Shipwrecked! Preserving Our Underwater Heritage

  • Heritage
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Fri, September 29 —
    Sun, October 29, 2017
Shipwrecked! Preserving Our Underwater Heritage

This audiovisual exhibit unveils the untold stories of Spanish shipwrecks found on US coasts.

Spanish design and videomapping artists Cynthia Gonzalez and Ines Vila from WOT Studio, and Spanish archaeologist Carlos León (The Last Voyage of the Frigate Mercedes: A Cultural Treasure Recovered) come together to present this audiovisual exhibit on the untold stories of Spanish vessels lost at sea.

The exhibit seeks to raise awareness about the need to preserve and protect our underwater heritage. The first part of the exhibition includes informational material about the sites, while the second combines video installations and testimonies from the 16th and 17th centuries, highlighting the events surrounding the shipwrecks and the treasures left behind. As a whole, the exhibit showcases the historic Spanish shipwrecks that lie just off the North American Coast, as well as the intersection between trade and culture during our golden age.

This exhibit is presented in collaboration with the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration and National Park Service, and will run concurrently with Eat Spain Up!

Opening reception on Thursday, September 28 at 6:30 pm. Free, RSVP required.


Venue map

Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain, 2801 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009


Free. Visiting hours: Thursday to Sunday, from 12 pm to 6 pm; Monday to Wednesday by appointment only at [email protected]


Presented by SPAIN arts & culture in collaboration with NOAA. With the support of the Spanish Assistant Office of Heritage Protection



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