Naval and Maritime Museums List

International (except USA)

Compiled by Joe Cali-Poutre
Last updated: 12 August 2021

The list is generally in the following format:


State, Province, Region, etc.


Museum name and location
Museum phone number and fax number
Web page address
Hours of admission
Fee or free
Ship name    Class (CV, BB, etc.), number

As you will see, I don't have all the information for all the places, and I am always interested in reports of visits to these places, so please EMAIL any reports, additions, corrections or updates to me, Joe Cali-Poutre,

Note: Even if you don't think you have a maritime museum nearby, check your phone book and local tourist information sources - you might be surprised.

Some information here was confirmed and/or corrected using the Sea Classics magazine annual Naval and Maritime Museums issue and OPSail'92, the Official Magazine of Operation Sail.

Note: the USA section of this list has been split off to the file:



The Nelson Museum
Nelson's Dockyard
Dockyard Museum
English Harbour


Buenos Aires

The Argentinian Navy hosts this page listing multiple military museums, in Spanish:

ARA Presidente Sarmiento
ARA Uruguay

Gringo    Bark
Uncertain if this is an actual museum.


Maritime Museum  In Spanish and English
Housed in a former jail, or presidio.


This is the site for the Australian Maritime Museums Council

It includes links to museums and an interactive map showing locations of such.

This links is for the Naval Historical Society of Australia


Port Adelaide Maritime Museum
126 Lipson Street
Telephone: 61-08 8207 6255
FAX: 61-08 8207 6266
Daily 1000-1700 except Good Friday and Christmas
Admission fee
Fearless    Steam tug
Museum admission includes admission to the iron lighthouse on the nearby dock.

Fort Glanville
Armstrong RML guns

Albany, Western Australia

Historic Whaling Museum
Cheynes IV
    Whaling steamship


Queensland Maritime Museum, Southbank
Ph:(07) 3844 5361
Fax:(07) 3846 1945
Diamantina    Steam warship
Carpentaria    Lightship
Diamantina is in the museum dry dock, Carpentaria is moored at the entrance to the dock


Australian War Memorial
Treloar Crescent, Campbell, ACT
Phone: +61 2 6243 4211
FAX: +61 2 6243 4325
Free admission.
Bridge, operations room, and gun turret of Charles F Adams-class destroyer HMAS Brisbane. Collection of models and memorabilia. Inside is preserved Japanese midget submarine. Outside various naval guns.

Eden, New South Wales

Eden Killer Whale Museum and Historical Society
184 Imlay Street

Norfolk Island

Norfolk Island Museum
Kingston and Arthurs Vale Historic Area
History of the island
Wreck of HMS Sirius is nearby

North Geelong, Victoria

Geelong Naval & Maritime Museum
Osborne House, Swinburne Street
tel: 5277 3808
1000-1600 daily
Admission fee
Ship models and memorabilia

Half Moon Bay, Victoria

HMVS Cerberus
Breastwork monitor, sunken as a breakwater.
This site is by the private organization Friends of the Cerberus.
This is a wreck, and NOT open for diving without explicit permission.

Holbrook, New South Wales

Commander Holbrook Submarine Memorial
Tel: (02) 6036 213
Otway        Submarine
Scale model of WW1 submarine HMS B11, commanded by Lieutenant Norman Douglas Holbrook
Includes the of the fin and superstructure of HMAS Otway, an Oberon class.

Hobart, Tasmania

Maritime Museum of Tasmania
Carnegie Building
Davey & Argyle Streets
Phone: +61 (0) 3 62341419
Daily 0900-1700
Admission fee
May Queen    Trading ketch (moored nearby)

Huskisson, New South Wales

Jervis Bay Maritime Museum and Gallery

Freemantle, Western Australia

Western Australia Maritime Museum
Phone: (08) 9431 8444
FAX: (08) 9430 5120
Dyfken    Exploration ship (replica)
Leeuwen    Ship
Ovens    SS
Lady Forrest    Steam Pilot Lifeboat
Doria    Italian fishing vessel
Ancel    Broom pearling lugger
More than 80 boats in the Historic Boats Collection.
Dyfken is a replica of the first Western ship known to visit Australia. Built by the Endeavour Replica Project, now sailing. Ovens is Oberon class, being used for training, and will be donated to the museum.

Melbourne, Victoria

Melbourne Maritime Museum
South Wharf Promenade, South Wharf
Phone: 03 9699 9760
FAX: 03 9699 6117
Daily 1200-1700
Admission fee
Polly Woodside    Three masted steel ship
Buildings on the dock contain a large collection of models and memorabilia.

Perth, Western Australia

Rottnest Island
Coast defense fort. Two WW2 British 9.2-inch single mounts.

Queenscliff, Victoria

Queenscliff Maritime Museum
2a Bellarine Hwy
Phone: 5258 3440
Mon-Fri 1030-1630, Weekends 1330-1630
Houses preserved lifeboats and memorabilia of the Port Phillip Pilots.

Sydney, New South Wales

Australian National Maritime Museum
Phone: 61 2 9552 7777
FAX: 61 2 9552 2318
Admission charge
Vampire    DD
Onslow    SS
Krait    Fishing boat/commando raider
Advance    Attack class patrol boat
Bareki    Wooden harbor tug boat
Carpentaria    Lightship CLS 4
Several small craft
Krait carried an Australian commando unit to Singapore where they used kayaks to place limpet mines on docked Japanese ships. The small craft include a 12m America's Cup yacht, a Vietnamese refugee boat and the yacht used by Kay Cottee, first ever (Australian?) woman to circumnavigate the world solo.

Sydney Heritage Fleet
Waratah    Steam tug
James Craig
    Square-rigged tall ship
Lady Hopetoun
    Steam launch
Boomerang    Schooner
Protex    Motor Launch
Harman    Motor Launch
Berrima    Motor Launch
John Oxley    Steamship (under restoration)

Warrnambool, Victoria

"Flagstaff Hill" Maritime Museum

Williamstown, Victoria

HMAS Castlemaine
Gem Pier
Phone (03) 9397 2363 weekends or (03) 9853 0823 before 10 am weekdays
Weekends and public holidays 1100-1600
Admission fee
Castlemaine    Minesweeper corvette
WW2 Bathurst class. Interior has displays of memorabilia and ship models



Oberosterreichisches Schiffahrtsmuseum  (Upper Austrian Shipping Museum)

Small one floor museum located in a spectacular castle overlooking the Danube.

Linz - In Austrian only
Schönbrunn    Paddle steamer
Restored and sails the Danube


Freudenau port

Frederic Mistral    Steam tug
Undergoing restoration

Pascal    Steam tug

Heeresgeschichtliches Museum
Daily 0900-1700, except major holidays - In Austrian and English
Extensive collection of ship models.


Schiffahrtsmuseum Spitz an der Donua
Phone: 02713/2246  
(In Austrian)


Bermuda, given its strategically important position between the Caribbean and Europe, has a large number of forts, ramparts, and gun emplacements; over 60 total. Most are small with minimal or no information, if they are even accessible. I have listed the most interesting and informative here.

There are also several shipwrecks visible on the surface or just under, including former HMS Vixen off the west coast, and the Taifun in St. George's harbor.

Bermuda Maritime Museum

Royal Navy Dockyard
The former British naval dockyard has been converted into a large shopping plaza. In the midst of all the capitalism, there is a museum on the maritime history of Bermuda, which is, given the geography of Bermuda, a history of Bermuda itself.

Fort St. Catharine

St. George's, NE corner of the island
Large fort, built up over the 18th and 19th centuries. There are diorama showing a brief history of the colonization of Bermuda, the history of the fort, and a series of displays on the the construction and operation of the fort. There are also spectacular views of the sea, and a ghost.



Succes    Steam tug
Privately preserved

Amical    Steam tug
Het Gilde
Lightship nr.3
Reddingboot 2
Scheld P905
St. Antonius
Inshore minsweeper
At least some are landed. Inland barges and small warships.

There is nearby a concrete cargo ship being used as a church.

Museum Aan de Stroom
Hanzestedenplaats 1
Phone: +32 3 338 44 00  in Belgian Dutch, English, French, and German

Baasrode, near Dendermonde

Scheepswerf Van Praet-Dansaert
Sint-Ursmarusstraat 137
Phone: +32 (0)52 34 30 34
Easter - end of October, Sat 1300-1800, Sun 1400-1800
History of Flemish shipbuilding. Oldest tidal drydocks in Belgium


NAVIGO-Nationaal Visserijmuseum (National Fisheries Museum)
Museum of Flemish fishing history.


Canal du centre
Historic boat lifts


Nationaal Scheepvaartmuseum (National Maritime Museum)    in Belgian Dutch and English


Maritieme Site Oostende
Vindictivelaan 35/Z at B-8400
Tel +32 59 23 43 01
Fax +32 59 23 77 29

    Schoolship, barquentine-rigged
    Iceland trawler
Last trawler of her kind.
Also part of the bow of HMS Vindictive as a monument to her service in World War 1.


