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Naval History Museum Venice

Campo San Biagio Castello 2148 | Castello, 30122 Venice, Italy
+39 041 244 1399
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Venetian Ships Pavilion and the Castello District
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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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Hours Today: 08:45 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Campo San Biagio Castello 2148 | Castello, 30122 Venice, Italy
+39 041 244 1399
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Reviewed 6 May 2013

It's easy to come to Venice and just be dazzled by its stunning architecture and art, without thinking about what made that all possible. Everything in Venice is linked to the sea, and its power and wealth flowed from its civil fleets and the warships...More

2  Thank Sesh_Seshep
Reviewed 20 April 2013

Room after room, and floor after floor of all things naval and boat related, and all for the ridiculously cheap price of €1.55. I'm not particularly a naval person but this museum floated my boat with its range of items, from model boats, uniforms, guns,...More

Thank Peevish02
Reviewed 9 April 2013

This museum is enough off the beaten path to provide a quieter respite from the main tourist hangouts. Another plus is the walk through the surrounding neighborhoods where "real" Venetians live. An enjoyable diversion.

Thank lisaemery2016
Reviewed 8 April 2013

This museum is really inexpensive so you don't mind skipping (what I thought were) the boring bits. I loved the large wooden relief maps of the Mediterranean. Loved seeing, rather than simply imagining, the doges' boat. It gave us a real sense of life in...More

3  Thank Denise O
Reviewed 3 April 2013

We visited the Museo Storico Navale during our recent trip to Venice and it is really interesting. Very reasonable admission charge (given some of the prices in Venice) and well worth it. 4 floors of fascinating exhibits, I really liked seeing the gondola's and the...More

2  Thank purpletravller
Reviewed 3 April 2013

This is a good place to spend a morning, as it is only open in the morning, 08:45 to 14:30 last entry about 14:00. If you have any interest in any navy matters I recommend you go, even my long suffering wife found something in...More

1  Thank J_G61
Reviewed 29 March 2013

This museum shows the history of boats and Venice. It has many models as well as full-size boats. The history of Venice and its trading in the Med is extensive. While there, we went around behind it to see the Arsenale, the place they stored...More

Thank Will B
Reviewed 28 March 2013

A nice change from the galeries, palaces and churches, the Naval history museum takes up 4 floors and is only EUR 1.55 entrance. There were hundreds of models, artwork and every type of naval artifact you could imagine on show. Most of the main exhibits...More

Thank Woble
Reviewed 23 March 2013

Entrance fee is only 1,55 € and I found this small museum much more interesting then Palazzo Ducale. There are some cannons that were used for sea wars in 16th century and also some ships models. I would recommend it.

1  Thank SeqununSeyahatnamesi
Reviewed 21 March 2013 via mobile

We went on a rainy day. The oversize models were great. And a pretty cheap place two, about €3 for 2 people. Also very close to the Arsenale.

Thank emdaves
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
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Response from RebelVirginia | Reviewed this property |
A recent reviewer said the museum itself is currently closed for renovation (don't have the exact dates of closure), but that the ship pavilion remains open. I suggest you call them directly when you arrive in Venice (+39... More