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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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We were directed to walk up around the corner to the arsenale. It is 4 rooms with various boats from Venice history.A few of them were quite interesting to read about. They had... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

We were directed to walk up around the corner to the arsenale. It is 4 rooms with various boats from Venice history.A few of them were quite interesting to read about. They had cards in multiple languages so you could learn their background.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Went there to get out of the sun and found lots of interesting things to look at. But then having been in the navy a while it was a draw. See the main reason Venice grew to be so important. Worth a look.

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Manacor, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

An excellent small museum, well worth a small detour off the usual tourist routes, if you are interested in maritime matters.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

Lots of history on sailing and warships; the top floor houses a wonderful collection of sea shells-- beautiful stuff. Also a model of the Doges Barge with gold overlay. At Carnavale there is free water and light show, not well advertised, but well worth your time, also live bands same local

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Merimbula, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Many stories of history of Venice, free entry and toilets and very comfortable on a hot day. They also have a tour of the Arsenale storage area with gondolas and various naval artifacts, although given in Italian there a lots of signs around with descriptions in English.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

I am a ship fanatic, so I loved all the models, but it was especially cool for me because the Venetians built very distinctive ships, unlike others, and used them to rule a large maritime empire. The thing I appreciated so much was that EACH item had a description card written in 4 languages. I did not have to try... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

The museum is over 4 floors. It's very old school, with non of the modern interactive displays/flashing lights etc. There are models of ships galore and most of the displays have English translations. When we visited there was an interesting display about airships, well the pictures were interesting, we couldn't read the information as this was just in Italian. There... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Definitely worth a visit - great displays on all floors, loved the collection of gondolas and information on their history.

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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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Additional Information about Naval History Museum & Arsenale

Address: Address: Riva S. Biasio Castello, 2148, 30122 Venice, Italy
Phone Number: +39 041 244 1399
Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Veneto  >  Province of Venice  >  City of Venice  >  Venice>  > Castello
Open Hours:
Monday 8:45 am - 1:30 pm
Tuesday 8:45 am - 1:30 pm
Wednesday 8:45 am - 1:30 pm
Thursday 8:45 am - 1:30 pm
Friday 8:45 am - 1:30 pm
Saturday 8:45 am - 1:30 pm

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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.