconstant were found under the 1880's Old Bank & Chambers complex in Wellington. A part of the remains have been extracted for exhibit, another part remained in situ and can be seen under glass. The area is called Plimmer’s Ark.

Europe

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Croatia

Archaeological Museum, Zadar

This second oldest museum in Croatia founded in 1832 displays prehistoric archaeological material from the Paleolithic and Neolithic, the Bronze and Iron Ages, the Roman and Byzantine Periods, as well as archaeological remains from the 7th to the 15th centuries. The museum hosts an underwater archaeology department, which excavated for instance a celebrated Apoxyomenos statute.

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Cyprus

Kyrenia Ship Museum

The museum exhibits an ancient trading boat and its cargo dating from the time of Alexander the Great. The wreck itself can be seen as well as over four hundred wine amphorae from Rhodes, wooden spoons, jugs, salt dishes, and drinking cups, and jars filled with nine thousand preserved almonds.

Thalassa Museum

The museum focuses on the marine heritage of Cyprus, from prehistoric times to present. It contains the reconstruction of the ancient Kyrenia II wreck and a variety of statues, sculptures, ceramics and paintings of seascapes.

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Denmark

Langelands Museum, South Denmark

This museum on the history of the area displays objects from prehistory to the early 20th century coming from Langeland, Strynø and Ærø. Langelands Museum has performed several underwater archaeological excavations of prehistoric settlements as well as of shipwrecks. Some of the recovered artefacts are shown.

Strandingsmuseum, Thorsminde, Jutland

The museum presents the history and everyday life along the west coast of Jutland. Its collections encompass among others thousands of artefacts recovered from the wreck of HMS St. George, an exhibition of photos of recent wrecks and - outside the museum - a historical anchors park.

Viking Ship Museum, Roskilde

The Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde is focused on ships, seafaring and boatbuilding culture in ancient and medieval times. Its Viking Ship Hall is designed as a large showcase to display five Viking ships found at Skuldelev. Besides the five original ships the hall also houses special temporary exhibitions, copies of a trading vessel and of a warship equipped with barrels, trading goods and weapons. At the boat yard, the boat building tradition and culture of the Viking age are illustrated through working boat builders and exhibitions showing the historical background.

Viking Museum, Ladby

The museum houses the exhibition of a unique Viking ship grave, found on land as a ‘print’ in the earth, and of other pieces from Viking’s times.

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Estonia

Estonian State Maritime Museum

The museum displays the general history of shipping and fishing in Estonia.

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France

Musée de la Marine, Paris

The museum is conceived as a centre for maritime culture dating from 1748. It permanently exposed objects dating back to Louis XV of France, including recovered ship artefacts, models and maps. The museum has several dependences.

Musée Departmental Arles Antique

This museum on archaeological finds made in Arles, includes finds from the Rhone River, for instance a Caesar bust.

Museum of Underwater Wrecks of the Invasion, Port-en-Bessin, Normandy

The museum contains an exhibition of remains of shipwrecks from the disembarkation in 1944 recovered from the sea.

La Pérouse Museum, Albi

The museum is dedicated to the navigator and his travels and displays ship models, nautical instruments, and arms as well as artefacts coming from excavations at Vanikoro. 

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Finland

Maritime Museum of Finland, Helsinki

This National Maritime Museum includes an exhibition on the history of Finnish seafaring, featuring ships and maritime trade. It also displays items recovered from underwater wrecks like the St. Mikael which sank in 1747.

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Germany

Deutsches Schiffahrtsmuseum, Bremerhaven

The German Maritime Museum focuses on central European shipping. It houses the restored wreck of a Kogge found in Bremen, as well as another 10 recovered ancient shipwrecks.

Haithabu & Gottorf Castle, Schleswig

The castle Gottorf houses the State Art and Cultural History Museum and the State Archeological Museum. The connected Haithabu museum is devoted to the archaeology and history of the Viking town of Hedeby/Haithabu. The latter houses one of the most important archaeological museums in Germany, encompassing reconstructions of various Viking Age dwellings, ships, and numerous artefacts.

Museum of Ancient Navigation, Mainz

This museum of ancient navigation counts among its exhibits parts of Roman warships found in the city's ancient harbour. Full-scale reconstructions have been made.

