Galata Museo del Mare
Galata Museo del Mare
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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The Galata Maritime Museum of Genoa, developed by Mu.MA, is the most important maritime museum of the Mediterranean whose mission is to cover the history of navigation.
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4.5
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SteveK
Los Angeles, CA179 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
Disappointment. If you don’t read Italian and your primary objectives are those outlined below, don’t visit here and pay the bloated entry unless you’re a highly motivated maritime enthusiast.

I suspect most foreign tourists, the kind that don’t speak Italian, show up to learn two related things: "What is the history of the Port of Genoa, and how does Columbus tie in?"

That seems like the basics.

Galata Museo del Mare fails resoundingly in telling this story. At least in English.

Museum presents itself as a world-class institution, but the large portion of greatest appeal to foreigners has almost no English. This is the exposition, the crucial setup, where they present old maps and pictures of Christopher Columbus. There’s lots of top-level narrative but only in Italian. The important story we came for is inaccessible.

Other parts of museum sporadically, inconsistently, minimally offer English translations. Over and over I found topics & artifacts of interest, but descriptions are only in Italian.

Museum seeks to broaden its audience with peripheral topics like a 1956 shipwreck, Italian migration, their 1976 Italian submarine. They’ve spent money on theatrics and experiential storytelling. That’s great. But it’s not what most foreigners come for.

Museum neglects core mission insofar as they seek foreign audience. Hopefully curators revisit this choice and invest some of the money lavishly spent on other exhibits to make English a first-class citizen throughout.

VISITED: 19 Nov 2021, 17 euro/person entry fee.
Written November 20, 2021
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Andrew B
9 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
There's a full-size replica of a Galley, a mock-up of the inside of a Steam Liner and lots and lots of maps/pictures of the rise of Genoa as a Port City. There's also a submarine in the harbour moored outside the Museum which you can go on. When we were there, the Galleon Pictured on this review was not at the Museum (August 2022), that was moored right outside our hotel further around the harbour!

This attraction only gets 3 stars, as I really didn't feel they had made an effort to make it an enjoyable visit. Most of the exhibits were not in Italian/English...and do we really need to see 10 model replicas of steam liners?
Written August 21, 2022
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TravelEmmPee
London, UK195 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Friends
This museum is easy to find by the old port in Genoa and houses a comprehensive selection of artifacts from Genoese naval history. I particularly liked the full sized replica of a Mediterranean renaissance galley and the ship models including those of the ships used by Columbus to discover the New World. I also liked the submarine which you could walk through and gave you a real sense of just how claustrophobic life must be on one of those vessels, though it was disappointing that there was little contextual information given inside.

On the downside, the shop, like so many museum shops in Genoa, was poor and really leaving money on the table. There were frequent errors in the contextual texts on the boards including a board which said that food on ships was *not* chosen for it's ability to survive long periods of time; one map which put Bristol in Wales and one map which put Bristol where Portsmouth is! There was little mention of the Italian navy during the first and second world wars despite the Italian naby being one of the larger navies participating in those conflicts.

Written November 2, 2022
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Mnel
Estoril, Portugal129 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Family
Quite complete regarding sec XV-XVII ships and the story of the harbour.

Poorly scientific based. I.E the room about Colombo is not updated with the last findings about his history and stayed lock in the past when historians accepted he was from Genova (which is increasingly less accepted - the rest of the city no longer promotes this view)
Written November 28, 2021
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Jo S
Sanremo, Italy82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Excellent museum giving a real feel of the life of the sailors and migrants in the port of Genova. Also beautiful full size replicas of galley ships and sailing boats.
Also you can go into a real 1980's submarine and see what cramped conditions the submariners and to cope with. Good views of the city from the roof too.
Excellent value for money and be aware you need at least three hours to see it all !
Written March 13, 2022
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JMEdQ
Edinburgh, UK335 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Rooms which hold exhibitions of ancient trade in the Mediterranean, the story of Christopher Columbus, the development of maritime navigation, the extraordinary story of Italian emigration to North and South America, and much more. A large museum with most (but not all) information panels in English. Fascinating and well presented. Genoa's place in maritime history and trade is world famous and this museum certainly shows its story and heritage in excellent ways. We stayed three hours, even though the heating was full on!
Written March 3, 2023
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Brett D
Melbourne, Australia16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
I've been to a few maritime museums and this one is top of the tree in my experience. Well housed in a modern building, with some very special and valuable exhibits. Along with models of the port and various vessels, I was pleased to see some early (and rare) atlases and maritime charts, and a bonus room containing many beautiful paintings of sailing ships. Good views from the rooftop too!
I didn't have time to visit the exhibits outside (e.g. the submarine). If I visit Genoa again, I will aim to make two more visits to this museum.
Written June 6, 2022
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James e
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Solo
This museum has loads of exhibits, many of them lifesize. The ability to walk around the boats gives a really good feeling for life at sea (eg Galley, Submarine).

Well worth a visit. Took me the best part of 2 hours to get round, and much of the information was only in Italian. Would be nice if they could get more in English.
Written September 20, 2022
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Whittlesford
Haselbury Plucknett, UK607 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Behind the glass exterior lies an ancient vaulted dock building, forming the base of this fascinating museum. A vast selection of boats, ships, artefacts, maps, pictures and history. Very well laid out from ancient at the bottom to more recent at the top. Particularly interesting was the story of the ups and downs of Genoa in Mediterranean trade.
Written October 10, 2022
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LLP1
Bloomingdale, IL44 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
The museum does a quality job of presenting the history of the port of Genoa, and in particular things that international travelers may be interested in regarding trade, exploration and migration. However, for years, visitors have been mentioning that most of the exhibits are explained in Italian. The museum does not even attempt to use modern technology to provide translations (such as QR codes, audio guides, etc.) For years, other visitors have suggested English translations would make sense since that is a broadly spoken language. Regardless of the solution, the museum needs to take this step. Italy is visited by many international visitors and in keeping with the times, the museum should embark on a plan to meet the needs of these patrons as well as the local community. I am giving the museum a rating of "3" but would have gladly given a "5" had I been able to access the exhibits more fully.
Written October 4, 2023
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