We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Pleasant Diversion”

The Museum of Ancient Shipbuilding
Ranked #9 of 70 things to do in Mainz
Certificate of Excellence
Attraction details
Reviewed December 2, 2013

The museum is a pleasant way to spend a half hour or so. The original Roman ships are interesting and the modern reconstructions are helpful. It was free, but it was suggested we should buy a guide pamphlet for €3 which was fine.

There's an A/V display which we found blurred and underwhelming until we realised we were supposed to wear 3d glasses which actually made it pretty cool.

6  Thank Cheezypuf
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review
Reviews (123)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language

52 - 56 of 123 reviews

Reviewed August 24, 2013

This new museum hosts the 5 shipswrecks from the Roman period that were found in Mainz. Apart from the actual wrecks, two complete real-size replicas have been built that are shown as well, as well as numerous smaller replicas of all kinds of ships from the roman period. If you are interested in maritime archaeology, this museum is a must. Only a pitty that taking pictures is not allowed, though there are plenty of nice publications available for sale.

4  Thank NLcycle
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed August 5, 2013

Das Altes Schiff Museum is a kind of time machine. During the construction of an annex to the Mainz Hilton Hotel, the remains of seven ancient roman ships were discovered entombed in the muddy banks of the Rhine. These have been carefully preserved and analysed.

Two of the vessels were warships and these have been reconstructed at full size. The others were cargo barges and scale models show what they were originally like.

There are many interactive exhibits and a couple of interesting films. It is well worth a visit. You can get there by SBahn.(Romisches Teatre station) or bus or just walk north along the Rhine bank.

5  Thank V581ZSdonb
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed July 18, 2013

I didn't even know this place existed but it was near my hotel so I dropped in the look around. It's a free museum. Several old Roman shipwrecks were discovered in the sediment when excavation work was done to build the Hilton hotel in Mainz. The ship fragments allowed for a study of the old way of building. And they created a couple of reproductions full-scale of what the boats would have looked like. Some interpretation in English which was nice to help understand what you were looking at.

5  Thank glennaa11
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed July 7, 2013

The museum is free and the quality of the displays is top notch. As others have said the Engish translations on a lot of the displays is missing. However, it is pretty easy to follow along with what they have done. The reproductions of these ships is truly amazing. The ships are reconstructed from remnants found in the city when they were digging. Pretty remarkable...

4  Thank jerryd989
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed The Museum of Ancient Shipbuilding also viewed

Mainz, Rhineland-Palatinate
Mainz, Rhineland-Palatinate
 

Been to The Museum of Ancient Shipbuilding? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing