A maritime 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 museums, which focus on navies. Most museums exhibit interesting pieces of ships, ship models, and miscellaneous small items associated with ships and shipping, like cutlery, uniforms, there are thousands of maritime museums in the world. Many belong to the International Congress of Maritime Museums, which coordinates efforts to acquire, preserve. There is a risk too many maritime museums might dilute the experience for the public. 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 and the Netherlands but elsewhere too, that offers mooring to privately owned historical vessels, remains of ancient and historic ships and boats can be seen in museums around the world. Where a ship is in a state of preservation it can sometimes act as a museum in its own right. Many museum ships, such as HMS Victory are popular tourist attractions, some ships are too fragile to be exposed outdoors or are incomplete and must be preserved indoors. The remains of the Mary Rose for example are kept in a designed building so that conservation treatment can be applied. 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. C. S. A pictorial treasury of the museums of the world, A guide to the maritime collections, restorations, replicas. The Daily Telegraph Guide to Britains Maritime Past, evans, M. H. & West, J. Maritime museums, A guide to the collections and museum ships in Britain and Ireland. Great maritime museums of the world, new York, Balsam Press in association with H. N. Abrams. Smith, R. H. Smiths guide to maritime museums of North America, stammers, M. Discovering maritime museums and historic ships. Aylesbury, Shire Publications Stanford, J. M, sea historys guide to American and Canadian maritime museums. Old ships, boats & maritime museums, ICMM website Nauticus Norfolk, VA Maritime and Naval Museums in Britain and Ireland USA museum list Non-USA museum list Maritime Museums worldwide Maritime Museums in Europe
USS ''Wisconsin'' is one of four Iowa class battleships opened to the public as a museum (berthed at Nauticus in Norfolk, VA)
A maritime museum located in the village of Bolungarvík, Vestfirðir, Iceland showing a double 19th century fishing base, a salt hut, a fish drying area, a drying hut and a typical fishing boat of the time.