Few know the sea that has not lived on the sea. But to learn more, visit the National Sea Museum in São Francisco do Sul, which has been completely restored and modernized to show the history of universal navigation. The Sea Museum was reopened on June 5, 2004, with the presence of Governor Luiz Henrique da Silveira, the Mayor Odilon Ferreira de Oliveira, president of Iphan, Antonio Augusto Arantes Neto, the President of ArcelorMittal Vega, Patrick Bardet, the navigator Almir Klink, among other guests, after the restoration works had been completed, the result of ArcelorMittal Vega's investment of R$ 480 thousand. The site, which houses Brazilian vessels, aims to enhance the art and knowledge of the men who live on the sea. In addition to the boats (10 new), modern museum elements were employed to make the Sea Museum even more interesting to visitors, such as: a sound system to recreate noises characteristic of the marine environment, models with boats (100 bases in 20 glass cases), wood decks, piers, dioramas - type of scenic representation demonstrating the use of boats, informative panels (240 distributed in 15 thematic rooms), among others.
The Sea Museum, with its qualitative and quantitative expansion, becomes the most comprehensive museum of Brazilian boats in Latin America and one of the largest ship museums of the world.
The work of restoring the museum had the help of naval carpenters and architects, as well as architects and researchers who put into practice everything that was envisioned.
The modernisation and improvements of the Sea Museum in São Francisco do Sul are the result of a partnership between ArcelorMittal Vega, the city of São Francisco do Sul, IPHAN (National Institute of Historical and Artistic Heritage), the Catarinense Foundation for Culture and the Friends of the Sea Museum Association.
In 2006, ArcelorMittal Vega sponsored the construction of the Sea Museum Auditorium, transforming the location into a room prepared for audio and video presentations and the installation of modern equipment.