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Naval History Museum Venice

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Address: Campo San Biagio Castello 2148 | Castello, 30122 Venice, Italy
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+39 041 244 1399
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Mon - Sat 8:45 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

Not for land-lubbers: this museum has filled its four floors with...

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.

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Venetian Ships Pavilion and the Castello District
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Boats n stuff

If your into maritime and boating history of the area this is the place. A large and old building which houses boats from many hundreds of years. Only 5 euro per person. If it was... read more

Reviewed February 22, 2017
Greg D
Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

An unsight in the naval history of the former powerful state of Venice. You'll be amazed by the exhibits, especially if you are interested in the marine fleet. You think you already know how powerful Venice was? Think twice and enter the museum

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We found the museum whilst having a Sunday morning stroll. The museum has a number of old boats, but given the history of Venice as a maritime power, I think it could have been better

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Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany
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Reviewed February 22, 2017 via mobile

If your into maritime and boating history of the area this is the place. A large and old building which houses boats from many hundreds of years. Only 5 euro per person. If it was much more I'll be honest for our family it wouldn't be worth it. We did find it interesting.

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Reviewed February 1, 2017

You have to see this is a part of the history of Venice. It's not in the center but it is a very nice walk to get there. Easy to find it.

1 Thank Tinnie2013
Christiansted, St. Croix
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Reviewed January 6, 2017

There are a number of boats on display. The most elaborate is a parade barge fit for a Doge. Lions dominate the hull. On the stern is a statue of Venice placing the crown on the head of Italy.

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Reviewed January 3, 2017

Considering Venetian history, the museum was very disappointing. It covered local maritime vessels, but had nothing illustrating Venice's extensive trade and naval episodes.

1 Thank Allen M
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Reviewed December 7, 2016 via mobile

We wandered over this way to poke around. It was off season but it was totally empty. No other visitors. There are some boats in here and some are interesting. Most are not. Little signage. If you really like boats you'll love it. If not then I wouldn't recommend it.

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Reviewed October 16, 2016

Big disappoitment Main museum closed and the rest of museum in vessel hall is dark, overpriced and in compare with rich history of the city very poor. Fortunately it was only one dark point in our visit in this beautiful city

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Reviewed October 9, 2016

Take the vaporetto to the Arsenale stop; the museum entrance is a couple of hundred metres down the canal to the left of the boat stop. Some unusual and ornate exhibits of great and small sizes. A sedate and quiet attraction not overrun by throngs of tourists.

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Reviewed October 7, 2016

Big disappointment. The main museum is closed for renovation. All you get for your ticket is a dusty hall filled with some rather neglected old ships and no context or sense of the sea power that turned Venice into an empire. Avoid until the museum properly opens.

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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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