Maritime Theme Park
Phone +32 (0)50 55 14 15
FAX: +32 (0)50 55 04 13
B-143/U-480    Russian Foxtrot
Westhinder    Lightship
A theme part about the sea, shipping, fish and fisheries.


The Brasilian Navy maintains a site of naval museums, in Brasilian Portugese:

Rio de Janeiro

Museu Historico do Exercito e Forte de Copacabana
Copacabana Fort 
Coast defense guns, turreted, built by Krupp circa 1920. Still hold annual firing practice.

Complexo Cultural da Marinha - Museu Naval (Cultural Complex of the Navy - Naval Museum)
Rua Dom Manuel, 15
Phone: (21) 2104-5506 2104-6691
Tue-Fri; from 1200-1700
Free admission
Riachuelo    S22
Laurindo Pitta    Tug
Bauru    FF, Ex-USS McAnn, DE 179
Bauru operated on anti-submarine patrol in South Atlantic from 1943 to 1945. Operational museum ship based in Rio, tours principal coastal ports of Brasil. Riachuelo is an Oberon-class submarine. Pitta operated during WWI, was built in England in 1910. Will operate between Cultural Center and Fiscal Island.
History of Brasilian Navy: maps, models of ships, publications and pieces on history and oceanography.

This site has a database of shipwrecks off Brasil:
The site is in Brasilian Portugese

Parque de Flamengo
Monument to the Dead of World War II



Maritime Museum
2 Primorski Blvd
or Derzki or Drazki   Steam torpedo boat of 1907
River minesweeper
P-4 class torpedo boat
Kor Karoli    Sailing yacht


Radetsky    Steam passenger vessel (replica/rebuild) - versions in Bulgarian and English




Naval Museum of Alberta
1820 24th St. SW
Phone: 403-242-0002
1 July - 31 Aug Mon-Fri 1000-1700
1 Sept - 30 June Tue-Fri 1300-1700, Weekends and holidays 1000-1800
Closed Christmas and New Years
Admission: fee
Ogden Gun is now on display.


Gibsons Landing

The Sunshine Coast Maritime Museum
Phone/FAX: 604-886 9058 & 604-886 4114


SWS Moyie    Passenger steam vessel

New Westminster

Samson V Maritime Museum
105-1005 Columbia St.
Phone: (?) 521-7656
FAX: (?) 521-2079
Sat, Sun, holidays 1200-1700, extended hours in summer
Admission free, donations accepted
SWS Samson V    Snag removal steamer


SS Sicamous     Stern wheeler
SS Naramata
  Steam tug
Tug Boat Number 6    Diesel tug
Naramata is the only remaining steam tug in British Columbia.
On Okanagan Lake


Vancouver Maritime Museum
1905 Ogden Ave., north foot of Cypress St.
Phone: 604-257-8300
FAX: 604-737-2621
Summer (Victoria Day to Labour Day) daily 1000-1700
Winter Tue-Sat 1000-1700, Sun 1200-1700
Admission charge
St. Roch
Ben Franklin    Submersible
RCMP vessel St. Roch transited Northwest Passage on two occasions in WWII, including first successful Pacific - Atlantic crossing, and was the first vessel to circumnavigate North America. Look for the stuffed walrus.
Franklin is a mesoscaphe, designed by Jacques Piccard. It drifted the Gulf Stream in its one experiment.


Maritime Museum of British Columbia
28 Bastion Square
Phone: 250-385-4222
Daily 0930-1630 except Christmas
Admission fee
Tilikum    Modified Indian canoe
Tilikum was sailed from Victoria, BC to England on a westerly course from 1901 to 1904 by Captain Voss. They have placed in storage the ketch Trekka, circumnavigated the globe in 1955-1958 - the smallest vessel until that time to do so. Oldest operating elevator in North America.

Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse
Vancouver Island
603 Fort Rodd Hill Rd., off Ocean Boulevard
Phone: 250-478-5849
FAX: 250-478-2816
Mar-Oct 1000-1730, Nov-Feb 0900-1430
Entrance fee
Modest national park with restored shore defences from 1890s to 1954, and nearby the first permanent lighthouse on the west coast.
Home of the Royal Canadian Pacific Fleet

CFB Esquimalt Naval & Military Museum
Admirals Road, off Esquimalt Road, in Naden section
Phone: 250-363-4312 or 250-363-5655
Fax: 250-363-4252
Mon-Fri 1000-1530, closed statutory holidays
Admission charge



Marine Museum of Manitoba
Phone: 204-482-7761
Keenora    Steamship
Bradbury    Coast Guard icebreaker
Lady Canadian    Freighter and fish packer
Chikama II    Lake passenger and freight vessel
Peguis II    Tug
Jackie S    Wooden fishing boat
Other displays outside and on board Keenora and Lady Canadian. Also has the Black Bear Island lighthouse on display, moved from the original site.


The Naval Museum of Manitoba
Phone: 943-7745 Ext 222
MTBs, display on HMCS Uganda/Quebec, models, memorials, ship's badges, cap tallies, naval memorabilia, WWII photos. Established 1980.


St. John

New Brunswick Museum/Musee du Nouveau-Brunswick
277 Douglas Avenue
Sites in English and French
Large collection of ships' figureheads, paintings, etc. During the late 1800s, around a third of the wooden ships in Lloyd's Register had been built in the St. John area.


St. John's

Railway Coastal Museum
495 Water Street

Mount Pearl

Admiralty House Communications Museum
Site of Marconi's experiments


Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador
Both a historical display and active building of boats.

Royal St. John's Regatta Museum
Regatta Committee Boathouse on Quidi Vidi Lake
History of the regatta.
Generally open only during June - August, closing after the annual regatta occurs.


Cape Breton Island, Louisbourg (south of Sydney)

Fortress of Louisbourg
Phone: (902) 733-3548
Reconstruction of 18th century French fortress and part of the surrounding city.


Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
Coast defense fort
Maritime Command Museum
Canadian Forces Base Halifax
Phone: 902-426-1990

Extensive information on the past and present ships of Canadian Navy, including ensigns, colours, ships plaques, photographic archives, uniforms, ships' logs. Just about anything relating to Canadian Navy can be found with help from curators.

Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
1675 Lower Water Street
Phone: 902-424-7490
FAX: 902-424-0612
Jul 1-Oct 15 Mon, Wed-Sat 0930-1730, Tue 0930-2000, Sun 1300-1730
Oct 16-May 31 Tue 0930-2000, Wed-Sat 0930-1700, Sun 1300-1700
Admission fee
Admission free Tue 1730-2000, Labour Day and Thanksgiving (Canadian)
Acadia    Oceanographic
Details both Military and Civil Naval Transportation.
Excellent collection of small boats. Memorabilia from Mont Blanc, a munitions ship that exploded in 1917 and wiped out downtown Halifax. Also artifacts from Titanic - some victims were buried in Halifax.

HMCS Sackville
Sackville Landing
1675 Lower Water St.
Admission charge
Hours: June-Oct 1100-1900 daily
Sackville    Corvette
Sackville is the last surviving and actively commissioned WWII corvette. Open for tours all summer. Funds are currently being sought for further restoration of the engineering spaces. Originally a "short-f'ocsle" corvette, she was refitted during the war - this alteration is easily seen when inside the messdeck.

Georges Island National Historic Site

The Canadian Parks Service is nearing completion of restoration of the substantial submarine mining establishment on Georges Island in Halifax Harbour. The mine storage building, mine railway tracks and turntable, mine assembly building and workshops have been partially restored and stabilized. The site including its extensive underground gun batteries may open to visitors, but only if Parks Canada finds a private partner to run the interpretation side, as they say they can't afford to open the site with their own resources.

Prince of Wales Tower National Historic Site

Fort McNab National Historic Site

York Redoubt National Historic Site


Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic
68 Bluenose Drive
Phone: 902-634-4794
Toll Free 1-866-579-4909
Admission fee
Theresa E. Conner    Grand Banks fishing schooner
Cape Sable    Fishing trawler
Royal Wave    Scallop dragger

Smith & Rhuland's yard, where both Bluenoses were built, is nearby but not part of the museum. Bluenose II presently spends summer in Halifax.



Steamboat Museum
Muskoka Lakes Navigation
Phone: 705-687-6667
Segwun    Steam boat, hand fed coal
Wanda III    Steam yacht
Segwun sails on Lakes Muskoka, Rosseau and Joseph from late April to early November.


HMCS Haida Naval Museum
Haida    DDE 215
Ship saw much service in WWII and Korea. Only surviving Tribal class. Manned by university students, and the current CO (Cdr Willson) served aboard her as a young officer. She has more battle honours than any Royal Canadian Naval ship before or since. Still used as a training vessel for Royal Canadian Sea Cadets, who spend weekends aboard ship, and during the summer the guns are fired every day at noon. The ship is open as a museum.


Marine Museum of the Great Lakes
55 Ontario Street, on the waterfront
Jan-Mar: Mon-Fri 1000-1600
Apr-Dec: Daily 1000-1700
A. Henry is open Jun-Aug daily 1000-1600
Alexander Henry    Icebreaker
Traditional boats, such as St. Lawrence skiffs and canoes. Converted from shipbuilding structures. Exhibits on shipbuilding, underwater archeology. Henry also serves as a bed and breakfast from late May to Labour Day. Many models, plus workshops and a library. Also a steam museum with marine and stationary engines and pumps.


