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The Museum of Ancient Shipbuilding

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Address: Neutorstr. 2, 55116 Mainz, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
Phone Number: 06131 286630

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If you happen to have a burning passion for ships of the ancient world, this is the place for you. Dozens of models, lots of information (some in English), and fun activities for... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you happen to have a burning passion for ships of the ancient world, this is the place for you. Dozens of models, lots of information (some in English), and fun activities for kids. We went through the whole building, fascinated, before we found the kids' section, and then they were engrossed for another hour. If ancient shipbuilding is NOT... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Free admission but not easy to find. Many interesting things to see while waiting for the heavy downpour to slow down.

Thank YLJ2
Kingston, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum provides a history of ship-building from earliest times up to the Romans. It is primarily concerned with explicating the structure of several ships whose remains were found in the area of Mainz. If you read German well, you will find a vast amount of information here. However, if you only read English, you will learn a lot less;... More 

Thank Introvertica
Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

Stumbled into this museum and really enjoyed it. Several 4th century AD Roman boats were found partially preserved, and from these plus other sources they have reconstructed full scale versions of two originals, plus lots of models of other types of boat. Most of the explanations are only in German, so I bought an English guide, which helped a bit... More 

Thank Stephen S
Everett, Washington, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

I was surprised but this was a great place. Did City card for admission. Great layout of an old ship that was dug up. Great mural on the wall of Old Mainz

Thank Gary M
Corning, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016

The exhibits combine the actual artifacts as well as reconstructions which are quite large. It helps make them come to life. I purchased an English guide book which I recommend to help understand the exhibits better and have a souvenir afterwards. It was three euro and there was no entrance fee.

Thank AUGrad98
Mainz, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016

No entrance fee but a good knowledge of German is required otherwise this museum is just a very good collection of large-scale model ships of the Roman period of the first 4 centuries AD. My own personal interest was the film archives of the excavation and methods used to recover the wooden remains from the mud and earth.

Thank Drehort
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2016

I am interested in the life of the Romans in Mainz 2000 years ago and I got an excellent idea of more than their ship building. Another visitor to Mainz may not have my kind of interest. If so, do what you are more interested in

Thank Joesse
Den Bosch, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2016 via mobile

Complete replica's of roman ships, very attractieve and in a way vivid. Museum is a former tramremise. Good info about background and materials. Some ships had priests aboard and altars. Navy Chaplains? Haha?!

Thank Paul v
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

This is my favorite museum in Mainz, and we discovered it quite by accident. It has the ruins of a bunch of roman ships discovered in the Rhine, together with a lot of exhibits about the history of shipbuilding and a about the restoration and preservation of ancient wooden relics. You can even see into working labs that preserve and... More 

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