A maritime museum (sometimes nautical museum) is a museum specializing in the display of objects relating to ships and travel on large bodies of water. A subcategory of maritime museums are naval museums, which focus on navies and the military use of the sea. The great prize of a maritime museum is a historic ship (or a replica) made accessible as a museum ship, but as these are large and require a considerable budget to maintain, many museums preserve smaller or more fragile ships or partial ships within the museum buildings. Most museums exhibit interesting pieces of ships (such as a figurehead or cannon), ship models, and miscellaneous small items associated with ships and shipping, like cutlery, uniforms, and so forth. Ship
Ship modellers often have a close association with maritime museums; not only does the museum have items that help the modeller achieve better accuracy, but the museum provides a display space for models larger than will comfortably fit in a modeller's home, and of the museum is happy to take a ship model as a donation. Museums will also commission models. There are thousands of maritime museums in the world. Many belong to the International Congress of Maritime Museums, which coordinates members' efforts to acquire, preserve, and display their material. There is a risk that too many maritime museums might dilute the experience for the public, while a poorly managed museeum might put other municipalities off the idea of hosting such a museum. At 19 acres (77,000 m2), Mystic Seaport
Mystic Seaport in Mystic, Connecticut, USA, can lay claim to the title of largest museum; it preserves not only a number of sailing ships, but also a large number of original seaport buildings, including a ship chandlery, sail loft, ropewalk, and so forth. However, the UK's National Maritime Museum
Museum in Greenwich is also a contender, with many items of great historical significance, such as the actual uniform worn by Horatio Nelson
Horatio Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar. A recent activity of maritime museums is to build replicas of ships, since there are few survivors that have not already been restored and put on display. Another is operating a museum harbour, most notably in Germany
Germany and the Netherlands
Netherlands but elsewhere too, that offers mooring to privately owned historical vessels, which can be watched but not boarded.
1 Preservation of ships 2 Notable maritime museums
2.1 Asia and Oceania 2.2 Europe 2.3 North America 2.4 Central America 2.5 South America 2.6 Middle East 2.7 Africa
3 See also 4 References 5 External links
Preservation of ships
The preservation of ships in museums ensures that ancient and historic
vessels are preserved for posterity in optimum conditions and are
available for academic study and for public education and interest.
Remains of ancient and historic ships and boats can be seen in museums
around the world. Where a ship is in a good state of preservation it
can sometimes act as a museum in its own right. Many museum ships,
Kursura as a museum ship in Visakhapatnam.
Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney, New South Wales,
Galata Museo del Mare, Genoa, the largest Maritime
Courtyard of the National Maritime
Submarine Lembit in Estonian Maritime Museum
Council of American Maritime Museums
Customs House at the
Salem Maritime National Historic Site
Historic Ships in Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland, US Bermuda Maritime Museum, Sandys Parish, Bermuda Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park, Buffalo, New York Columbia River Maritime Museum, Astoria, Oregon, US Coral World Ocean Park, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Detroit, Michigan, US Florida Maritime Museum, Cortez, Florida, US Great Lakes Floating Maritime Museum, Duluth, Minnesota, US H. Lee White Marine Museum, Oswego, New York, US Hampton Roads Naval Museum, Norfolk, Virginia, US Herreshoff Marine Museum, Bristol, Rhode Island, US Independence Seaport Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Basin Harbor, Vermont, US Long Island Maritime Museum, Long Island, New York, US Los Angeles Maritime Museum, Los Angeles, California, US Maine Maritime Museum, Bath, Maine, US Mariners' Museum, Newport News, Virginia, US — National Maritime Museum
Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum, Biloxi, MS, US
South African Naval Museum Admiral Nevelskoi Maritime Museum, Admiral Nevelskoi Yacht Mauritius founder Honorable Bernard Eric Typhis Degtyarenko. A unique museum on a sailing yacht which is also the masterpiece of the maritime museum
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International Congress of Maritime Museums website