Mariner's Park Museum
2065 County Rd 13
Junction of County Roads 13 and 9, South Bay, Prince Edward County
Phone: (613) 476-2148 x2525
Off season: (613) 476-2148 x2521
Weekends from Victoria Day to Canada Day
Daily from Canada Day to Labour Day
Weekends from Labour Day to Thanksgiving
Retraces early maritime, cultural and shipping history - particularly sail - on the Canadian Great Lakes. South Bay has always been a safe haven for sailing ships when Lake Ontario "blows up". In 1967, the top of the False Duck Lighthouse (originally the oldest in Prince Edward County, built in 1829) was reconstructed.


National War Museum
Sussex Drive
Highlights of all Canadian involvement in military actions, including artifacts, equipment from WWI and WWII. Special exhibit on role of Canadian Peace Keeping Forces around the world. Big model of the carrier Bonaventure.


Archives and Collections Society
Not-for-profit foundation dedicated to maritime history and conservation, marine research and nautical education. They hold thousands of maritime and nautical documents, books, images, charts, magazines, sound and video recordings and provide comprehensive marine and nautical research capability.


The Pier
45 Queens Quay West
Exhibition Place
Phone: 416-338-PIER or 800-675-7437
July/August - 1000-2000 daily
May/June/September/October - 1000-1800 daily
November to April - 1100-1700
Number of small watercraft in collection. Collection of marine artifacts relating to the development of Toronto's waterfront. Reproduction of a ship's radio office from the 1930's. Working ships' whistles.


Norgoma Marine Park dock, downtown
Norgoma    Great Lakes passenger cruise ship
The last overnight passenger ship built on the lakes.  The ship may not be where reported, so check the website.

Wasaga Beach

Nancy Island Historic Site
Wasaga Beach Provincial Park
Phone: 705-429-2728
Hull of the Nancy: built as a private cargo vessel in 1789; pressed into British service as a supply ship during the War of 1812. Burned during a battle on 14 August 1814. The hull was recovered in 1928.


Musee Maritime Bernier
55 rue des Pionneirs Est (55 Pioneers Rd. E.)
Phone: 418-247-5001
FAX: 418-247-5002     En Francais et en anglais
Bras d'Or    Hydrofoil
Ernest-Lapointe    Icebreaker
J.E. Bernier II    Sailboat
History of the Saint Lawrence River's maritime heritage.

Naval Museum of Quebec/Musee naval de Quebec
170, rue Dalhousie
Phone: 418-694-5387
FAX: 418-694-5550     En Francais et en anglais
Free admission

La Citadelle de Quebec     En Francais et en anglais
Coast defense fort, still actively garrisoned
Large RML gun, other older weapons.


Dawson City

SS Keno    Passenger sternwheel paddle steamer
In a dry dock


SS Klondike    1937 passenger sternwheel steamboat


This list of naval museums is on the Chilean Navy website:


Museo Corbeta Esmeralda
Teléfono: +56 57 2530812.    In Spanish
La Esmeralda    Sail frigate

9 Region


Talcahuano Chilean Naval museum     In Spanish
Huascar    Monitor
This turret ship belonged to the Peruvian Navy, but was captured by Chile during the Pacific War (1879) during the Battle of Angamos. It is one of very few classic ironclads afloat.


Spanish fort


Valparaiso Naval Museum
Teléfonos: +56 32 2537651 or +56 32 2537018

Vinja Del Mar

Naval gun museum (Name, anyone?)
Mostly early 20th century, but include 19th century armored gun carriage.


Hong Kong

Hong Kong Maritime Museum
History of shipping on the south China coast and the role Hong Kong has played. More than 500 different exhibits on display, from a 2000 year old Han dynasty pottery boat to a video introduction of naval architects' vision of the future of the ship. Historical and modern ship models, paintings, ceramics, trade goods, interactive games.


The Chinese Navy Museum
No8 Laiyang Road     In Chinese
229    Type-033, license-built Soviet Romeo type
Other vessels


Minsk World     CLOSED!  As of 2016
Minsk    Aircraft-carrying cruiser
Former Soviet ship, sold to China, turned into museum and theme park. Several aircraft parked on deck.
Reportedly to be moved to a new location after refurbishment.



El Museo Naval de el Caribe
Phone: 57 5 664 2440
FAX: 57 5 664 2440



Maritime Museum of Crete
Phone: (0821)91875
FAX: (0821)74484     In Greek, with an English secondary site
Nov-Mar 0900-1400, Apr-Oct 0900-1600, except public holidays
Admission fee
Housed in fortress FIRKA, built by Venetians starting in the 1200s. Exhibits include many varied ship models, various instruments and equipment, paintings, heirlooms, objects which were pulled up from the sea bottom, potsherds, pictures.



Piracy Museum
Castillo del Morro
Tue-Sun 0900-1800



Aalborg Marinemuseum
Phone: 98 11 78 03     In Danish and English
Springeren    Delfinen class SS


Museum closed, collection transferred to Danish War Museum

Krigsmuseet or Danish War Museum
Tojhusgade 3
1220 Copenhagen L - in Danish and English

Museet Skibene pa Holmen - in Danish
Peder Skram Frigate
Saelen Submarine
Sehested Fast Attack Craft

Ebeltoft - Sites in Danish, English, and German
Jylland    Frigate (Steam screw)
The world's longest wooden ship


Museet for Sofart (Maritime Museum of Denmark) - Sites in Danish, English, and Chinese
Kronborg castle is nearby


Hangar 46 - in Danish and English
Guided tours only presently in Danish, with private bookings available in English.



Abdon Calderon    Gunboat, ex-Cotopaxi



Great Pyramid
Khufu's funeral ship
Possibly the oldest sailable vessel in the world.



Estonian State Maritime Museum
Wed-Sun 1000-1800
Phone: 641 14 09 (Intl. +372-641 14 09)
FAX: +372-641 14 14     In Estonian
Summer: 1000-1800, winter 1100-1600
Lembit    SS (Mine laying sub)
Suur T�ll    Icebreaker
Mare    Research ship
Lembit owned by Estonia, saw action under Soviet flag in WWII. Built 1936 in England. Both museum vessels are in the Pirita port outside Tallinn, while the museum itself is at the north end of town in a 15th century cannon tower called Paks Magareeta, or Fat Margaret. Mare is active and undertakes surveys using side scan sonar, and has found many wrecks for further investigation.


Ahvenanmaa (Aland), Marianhamn

Alands Sjofarts Museum
Ahvenanmaan merenkulkumuseo (Ahvenanmaa Maritime Museum)
Pommern Steel barque
She is kept in sailing condition. The museum is mostly about sailing merchantmen history.

Helsinki, Hernesaari

Russian Foxtrot-class SS
Museum. In active service until sold to some Finnish businessmen. In full working order, bridge and tower closed.

Helsinki, Hylkysaari

Suomen merimuseo (Finland's Maritime Museum)
Phone: 90-66430    Site in Finnish and English
Mostly merchant history. On a island 3 km from Helsinki centrum - get there by ferry.

Maritime museum
Kemi    Lightship
The last Finnish lightship.

Helsinki, Suomenlinna (Sveaborg)

Phone: 161 5295
Island Fortress, built 1750's. 2 km. from Helsinki Centrum, about 15 min by ferry. One of the largest sea-fortresses in the world, with some 2,000 guns and 8,000 men. 20 kilometers of fortifications. Owned by Russians 1808-1917. Some part of the islands, fortifications and guns from that time period. Was attacked by England in the Crimean war 1854. Has also served as prison. There are 700 inhabitants living on the islands. Protected by Unesco.

There are several museums on Suomenlinna:
Vesikko    SS
Landed. Last survivor of 5 Finnish subs. Saw action 1939-40 and 1941-1944

Coastal artillery museum

Ehrensvard museum
Designer of Suomenlinna fortress. Gunnery officer, artist, ship designer.

Naval academy - need permission to visit. (Shouldn't be hard to get)
Finnish naval history 1700 - Guns, mines, machine guns, torpedo, uniforms, models of ships, equipment from Russian frigate St. Nikolai, which sank 1790.


English Park
Landing craft, captured during assault on port of Halkokari during Crimean War, is the only Royal Navy vessel still held as a foreign "prize".


Provincial Museum of Kymenlaakso     (In Finnish, there is an English page also)
Tarmo    Icebreaker
Served as a AA-ship in WWII, was hit by Russian bomber. World's oldest existing icebreaker.
Vmv 11 Patrol Motor Boat of WWII

Ruotsinsalmen museo
Museum of the Ruotsinsalmi Battles in 1789 & '90. Some 500 ships took part in the battles. In '89 Russia won, '90 Sweden-Finland won. Russian lost 53 of 273 ships and some 9000 men.


Raahen museo     In Finnish
Small museum. 18th century diving suit, possibly oldest in the world.

