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Maritime Museum

Via di Campo Marzio 5, 34123, Trieste, Italy
+39 040 304885
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Terrific museum with some great displays

A good museum outlining the maritime industry around the Trieste (and Italian, some Croation... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Steffan I
Perth, Australia
Muses del Mare covers more than Trieste

This museum has an exceptional range of wooden models. It tries to give a history of seafaring and... read more

Reviewed 9 May 2017
Oxford, United Kingdom
via mobile
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Born in 1888, it is one of the most important Maritime Museum of the Mediterranean area. Along with vessels and cruisers, there are some historical ships such as the “zoppolo Lisa”, one of the two zoppolo preserved in the world. Zoppolo is an ancient Mediterranean ship, derived from the excavation of a single large trunk. Remarkable are the inventor rooms, with the prototype of the ship propeller invented in Trieste by Joseph Ressel and the original wireless key of Guglielmo Marconi, the inventor of the wireless telegraph, the first instrument in human history able to transmit information across the air. One room is then dedicated to ancient nautical instruments. Other sections are dedicated to the origin of steam ships and to the history of Trieste Olympic rowing and sailing tradition. The final rooms are dedicated to fishing, with boats, tools and models related to the various fishing methods used in the Adriatic Sea.
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Via di Campo Marzio 5, 34123, Trieste, Italy
+39 040 304885
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A good museum outlining the maritime industry around the Trieste (and Italian, some Croation) region. Very clean museum with some very depictictive and informative displays that made up for lack of English narratives in some areas. Free entry 9-1pm.

Thank Steffan I
Reviewed 9 May 2017 via mobile

This museum has an exceptional range of wooden models. It tries to give a history of seafaring and until the upper floors has no especial concentration on Trieste. For example on the ground floor there are models of important ships from around the world. British...More

Thank rhyshedges
Reviewed 28 November 2016

On my last day of staying in Trieste, I dropped by for a quick visit to this museum. There is a wide range of exhibits, including models of various types of ships, various types of netting, small models of steam engines, a few actual small...More

Thank Sandeep M
Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

Strange as it may sound, I love maritime museums... and this is one of the best. Yes, the usual models of boats, but such a huge variety! And then you find out that Trieste was the place they invented the cruise ship! But the best...More

Thank Moira J
Reviewed 30 May 2016

The Maritime Museum is very small, with lots of local topics as well a focus on international seafare. Nice little tour.

Thank Chuck73_2016
Reviewed 22 May 2016

Trieste exists because of the sea. It was the largest port of the Austro Hungarian empire and the sea dominates most views in the city. This museum traces the roots of Trieste's relationship with the Adriatic and the evolution of the boats that helped make...More

Thank DiverDaveMinneapolis
Reviewed 1 October 2015 via mobile

Who would thought that such fine museum can be found in a very small city like Trieste? The museum itself is not large, to be honest, but it is quite rich and very nicely organized. Fine ship models, although my favourite part is about local...More

2  Thank Aleksandar S
Reviewed 3 December 2013

Trieste has a significant maritime history, the city deserves a quality museum showcasing and explaining all that has happened. Unfortunately, this museum is mostly just a collection of dioramas and models without much more to educate or entertain people.

1  Thank AlnAbroad
Reviewed 22 October 2013

Loved this museum. Even though I couldn't read any of the captions (all in Italian, which I knew going in), I got the gist. The ship models and fishing dioramas were great. Added bonus: going there showed me another part of the waterfront.

Thank star557799
Reviewed 4 July 2013

A small Museum but very rich and original in its exhibitions. Very important for knowing the history of the Adriatic Sea. Some of the exposed items are of world heritage notice, like the first original "wireless machine" of Guglielmo Marconi, the first project of a...More

Thank Roberta F
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