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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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8:45 am - 1:30 pm
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Mon - Sat 8:45 am - 1:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: 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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In a city of museums and that is a museum, the Naval Museum is probably for those more interested in naval history. That said, so much of Venice's past IS its naval history that... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 11, 2015
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Vientiane, Laos
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Vientiane, Laos
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

In a city of museums and that is a museum, the Naval Museum is probably for those more interested in naval history. That said, so much of Venice's past IS its naval history that if you have time, this museum is well worth the visit. I dont know who the curators are but I they are old school and that's... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We literally rushed through the museum as it was closing, but that alone was enough. The museum had something I've never seen before: Italian underwater sabotage equipment from WWII, but it also was full of scale models of Italian naval ships and fortifications. We could easily spend a few hours there.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Just visited this museum for the first time and found it very interesting. It is worth a visit if history, especially naval history is of interest to you.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

We were very lucky in having a special tour given by a Venetian historian of the Arsenale. I would never have understood all the details given had I walked through alone - in any case, we had special access into parts of the Arsenale some do not see. The site was vital to Venice's protection and there are many examples... More 

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Honfleur, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Wartime part interesting, but when you get to the upper floors it is amazing to see the model ships and how they conquered their neighbours in the Mediterranean.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Wen ere it a re whether or not to visit here but as it was on our suggested itinerary we decided to go. We are so glad we did. Fromm he outside it looks quite ugly but it is like a tardis inside. There is s much to see over the four floors that we spent so much longer there... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Had high hopes my husband would love this but it was only fair. Lots of models of ships without a lot of information. We would have liked to see more of Venice's naval history and timeline information, instead got overwhelmed by models everywhere instead.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

If you are interested in ships, guns and naval history you must visit it. Ship building capability was main source of venetian power. At least from my point of view.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

This hidden gem is off the beaten path from the "normal" tourist venues in San Marco and Rialto. Just to the east of San Marco, one can walk along the southern coast of Venice or just catch a vaporetto to the Arsenale stop - just one or two stops from San Marco, depending on where you board. This fascinating museum... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

I have no particular interest to seagoing vessels but this museum has a really good collection of ships and gondolas; many of them look like artwork. You'll find some original items from the Second World War such as the human torpedoes. There are also some real and incredible examples of ceremonial gondolas, workboats and military boats. We spent about an... More 

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Staying in Castello

Neighborhood Profile
Castello
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.