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Naval History Museum & Arsenale

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Address: Riva S. Biasio Castello, 2148, 30122 Venice, Italy
Phone Number: +39 041 244 1399
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Mon - Sat 8:45 am - 1:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

Not for land-lubbers: this museum has filled its four floors with...

Not for land-lubbers: this museum has filled its four floors with interesting maritime objects, including the banners that were flown by the Venetian fleet at Lepanto.

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When we visited, the museum was closed but the vessel collection could still be seen. As I don't really care much about the ships and stuff, I went to keep my husband company but... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

When we visited, the museum was closed but the vessel collection could still be seen. As I don't really care much about the ships and stuff, I went to keep my husband company but ended up enjoying it myself too. There are a lot of interesting vessels on display, along with the royal gondola that is embellished with gold and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Right by Arsenale, after you have been round you can imagine more vividly the bustle and thriving shipyards at the height of Venice's powers. My favorite artefact is the reconstruction of the Buccintoro, the Doge's Barge of State.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was probably the most interesting thing we did in Venice! We really enjoyed the naval artifacts, old weapons, and detailed scale/life-sized models of vessels. We almost missed out on the coolest part of the museum, which is located in an annex nearby. I believe this is only open on the weekends, so check the schedule and plan accordingly. We... More 

Thank Rebecca B
Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When in Venice the museum is close to the arsenale, i always wanted to go to this museum and spend 4 hours inside it. Very informative with a lot of examples and history from the beginning of Venice up to today. Also very cheap to visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Until the Turks conquered teh eastern Mediterranean and the Portugese discovered the route to India via the Cape of Good Hope, Venice ruled the Middle Sea and controlled the silk and spice trades with the Middle East and Asia. Venice was the world's leading sea power during the middle ages and she controlled the "Middle Sea ". This museum and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was a great experience to visit the Arsenale during the 56th Biennale of Art. The building is great, the views from there to the Gran Canal and to the City are very nice and what is inside is allways a suprise.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

It was not open and there was no signage that tells when it will be open. However, if you walk up to the bridge that crosses the canal and look right, there is the entrance to a museum with a very interesting array of vessels.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

he location of the museum is in an interesting part of Venice and there were undoubtedly some interesting vessels on display but there is little attempt to present each one in any thematic way and most were seriously dusty, with some of the exhibits tucked away on a high mezzanine level and almost out of view. It all felt a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

Beautiful naval history museum accessible by walk from st mark's square or by vaporetto. Hundreds of years in maritime history in a very beautiful building

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

It was interesting to learn about the Italian navy inside this museum and to see the artifacts on display. The guide was quite knowledgeable and answered all questions asked of him. Reasonable priced and right in Venice by the one of the many canals. Good choice of location

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Staying in Castello

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Castello is the largest of the six sestieri (districts), and the only one not facing onto the Grand Canal. More than half of Castello is situated within Arsenale, the naval base, which occupies over one-fifth the area of Venice. This gentrified maritime neighborhood feels busy but casual. Castello’s side streets are laid back, with small boats lining canals criss-crossed by laundry. Semiannual exhibitions add a strong artsy current to the Arsenale area. Via Garibaldi in Castello, with its shops and bars, has one of Venice's rare straight and wide boulevards. When a large ship turns around the Lido to enter the Giudecca Canal, the startling sight creates an illusion that it will run aground right on Via Garibaldi! Families treasure Giardini near the island's tip, green with rare trees and grass, and Riva degli Schiavoni is a popular spot for Venetians to take a stroll to watch the sunset.