Tampere     In Finnish and English
Nasijarvi II    Steam tug
She still sails, as long as you plan ahead.


This city hosts several museum ships.
Sigun Sail Barque
Floating museum. One of the few wooden sailing merchantmen in the world.

Suomen Joutsen (The Swan of Finland)
Sailing frigate, ex-school ship and sub-mothership of the navy.

Vetaja V    Steam tug
Occasionally operates


Note: most of the web pages listed below are in French


Musee de Debarquement d'Arromanches
Phone: 31 22 34 31
FAX: 31 92 68 83
Site is in many languages
Just down the road from Bayeux, at the beach. Part of floating harbor is still there (it's *big*). Small museum with a film, scale models showing how it was made.


Normandy Invasion Museum
On ring road around town, right across from the British Cemetery. Much larger inside than it looks. Uniforms and equipment of all principle militaries involved. Rather complete collection of small arms. A separate wing has vehicles, including pieces of aircraft found in the the Channel. Labeling is in French, but much of the material (newspapers, manuals, posters, signs, etc.) is in English.


Musee de le Marine pour l'Atlantique
Face au 60, quai des Chartrons
Phone: 56 44 96 11
FAX: 56 44 74 85
Colbert    CG
WW2 era cruiser upgraded with AA missiles


Musee de la Marine
Le Chateau de Brest
Phone: 98 22 12 39
Wed-Mon 0915-1200 and 1400-1800
Etoile    Schooner
Belle Poule    Schooner
Mutin    Cutter
Grande Hermine    Dundee
Collection of model ship and other memorabilia related to Brest, Brittany and France and the sea. Provincial branch of the Musee de le Marine de Paris. New objects coming in include a human torpedo and pocket sub S622.


Musee navale
La Tour Vauban


Ile Saite Marguerite
Musee de la Mer
Maritime and naval archaeology museum on an island outside the harbor, accessed via ferries

Cap d'Agde

Musee d'archeologie sous-marine and subaquatique de cap d'Agde mas de la Clap


Musee de la Marine de Seine
Phone: 35 96 27 30


Musee de la Marine de Loire du Vieux-Chauteauneuf et sa region


La Cite de la Mer
Redoubtable    SSBN


Musee de la Peche/Museum of Fishermen
rue Vauban


Musee de la Marine de Loire
Palais de Justice


Le Port-Musee
Place de l'Enfer
Phone: 98 92 65 20
St. Denys    Steam tug

Etaples, Pas-de-Calais

Musee de la Marine
Boulevard de l'Imperatrice


Musee de la Marine
Branch of the Musee de la Marine in Paris.


Musee de la Marine de Marseille
Branch of the Paris Musee de la Marine.

36 boulevard des Oceans
Phone: (33)
FAX: (33)
Alose    Naiade class SS
WWI era sub. Sunk in 1918, found and raised in 1975, bought by COMEX. On exhibit on the grounds of COMEX, so it is virtually impossible to visit.

Le Mourillon

La Rochelle

Musee Maritime
France 2    Meteo frigate
Calypso    Science vessel
Alcyone    Experimental/science vessel
Meteo frigates were stationed in the Atlantic to do meteorological work in the days before satellites.
Calypso carried Jacques Cousteau and his crew on expeditions around the world is in La Rochelle, France, where she will become a museum. She was sunk by accident at Singapore in January 1996 and was donated to the La Rochelle Musee Maritime as part of a U.S.$830,000 project.
Alcyone experimented with "turbosail" masts.
The museum also displays wooden sailing ships, Cousteau's famous "yellow minisub", a tug, a trailer and various fishing related artifacts.


Musee Naval Maille-Breze
Quai de la Fosse
In French and English
1 Jun - 30 Sept 1400-1800 daily
1 Oct - 31 May Fri-Sun 1400-1700 plus holidays, group tours available any day
Maille-Breze    DD
Maille-Breze is an ASW destroyer.


Musee de la Marine
Housed in the fortress of Nice, le Tour Bellanda. Provincial branch of the Musee de le Marine in Paris.


Musee de la Marine
Palais de Chaillot
Place du Trocadero et du 11 Novembre
Phone: 45 53 31 70
FAX: 47 27 49 67
Sun-Fri 1000-1800
Le canot de l'Empereur    Imperial vessel
The National Naval and Maritime Museum. This is the primary museum - there are 9 provincial museums throughout France. There is an extensive library and sections on the Navy, naval archeology, fisheries, oceanography, water sports and pleasure craft.
La Bibliotheque du Musee de la Marine (the library) contains over 30,000 volume and 189 periodicals (66 in publication). Open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 0930-1715. Call before visiting.

Cite des Sciences et de l'Industrie
Park de la Vilette
Argonaute    SS


Musee de la Marine
Ho de Cheusses
Place de la Galissonniere
Phone: 46 99 59 57
Nov 16 - Oct 14 Thu-Tue 1000-1200 and 1400-1800
Museum is housed in the former residence of the Admiral of the Fleet. Branch of the Musee de la Marine in Paris.

LOUIS XV double-drydock of 1728
Hermione    Sail frigate (reconstruction)
Reconstruction of the 1200 ton, 28 gun frigate, built in Rochefort in 1778, that Major General La Fayette took to America in March 1780, to help the Insurgents.

Corderie Royale
Here the various ropes, strings and lines for the French naval ships were manufactured and treated for new and refitting ships.

Musee de Medecine navale
25, rue amiral Meyer
There is also the library for School of Naval Medicine. It contains historical texts. It is reserved for students and others doing research, so call ahead.


Musee Espadon
Rue de Bac de Minden (near �comus�e - avenue de Saint-Hubert)
Phone: +33 40 667966
Espadon    S-637, Narval class
Housed in a WWII German submarine pen.


Musee de la Marine
Branch of the Paris Musee de la Marine.


Musee de la Marine
Branch of the Paris Musee de la Marine.


Musee Marine Toulon
Branch of the Paris Musee de la Marine.


Ardeche    Chain tug



Deutches Technikmuseum
Kurt Heinz    Steam tug

Historisher Hafen Berlin
Berlin-Brandenburgische Schiffahrtsgesellschaft e.V.
M�rkisches Ufer
Phone:++49 30 - 214 73 257
Fax: ++49 30 - 213 80 42 (only German but with pictures)
Andreas    Steam tug (still in operation)
Heinrich Zille    Excursion (ex-steamer) ship
Libelle    Motor Launch - "Barkasse"
Several smaller vessels and large barges.
Zille has its own website at
Highlights are annual "harbour feasts" with excursions around the city on the ships and theatre/cabaret shows on board the Zille.

Deutches Technikmuseum Berlin (German Museum of Technology in Berlin)
Trebbiner Strasse
Phone: ++49 30 / 90 254-0
FAX: ++49 30 / 90 254-175 (German/English)
Volldampf    Steamer
Kaiser Friedrich    Steamer
Both are still in operation.
Recently-raised wooden barge from the 19th century.
Models. Large multi-topical museum - takes at least a week to appreciate everything, but the shipping/navigation dept. is only a small part - still growing.


In German, with a page in English
Wilhelm Bauer, ex-U-2540 Type XXI
Seehund Mini sub
Rau IX    Whaler
Bremer Cog
U-2540 was raised in 1957 by the company Beckedorfand. Sold to shipyard Howaldtswerke, towed to Kiel. Completely repaired and refitted by 1958. Given new Type class 241. 1 September 1960 renamed "U Wilhelm Bauer", Nato "Y 880". Retired from active military duties 1968. On 20 May 1970 returned to active duty by a civilian organization for industrial testing. Multiple accidents (primarily two collisions with destroyers) made repairs of the boat too expensive, so re-retired 18 November, 1980. Sold to the Schiffartsmueseu 15 March 1982.
Walk-through tours are available.
The cog was recovered from the mud of the Weser River, and is being preserved.
Parts of submarines on display, such as a TDC and a scope. Many models ships from sailing ships up to the modern frigates and destroyers of the Kreigsmarine.
It is advisable to go there between April and October because only in this period is it possible to visit the ships and the subs, since they are lying in a harbour basin and therefore are closed for the public when it may be dangerous to visit them due to weather conditions.


In multiple languages
Brandtaucher    Early SS
Built by Wilhelm Bauer in the mid-1800s.


German Inland Waterways Museum
Oscar Huber    Paddle steam tug
Minden    Unpowered dredger

Elbe    Canal icebreaker

Heinrichenburg, Dortmund
Crossen    Steam dredger
Porta    Dredger
Cereberus    Police launch
Fortuna    Steam tug
Teniers    Steam tug
Heinrichenburg shiplift, an elevator for ships

In German
Bussard    Buoy tender
The vessel sails


Maritime Museum
Apr 16 - Oct 15 0930-1800, Oct 16 - Apr 15 0930-1600
Small admission fee
U-995    Type VII U-boat
Walk through tour of sub. Memorial for major maritime battles of WWI, emphasizing the Battle of Skagerak. Landed.