Unteruhdingen Lake Dwellings

The exhibit displays 20 reconstructed lake dwellings from the Stone and Bronze Ages (4000 - 858 BC) resuming excavations made in the region (underwater and land). More.

Rostock Maritime Museum (Schiffbau – und Schiffahrtsmuseum)

This museum on the history of shipping and shipbuilding displays among others an ancient logboat as well as ship models. 

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Greece

Aegean Maritime Museum, Mykonos

This non-profit institution is dedicated to the promotion and study of the Greek maritime history, especially the evolution and activities of the merchant ship in the historic region of the Aegean Sea. It exhibits many artefacts recovered from under water as well as large restored marine objects, including the "Armenistis" lighthouse (built in 1890) and the ships Thalis o Milesios (built in 1909) and Evangelistria (built in 1940).

National Archaeological Museum, Athens

This important museum houses a large collection of artefacts from Greek antiquity including, including many underwater heritage artefacts. Especially well-preserved are the bronze statues recovered from the ocean.

Piraeus Archaeological Museum

This archaeological museum displays among others an ancient ships ram, sculptures, classical gravestones and funerary monuments.

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Ireland

Cobh Museum

This museum on Cobh's maritime history shows among others artefacts from the Lusitania disaster, model boats, ships, and paintings.

Tower Museum, Derry

The museum features Derry’s history from monastic to recent times. It shows artefacts on Celtic Monasticism, the Plantation and the siege of Derry. The museum has also a special exhibition on the history of the Spanish Armada, exposing artefacts recovered from the Galleon La Trinidad Valencera.

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Italy

Comacchio Museum, Ravenna

The museum exhibits an excavated Roman commercial vessel dating from the first century BC.

Lake Nemi shipyard

Exhibition in the hotel Diana near the lake on the archaeological excavations of two Roman shipwrecks from the 1920ies. More.

Marsala Regional Archaeological Museum, Sicily

The museum is dedicated to the exhibition of a Punic ship from the 3rd century BC as well as an exhibition on the maritime history of the area from prehistory to the Middle Age.

Museum of Roman Ships, Port of Claudius, Rome

Museum of Roman shipwrecks found in the ancient Port of Claudius.

Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Reggio Calabria

The museum contains an underwater archaeology section displaying a vast collection of underwater relics, such as the Riace bronzes and the Porticello Bronzes.

Museo delle navi antiche, Pisa

The museum is in preparation, there is however a possibility to visit the ongoing excavation works of the remains of approximately 30 ancient ships in excavation.

National Archaeological Museum of Aquileia

The museum displays archaeological material from Aquileia, including sculptures, mosaics, pottery, lamps, funerary items, bronze objects. Since 1988 the museum houses a small naval section, where the Roman ship of Monfalcone is on display.

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Netherlands

Amsterdam Historical Museum, Amsterdam

The most interesting exhibits of the museum focus on the city's 17th century golden age. It presents paintings, prints, model, objects and archaeological finds.

Beachcomber’s Museum, Texel

The museum displays a large model of the Reede van Texel, a model of the shipping lanes and ports as they existed in the 17th century. It also displays many artefacts recovered from sunken ships, especially from the excavation of the Aanloop Molengat.

Central Museum, Utrecht

This major museum for history and arts presents interesting pieces of underwater heritage including the Utrecht ship.

Museum Ceuclum, Cuijk

The museum is hosted in a former church tower and displays a collection of local pre-historic, Roman and medieval archaeological finds. They include among other remains of a submerged Roman bridge.

MuZEEum, Vlissingen

The Museum displays the maritime history of the province of Zeeland. Its collection encompasses among others ship models and portraits as well as a large collection from the sunken East Indiaman ‘t Vliegend Hart’, found in the estuary of the river Scheldt.

National Maritime Museum Amsterdam

The museum is showing collections illustrating the Dutch maritime history as well as a life-size a replica of the Dutch East Indiaman Amsterdam, built after the wreck find.

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

The Rijksmuseum has a very extensive cultural history collection, which includes paintings, ship models, sculptures, archaeological artefacts, clothing, weapons, historical prints, photographs, etc. – it does also include numerous objects recovered from shipwrecks.

