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The Pabellón de la Navegación (or Navigation Pavilion in English) was reopened in January 2012. It used to be one of the main attractions of Seville’s 1992 Universal Exposition. Unfortunately, the premises – including this building, were left unused once the fair ended.
However, politicians sometimes do things right. After 12 years being closed and with a budget of more than 11 million €, it was finally decided to restore it. Today it is a museum devoted to Seville’s relationship with water.
Why is water so important to the city? First of all because Seville is one of the few cities in Spain where the river is navigable. Also, because in the times of the Spanish Empire (15th and 16th centuries), all wealth and treasures from the American colonies were held here.
Website: Pabellón de la Navegación
Address: Camino de los Descubrimientos, 2
Adults: 4.90 €
Seniors, Children under 14 and Students under 26: 3.50 €
Children under 5: free
Free admission to the Pabellón de la Navegación is included with the Sevilla Card
Winter (November to April): Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 to 19:30; Sunday 10:00 to 15:00. Closed on Monday.
Summer (May to October): Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 to 20:30; Sunday 10:00 to 15:00. Closed on Monday.
The Pabellón de la Navegación is located in the southern part of the Isla de la Cartuja, right at the river bank. Actually, it’s 10 minutes walking from the CAAC‘s main entrance, and only 5 minutes walking from the back one.
The main building is divided into four rooms for exhibits which hold the permanent exhibition “Seville and the Atlantic Navigation”. Apart from these, the premises have other areas to hold different events such as temporary exhibitions, conferences and lectures. There is also a cafeteria and a restaurant.
And there’s more because you can also access 30+ sights and churches. So much time and money saved!
The Sevilla Card is available for 1, 2 or 3 days. The package comes with detailed information on all the sights and additional feedback on shopping discounts. Plus, you get a map of the city!
One of the main attractions of the permanent collection is the big ‘sea of lights’ made of more than 14,500 led lamps and more than half a million additional lights. The souls of some famous sailors sail across this luminous sea, evocating the adventures across the Atlantic Sea from the 15th century until today.
The second room has an enormous blue mural, a masterpiece of Mexican artist Gabriel Pacheco, where you can see real objects. It shows the navigation history, which is also illustrated by the old ships scale models displayed next to it.
In the thrird room you will learn to steer a ship thanks to a multimedia platform. The images are projected in a 22 meter wide screen, so you won’t miss any detail. This activity is great if you are visiting the Pabellón de la Navegación with children.
Finally, the last room is named ‘Historical visions of Seville’ where two interactive screens will help you understand the city’s evolution along the centuries, using the Guadalquivir river and the navigation as the main subjects.
The target audience of this museum is mainly children. If you want to introduce them to the thrilling universe of pirates and sea exploration, many of the displays will give them hints of what was to be on a ship crossing the Atlantic on their way to America. The cartoon videos at the first room are particularly interesting.
From an architectural point of view the building itself is sublime. The Pabellón de la Navegación was one of the main highlights during the Expo’92 and it’s easy to see why. Actually, if you are into modern architecture, you may want to have a closer look at it, for free! Go to the opposite river bank and enjoy the view!
Moreover, the views of the city from the Schindler Tower are excellent and offer an impressive panorama of the Guadalquivir river. The perspective of the city center is also very nice. To reach the top you need to take the elevator whereas to return you have to walk down the ramps.
If you are still curious on the subject, I have gathered a bunch of photos I took and created a gallery with them.
Additionally, you should have a look at other Seville museums.