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“Fascinating - and something a little different to other sights in Venice” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Naval History Museum & Arsenale

Naval History Museum & Arsenale
Riva S. Biasio Castello, 2148, 30122 Venice, Italy
+39 041 244 1399
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Ranked #23 of 213 attractions in Venice
Type: History Museums
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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, including the banners that were flown by the Venetian fleet at Lepanto.
Taunton, United Kingdom
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“Fascinating - and something a little different to other sights in Venice”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

This must be one of the cheapest admissions in Venice and if you have any interest in ships, military history or the ebb and flow of Venetian influence it is worth at least an hour and a half. But perhaps the most delightful exhibit is the letter from the Captain of a British battleship attacked in Alexandria in 1941 by two Italian frogmen .

Visited March 2013
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Rome, Italy
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“A 'must' in Venice”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

This massive five-storey 15th-century barn houses maybe the most ancient naval history museum in Italy. It is definitively an old school museum, without any interactivity or video support, but it is really full of interest! original guns and cannons, flags, uniforms, and a rare collection of 17-century models of Venetian fortresses. Nothing more than the items with their descriptive label. For only 1,55€ you can smell wood and leather of old vessels and memorabilia. Especially recommended IMHO for 1 and 2nd World-War history fans (please note this Naval Museum still belongs to Italian Navy), but not particularly suitable for children.

Visited February 2013
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Ottawa, Canada
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“Historical Perspective”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

Appreciating something of the naval history that made this city prosper and expand it's influence across the world only serves to enrich your visit to this beautiful city. The museum will give you a taste of this history with lots of models and some displays however as museums go it lacks a modern and interpretive approach to it's collection. Just loved the WW2 "manned" torpedo on display. Can only imagine the nerves of steel navy divers had to drive these things around under water. Not a lot of tourists here when we visited and only one small bathroom in the whole place for visitors.

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Perth, Australia
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“A surprising place of interest”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

I am not particularly interested in naval history - but I found this museum facinating. It provided an excellent insight into the history and development of Venice.
The exhibits were well displayed - but more signs in English would have been helpful.
The range of items is wide - from parchment maps created in 1557 - showing how adept the Veneitians were at cartography - to naval uniforms and the history of ship building in Venice. I found the whole museum very enlightening..
It is displayed over 4 floors and visitors need to be able to manage stairs to access areas.
The museum does have public toilets - always an advantage in Venice and these were very clean.
Try walking to the museum from St Mark's Square - it is a fantastic way to see the parts of Venice that many tourists miss...all the little streets where the locals live and provides an opportunity to visit a lovely park.

Visited October 2012
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Vicenza, Italy
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“Venice's Naval History”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

Venice is an empire based on her navel strength. The museum could use some upgrades but if you are looking for more insights into the city states strengths it is worth a visit.

Visited November 2012
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