Wreck Museum Terschelling

The museum is based in an old farmhouse and shows artefacts from the Norwegian vessel Cyprian.

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Norway

Bergen Maritime Museum

The museum presents the history of seafaring in Norway focusing on the importance of Bergen. It contains an exhibition of Viking ship models, on Norway's role in World War II and of paintings and marine artefacts rescued from the North Sea.

Norwegian Maritime Museum, Oslo

The Norwegian Maritime Museum presents a collection of boat models, on fishing, marine archaeology artefacts, marine paintings, and a display on ship building.

Stavanger Maritime Museum

This department of the Stavanger Museum displays the development of the shipping and fishing industry over the last 200 years and shows two ancient sailboats, the Anna af Sand from 1848 and the Wyvern from 1896 as well as material from marine archaeological finds.

Tromsø Museum, Tromsø University

The University museum consists of 6 departments, including an archaeology exhibition and some artefacts recovered from under water

Viking Ship Museum, Oslo

This Viking Ship Museum, located in Oslo, shows Viking Age ships (the Oseberg Ship, Gokstad Ship, Tune Ship…), sledges, beds, a (horse) cart, wood carving, tent components, buckets and many grave goods. Finds come mainly from land-based burial mounts.

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Poland

National Maritime Museum, Gdansk

The museum is the largest of its kind in Poland with a special department of underwater explorations. There are three branches outside Gdansk: the Vistula River Museum at Tczew, the Fisheries Museum at Hel and the Museum-ship "Dar Pomorza" in Gdynia. The core of the collections consists of artefacts recovered during underwater explorations.

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Portugal

National Museum of Archaeology, Lisbon

The National Museum of Portuguese Archaeology displays collections of Roman mosaics, amphorae, jewels etc. including artefacts recovered from the ocean.

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Russia

Museum of the World Oceans/Icebreaker Krassin, St. Petersburg

The museum is partly located in land-based building, partly on an ancient Icebreaker on the embankment of the historical fleet. It contains also an underwater archaeology department.

Viborg Historical Museum, St Petersburg

The museum is located in the old Viborg Castle close to St Petersburg and shows finds from several Russian and Swedish shipwrecks.

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Slovenia

Maritime Museum, Piran

This museum on the maritime past of the Slovene coast hosts a maritime collection and an art-history collection. Several antique and late antique archaeological artefacts are also displayed, which have been recovered in different places along the Slovene coast during archaeological surveys of the sea floor and underwater excavations, or have incidentally be caught in the nets of fishermen and of been found during diving.

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Spain

Navy Museum, Madrid

The museum illustrates the maritime history of Spain, including a collection formed by ethnographic objects collected by Spanish sailors in their travel and a series of collections and objects of art of shipbuilding and marine science. There are also artefacts from the shipwreck of the San Diego shown.

Oiasso Roman Museum Irun

The museum presents the impact of the Roman world on the old city of Oiasso in northern Spain. It shows collections of work tools, and objects related with mining and customs during the first and second centuries A.D., they include also artefacts from the ancient port.

Museum of Cadiz, Cadiz

The museum displays a wide range of objects, ranging from paintings to archaeological artefacts, also including objects recovered from the sea. A principal piece is a Phoenician anthropoid sarcophagus discovered on the site of the Cadiz shipyards.

National Museum of Underwater Archaeology (ARQUA), Cartagena

This national museum for the promotion of Spanish underwater heritage shows among others a life-size model of a Phoenician merchant ship and artefacts from shipwrecks (Amphorae, lead ingots, anchors…)

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Sweden

Göteborg City Museum

The 10 permanent exhibitions of the museum cover over 12.000 years of history. Exhibited is also the Äskekärrsskeppet, the only ship from the Viking era found until recently in Sweden. It is also the only Viking ship in the world with runic inscriptions, it was however not found under water.

Kalmar County Museum

This museum on the history of the region shows relics from the Royal flagship Kronan and many other underwater heritage artefacts.

Lake Vänern Museum

This museum on the natural and cultural heritage of the lake Vänern shows a unique collection of meteorite fossils and archaeological artefacts from the sea and its surrounding, investigations on a Viking ship are ongoing.

