Bahia Naútico Museum

📍 Location and contact

Largo do Farol da Barra s/n
40140-650, Ilhéus
(71) 3264-3296

ℹ️ Information

The Bahia Naútico Museum in Ilhéus is a unique museum that celebrates the maritime history of the region. Located in the historic district of Ilhéus, the museum is housed in a former naval warehouse and features a variety of exhibits and displays that explore the region’s maritime heritage.

The museum’s main exhibit is a large collection of artifacts from the 17th and 18th centuries, including navigational instruments, maps, charts, and other items related to the region’s maritime history. The museum also features a number of interactive displays, including a replica of a sailing vessel and a replica of an old-fashioned fishing boat. Additionally, visitors can explore a number of interactive exhibits that explain the history of the region’s fishing industry, as well as its role in the development of the region’s economy.

The museum also features a number of educational programs and activities, such as lectures, workshops, and seminars. These programs are designed to educate visitors about the region’s maritime history and to foster an appreciation for the region’s natural beauty.

The Bahia Naútico Museum is a great place to visit for anyone who is interested in learning more about the maritime history of the region. The museum is open to the public and admission is free.

🕒 Opening hours

  • Monday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Sunday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

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🗣️ Bahia Naútico Museum: Reviews

Gabriel Steinbach 2 months ago

Wonderful place. Safe. You must be here to say you'd visited Salvador.

Mathurshan V 2 months ago

$R15 entry fee per person so it's not expensive. Lighthouse is really cool and the view is probably the best you can get in the area. Cool historical museum as well. Closed completely at 18:00, but the Lighthouse is closed around 17:30.

cute fluff 2 months ago

Very nice lighthouse provides good view of all barra Beach. lots of detailed model ships and arts. but all in portuegese...

Marcelo Cielo 2 months ago


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Dom Perrrier Buffet de Crepes 3 months ago


Arunava Mandal 3 months ago

Loved the view of the lighthouse and extremely informative museum, about the western occupation of Latin America via sea

Ayden Whitham 4 months ago

Very pleased we visited nice small museum Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait Reservation recommended No

eanislima Lsouza 5 months ago


Timothy Olliver 6 months ago

Beautiful views out to sea and of the sunset. Interesting museum with lots of maritime artefacts and displays. Well worth the low entry fee.

André Carlos 6 months ago


Nani Salvador 6 months ago


Álvaro Henrique Carvalho de Andrade 7 months ago

Perfect vision.

Sergio Barros Prudente 7 months ago


Chaim Tenenbaum 8 months ago

One of the best sun sets in the beautiful world Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait

RubyAnn Smith 9 months ago

The light house is Beautiful. The beach is amazing Visited on Weekend Wait time No wait Reservation recommended No

Tara Wallace 1 year ago

Quite small but the views are spectacular

Renato Mendes de Oliveira 1 year ago


adrien defosse 1 year ago

Very nice museum about the Portugese marine exploration of Brasil since the xv th century.

Maria Das Graças DE Deus Santos Deus 1 year ago


Flavio K. 1 year ago

Located inside of "Farol da Barra", have few things but very interesting.

Marialejandra Linares 1 year ago

An amazing view of the bay. Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait Reservation recommended Not sure

Alyssa Helkowski 1 year ago

So much to see and learn. Located on the beach. Over all safe area. No local parking you will have to park in the streets.

Hristiyan Petrov 1 year ago

A small but very interesting museum. You can see rests recovered from ship wrecks from the area. If you get to the roof you can enjoy some nice views.

Raul Salazar 2 years ago

Amazing place!!!

Francy Araujo 2 years ago

It's a wonderful place in Salvador/BA/BRAZIL. THE MOST BEAUTIFUL AND WARM BEACH THAT I HAVE SEEN. You must visit, it's unforgettable.

Derek Sculthorpe 3 years ago

Appealing old lighthouse and interesting maritime museum. No café although there was a sign pointing to it. Also no wifi. Excellent views all round but the long climb to the top is rewarded by long distance view obscured by netting. The museum has some good model ships and a lovely collection of ships in bottles.

Rosane 3 years ago

Absolutely a must to visit when in Salvador, great small collection, super interesting, very historic and with stunning views!

Erica Bailey 3 years ago

Fabulous to be in 16th Century fort. Views from top of lighthouse were great. Very good Museum well worth visiting. Half price for seniors!

Jordan Dacosta 3 years ago

Beautiful lighthouse situated in Barra on the southern coast if Salvador!! Great place to watch the sun go down ✌

Tom Jedlicka 3 years ago

Great place to hang out and relax and watch the sun set. Didn't explore the museum itself as it costs money to get in, but lots of people did so seemed like it would be worthwhile at least once.

Renny Lindberg 3 years ago

Remember to bring your student I'd if you have one. Has lot if information also in English!

Marius Miginis 4 years ago

Beautiful light house, must visit if you in Barra. Personally, the most epic location in Salvador.

Jac Vander Laak 4 years ago

We had a great time with Andre and his Brazilian lady. A walk to work up an appetite for an excellent meal as follow up.

Louise Donnell 4 years ago

Located in the fort around Farol Varra, reputed to be the first light house in the Americas.

Jordi Mora Pidemont 4 years ago

Interesting museum about Salvador nautical history. Also nice views from the top to take photos

Charline Habre 4 years ago

I was happy to do this touristic part. Lots of explanation inside about the immigrant and boats. But the most amazing part was the upper point where we had to take the stairs. Very nice view and we had smoothy wind we enjoyed it a lot after being hours under the sun.

Tony Kirke 4 years ago

Great view from the top of the lighthouse and live music outside the bar to watch the sun setting.

Angus Bennion 4 years ago

Small museum with a cool lighthouse. The view is beautiful.

Antonio Sánchez 4 years ago

I liked the view and ambiance at sunset. Busy and lively place.

Celso Socorro Oliveira 4 years ago

This is the second Salvador Marathon. The Farol and the Porto are two references for this running event. The Farol is a fort constructed to show the All Saints Bay entrance. It has a nice playground with grass in front with a view to two main avenues of Barra district in Salvador.

Jan Christoph Baitella (Chris) 4 years ago

Must see with friends or with family!!! By the way: Great typical Brazilian street food!!!

Luana Machado 4 years ago

Around this lighthouse exits a very beautiful view of the bay of all saints. In the carval the electric trios start here.

Joanne Oppenheim 4 years ago

Lots of Brazilian politics in the art.

Caio Suzarte 4 years ago

Wanderful place for sightseeing and hanging out with friends. Beautiful sunset. Water closets available; the tax to go inside the museum is worth and people are very friendly there. There are police officers around all time.

Oxe vou até passar 4 years ago

Amazing place to hang out with friends. Normally people group to see the sunset.

Rachael Wright 5 years ago

This is a very comprehensive museum. In learning about the nautical history you are very much learning about this history of Bahia, and Salvador. There is not free Wi-Fi but it does have a small launchonete and clean bathrooms. Great views if the mouth of the bay.

Walter Bell 5 years ago

Known as Farol da Barra it holds the Nautical Museum within it's walls. A great place to take pictures of the bay and the sunset.

Reygar Jesús Bernal López 5 years ago

Excellent museum for a historical insight about the city of Salvador and the Bahia region, especially the section devoted to the history of cangaceiros, a must see!!

Camilla Hellen P. de Lima 6 years ago

Great place for taking pictures! The exposition it's tiny but I guess would be an extra!

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