Naval History Museum
Naval History Museum
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11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Neighborhood: 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.
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  • Rob R.
    2 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting but needs a rethink
    The relics stored here are or can be interesting, but the museum doesn’t do quite enough to frame them. Only about half have English captions. Missing is a general progression between and within rooms. It would have been nice to have general panels framing the purpose of each room - just like in the surprisingly excellent naval museum in Piran. More biographical studies might have helped as well. The museum is in real need of a refresh but could still reward a visit,
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 11, 2023
  • jon jack r
    Standlake, United Kingdom31 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    No really - go there!
    Ok - this was poorly lit and often a series of Things in Glass Cases with Little Explanations on the Wall. I hate that kind of thing. But there was something compelling about this place. A sideways look at Italy and Venice. A 1940s manned torpedo with an hilarious story from a British naval commander. A 1930s naval gunnery computer as big as a room. An 18th century barge big as the room. A huge model of an Armada period galleass. And, somewhere in the eves, a series of models explaining the gondola and its mysterious forcola (or rowlock). Unpretentious and unexpected. Wouldn’t have missed it for anything.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 26, 2023
  • Margaret H
    Doylestown, Pennsylvania4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Venice is unique. Go.
    Venice is unique. Full of history, culture, art, and friendly people. Water transportation or walking is your only option in the city. Buy a day, multi day or week pass for the vaporetti (water buses), and you can get just about anywhere in the city, or the neighboring islands. But realize that this is a fragile environment, and home to Venetians, so be considerate.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 16, 2024
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Lesley C
Harpenden, UK12 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
The museum is disappointing - very old style, dry & somewhat boring. The pavilion part was closed, the men’s loo was broken (I note this was the case in May 2023 so clearly nothing has been done). It needs to be brought up to date with some modern signage & some interactive elements, especially for children if they wish to continue to attract visitors.
Written September 27, 2023
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Rob R.
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Solo
The relics stored here are or can be interesting, but the museum doesn’t do quite enough to frame them. Only about half have English captions. Missing is a general progression between and within rooms. It would have been nice to have general panels framing the purpose of each room - just like in the surprisingly excellent naval museum in Piran. More biographical studies might have helped as well. The museum is in real need of a refresh but could still reward a visit,
Written September 11, 2023
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Conkers2
Oxford, UK70 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
The museum would benefit from a serious upgrade. The historical notices are slim to non-existent. No activities for the younger ones. The facilities are broken (e.g., lift out of order, toilets not functioning). The main attraction was not available. The lighting of the main pieces is not fit-for-purpose. Too bad since there are unique elements.
Written May 2, 2023
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jon jack r
Standlake, UK31 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Ok - this was poorly lit and often a series of Things in Glass Cases with Little Explanations on the Wall. I hate that kind of thing. But there was something compelling about this place. A sideways look at Italy and Venice. A 1940s manned torpedo with an hilarious story from a British naval commander. A 1930s naval gunnery computer as big as a room. An 18th century barge big as the room. A huge model of an Armada period galleass. And, somewhere in the eves, a series of models explaining the gondola and its mysterious forcola (or rowlock). Unpretentious and unexpected. Wouldn’t have missed it for anything.
Written December 26, 2023
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Deb D
Bradenton, FL3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
Lovely venue, but not for anyone in need of handicap access.Elevator out of service for months, due to the need for replacement. If you can not climb stairs, please do not go. Offers many nautical scenarios that would be of interest to naval enthusiasts if you can walk stairs.
Written June 1, 2022
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lousally
London102 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
I had a lot of questions prior to entering this museum. When and why did shipbuilding start here? how many people worked there? where were they from? how many ships were built? how long did it take? where did they go? why did shipbuilding end? What is the area used for now? After going round all four floors I came out none the wiser. If you want to look at lots of model ships then fine. If you want to actually learn something about the history of shipbuilding in Venice, you will have to look elsewhere for the answers.
Written November 13, 2023
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Kathy_Fitz
Clifton Park, NY20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2011
Not for you if you're bored by naval and nautical history, but if you're into it there is almost too much to see in one visit! Hundreds of years of Venetian and Italian nautical and marine history represented by models, replicas, artifacts, originals, artwork, flags, uniforms, weapons, etc. Caution - the brochure refers to a "Ship Pavilion" with actual ships, but we were told it was closed.

There are English descriptions of MOST of the items.

Cost-wise, you can visit this museum 2, 2, 4 or 5 times for the price of one admission to a historic church!
Written April 29, 2011
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dja807
Norfolk, UK180 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
This is a great place and worth a visit. In April 2018 it was fully open. The buildings are part of the impressive Arsinalle complex. There are a number of exhibits including a must see Italian MTB complete and as it served from WW2 - very rare. You will get a flavour of all things Venice from an early dive boat through to Laguna fishing skiffs, ceremonial Gondolas (including a hearse variant) to a steam boat. From the Palazzo Ducale (St Marks Square) its about a 10 to 12 minute stroll. With St Marks behind you start walking along the wide promenade in the direction of Victor Emmanuel the 2nd monument. You will go past all the vaperatto and mixed boat jetty's. The crowds thin out and you settle down to a gentle pace till you get to Fondamente Arsinalle. The entrance to the main Arsinalle is spectacular. There are two lovely bars and eatery's opposite the museum entrance. The sea food pasta was delicious alongside my Spritzer. Entrance fee was 5 euros each which was excellent value. Accessibility was good by Venice standards and their is a disabled folding ramp up the first 3 steps, from there is fairly level. Tip. Each hall has a print out in multiple languages of the exhibits which I recommend you read to get the full benefit from your visit. In my opinion the MTB alone is worth the entrance. There is one shared use WC on the site.
Written May 23, 2018
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UpInTheAirProfessor
Houston, TX81 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018
The main museum building is still closed, but the annex with the boats themselves is worth a visit in my estimation. There is a WWII torpedo boat along with part of the recovered vessel that Marconi used to discover Electromagnetic Waves...
Written May 28, 2018
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Jade T
Bristol, England, United Kingdom48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Couples
Well after being asked by my partner to endure half the morning at the Naval Museum, I hadn't been overly excited as one can Imagine, I went along with the plan.

Little did I know that I was actually going to be interested in all the things that they have in there! Everything from Cannons/Guns/ Swords/Downsized replica's of historic ships. The models and details of each were amazing. There were Uniforms of Naval Officers, Ship Rings, Ship Flags, Paintings, Parts of Ships that have been shaved from shipwrecked ships and Pictures before, in-between and after the Arsenale being damaged.

Well I could go on or you could see it for yourself. But be warned from Monday - Friday it opens from 9:30 am - 13:30 and doesn't open again for the rest of the day and it would take at least 2hrs if you were whizzing round as there is soo much to see. It is only 1.55 euro per person.

We took a little walk up to the Arsenale after and for me it seemed to make more sense of history from what I had just discovered.

By the end of it just as lunch time arrived, I felt like I had been so naive and closed minded before. But now I am thankful for the readjustment :D .
Written March 31, 2014
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