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Naval History Museum & Arsenale

Riva S. Biasio Castello, 2148, 30122 Venice, Italy
+39 041 244 1399
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Ranked #26 of 197 Attractions in Venice
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Not for land-lubbers: this museum has filled its four floors with interesting maritime objects...
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Type: History Museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Hours:
Mon - Sat 8:45 am - 1:30 pm
Owner description: 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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Little Rock, Arkansas
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61 reviews 61 reviews
19 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

I thought this museum was very interesting. It depicts the importance of naval power to the Republic of Venice through the ages. It has many, many amazing scale ship models, with everything from an ancient galley up to modern ships represented. There's also a nice little display of hand weapons on the first floor. When you're done be sure to... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This was a great journey through the naval history of Venice. I wish I would have gone on our first day there as it provided a unique and relatively untold history of the Veneitan's naval power and how it influenced the city overall. There are some unbelievable artifacts ranging from the modern day Italian navy all the way back to... More 

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Pembroke, Massachusetts
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7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

The museum is a nicely laid out timeline of ship and boat use and construction in Italy. The ship models and nautical items are interesting and very well presented. There is a large room displaying naval uniforms of Italy and many other countries. The signage, however, was sparse in number and information. It was often only in Italian. Be prepared... More 

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Durham, United Kingdom
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23 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

A little way down from Saint Marks Square and past the Bridge of Sighs, thi smuseam is a little gem. A small entry fee gives you floors of naval history, from ancient times, though to the proud naval traditions of the glory years of the Venitian empire. Well worth the visit and on teh day we went, very quiet.....probably because... More 

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Limoux, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

This small museum is on four floors. It was really good and contained all sorts of naval memorabilia and lots of models of ships. I don't know how they managed to get them in there but assume they were dismantled and rebuilt. If you are in a hurry you could whip around in an hour but would not be able... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Enjoyed the real ships and the Naval uniforms. Lots of model ships . Fabulous ship mascots and carved prows. Go behind into the Arsenale district- In a really lovely area to walk through and see the Naval officers arriving by water taxi. Would think more appealing to adults than those with young children and based over 3 well laid out... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Visited in August whilst away with my 7 year old. Lots to see although my 7 year olds interest started to go around floor 3. Be good to make it a bit more child friendly to engage the younger visitors a bit more.

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Prince George, British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

The boys (and the parents) loved this look into a wide variety of naval displays. Models of fortresses around the world put together by Venetian strategists were fascinating. A myriad of cannons and firearms on display kept the kids excited. And many fine models of naval ships throughout the ages kept things very interesting.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

At the Museo Storico Navale, for about 5 euros you can explore four floors of historical artifacts reflecting Venice's world domination of the seas from 1400 to 1800. The nearby shipyard, or Arsenale, was the largest industrial complex in the world one-hundred years before the industrial revolution. Galileo was an off-site artillery consultant. The Arsenale facade is worth a jaunt... More 

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Buckfastleigh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

we spent a few hours in this museum, it's like an aladdin's cave, you think you've reached the top floor and then find there's another, my husband loves cannon's, he was in his element here, there's so much information on hand in lots of different languages I'm sure it would appeal to all age groups from youngsters to the more... More 

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