German Maritime Museum
1 of 2 props from Prinz Eugen (see below)

Kwajalien Atoll, Marshall Islands

Prinz Eugen    CA
Kwajelien Atoll is restricted - US Army's western ICBM test range impact area. The ship rests upside down on the lagoon side of Ennylabegan Island. The ship was fully outfitted for the A tests including full fuel load (which still leaks into the lagoon) and things like plates and dishes (original). (Yes, I know this is United States territory, but he was a German ship.)


Wurttemburg    Paddle tug


Mannheim    Passenger steam vessel

Munchen (Munich)

Deutsches Museum von Meisterwerken der Naturwissenschaft und Technik
(German Museum of Achievement in Science and Technology)
Museumsinsel 1
Phone: +49-89-2179-1
FAX: +49-89-2179-324
0900-1700 daily, except holidays
Small admission charge.
U1    pre-WW1 submarine, 1st German u-boat
Natalie    Steam launch
Several smaller vessels
Technology museum with many hands-on displays of all sorts of transportation vehicles. Ships, planes, trains, submarines. Large number of beautiful models, ship components and drive demonstrators, a tow tank, and mockups simulating ship interiors.


Riesa    Steam passenger boat


Geheimrat Garbe    Steam tug


Marime Museum of Peenemunde
Island of Usedom
K-24/U-461    ex-Russian Julliett
Walk-through tour of the submarine.
Tarantul RA corvette
Part of a museum about the rocket museum program.


Ruthof    Paddle steam tug

In multiple languages
Saturn    Steam tug
Georg Buchner, ex-Charlesville
Traditionschiff, ex-Dresden    Cargo ship
1 Mai    Salvage vessel
Capella    Coastal cargo
Langer Heinrich    Floating crane
Wismar    MTB
Traditionschiff contains a museum on shipbuilding. Saturn and Wismar are landed. Capella is WWII-era, and sports a concrete hull. Buchner is a floating hostel for workers, and is not open to the public.


Phone: [49] 6232-6708-0
FAX: [49] 6232-6708-20 (in German)
U-9    205 class u-boat

Schloss Tessenow

Schiffarhts- und Marinemuseum
Model collection is part of the display. The site above is in German.


Atlas    Dump bucket dredger


Deutches Marine Museum
Phone.: 04421-41061 / 62
FAX:04421-41063 (in German)
U10    Type 205 u-boat
Weilheim    Minenjagdboot
Molders    DDG

Stralsund    Rail ferry





Hellenic Maritime Museum
Akti Themistokleous
Marina Zeas
Phone: 4516264
FAX: 4516822
0830-1400 Tue-Sat, 0900-1300 Sun
Saturday no entry fee
Thalis O Milissos    Cable steamer

Phaliro Bay

Georg Averoff    Armoured cruiser
~10,000 tons, 4x9.2", 8x7.5" main armament, built in Italy 1910
Eugenios Eugenidis    Former cadet training ship
Part of the Hellenic Maritime Museum.
Phone: 210 9888211

Poros Naval Base

Velos    Destroyer, ex-USS Charrette
Under restoration.



Tue-Sat: 1000-1700, Sundays and public holidays: 1200-1700, Mondays mid-June to mid-September.
Closed New Year's Day and Queen's day (30 April).
Full-size replica of early 18th C Dutch East Indiaman, built from original plans. Also a royal barge, paintings, models and other historic and historical items.

Den Helder

Y28122    Naval steam tug
Marinemuseum Den Helder
Mon - Fri 1000-1700, Sat, Sun, holidays 1200-1700, Nov-Apr closed Mondays, closed Christmas and New Year's Day
Admission charge
Schorpioen    Masted turret ramship
Abraham Crijnssen    Minesweeper
Tonijn    Submarine
Large collection of ship models and artifacts housed in old East India Company magazine. About 1/2 mile east of main railway station.

Foxtrot B
B-80    ex-Russian Zulu class
Misnamed Foxtrot by owning company.


Noordelijk Scheepvaartmuseum (Northern Maritime Museum)
Brugstraat 24
Phone: 050-3122202
FAX: 050-3183751
Tue-Sat 1000-1700, Sun 1300-1700
Admission charge


Maritime Museum 'Prins Hendrik'
Buffel    Ramship
The collection information system of the Museum is available for browsing. Information about the objects (in Dutch), images of the objects (most of them photographs of the Nedlloyd collection), and images of  shipmodels.


Friesland    Dredger


Elfin    Steam torpedo recovery vessel, ex-British Royal Navy
Jacob Langenberg    Steam tug
Under restoration


Hong Kong Maritime Museum
Murray House
Stanley Plaza
Gallerys on ancient and modern maritime and shipping history. Kossuth    Passenger steamer
Now a museum



Kossuth    River passenger steamer
Now a museum



River Ganga    Passenger paddlesteamer


Odisha State Maritime Museum

Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh

INSViraat    CVL/CVH
Soon to be retired vessel


Indian Maritime Museum
Vikrant, ex-HMS Hercules    CVL


Submarine Museum
Kursura    Foxtrot SS





Clandestine Immigration and Naval museum

204 Derekh Allenby
Phone: 536249    In Hebrew and English
The museum is housed mostly in the ship, which ran the British blockade before WWII to save Jews from Nazi Germany. The naval portion of the museum has models of current and former Israeli navy ships, maps and historical displays on wartime activities; and various memorabilia, including the surrender flag from an Egyptian frigate captured while trying to bombard Haifa in 1956.



Museo Navale Romano
Palazzo Peloso Cepolla
Piazza San Michele 12
Phone: +39-182-51215     In Italian
Closed on Monday
Wreckage and cargo of an ancient Roman ship of I century CE.
Also a reconstruction of such a ship.


Museo di Palazzo Poggi
Via Zamboni 33
Phone: +39-51-272933     In Italian and English
Open: Monday to Friday
Section dedicated to nautical navigation
Ship models, maps, cannons

Comacchio (near Ferrara)
Ancient Roman vessel recovered from the Mediterranean

Fiumicino (near Roma)

Museo delle Navi
Via Alessandro Guidoni
Phone: +39-6-6011089
Closed on Monday
Remains of six Roman cargo ships. The museum is located at the entrance of Leonardo da Vinci International Airport

Genova (Genoa)

Galata Museo del Mare
Villa Doria, Piazza Bonvicino 7
Phone: it+ 010/6969885
In particular until XVIth century


Museo Civico Navale Didattico
Via San Vittore 21
Phone: +39-2-486885 or 487270
Closed on Monday
Many ship models

Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia "Leonardo da Vinci"
via s. vittore 21
Phone: +3902485551
FAX: +390248010016
S-51 Enrico Toti     Submarine
Ebe     Sail training vessel
Also has the bridge of the liner Conte Biancamano, featuring the grand ballroom, the pilothouse, and the navigation lights.


Museo navale
Via Acton 38
Open on appointment
Ancient ship models

Pietro Micca    Steam tug
Saved by the G. Spinelli Friends of Steamships Association, still available to work.

Roman warship, multiple Roman-era trade vessels

Arsenali Medicei
Museum being built in old Medici arsenal


Museo Sacrario delle Bandiere e Cimeli delle Forze Armate
Piazza Venezia
MAS 15    Torpedo boat
"maiale" (Italian manned torpedo)
MAS 15 fired the torpedos that sank Szent Istvan, the Austro-Hungarian dreadnought.
Note: the museum is located in the same building (the Vittoriano, the monument celebrating the victory in WWI) hosting the Museo Centrale del Risorgimento.

La Spezia

Museo Tecnico Navale della Marina Militare
Piazza Domenico Chiodo
Phone: +0187/770750
Open: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
The nearby arsenal is open once per year, on Sunday falling nearest to S. Giuseppe's day


Puglia    Protected cruiser


Civico Museo del Mare
Via Campo Marzio 1
Phone: +040/304885    In Italian
Closed on Monday
Focused for fishery. Ship models, maps.

Venezia (Venice)

Museo Storico Navale
Venice Arsenal
Maritime museum celebrating a couple millenia of Mediterranean naval operations. One section has large, detailed models of Italian naval vessels.

Museo storico navale (della Marina Militare)
Castello 2148
Phone:  +041/5200276
Many ancient and modern models; oils, prints and projects.


Port Royal, Kingston

Old Naval Hospital



JMSA PL "Kojima", ex-Shiga WWII IJN escort vessel
Used by US as ferry boat. Became a weather station. Now public hall of Chiba city in Japan.


Naval Academy of Etajima
Yukizake's anchor and rudder. Probably the luckiest Japanese ship of World War 2 - battle record as long as Enterprise, and hit only once by a 13mm bullet. She was given to China as reparation, and served as Tang Yan until she ran around in 1971. Also, a turret and barbette from BB Mutsu, which blew up in 1943.

