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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great place for adults and kids, sorry teenagers ! You will learn all about the might and glory from Genoa great navigation period and get to see a model of a 1500 vessel, also a grest aperitivo in the last floor

Thank Victoria B
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Full scale Galleon that you can explore, wonderfully detailed models, responsive audio visual displays and amazing original art work all contribute to an understanding of Genoa and its boating heritage. The staff are smiling and friendly. The spaces are dark and art work could be better lit but it is well set out and well worth the walk around. A taxi driver took us there instead of the Aquarium and said to go there instead...and he was right!

Thank Lee M
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Reviewed October 5, 2018 via mobile

A great experience very informative from the beginning of the Italian sailing right through to modern times. An experience inside a real submarine is well worth the visit. 5 floors which can be a little confusing navigating round each floor as the direction signs are in obvious. Well worth the visit

Thank Ian B
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Reviewed October 3, 2018

we did the trip and the sub marine tour
very good museum get there easily as it dose get busy and very noisy with Italians talking loudly
not too much of the exhibits in English but still worth a visit epically the tour of the migrants from 1900
the sub is also good take your time to see it all this is not good for movment impaired peole due to tight spaces inside

Thank Bunny N
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Reviewed September 22, 2018

As befits a world class seaport with a long and impressive history of seafaring, Genoa has an equally stunning maritime museum. Like most Italian museums, it's full of interesting hands-on, interactive exhibits, of which its section detailing Italian immigration to the US between 1870 and 1930 is particularly well done. LOTS of exhibits and information about all aspects of the sea and its life, the men who conquered it, its ships, its ports - it's all here. Plan on spending at least 3-4 hours here, more if you're a serious history buff who can never get enough history, no matter the subject. Kids will like its features designed for them, and adults will appreciate its thorough treatment of various maritime themes. The exhibit on the Andrea Doria-Stockholm disaster is especially thoughtful and comprehensive. Highest recommendation and a good reason in itself to buy a Genovapass.

1  Thank Mike G
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Reviewed September 22, 2018 via mobile

Was really looking forward to visitingthis as Genoa has a fascinating maritime history. We were not disappointed. Indeed we spent 3 enthralling hours here but could have spent much longer. An audio guide cost just €1.
The museum starts its maritime story with 2 huge photos of Genoa, one showing its current form, the other what is planned for it. From there the museum takes you back to myths and legends and various interpretations of the sea and its mystical creatures.

There is a whole section on famous maritime explorer, Christopher Columbas, who appears to have been born in Genoa, though others lay claim to him!

Other sections, spread over 4 floors, cover the development of navigation instruments and sea vessels with many scale models on show. There is a full size replica of a galley ship and also an original brigatine you can board. There is a section of a migrant ship that looks and feel real, as so much of this museum does. The section on emigration and immigration takes you right up to today.

Lastly the top level gives you almost 360 degree views over the port and the City.

You should not miss this museum.

I highly recommend you allocate a minimum of 2 hours, preferably 3, even 4.

Thank stefano523
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Reviewed September 21, 2018

This is a beautiful museum with a huge number of artifacts, painting, maps and etchings from Genoa's and Italy's history, but we were disappointed in how little effort was made in any language but Italian. There is an audio guide that you pay for but it only covers a few of the displays and barely any had any English or other languages on the displays so we missed a lot of the history and meaning. Still mpressive visually.

Thank Wanda V
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Reviewed September 19, 2018 via mobile

History and modernity in one place, this museum shows not only the complete city's history, but as well many aspects of marine industry, life, massive immigrants waves from the past and so on.

Thank Siyana R
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Reviewed September 12, 2018

Large, modern museum only a few minutes walk from the Aquarium in Genoa. Full of artefacts, reconstructions of ships you can explore, interactive displays and information. The area devoted to immigration and emigration over the decades is particularly good and bang up to date. My only complaint was the lack of effective air-conditioning making visiting this museum a very unpleasantly hot experience on 11th September. There is an outdoor terrace on the roof to view the city and the port from over the rooftops - and get a bit of a welcome breeze too!

1  Thank LittleAnnie5
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Reviewed September 9, 2018

This is a large museum with several different sections. To start with, you'll get to know about Christopher Columbus followed by history of Genova (it's port and the city). You'll be able to get on board of old ships and learn what the life of seamen was like during the time of Columbus. You'll also get to know what the conditions were like in the ships that Italians used when they immigrated in millions to South and North America starting from 1860's. Dont' miss the roof terrace from where there are great views towards the city and old port. You can easily spend 3 hours in the museum. The only negative thing is that not everything has been translated into English, but all sections have at least some English explanations.

Thank SusaMasa
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