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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
08:45 - 17:00
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Mon - Sat 08:45 - 17:00
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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Some interesting vessels

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 January 2017
Christiansted, St. Croix
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 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.

2 Thank edraupp
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 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
Reading, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 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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Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 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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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

We were keen to visit the Arsenale and take in Venice's spectacular naval history so this was a must on our itinerary when staying in Venice. We got to the museum and were surprised to find it was just three big rooms with various boats in. No audio guide, just a few laminated sheets which told you a brief history... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

We were looking forward to our visit but realised very quickly that this was not going to meet our expectation.Only a couple of very dusty relatively modern naval boats on display along with a selection of Gondolars and fishing boats and sundry material all housed in a dusty warehouse looking very sorry for itself and not matching the amazing history... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

This museum is basically a big warehouse of various fishing and navy ships built in Venice over the last several centuries. The staff are only in the ticket booth and not that friendly, but the signage is okay for understanding the basics of what you're viewing.

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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 neighbourhood 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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