Huis ten Bosch, near Nagasaki

Dutch replica town     Site in multiple languages
Wapen Van Hoorn Wood paddle steamer (replica)
Kanko Maru Sail/steam (replica)
Kanrin Maru Sail/steam (replica)
De Liefde Sailing ship
Kanrin was Japan's first steam/sail ship. Kanrin Maru presented by King Willem III of the Netherlands to Tokugawa Shogun in the closing years of the Edo Period. Became the training ship for the newly established Nagasaki Naval Institute, from which many influential leaders of that time graduated.
Kanko was the first Japanese vessel to cross the Pacific, with Kaishu Katsu and other famous Japanese aboard. Sails for most of the year between ports all around Japan's coasts.
De Liefde, stranded in Japan in 1600, marking the start of the historical relationship between Holland and Japan. Aboard this vessel the musical show "Bon Voyage De Liefde" is staged.
The Amelia and two-story wooden paddle-steamer Wapen van Hoorn cross Omura Bay to connect Huis ten Bosch and Holland Village (Associated theme park of Huis ten Bosch)

Ishinomaki City

San Juan Bautista    Galleon (replica)
Replica of circa 1613 European-style galleon. Original was called the Keicho Diplomatic Mission Ship, or Date Maru, built in Japan with Spanish assistance to carry diplomats to Europe for negotiations of trade.


Japanese Naval Academy


Shibauira Mari    Steam tug
Need confirmation of this

Museum of Maritime Science    In Japansee, limited English site
Wooden model of the Yamato outside ~60 feet long. Kawanishi flying boat. Also an early Antarctic research ship, Soya, is tied up.


NYK Maritime Museum
in a former building of the Nippon Yusen Kaisha shipping company    In Japanese, English

Phone: 045-641-4361
Mon-Fri 0930-2100, Sat-Sun 0930-2130   In Japanese, English
Hikawa-Maru    Passenger ship
Admission: 800 yen
This 12,000 ton luxury cargo-passenger ship was nicknamed Queen of Pacific, operated 1930 to 1960. Interior is open to the general public and contains a restaurant. Served as hospital ship in WWII.

Yokahama Maritime Museum
Tue-Sun 1000-1700
Nippon Maru    Sail training barque


Mikasa    BB (pre-Dreadnaught)    In Japanese, English (limited)
Flagship of Admiral Tojo at Tsushima Straits during Russo-Japanese War.


Al Hashemi II  dhow
New built. Museum showcasing traditional shipbuilding and seafaring in Kuwait, featuring 30 different traditional dhows, highlighting the emirate's long maritime and trading traditions.


Old Naval Bakery
On Grand Harbor across from Valetta
Malta's maritime history from early times to today.

National War Museum
Fort St. Elmo
Foot of Republic St.
Italian Explosive Motor Boat
Fuselage of the Gloster Gladiator Faith, and the George Cross and Citation awarded to the Island. Many naval photos and a section dealing with the Pedestal Convoy (Convoy of Santa Maria). Shut at 1400 in the summer.


Multiple, mostly Japanese vessels sunk during WWII, open for diving. Site is managed jointly by the local government, the US Navy and the US National Park Service.


Musee Oceanographique
Avenue Saint-Martin
MC-98000 Monaco
Tel. 33-(93)-30-15-14
Hirondelle    200 ton schooner yacht 1873-1892
Princess Alice    Aux. schooner built for oceanography 1892-1898
Princess Alice II    Similar 1897-1913
Hirondelle II    Steamer 1911
All research vessels sponsored by the King of Monaco.

Naval Museum of Monaco/Musée Naval de Monaco
Terrasses du Centre Commercial de Fontvieille Niveau
Phone number: 00 377 92 05 28 48
Daily 1000-1800
Admission fee. Group rates available. Handicapped access
Presents a collection of more than 250 ships models (antique boats, merchant ships, tankers, ships of discovery, carriers, submarines...), nautical instruments and paintings, enriched by several antique boats of the private collection of H.S.H. Prince Rainier III of Monaco.

Delphine    Steam yacht
Restored and available for cruising




The Museum of New Zealand has a website listing NZ museums by collection, name, and region, including a section on maritime museums:



Ferguson Whaling Museum
Phone: +64-9-4060006

New Zealand National Maritime Museum
Hobson Wharf, Viaduct Harbour
Corner of Quay and Hobson Streets
Phone: +64-9-373-0800
Rapaki    1926 NZMMM crane steamer
Puke    1872 built 26 foot steam launch, sails on the harbour
Breeze    1981 built replica trading brigantine
Ted Ashby    1993 built replica deck scow, sails on the harbour
Rewa    1876 coastal trading gaff cutter
Piri Pono    1929 speedboat
Nautilus    Vintage motor launch
New Zealand's main maritime museum. Rewa is displayed in the Hall of Coastal Shipping.

Devonport, Auckland

National Museum or the Royal New Zealand Navy
64 King Edward Parade
Torpedo Bay
Phone: +64-9-445-5186


Historical Maritime Park
Phone: +64-7-8627121


Museum of Wellington, City & Sea
The Bond Store, Queens Wharf
Daily 0930-1730, Nov-Mar 0930-1800, closed Christmas day
Admission fee

Wahine Disaster Commerative Exhibition
Exhibition Hall, 28 Dundas Street
Commemorates New Zealand's worst maritime disaster

Northland and Bay Of Islands


Museum of Shipwrecks
Rainbow Warrior
HMNZS Canterbury
Dive sites

Department of Conservation Bay of Islands Maritime and Historic Park
Russell Field Centre
Phone: +64-9-403685
FAX: +64-9-403649


Dargaville Museum Te Whare Taonga Tuna Tahi
32 Mt Wesley Coast Road
Harding Park - Pou Tu Te Rangi
Maritime Hall
Phone: +64-9-4397555


Dunbar Wharf
Edwin Fox
Last surviving wooden troopship from Crimean War.



Bluff Maritime Museum
241 Foreshore Road
Phone: (03) 212 7534
Monica    Oystering boat

Port Chalmers, near Dunedin

Port Chalmers Museum
19 Beach Street
Phone: +64 (3) 472 8233




Ballstad, in Lofoten

Svolvaeringen    Small whalecatcher

Bergen (west coast)

Haakonsvern Naval Base
Number of German WW2 minisubs as well as tower of submarine B-2 by the UVBI. This is a fully operational naval base, so access is limited. Contact the base before going.

Bergens Sjøfartsmuseum (Bergen Maritime Museum)
Phone: (+47) 55 54 96 00    In Norwegian, English, French

Norwegian Fisheries Museum

Hitra    "Shetland bus" still sailing, ex USN SC‑718


Ishavsmuseet Aarvak
Aarvak    Wooden seal catcher


Gahn    Steam launch

Drobak, just south of Oslo

Oscarsborg Fortress
The Krupp guns of 1893, Moses, Aron and Joshva, that helped sink the German cruiser Blücher in 1940. There are guided tours during the summer (July/August); contact the local tourist office.

Gjovik, Lake Mjosa

Skibladner Paddlesteamer    In Norwegian, English
Over 140 years old. Built 1856 in Motala, Sweden. Transported to Mjosa in pieces and assembled there. Oldest paddlesteamer in operation (summer only) in the world.


Coastal artillery battery
German 406mm battleship guns
On military grounds: limited access, guided tours in the summer; contact local tourist office.


Borgenes    Convoy escort
Awaiting restoration

Horten (60km south of Oslo)

Marinemuseet (Royal Norwegian Navy Museum)
RNN base Karl Johansvern
Rap    Earliest torpedo boat, built 1875
Utstein    S305, Kobben class coastal sub, German-designed Type 207
Utsira    sub
Blink    Storm class patrol boat.
Narvik    Oslo class frigate F304
Skrei    Tjeld class patrol boat.
Large collection different items related to the Navy, including guns, turrets, torpedo batteries.
Museum found in 1853, and may be the first naval museum in the world.


Nordmre Museum
Borgenes    steam trawler
Ex-RN `Isles` class T-276 Cailiff


Coastal Administration Museum

Krigsminnemuseum (War Memorial Museum)

Mael (near Rjukan)

Dess Ammonia    Rail Ferry

Moevig (outside of Kristiansand)

Coastal fort
Very impressive with huge bunkers, built for 4 cannons.
Three 38cm German battleship guns originally, one remaining. Guided tours.


War Museum    In Norwegian, English


Boathouse Museum, "Naustet" at Uthaug Harbour.
Building from the mid-1800's housing a collection of fisherman´s gear.


Fram    Exploration vessel used by Amundsen and Fr. Nansen
Ra, Kon-Tiki    Thor Heyerdal's ships
Civilian shipping, polar and exploration vessels.

Huk Aveny 35
Restored 1000 year old longboats found in 20th century.

Oslo Castle (central Oslo)
Alta    Minesweeper M314
Models and artifacts from the Norwegian Navy, mainly 1905 - 45. Torpedoes, guns, Hs293 guided missile, Enigma cipher machines, historical library for researchers.
Alta still sails.

Norsk Veteranskibsklub (Norwegian Veterans' Ship Club)
Boroysund    Coal-fired passenger/cargo ship
Styrbjorn    Coal-fired seagoing tug
Both are undergoing restoration.

Forlandet, ex-Foca    Whalecatcher


Hvalfangstmuseet (Whaling Museum)
Museumsgaten 39
Southern Actor    Steam whalecatcher
British vessel, as no Norwegian whalecatchers remain.


