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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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Five Euros well spent

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 19, 2015
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Eisenach, Germany
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Eisenach, Germany
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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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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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1,205 helpful votes 1,205 helpful votes
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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

This museum was right next to our hotel, it was very interesting and very well priced. Lots to see and a very expansive range of parts from historical boats and scale models. Well worth a visit even if your not into naval history.

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Cockermouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

We stumbled upon this museum quite by accident. A really interesting trip through Venetian and Italian naval history going back to ancient Rome. The artefacts are fascinating and show everything from models of triremes through actual parts of Venetian galleys to modern technology. Definitely worth a visit. One word of warning, it closes at 1.30, so get there early if... More 

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Pompano Beach, Florida
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

The Museo Storico Navale would be worth the 5 euro entrance fee for the first floor alone. It's worth it just for being a quiet place of authentic history far from the tourist hordes. It's easy to find, too, right next to the Arsenale vaporetto stop with its name in large letters on the facade and huge anchors by the... More 

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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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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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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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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