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“Loving sea”

Galata Museo del Mare
Ranked #10 of 300 things to do in Genoa
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Moscow, Russia
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Loving sea”
Reviewed March 26, 2013

I highly recommned everybody who like sea to visit this place. The museum is full of ship models, interactive maps/devices and ancient artifacts. You can get on board of galley and brigantine, to stand at the wheel to feel youself as captain of ocean-going vessel and travel with Italian immigrants to America. In the last hall you'll get inside of submarine. As final bonus on the roof top of museum there is panoramic floor with fantastic view on Genova and port.

Visited March 2013
1 Thank AndreyKuzmichev
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UK South coast
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Genoa and the sea”
Reviewed March 1, 2013

This is a very good, extensive museum about the history of Genoa and the sea. We learned a great deal that we didn't know. The section on emigration with a mock up of the early Atlantic ships carrying the immigrants from Italy to America is very well done.
The only criticism is that it could do with a few more of the explanations translated into English.
Good value for money.

Visited February 2013
2 Thank kinglake23
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Rome, Italy
Level 6 Contributor
89 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“A good maritime museum”
Reviewed January 8, 2013

In Genova lacked a museum like this, especially if compared to the big Aquarium. Lots of models, pictures and info, provided in a very pleasant and stimulating way with the help of some good actors (in video). Many original parts of old vessels and ships to see. I found Italian Emigration exhibition particularly interesting and exciting. Please remember you'll need almost 2 hours to visit all the 4 floors of the museum. At the lobby there are some lockers where you can leave bags or coats (no place to seat, however), but don't forget temperatures within the museum are quite different. At the 1st floor there is a cafeteria, not really cozy. At the top of the building there is a small terrace (called 'Mirador'), where you can have a look over the harbour and the city, but it is surrounded by high glass walls so it's impossible to take pics or videos! Finally, I think this visit is absolutely worthwhile, especially if you have children, but as a new museum I expected some more in terms of architecture and design and I was very disappointed by the terrace: they should create a couple of holes for shooting directly, IMHO.

Visited January 2013
2 Thank Giorgio R
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Turin, Italy
Level 4 Contributor
16 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“A great huge museum (with little English explanations!)”
Reviewed January 5, 2013

The museum is HUGE, spanning on five floors, with a docked WWII submarine to visit, as well. What is great is the recreation of whole ships you can visit, with historical re-enactments to give you plenty of infos. What is not so great is that well over 90% of the infos you can get, from videos, interactive screens and just explanations of the paintings and the models is Italian only. If they worked on their "English speakers friendliness" it would be truly great. The berthed submarine is not to be missed, incredibly interesting and with a full English audio guide!

Visited August 2012
2 Thank ItaNickBert
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Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“boat, shipping museum”
Reviewed January 3, 2013

Very interesting tour, considering the construction of boats as well the port of genoa with many interactive poinps also for a public of adults. To make : visit of external submariner.

Visited May 2012
1 Thank Bya73
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