Hurtigrutemuseet    Facebook page
Finnmarken    Coastal express ship
Coastal express museum


Nordsjofartsmuseum (North Sea Traffic Museum)


Tromsø War Museum
Housed in a restored naval battery, part of the German defences (battery Tromso south - 3x10.5cm). Mainly photographs and a variety of salvaged fittings from Tirpitz. Early colour photographs showing Tirpitz arriving, the old Norwegian CDBs (coverted to flak ships) which screened her and Tirpitz exploding after the bomb hit to the magazine.
The exhibition is mainly signed in Norwegian and German, but the curator also speaks very good English (ex-Norwegian Navy man) and will show you round.


Austrått Fort
28cm gun tower, former C turret from German battleship Gneisnau.

The Royal Norwegian Navy operates the museum vessel Hitra, a fully restored subhunter (ex-US SC 718), used for commando operations on Norwegian coast during WWII.



Pakistan Maritime Museum
Habib Ibrahim Rehmatullah Road, Near Bahria Auditorium
Phone: (92-21) 4251687, 4942188
Mujahid    Minesweeper
Hangor    Midget sub
Baghochan    Traditional riverine boat
The vessels are anchored in a large artificial lake. The bagochan was built on the museum grounds by artisans using only six tools. There is a replica of the Manora lighthouse, a mock-up of a Daphne class submarine's operations rooms, and a central building housing galleries and naval artifacts.


Panama City

Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama (Museum of the Panama Interocean Canal)
Avenida Central    In Spanish


Here is a site listing multiple naval museums in Peru


Sala de Exposicion "Marina de Guerra"
Mercaderes Plaza


Peruvian Naval Museum
Collection of models of the Peruvian warships engaged in the Pacific War.

Abtao    Submarine
Plaza Grau
Submarinist Officers Association


Teniente Primero Manuel Clarero Naval
Av. La Marina s/n Punchana
America    Steam ship gunboat
One of the oldest gunboats in the world, built 1904.


Grau's House


House Grau


Naval Museum


ManilaFort Santiago
Oldest Spanish fortress in the Philippines

Armed Forces of the Philippines Museum    Facebook page

Fort Corregidor
Corregidor Island
Mortar battery, 12" gun, pair of 10" guns on disappearing mounts, Japanese heavy AA guns

Puerto Princesa

Palawan Island
Dedicated to Philipino guerilla fighters of World War II.



Narodowe Muzeum Morskie w Gdansku  (National Maritime Museum in Gdansk)    In Polish, English, German    Also master site for multiple museums
Sołdek    Bulk coal carrier
Motława    Operating ferry

Gdynia (in Polish)
Blyskawica    DD
Served with Free Polish forces in Royal Navy during WWII.

Dar Pomorza    Sailing ship
The White Frigate, the Gift of Pomerania.


Centrum Konserwacji Wraków Statków    (Shipwreck Conservation Centre)
ul. Paderewskiego 24


Muzeum Zalewu Wiślanego    (Vistula Lagoon Museum)
Kąty Rybackie, ul. Rybacka 64

Vistula River Museum
30 Stycznia 4

Warszawa (Warsaw)

Polish Military Museum    In Polish, English
Complete military museum, including naval displays. Has static displays of aircraft, armor, artillery, naval weapons outside. Uniforms and a Salyut inside. Inexpensive, plus a student discount. All labeling is in Polish.



Museu Maritimo de Ílhavo    (Maritime Museum of Ilhavo)
Av. Dr. Rocha Madahíl
Phone: (+351) 234 329 990    In Portugese or English
Sun - Tues 1400 - 1730, Wed-Sat 0900-1230 and 1400-1730
Dedicated to the "Portuguese White Fleet" and the fishing industry in Portugal and Aveiro region. Many artifacts from the fisherman: pilot charts, stories from aboard, schooners' pictures, fishermens' pictures, letters, ex-votos, objects carried from the places were they have been like Greenland and St. John's of Newfoundland, compasses, ceramics, anchors, artifacts from the Eskimos, etc. Also paintings with scenes of the life aboard, the captains of the schooners, the life of fisherman's families, and others.

Santo André    Cod fishing trawler
Jardim Oudinot


Museu de Marinha
Praca do Imperio
Jeronimos Monastery
Phone: 351-1-362 00 10
FAX: 351-1-363 19 87
Summer Tue-Sun 1000-1800, winter Tue-Sun 1000-1700, closed national holidays
Admission: adult 1 ticket, children 10-17 less, under 10 and over 65 free    In Portugese
Galeota Grande    State Royal Barge
Galeota Pequena    Royal Barge
Prince Joao's barge
Saveira Dourada
Galeota da alfandega
Prince Miguel's barge
Royal and state barges dating back to the 1700's.


Dom Fernando II e Gloria    Sail frigate    In Portugese and English
For the India trade, built in 1843, found and recovered in 1990, and restored.



Museum of the Baltic Fleet
Kronstadtskaya    In Russian, English, Chinese
P-4 class torpedo boat

Irkutsk, Lake Baikal, Siberia

Angara    Icebreaker
Marshala Zhukova St.    In Russian
Built by Armstrong, Whitworth & Co; entered service autumn 1900, originally intended to provide service between Baranchuk and Misovaya to form a link between the eastern and western portions of the trans-Siberia railroad.


Museum of the World Ocean   
B-413    Submarine
Vityaz    Research vessel
Irbensky    Lightship
Kosmonavt Viktor Tatsayev    Research vessel
SRT-129    Fishing boat


Naval museum
On Kotlin Island    In Russian, English
Exhibitions on the history of diving, plus the Great Patriotic War and Kronstadt military history.

Naval Cathedral, St. Nicholas the Wonderworker
Branch of the Central Naval Museum


Novosibirsk Komsomolets B-396 Submarine (Project 641B, NATO code name TANGO)
Also got a small Ekanroplan (like the Caspian Sea Monster) and a hovercraft.


Northern Fleet Naval Museum    In Russian
On ulitsa Tortseva at very north part of town not far from the Kola fjord. Very large and well kept collection of uniforms, ship models, parts of ships and old & new naval paraphenalia. Of interest is the collection of photos, uniforms and weapons relating to Soviet naval special forces during WWII.  Note that all displays are in Russian, and it is reported there are no English-speaking docents.

Murmansk Shipping Company Museum
Volodarskogo Street
Extensive collection of models.  Might be closed during summer months? 

Lenin    Nuclear icebreaker
Open for scheduled tours only

Mikhail Kutuzov
    Sverdlov class cruiser
Branch of the Central Naval Museum of St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg

Aurora    Cruiser
Corner of Petrogradskaya Storona, on the Petrogradskaya Nab    In Russian and English
Thu-Sun 1030-1630
Admission free
One of three surviving pre-Dreadnaught cruisers.  Survived Tsushima Straits battle.  Fired shot to signal storming of Winter Palace in 1917. 

Central Naval Museum
5 Truda Square    In Russian, English, Chinese
Wed-Sun 1000-1800
D-2, ex-Narodovolets    pre-WWII submarine
Botik    Sail miniature warship
Botik, built by England or to an English design and originally named "St.  Nicolas".  It was found and used by Peter (later The Great) to learn how to sail.

Krassin    Icebreaker    In Russian and English
Originally named Svyatogor, renamed in 1927.


Just north of Murmansk
K-21 SS
Legendary WWII veteran is on land. Severomorsk special entrance permission may be required.


Pacific Fleet Museum
Phone: 21-67-57
Wed-Sat 1030-1730
S-56    Stalinets class sub
Krasniy vimpel    Patrol ship, trawler
Landed.  Served in WWII.




Fort Siloso
Sentosa Island
History of British military presence.

Maritime Experiential Museum
Sentosa Island
Daily 0830-1700
Admission fee
A smallish museum with a collection of local small boats, and a large display on the modern port of Singapore. It has a Vietnamese boatpeople's boat in its sailing condition (i.e. not restored and looking like as nasty a thing to travel in as such boats were).
On site is the "Jewel of Muscat", a modern replica of an Omani trading ship that sailed from Muscat to Singapore.

Navy Museum
0830-1700 Daily
Admission fee
naval armament and equipment of 1950s.



Pomorski muzej Piran (Maritime museum "Sergej Masera")
Gabrielli Palace, on the inner harbor
Phone: +386 (0)5 671 00 40    In multiple languages
Named after a naval hero of WW2.


Cape Town Harbour

South African Maritime Museum
Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
Phone: +2721 4192505/6
Daily 1000-1700, except Good Friday and Christmas day
Somerset    Boom defence vessel
Exhibits include several small vessels and other maritime history

Iziko Museums of South Africa

Naval West Yard
Assegaai, formerly SAS Johanna van der Merwe


South African National Museum of Military History

Mossel Bay

Bartolomeu Dias Maritime Museum
1 Market Street
Tel: 27 (0)44 691-1067
Monday to Friday from 0900 to 1645, weekends and public holidays from 0900 to 1545
Caravel (replica)
Based on Portugese vessels of the 15th Century. Sailed from Portugal to Mossel Bay in 1987.
Also a shell Museum and aquarium.

