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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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An insight into why/how Venice became great.

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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Oxshott, United Kingdom
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Oxshott, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

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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Sittingbourne, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

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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Ontario
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
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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Alexandria, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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London, United Kingdom
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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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Eisenach, Germany
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We found the museum very interesting, lots of exhibits had explanations written in English although they seldom went into detail. The models on show were very interesting and well presented, ranging from miniature models to life size Gondolas from the late Peggy Guggenheim. Although the highlight was the last Bucintoro, Venice's golden state vessel, in which the Doge would set... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

We wanted to visit this museum as we are interested in history and were hoping to see Venice as a naval force. The collection is rather extensive, from Antiquity through to present time, including maps, objects and pieces of ships. Most explanations are translated in English and French. The major downside for me is that there is no heating at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

They have everything going from ancient Rome all the way to the modern maritime. A definite must see for everyone into Naval History

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Located about a ten-minute walk east of St. Mark’s Square on the promenade, the Naval Museum is one of the lesser-known attractions in Venice. That’s a bit of a shame as aside from St. Mark himself there is probably no other topic more integral to the history of the Venetian Republic. Admission is five Euros. The museum is fairly large,... More 

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