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Maritime Museum

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Address: Via di Campo Marzio 5, 34123, Trieste, Italy
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+39 040 304885
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Thu - Tue 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Born in 1888, it is one of the most important Maritime Museum of the...

Born in 1888, it is one of the most important Maritime Museum of the Mediterranean area. Along with vessels and cruisers, there are some historical ships such as the “zoppolo Lisa”, one of the two zoppolo preserved in the world. Zoppolo is an ancient Mediterranean ship, derived from the excavation of a single large trunk. Remarkable are the inventor rooms, with the prototype of the ship propeller invented in Trieste by Joseph Ressel and the original wireless key of Guglielmo Marconi, the inventor of the wireless telegraph, the first instrument in human history able to transmit information across the air. One room is then dedicated to ancient nautical instruments. Other sections are dedicated to the origin of steam ships and to the history of Trieste Olympic rowing and sailing tradition. The final rooms are dedicated to fishing, with boats, tools and models related to the various fishing methods used in the Adriatic Sea.

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An interesting museum in a maritime town.

Trieste exists because of the sea. It was the largest port of the Austro Hungarian empire and the sea dominates most views in the city. This museum traces the roots of Trieste's... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed May 22, 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2016

On my last day of staying in Trieste, I dropped by for a quick visit to this museum. There is a wide range of exhibits, including models of various types of ships, various types of netting, small models of steam engines, a few actual small boats (like the Armando Diaz), as well as a small collection of dioramas.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016 via mobile

Strange as it may sound, I love maritime museums... and this is one of the best. Yes, the usual models of boats, but such a huge variety! And then you find out that Trieste was the place they invented the cruise ship! But the best of the whole collection of weird & wonderful maritime stuff in this museum are the... More 

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Vienna, Austria
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2016

The Maritime Museum is very small, with lots of local topics as well a focus on international seafare. Nice little tour.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2016

Trieste exists because of the sea. It was the largest port of the Austro Hungarian empire and the sea dominates most views in the city. This museum traces the roots of Trieste's relationship with the Adriatic and the evolution of the boats that helped make the city thrive. The museum itself is an interesting building, built on multiple levels. If... More 

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Belgrade, Serbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2015 via mobile

Who would thought that such fine museum can be found in a very small city like Trieste? The museum itself is not large, to be honest, but it is quite rich and very nicely organized. Fine ship models, although my favourite part is about local ways of fishing. Worth visiting, for sure.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2013

Trieste has a significant maritime history, the city deserves a quality museum showcasing and explaining all that has happened. Unfortunately, this museum is mostly just a collection of dioramas and models without much more to educate or entertain people.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2013

Loved this museum. Even though I couldn't read any of the captions (all in Italian, which I knew going in), I got the gist. The ship models and fishing dioramas were great. Added bonus: going there showed me another part of the waterfront.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2013

A small Museum but very rich and original in its exhibitions. Very important for knowing the history of the Adriatic Sea. Some of the exposed items are of world heritage notice, like the first original "wireless machine" of Guglielmo Marconi, the first project of a propeller and the first use of didactic dioramas to explain the fishing old methods. Just... More 

Thank Roberta F
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2012

A nice little museum with a homey courtyard and sleepy attendants. Lots of nice ship models representing marine history in general and marine life in Trieste including large section on fishing. Quite interesting but would be even more if the descriptions were provided in other languages too, at least in English.

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