This summer Alicante became home to the Museo Volvo Ocean Race, the first museum to offer visitors a chance to experience the extreme challenges faced by the elite sailors competing in the Volvo Ocean Race, the world's longest and toughest professional sporting event.
Adults and children have a unique opportunity to see the action as it unfolds from inside the high-tech Race Control room, from where the nine-month, 39,000 nautical mile race is monitored around the clock.
Situated at the port of Alicante’s former maritime station, the Museo transports visitors into a world of entertainment and fun. Using cutting edge technology, visitors can engage with the Volvo Ocean Race through 3D simulators and interactive touch screen panels that explore the history of the race, life on board, marine ecosystems and telecommunications among many other themes. The Museo also plays host to a changing programme of exhibitions that are sure to keep everyone interested.
With an aim to engage land lubbers and sailing enthusiasts alike, the museum offers an educational programme that informs curious minds about the values of life at sea, sailing and sport through various activities aimed at schools and the general public.
The shop and the café, located on the first floor with direct access to a spacious terrace, round off the facilities at this magnificent new museum, which is becoming a point of reference for culture and leisure in the city of Alicante.
The Museo Volvo Ocean Race is a collaboration between Volvo Ocean Race S.L.U and the regional Valencia government. The partnership symbolises the Volvo Ocean Race’s commitment to open up the world of sailing to the general public through exhibitions and complementary activities.
The Generalitat Valenciana’s contribution to this strategic alliance is the investment of the initial capital required to convert the space into the museum, as part of the general project to transform the former Oran Maritime Station into the Volvo Ocean Race operational headquarters. Meanwhile, the Volvo Ocean Race management team has provided content for the new facilities. It will also apply its vast experience and wealth of resources to an ambitious exhibition programme.
The Museo Volvo Ocean Race, together with its educational programme, enhances the cultural, educational and sporting resources of the city and the region, becoming an emblem that will boost Alicante's international image and its reputation as a sailing capital.
The Museo Volvo Ocean Race’s mission is to compile, conserve, exhibit and inform the widest possible audience about the Volvo Ocean Race, the most prestigious offshore sailing event and the world’s longest and toughest sporting event.
Opening hours (from Tuesday 25th September):
- Tuesday to Sunday: 10,00h - 14,00h
- Fridays and Saturdays: 10,00h - 14,00h; 16,00h - 20,00h
- To research, develop and maintain a dynamic exhibition programme that reflects the spirit of the Volvo Ocean Race and attracts the widest possible local, national and international audience.
- To generate and promote an ambitious educational programme for children, schools, families and the general public, opening up the world of sailing and its values to everyone.
- To turn the Museo Volvo Ocean Race into the place to be for the citizens of Alicante thanks to the quality of the museum, an attractive range of products on sale at the museum shop, the spaces available for hosting events and its bar/café.
The educational project of Volvo Ocean Race Museum brings together a wide range of activities related to school curriculum projects, including environmental knowledge, natural sciences, social sciences, technology, geography and history. The programme sets out and informs the public about the values of life at sea, sailing and sport, all through a varied set of teaching activities aimed at educational centres, teachers and the general public.
Antigua Terminal Marítima de Orán. Muelle de Levante. Puerto de Alicante.
Total area: 1,300 m2
- Permanent exhibition: 342 m2]
- Temporary exhibition: 165 m2
Area dedicated to other uses:
- Multi-purpose room: 100m2
- Shop: 100m2
- Bar and terrace: 250 m2
Maximum occupancy: 600 people
- Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 to 14:00 and from 18:00 to 22:00
- Sunday from 10:00 to 14:00
- Tuesday to Thursday from 10:00 to 14:00
- Friday and Saturday from 10:00 to 14:00 and from 16:00 to 20:00
- Sundays from 10:00 to 14:00
Group tours are possible by advance booking on days when the Museo is closed.
- From Monday to Friday by advance booking.
- Standard entry 5 €
- Standard entry + guided tour 6,50 €
- Concessions 3 € (>65,
- Concessions + guided tour 5 € (>65,
- Group entry, per person 3 € (by advance booking >20 people)
- Group entry + guided tour 5 € (by advance booking >20 people)
- Schools entry + workshop 5 € (by appointment)
- School children 3€
- School children + guided tour 4€
- School children + guided tour + workshop 5€
- Teachers with school party Free
For more information please contact:
Museo Volvo Ocean Race
Tel: (+34) 965 138 080
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You can take the AP 7 motorway, which runs through the province of Alicante from northeast to south-west, connecting to Valencia, Barcelona and the French border to the north and Murcia and Andalusia to the south.
You can also take the A-31 motorway connecting with Madrid.
The El Altet international airport (Airport of Alicante), which now has 2 terminals in operation, is one of the biggest in Spain and it is located just 9 km southwest of the city, within the boundaries of the town of Elche.
The airport can be accessed through the A-7 motorway and the N-332 dual carriageway, with the average journey time being around 15 minutes from Alicante city centre, rising to 30 minutes during rush hour.
For more information, visit the website www.aena.es.