Visit to the Maritime Museum of Cantabrian in Santander

Visit to the Maritime Museum of Cantabrian in Santander

Gossips say that if the weather is unpleasant in Santander, the Maritime Museum of Cantabrian is a almost obligatory visit. Despite this "contempt", the reality says it is the most visited museum  from the city. Plunges us into the biodiversity of the Cantabrian Sea, brings us closer cultural traditions and technology related to the marine world and shows us the marine life and the way to relating to the sea of men throughout history.

The Maritime Museum of Cantabrian (MMC) is a permanent cultural institution of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Sports of the Government of Cantabria, subject to the Museums Act of Cantabria (5/2001 of 19 November). Housed in a modern building, with more than 3,000 m2 of exhibition space spread over four floors. Their situation as part of the seafront of Santander, between the promontory of San Martin and Peligros Beach, gives it privileged views over the bay.

This is a very interesting visit, especially if conducted with children, who usually remain fascinated soon as you enter the museum with the vision of skeletons of various large mammals among them a young 9-meter male sperm whale and a female fin whale over 24 meters.

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Currently the museum has an exhibition divided into four main sections:

Life in the sea
(Marine biology).
It is the most spectacular section, here, over 20 aquariums are located around a central tank with a capacity of over 700,000 liters of water are. They live inside an enormous sample of species of marine flora and fauna that populate the Cantabrian Sea. At noon you can see how a diver feeds all animals in the large aquarium. In this area is allowed to take pictures, but consult it to avoid misunderstandings.
Then we find the room dedicated to González de Linares where its shows the life of the Cantabrian Sea and where are exposed the spectacular skeletons mentioned. It also has a reproduction laboratory of the Maritime Station of Zoology and Experimental Botany of Santander in which work Augusto González de Linares back in 1890, and it can be seen in addition to full cabinets species in bottles, a collection of microscopes and apparatus microscopic photograph of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, as well as various tools work at the time.
Fishermen and fisheries
(Fishing Ethnography).
Is another of the most interesting areas, dedicated to the people of the sea related to fishing and shellfishing. Here the lifestyles of the people who have lived in this sea and analyzes; boats, crafts and tools that have been used over time and conservation techniques and marketing of products obtained from fishing. It includes models of various Cantabrian ports (Castro Urdiales, Laredo, Santander, Comillas, San Vicente de la Barquera ...)
The Cantabrian Sea and the sea in history
(Maritime History).
Composed of documentary and archaeological materials from campaigns in many cases in which intervened museum staff, this section of the museum is responsible to remember the most important events in the Cantabrian Sea and its subsequent influence. The organization of ports, defense, trade and war on the sea. Maritime activity and scientific expeditions are illustrated some of the aspects which are explained in this room. 
technological vanguard against the sea
(Maritime Technology)
Here is a sample of marine technology that has sailed this sea, from the oldest to the most modern and recent collected vessels, representing a journey from the distant past to the most recent, discovering true nautical jewels. In this part will meet the technical construction of ships in wood and iron, you will see models and drawings of boats or navigation systems and underwater penetration.
There is a section dedicated to water sports, ranging from traditional boats to those currently used in rowing and sailing regattas, most modern and technological.


Admission charge, but some days and hours is free, ask for information. Rate the capacity is almost 1,200 people and sometimes is very busy, forcing take turns in some areas.

Every Monday closed.

On the third floor there is a cafe-restaurant, accessible only from inside the museum. It features menu, a la carte and children's menu. In principle, they deduct the price of admission to the museum to eat in the restaurant, but consult it and do not take a surprise. It has a large outdoor terrace and unbeatable views of the Bay of Santander. A panoramic photo from this point seems essential, and also permitted.

The museum has access ramp, lift and disabled parking and toilet for handicapped and wheelchairs on the first floor. 

It is located near the center of the city, you can go for a walk or use public transport.

In summer and in good weather parking is impossible because of the proximity to the beach. The rest of the year there is no greater problem to park.

Make guided tours for groups, children 's workshops and also celebrated childen's birthday, such a fun party as an educational

Do not forget to ask about Sardine two heads, if you walk clueless you're going to lose.



Av. Severiano Ballesteros 16. 39004.
Santander, Cantabria, España
Tel. +34 942 274 962
Fax: +34 942 281 068
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43.4633483 -3.7834178
N 43° 27' 48.054'' O 3° 47' 0.304''


"If you come to Cantabria with children not to miss, points on the agenda the visit to the Maritime Museum of Cantabrian in Santander"

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