Simon's Town

South African Navy Museum
The Old Sail Loft, West Yard
0900-1700 year round except Xmas day and one or two other public holidays.
Contains the displays from Fort Wynyard and Martello Tower, which have been closed due to rationalization. For more information contact Commander Mack Bissett, FPO, Simon's Town.


Spanish naval museums lists, in Spanish.
There are sites in Las Palmas, San Fernando, Cartagena, Torre Del Oro, Ferrol
Madrid, Canaris Cartagena, Ferrol, San Fernando, Sevilla, Viso del Marques


Palacio Real    Spanish, English, French, Portugese
Royal barge, 17th century
Barge of Carlos IV, circa 1790
Queen Maria Cristina de Borbon's barge


Museu Maratim de Barcelona (Maritime Museum of Barcelona)
Reales Atarzanas (Royal shipyard)
Naus de les Drassanes    In Catalan, Spanish, English
Daily 1000-2000
Don Juan de Austria    Rowing galleon (replica)
Replica of the ship that fought at Lepanto. Lots of ship models and other artifacts. Former Royal Shipyard.

Museu de la Ciència
Teodor Roviralta, 55 Barcelona, Spain
Phone: 212 60 50    In Catalan, Spanish, French, English
SA-51    SS
Tiburon type - very small sub. 5 man crew, two torpedo tubes, 60 tons displacement.


Museo Naval de Cartagena
Launched Sept. 8, 1888. A remarkable example of 19th century engineering, fully capable as a warship, among the first electric battery powered submarines.  The submarine displays the lines of an Albacore hull and a small conning tower, along with a cruciform tail similar to most current subs. Named after her designer, Issac Peral.


Museo Naval, Paseo Prado
1030 - 1330 daily
Great paintings and large ship models; extensively covers period from Armada to Trafalgar.

Cuidad Real province

Main Archive of Spanish Navy
El Viso del marques
Not open Sunday or Monday
Decorated with 16th century frescos illustrating Marques de Santa Cruz' victories over Turks, etc.

Menorca, Balearic Island

Port Mahon
SA-42   Midget sub, either FOCA-1 or FOCA-2


Torrevieja fishing wharf dock
Delphin    S-61 (sub)


Forsviks Varv

near Karlsborg
Eric Nordevall II Project
Replica of 1836 paddle steamer


Goteborgs Maritima Centrum (Gothenburg Maritime Center)
Packhuskajen, Lilla Bommen
Phone: +46 31 101290    In multiple languages
Solve    Coastal Monitor
Smaland    DD
Nordkaparen    SS - Draken class
Fryken    Freighter

SJÖFARTSMUSEET AKVARIET (The museum of shipping and the aquarium)
Karl Johansgatan 1-3
Phone: +46 31 612901
Indoor museum. Exhibitions covering all aspects of civilian shipping.

Nya Älvsborgs Fastning (The New Ilvsborg Fortress)    In Swedish and English and other languages
Ferry from Packhuskajen, Lilla Bommen    In Swedish and multiple other languages
Located in the entrance to the river Gotaalv. Successfully defended the city from naval attack during the 18th and 19th centuries. Exhibitions includes display on Thordenskiold, the Norwegian naval commander who led the attacks on Gothenburg, and museum covering the excavations of the 18th century East India tradeship Götheborg, which after 3 years in East India sank just outside the fortress (see next entry).

Eriksberg Pir Fyra 2
Ostindiefararen Götheborg
Phone: +46 (0)31-779 34 50
Replica of the Swedish East Indies vessel
Regularly sails around the world


Phone: +46 (0)455-35 93 00     In many languages
Brem�n    Minesweeper
Spica    Torpedoboat
KBV 238
Jarramas    Full-rigged ship
Hajen    Sub
T38    Motor torpedoboat

Lake Sommen

Boxholm II    Wood-burning steamship of 1904    In Swedish and English
Tours of the lake from late June to mid-August.


Teknikens och Sjöfartens hus
U3    SS
1940s era.


Sjohistoriska Museet (National Maritime Museum of Sweden)
Djurgardsbrunnsvagen 24
Phone: +46 (0) 8 519 549 00
FAX: +46 (0) 8 519 549 49.     In Swedish and English
Galten    barge
Delfinen    barge
Good selection of models of commercial and military subjects from all times

There is also a web page dedicated to the Swedish naval architect Fredrik Henric af Chapman at

Vasamuseet (Vasa Museum)
Galarvarvet, Djurgarden
Phone: +46 8 6664800     (In Swedish)
Vasa    Wood ship-of-the-line
Sankt Erik, ex Isbrytaren II    Icebreaker
Vasa sank on her maiden voyage in 1628. She was found in 1956, raised in 1959 and is being refurbished. Oldest preserved ship-of-the-line in the world.

Svensk DykeriHistorisk Förening     (In Swedish)
Diving museum, set up in first submarine escape training tank in Sweden. Includes displays of very old diving gear.

Lake Fryken, V�rmland province

Freja    Lake steamer
Built in 1867, capsized and sunk 1896 in lake Fryken. Recovered 1994, in service as a tourist boat.



Verkerhshaus der Schweiz (Swiss Transport Museum)
Rigi    Paddle Steamer
Build 1848 by Ditchburn and Mare at Greenwich.

Wilhelm Tell    Passenger steamer    In Swiss German and English
A restaurant on a preserved lake steamer.



Evergreen Maritime Museum
5F, No. 11, Zhongshan S. Rd.
9:00-17:00 Closed Mondays    In Chinese and English
Admission fee
Ship models, Marine Paintings, Nautical Instruments and Maritme Taiwan History.



Suphannahong    Royal barge
Ceremonial barge used for royal occasions



Canakkale Naval Museum    In Turkish and English
Commemorates attempt by the British and French to force the Dardanelles in March 1915.
Replica of the Nusret, which laid the minefield that stopped the attempt.

Istanbul (not Constantinople)

Deniz Muzesi (Maritime Museum)
Near the ferry landing in the Besiktas section and on Cezayir Caddesi (Cezayir Street)
Phone: +90 (212) 261 00 40
FAX: +90 (212) 261 01 30    Site in Turkish and English
Kadirga    Galley
Collection dates back to the naval exploits of Barbarossa. Many exhibits and aritfacts covering the history of the Ottoman Empire and the Republic of Turkey. There is a section of a U-boat that was recovered from the Black Sea coast, and parts of the battlecruiser Yavuz, ex-Goeben.


Nusret    Minelayer
Original vessel, in need of restoration. It will be restored by the nearby town of Tarsus.


Ko� Industrial Museum
G�SELHISAR    Coal-burning ferry
From 1911. Awaiting restoration.


T.C.G. Gayret Muzesi
Wed-Sun 0900-1700
Gayret, ex-USS Eversole    DD


Note that most of the following are memorial ships and not museums:


Komsomoletz class MTB


BKA-134    Riverine armored cutter


G-5 class MTB (actually post-WWII minesweeper of type)


BKA-81    Riverine armored cutter
AA defence motor boat, "tender" type


BKA-334    Riverine armored cutter


Zheleznjakov    Riverine monitor
BKA-550    Riverine armored cutter (possibly a replica or mock-up)


Smolensk, ex-Polish Krakow    Riverine monitor
Scuttled in Desna river.

Mariupol, near Zhdanov

BKA-44    Riverine armored cutter


MTB of unkown type


Historical Regional Museum
Phone: 22 84 90, 25 52 02
M-305, ex-256    Submarine, Russian Quebec class
T-729    Minesweeper
Sub had sunk due to an accident in 1957. Was raised to become a museum in 1984. Working but dangerous AIP propulsion system.


TKA-383    G-5 class MTB


TKA-52, TKA-725    G-5 class MTBs


BKA-41    Riverine armored cutter


Ras al-Khaima

The Ahmed bin Majed Navigator Museum
Mamourah Road
Open Afternoons 4-6 (usually), Not Friday
Small, private museum; a collection of everyday articles of the peoples of the Gulf (esp Ras al-Khaima) for whom the sea figured very largely: the dividing line between maritime objects and land-based objects is rather blurred.


I have deferred this section to a site created by Drs. Janet West and M. H. Evans, a wife and husband team. Their site is very comprehensive, and brought up to date in 2015. It lists over 250 museums and 450 historic vessels (many are part of museum collections, and a large number are small vessels) in the British Isles, including Ireland. To save space I'll just give a pointer.

The web site:
The file is in the public domain and may be freely used, distributed and copied for non-profit-making purposes.


Due to the huge size of the list, I have separated the USA section to its own page:



Museo Naval (Naval Museum)
Rambla de Gaulle esq. Luis Alberto de Herrera
Display of a medium caliber gun from the Graf Spee, salvaged in 1997.



Vietnam History Museum
Hanoi Opera House
No. 1 Pham Ngu Lao Street, Hoan Kiem District
Artifacts retrieved from 5 sunken vessels in the Southern Vietnam sea.