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About the Museum

The Maritime Museum and Aquarium explores life under, on and above the surface of the water. We bring you closer to maritime culture as well as its varied forms of life from the historical and scientific perspectives. The Museum and Aquarium is at the moment undergoing an extensive renovation and extension and re-opens in 2022.



The Maritime Museum and Aquarium is part of the museum sector – one of the three sectors in the City of Gothenburg cultural administration. The museum itself has three units: the aquarium, collections/building and public activities. We have around 27 employees in total. 

Exhibitions and programmes

Our exhibitions explore the relationship between man and the sea over the ages. We also have a wide range of activities as well as our exhibitions, such as talks, children's activities, city tours and boat trips. We have something here for all ages and most of the activities are included in the annual pass for the museum. At the moment the museum is closed for renovation. See a selection of our earlier exhibitions here.


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Collections and archives

The museum's collection is a dynamic and expanding resource. The emphasis is on maritime history, with many model ships and designs. We continuously add more objects to our public database »

Our vision

The Maritime Museum and Aquarium is a unique combination — we create the unexpected!

Our Mission

The Maritime Museum and Aquarium illustrates Swedish maritime cultural history, and promotes the idea of a living sea. We believe in lifelong learning and want to make people reflect on and question issues. Together with the world at large, we want to create enjoyable activities that challenge our visitors.


We collaborate with other institutions and participate in different projects. Would you like to collaborate with us? Please contact our staff »


Svart-vit bild där många människor är samlade för att se den första stenen för Sjöfartsmuseet läggas ned
Laying the foundations in 1931.


The Nautical Association decided to start a Maritime Museum in Gothenburg in 1913, but it would take until 14 July 1933 before the new museum building was inaugurated in Gamla Varvsparken. 

There was a great deal of interest in creating a museum from the major industries in the Gothenburg region. Dan Broström, a major shipowner, donated SEK 1 million for the construction of a permanent museum building in 1918. Karl M. Bengtsson was the architect who drew up the final plans for the building. 

Since its completion in 1933 the building has been used continuously as a museum and aquarium.


Membership  of the Friends of the Maritime Museum and Aquarium Society gives you:
Free admission to the Maritime Museum and Aquarium
The Unda Maris annual
Wednesday meetings with lectures
Excursions for members

Annual fee
Standard member: SEK 150, family member: SEK 50
Plusgiro account: 40195-0
Recipient: Membership  of the Friends of the Maritime Museum and Aquarium Society