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Maritime Museum

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Address: Via Campo Marzio, 5, 34100 Trieste, Italy
Phone Number: +39 040 304885
Description: Born in 1888, it is one of the most important Maritime Museum of the...
Born in 1888, it is one of the most important Maritime Museum of the Mediterranean area. Along with vessels and cruisers, there are some historical ships such as the “zoppolo Lisa”, one of the two zoppolo preserved in the world. Zoppolo is an ancient Mediterranean ship, derived from the excavation of a single large trunk. Remarkable are the inventor rooms, with the prototype of the ship propeller invented in Trieste by Joseph Ressel and the original wireless key of Guglielmo Marconi, the inventor of the wireless telegraph, the first instrument in human history able to transmit information across the air. One room is then dedicated to ancient nautical instruments. Other sections are dedicated to the origin of steam ships and to the history of Trieste Olympic rowing and sailing tradition. The final rooms are dedicated to fishing, with boats, tools and models related to the various fishing methods used in the Adriatic Sea.
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It is a sea pearl!

Loved this museum. Even though I couldn't read any of the captions (all in Italian, which I knew going in), I got the gist. The ship models and fishing dioramas were great... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 22, 2013
Providence, Rhode Island
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Bangkok, Thailand
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220 reviews 220 reviews
109 attraction reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

Trieste has a significant maritime history, the city deserves a quality museum showcasing and explaining all that has happened. Unfortunately, this museum is mostly just a collection of dioramas and models without much more to educate or entertain people.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

Loved this museum. Even though I couldn't read any of the captions (all in Italian, which I knew going in), I got the gist. The ship models and fishing dioramas were great. Added bonus: going there showed me another part of the waterfront.

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57 reviews 57 reviews
30 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

A small Museum but very rich and original in its exhibitions. Very important for knowing the history of the Adriatic Sea. Some of the exposed items are of world heritage notice, like the first original "wireless machine" of Guglielmo Marconi, the first project of a propeller and the first use of didactic dioramas to explain the fishing old methods. Just... More 

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Vienna, Austria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2012

A nice little museum with a homey courtyard and sleepy attendants. Lots of nice ship models representing marine history in general and marine life in Trieste including large section on fishing. Quite interesting but would be even more if the descriptions were provided in other languages too, at least in English.

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