Medieval Museum, Stockholm

The National Medieval Museum describes the emergence and medieval development of the town and displays medieval ship finds from Stockholm, e.g. the Riddarholmen ship.

Museum of National Antiquities, Stockholm

The museum presents Swedish cultural history and art from the Stone Age to the 16th century. Its collection includes Viking artefacts, gold art works and pre-historical objects recovered partly from the water.

Swedish National Maritime Museums

Swedish National Maritime Museums unite the Vasa Museum, the Maritime Museum in Stockholm as well as the Naval Museum in Karlskrona.

Swedish Naval Museum, Karlskrona

This museum on the history of the Swedish Navy founded in 1752 displays approx. 55,000 objects including many artefacts recovered from the water. In its underwater tunnel visitors are invited to feel like a true marine archaeologist. Outside the tunnel windows lies an actual wreck from the 18th century.

Vasa Museum

The Vasa Museum presents the Vasa, a warship built in the 17th century which was, at the time of launching, the most powerful boat built. It sank in 1628. The shipwreck was extracted from the water in 1961 and is now exhibited in the most visited museum of Scandinavia.

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Switzerland

Laténium-Archeological Park and Museum, Neuchatel

This biggest archaeological museum in Switzerland hosts more 3,000 objects used in the everyday life dating from the Palaeolithic to the medieval period. Many objects have been recovered from the lake or the lake shores.

Swiss National Museum

The Swiss National museum is uniting three museums: the National Museum Zurich, the Castle of Prangins and the Forum of Swiss History Schwyz as well as the collections centre in Affoltern am Albis. They are exhibiting Swiss cultural history from its beginnings to the present and do also host some shipwreck finds. 

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Turkey

Museum of Underwater Archaeology, Bodrum

This museum is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Turkey. It displays the archaeological remains of five antique ships, amphora, coins and other cargo elements.  

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UK

Bristol Dry Dock

The dry dock is the place where the SS Great Britain, one of the most iconic and significant historic ships in the world, was built and rests. The collections include the boat, as salvaged in the 1970ies and restored, extensive archives and conserved material dating from every stage of the ship’s working life.

Castle Cornet, St Peter Port, Guernsey

As Guernsey's ancient harbour fortress, the castle contains 4 museums, including a maritime museum. The maritime museum hosts artefacts recovered from one of the earliest known European trading vessels.

Dover Museum, Kent

This local history and archaeology museum is situated in Dover, Britain's historic port town. It hosts the Dover Bronze Age Boat, one of the world's oldest known seagoing boats and an archaeology collection.

Group Newport Medieval Ship, Wales

The Newport Medieval Ship was discovered in the banks of the River Usk in June 2002 during construction of the Riverfront Theatre. The ship was excavated by a team of archaeologists and lifted from the ground timber by timber. The excavation can be visited.

Harbour Museum, Londonderry

This museum on Derry’s maritime history displays a collection of objects showing the city’s maritime connections as well as archaeological finds. The centrepiece is the 30 ft Iona Curragh, used in 1963 by a group of clerics to replicate the journey undertaken by St. Colmcille to Iona in 563 AD.

Hull and East Riding Museum, Yorkshire

The museum illustrates the story of the area from the beginning of geological time, through the early tribes all the way up to the 17th century. It shows exhibitions from mammoths to Saxon invaders, a reconstitution of an Iron Age village, a Roman bath house with mosaics and Viking artefacts.

Liverpool Maritime Museum (Merseyside Maritime Museum)

This museum illustrating the seafaring heritage of Liverpool hosts among others artefacts from the Titanic.

Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth

The Mary Rose Museum of Portsmouth displays the 16th century Tudor navy warship Mary Rose, one of the main vessel of King Henri VIII fleet, as well as her historical context. Built in 1509-1510, the ship sunk in 1545 while leading a battle against France. Discovered in 1971, the wreck was recovered in 1982 and is now displayed.

National Museum of Northern Ireland, Belfast

The museum contains the Ulster Museum, the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, the Ulster American Folk Park and the Armagh County Museum. The transport museum features many shipwreck artefacts, including from the Titanic.

National Museums and Galleries, Liverpool

Known as National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside, it contains also a maritime museum, which shows shipwreck artefacts, for example from the SS Politician. A gallery tells the stories of the Titanic, the Lusitania and the Empress of Ireland.

