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.

“5000 Years of Maritime Hstory in the Middle East”

National Maritime Museum
Ranked #26 of 87 things to do in Haifa
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: This museum traces the history of seafaring and the development of shipbuilding in the Middle East featuring exhibits and a rich collection of maritime mythology, Greco-Roman coins, stamps, modern seafaring, naval battles and special emphasis on Jewish seafaring.
Level 6 Contributor
197 reviews
126 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“5000 Years of Maritime Hstory in the Middle East”
Reviewed June 7, 2013

Models of ancient boats are on display here with lots of background information, as well as models of modern day ocean faring ships. Especially the upper and lower floors are very interesting. Pirates are discussed, handicraft of POW's is shown, as well as navigating equipment and special knots. Arrange for a guided tour with Sa'ar, a very knowledgeable guide, excellent Hebrew and English.

Visited June 2013
1 Thank dancing-freak
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

53 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Hebrew first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Tel Aviv, Israel
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Great museum for entire family, kids would enjoy it”
Reviewed April 1, 2013

When was the last time you saw a real cannon of a sunken ship found in the sea?
A pirate or crusader's sword, coins and many other marine stuff?

Related to the Mediterranean, the Nile and the area, it's permanent display is unique since you can see pirates, crusaders, ancient shipping, ship models, very old maps and many other archeology collections.

If you are in Haifa and can get to this museum for something like 2-3 hours, depends on your tempo, consider this museum as a good option for the entire family.

Visited March 2013
1 Thank Ofer230
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Kiryat Motzkin, Israel
Level 6 Contributor
108 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Good Museum!”
Reviewed September 11, 2012

Very interesting exhibitions that suits both adults and kids.
To my opinion it is ok for kids starting age of 5-6.

Worth to take 2-3 hours in the museum and continue to the beach are located very close.

Visited November 2011
1 Thank HaifaMiu
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Place which doesn' t need tourists”
Reviewed September 11, 2012

May be it's very nice place, but first they should put the conditions of visiting somewhere in internet. Having come there I found that they ask a passport to enter the museum. This info even not written on the shield. It's a small handmade sticker. How could I know before, that l need id to visit museum? It's very stupid from managment of museum. Probably they are not interested in tourists. Ok, there are enough maritime museums all over the world.

1 Thank Squirrel888
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Modi'in, Israel
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Pirates, Ancient Mariners and More...”
Reviewed May 25, 2012

We particularly enjoyed the Pirate section of the museum as it was unusual to have this information presented visually, outside of film.This museum will enchant all family members with its dioramas and superb collection of historical ships and artifacts. Within easy walking distance of a Haifa train station, this is a must see to really understand Mediterranean history.

Visited June 2011
4 Thank studiorimonim
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed National Maritime Museum also viewed


Been to National Maritime Museum? 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