Links with Other Institutions

The Shipping Museum is an institutional member of the following associations:

ICOM (International Council of Museums)

The International Council of Museums is an international organisation for museums and professionals that focuses on conserving, maintaining and communicating the natural and cultural heritage both present and future, tangible and intangible.

The cornerstone of the ICOM is its Code of Ethics for Museums, which sets minimum requirements for conduct and professional practice for museums and their staffs. ICOM members undertake to observe this code when they join the organisation.

ICMM (International Congress of Maritime Museums)

The International Congress of Maritime Museums is an international organisation for professional associations, organisations and individuals who work to conserve the maritime heritage.

Association of Spanish Maritime Cultural Heritage Centres & Museums

The Association of Spanish Maritime Cultural Heritage Centres & Museums seeks to promote the preservation and protection of Spain’s maritime cultural heritage, and to foster its investigation, study and interpretation. It also strives to foster co-operation between member organisations in the fields of documentation, investigation, dissemination, exhibitions, conservation and social awareness.

The members include all Spain’s leading maritime heritage centres and museums, such as the CAS (Centre for Underwater Archaeology in Andalusia), the National Museum of Underwater Archaeology, ARQUA, the Barcelona Maritime Museum, the Centre for Underwater Archaeology in Catalonia, the Naval Museum in Madrid, Cantabrian Maritime Museum, the Donostia-San Sebastián Shipping Museum and the Galicia Marine Museum, along with such other major centres as the Fishing Museum in Palamós, theSeno de Corcubión Museum, the Archaeological Museum of Guardamar and the Nova Tabarca Museum, among others.

Since 2008 this Association has been organising itinerant technical seminars. The first such seminars were held at the Naval Museum in Madrid and the second the National Museum of Underwater Archaeology in Murcia. Although they are eminently technical, the seminars are open to the public, thus providing a forum for meetings and the sharing of experiences among specialists for museums, associations concerned with maritime heritage and the general public.

Museums property of Gipuzkoa

Information is provided through this section on the activities, in close collaboration among them, of the Museums property of Gipuzkoa Chartered Provincial Council and Gordailua. It includes programs, activities, exhibitions and projects being carried out about the conservation, research and dissemination of the historical-artistic, archaeological and ethnographic heritage of Gipuzkoa.


Museums of Gipuzkoa

The website of the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa features information on the activities, workshops and exhibitions staged at museums and interpretation centres throughout its territory: '' (in spanish) or '' (in Basque).

Network of Museums of San Sebastián

This network was formed in 2006 and originally comprised the Aquarium, the Chillida-Leku, the Diocesan Museum, the Cementos Rezola Museum, the San Telmo Museum, the Kutxaespacio Science Museum and the Shipping Museum. The Real Sociaedad FC Museum joined in 2010.

The main objectives of the network are to promote all the city’s museums, encourage the staging of activities in those museums and organise joint activities (International Museum Day, promotional campaigns at Easter, Christmas, etc) and to provide a meeting point for specialists working at the different museums.

The Network of the Sea

As part of its proposed restructuring of the museums in its territory, the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa has proposed the creation of a “Network of the Sea”. The current members are the Shipping Museum and the Aquarium in Donostia-San Sebastian, the Ontzigune Museum in Pasai San Pedro, the Itsas Gela Mater Floating Museum in Pasai San Pedro, the Ontziola traditional shipyard in Pasai Donibane, the Bentalekua Museum and the Nautilus Geological Interpretation Centre in Mutriku.

As a long-term project, there is a proposal to set up a Basque Maritime Museum to bring together all these venues.

Matxitxako Elkartea

Matxitxako Elkartea is an association for former members of the Basque Naval Auxiliary Service and their families. It is based at the Shipping Museum. The association was set up in the wake of the exhibition Euzkadiko Gudontzidia. La marina de Guerra Auxiliar de Euzkadi, which was staged at the museum in 1998. Since then Matxitxako Elkartea has organised numerous events in remembrance of and tribute to those who served in the Basque Naval Auxiliary Service.

5 March 2012 was the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Matxitxako, and the date was marked by various commemorative activities.

Itsas Zabala (Basque Federation for Maritime and River Culture)

Itsas Zabala brings together firms and associations that work in the private sector for the conservation, investigation and publicising of Basque maritime culture.

Airu Z.K., The company charged with managing the Shipping Museum from its outset, is a member.

Basque Coast Museum Network

The Basque Coast Museum Network was set up in 2012 under the Master Plan for Tourism on the Basque Coast drawn up by Basquetour (the Basque Tourism Agency). The provincial councils of Bizkaia and Gipuzkoa are involved in the project, and the network currently has 43 members, including the Shipping Museum.

It was created to publicise and add value to the cultural attractions of the coastline, with special emphasis on maritime heritage, by developing shared museum products, joint projects and actions for promoting and communicating tourism on the Basque coast. .

Itsas Gela Association (Pasaia)

Itsas Gela was set up in Pasaia in 2001 to publicise, conserve and investigate maritime heritage. It manages the floating museum installed on the Mater, a classic Cantabrian tuna boat built of tali wood in the traditional style which has been turned into a floating museum on artisanal fishing and the marine environment. The Shipping Museum and Itsas Gela have entered into a cooperation agreement to support and supplement the work done by each in the field of Basque maritime culture and history.

The San Juan 2016 Network

The Albaola Basque Maritime Factory [Factoría Marítima Vasca] is working to build a replica of a 16th century Basque whaling vessel based on the San Juan, which went down in Red Bay (Labrador, Canada) in 1565 and whose remains were found in 1978. The project is taking place at Ondartxo (Pasai San Pedro, Gipuzkoa) as part of the Donostia-San Sebastián European Capital of Culture 2016 events. The Shipping Museum is a member of the San Juan 2016 network of cultural amenities and agents related geographically or thematically with this project.



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10:00 - 14:00 and 16:00 - 19:00

Sundays and public holidays:
11:00 - 14:00

December 24 and 31:
10:00 - 14:00

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