Scottish Crannog Centre, Loch Tay

The Scottish Crannog Centre displays a recreated crannog and original early Iron Age artefacts.

Shipwreck Heritage Centre, Hastings

The Museum is devoted to the history of wrecked ships. It contains a collection of artefacts from several wrecks and a unique collection of wooden rudders from the 15th to 18th Centuries. Also on display are the remains of a medieval barge and a Victorian barge, Primrose.

Sutton Hoo, Suffolk

The site of two Anglo-Saxon cemeteries of the 6th century and early 7th century contained an undisturbed ship burial. Exhibited are the royal burial mounds, a full-size reconstruction of the burial chamber, replica artefacts and original finds from one of the mounds, including a prince's sword.

Latin-America & Caribbean

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Argentina

Museo Naval de la Nacion, Tigre

This National Maritime Museum displays ships models, cannons of all types, and torpedos. It does also show relics from the sunken Frigate 25 de Mayo.

Museo Maritimo, Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego

The museum contains a collection of naval models and objects, and depicts every aspect of the history of Tierra del Fuego from the particular point of view of seafarers. It does also contain a special part on shipwrecks.

Museo Mario Brozowski (HMS Swift), Puerto Deseado

The museum focuses on the HMS Swift and its remains, a British sloop-of-war which sank off the coast of Patagonia, Southern Argentina, in 1770.

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Bermudes

Bermuda Maritime Museum

Le plus grand musée des Bermudes abrite une collection d'objets récupérés sur les épaves.

Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute, Musée des Bermudes

Le musée abrite une gallerie de trésors composée de trouvailles faites pendant les fouilles d'épaves dans les Bermudes. 

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Dominican Republic

Museum of the Royal Palaces, Santo Domingo

Built in the 16 century, it displays colonial era artefacts, including weapons and military uniforms and a exhibition on piracy in the region.

Royal Shipyards Museum

This museum, built in a 16th century, explains the history of many famous shipwrecks and shows artefacts, such as coins, swords, cannons, etc.

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Jamaica

Fort Charles

The archaeological and historical museum in Fort Charles focuses on the sunken city of Port Royal, a former hotbed of piracy swallowed by an earthquake in 1692.

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Mexico

Archaeological Museum of Campeche, San Miguel Fort, Campeche

The museum gives a historical overview of the cultures of the Gulf and Central Highlands. It does also contain a display on piracy in the region and many archaeological finds.

Museum of San Felipe Bacalar Fort, Quintana Roo

Museum exhibits include quite a few very well preserved items from Bacalar's past such as muskets, sabers, cannon balls, canons, ancient navigational instruments, models of boats from the 17th century, and a pirate's skeleton, discovered during excavations at the Fort.

National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City

Located in historic Chapultepec Park, this major museum collects the major archaeological and ethnographic collections in Mexico since the 18th Century including finds from cenotes and other underwater artefacts.

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Turks and Caicos

Turks and Caicos National Museum, West Indies

This small national museum displays artefacts from the wreck of a Spanish caravel, which sank before 1513.

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Uruguay

Montevideo National Maritime Museum

Museum on the history of maritime Montevideo displaying many shipwreck artefacts. The most impressive piece is the 150mm gun from the German Panzerschiff Graf Spee displayed outside the building.

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Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Halifax, Nova Scotia

The oldest and largest maritime museum in Canada explains the story of the Royal Canadian Navy, and Canadian merchant marine. Nova Scotia small craft and shipwrecks are subjects well represented in the collection.

Norfolk Island Museum

This museum hosts the history of the Kingston & Arthurs Vale Historic Area (KAVHA) as well as impressive artefacts from the wreck of the HMS Sirius.

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USA

Cape Cod Maritime Museum, Massachusetts

Dedicated to Cape Cod's maritime past, present and future this museum displays the shipwreck of the Sparrow-Hawk, a 17th century trans-Atlantic vessel.

Civil War Naval Museum, Columbus, Georgia

This museum tells the story of the two navies during the Civil War and exhibits among others the wreck of the CSS Chattahoochee, and a replica of the Monitor and parts of the original wreck.

