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The Museum of Ancient Shipbuilding

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Address: Neutorstrasse 2, 5516 Mainz, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
Phone Number: 06131 286630
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Small but interesting part of area's history

The Shipbuilding Museum is small, so you can do it quickly. it has on display the ancient Roman ships that were found in the mud under the Rhine when they built up the "ufer... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 8, 2014
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Bloomington, Indiana
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Bloomington, Indiana
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

The Shipbuilding Museum is small, so you can do it quickly. it has on display the ancient Roman ships that were found in the mud under the Rhine when they built up the "ufer" -- shore area -- from the HIlton Hotel on down. It may not be the most "exciting" museum but as a way of exhibiting the area's... More 

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Millersville, Maryland
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62 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

Located at the confluence of the Rhein and Main rivers, Mainz was founded by the Romans is 36BC. It was a location of major strategic importance to the romans. There are many roman ruins located through out the city. When they were building the Hilton near the bridge, they uncovered an ancient Roman shipyard. Hilton corporation helped fund the museum... More 

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Dublin
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29 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

The museum is a pleasant way to spend a half hour or so. The original Roman ships are interesting and the modern reconstructions are helpful. It was free, but it was suggested we should buy a guide pamphlet for €3 which was fine. There's an A/V display which we found blurred and underwhelming until we realised we were supposed to... More 

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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24 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

This new museum hosts the 5 shipswrecks from the Roman period that were found in Mainz. Apart from the actual wrecks, two complete real-size replicas have been built that are shown as well, as well as numerous smaller replicas of all kinds of ships from the roman period. If you are interested in maritime archaeology, this museum is a must.... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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60 reviews 60 reviews
29 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

Das Altes Schiff Museum is a kind of time machine. During the construction of an annex to the Mainz Hilton Hotel, the remains of seven ancient roman ships were discovered entombed in the muddy banks of the Rhine. These have been carefully preserved and analysed. Two of the vessels were warships and these have been reconstructed at full size. The... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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86 reviews 86 reviews
23 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

I didn't even know this place existed but it was near my hotel so I dropped in the look around. It's a free museum. Several old Roman shipwrecks were discovered in the sediment when excavation work was done to build the Hilton hotel in Mainz. The ship fragments allowed for a study of the old way of building. And they... More 

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Ocala, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

The museum is free and the quality of the displays is top notch. As others have said the Engish translations on a lot of the displays is missing. However, it is pretty easy to follow along with what they have done. The reproductions of these ships is truly amazing. The ships are reconstructed from remnants found in the city when... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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45 reviews 45 reviews
26 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

A great place to spend some time if you only have a short time in Mainz . Very interesting displays and very helpful staff .The building is quite open and relaxing to wonder about.

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Minnesota City, Minnesota
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5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

I visited the museum not sure what to expect. It was a pleasant surprise to find out the museum was free to visit. Most of the written information was in German, with some translations of the major display introductions. However, I was able to pick up a lot of information from the excellent pictures and graphics that were presented with... More 

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Edinburgh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

This is a wonderful museum, especially if you are interested in marine construction. The attendants were most helpful and patient with my limited German - it was a quiet day - and I was fascinated to see how little the techniques of wooden ship construction had changed between the Roman era and the present day! The craftsmanship involved in the... More 

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