Columbia River Maritime Museum, Astoria, Oregon

The official state maritime museum for Oregon displays marine transportation from dugout canoes, through the age of sail, to the present. It encompasses also a U.S. Navy officer’s sword and scabbard found buried on Clatsop Spit, and believed to be from the shipwrecked USS Shark that foundered on the Columbia River Bar in 1846 as well as a wooden block and chunk of beeswax from a 17th century Manila galleon wrecked on Nehalem Spit (these are the oldest artifacts in the Museum’s collection).

Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History, Texas

This museum features displays on history, archaeology and natural history, including a replica of Columbus’ ship Pinta, fishing equipment, artefacts from the shipwreck La Belle and from three other shipwrecks.

De Soto National Wildlife Refuge, Missouri River, Nebraska

The museum features a collection of Civil War-era artefacts excavated from the Steamboat Bertrand, including mining equipment, clothing, Indian trade items, military ammunition, plows, and tens of thousands of household goods.

Florida Aquarium, Tampa

The Little Salt Spring exhibition focuses on the first Floridians, which lived in the region 12,000 years ago and displays archaic artefacts excavated from a portion of the spring basin.

Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainsville

Exhibitions include the fishing heritage gallery telling the story of 6,000 years of fishing, featuring among others 1,000-year-old palm-fiber fishing nets, Calusa net-making tools, a wide range of shell tools, and an ancient wooden canoe paddle

Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, Michigan

The shipwreck museum exhibits a collection of artefacts from local shipwrecks including the SS Edmund Fitzgerald and other shipwrecks of the Whitefish Point Underwater Preserve.

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Vermont

This archaeological museum focuses on the story of the people and culture of the Lake Champlain region and features a fleet of replica vessels and a collection of artefacts from shipwrecks of the Lake.

Maine Maritime Museum, Bath

This museum on Maine’s maritime culture houses original 19th century shipyard buildings and the relics of the 1851 Snow Squall, a full-rig, three-mast clipper.

Mariner’s Museum, Newport News, Virginia

One of the largest maritime museums in the world as well as being the largest in North America it shows among others a replica of the U.S.S. Monitor, an ironclad warship used during the US Civil War.

Mel Fisher Maritime Museum, Florida

This museum funded by the treasure-hunter Mel Fisher hosts a collection of artefacts from 17th century shipwrecks, as the Henrietta Marie, Nuestra Senora de Atocha and Santa Margarita.

Museum of Mobile, Alabama

This museum on Mobile's history from colonization to the present shows for instance relics from the 1864 raider CSS Alabama.

North Carolina Maritime Museum

As a divisional museum of the North Carolina Museum of History, this museum possesses several branches in Beaufort, Southport and Roanoke Island. Its collections include exhibitions of marine organisms in North Carolina's waters millions of years ago, and the menhaden fishing boat model. The Beaufort branch participates in the Queen Anne shipwreck Project (www.qaronline.org).

Pilgrim Hall, Plymouth Massachusetts

This oldest public museum in the US hosts artefacts as for instance the wreck of the Sparrow-Hawk.

Saint Augustine Lighthouse Museum

The Museum keeps alive the story of the oldest port of the US and keeps the lighthouse working. In conjunction with the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP), the Collections Department curates artifacts from St. Augustine area shipwrecks. Objects include items on loan from the state Bureau of Archaeological Research, as well as objects which are part of the Museum's permanent collection.

Steamboat Arabia Museum Kansas City

This museum in honour of the sunken steamboat Arabia hosts the cargo of the ship, as well as the entire deck and the hull.

US Navy Museum

The US’s Navy flagship museum located on the grounds of the Washington Navy Yard hosts collections interpreting historic naval artefacts and artwork to inspire naval personnel and the general public. They include shipwreck artefacts.

Vicksburg National Military Park, Mississippi

The park commemorates the campaign, siege, and defence of Vicksburg during the surrendering of the city in 1863 and displays among others the shipwrecked and recovered gunboat USS Cairo.

Warren Lasch Conservation Centre

The Centre is the building where the submarine H. L. Hunley is examined and preserved. It shows the submarine, artefacts and a video.

Whydah Pirate Museum, Cape Cod

The museum shows pirate shipwreck artefacts found off the coast of the Cape, including the cargo, crew’s weapons, supplies and clothing.

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