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Review of The Museum of Ancient Shipbuilding

The Museum of Ancient Shipbuilding
Ranked #9 of 58 things to do in Mainz
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2014 via mobile

Walked here
from the Cathedral.No tourist signs so look out for Ibis hotel which is in the next block.Spacious modern building.Lots of info in German & some English. Guidebook in English is 3 euros but small a6 size.At time of visit few visitors so dominated by staff.Can't understand no photos policy as the modern replicas are in well lit and spacious areas.The original craft are fairly small fragments of the vessels.Excellent value as the museum is free.Management need to be more enlightened over photos!

Visited May 2014
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Newport, Rhode Island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“story of excavation, restoration & recreation Roman ships”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2014 via mobile

Many of the fragmentary ship hulls were discovered during the expansion of the Mainz Hilton hotel. Roman coastal/river patrol boats were found, and full-size replicas built. Many monument fragments and artifacts add to the story of the Roman history on the rivers of Germany.
Admission is free. There are activities for children.
Photography is unfortunately not allowed, and the small gift shop has very few items relating to the collection. However, it is definitely worth the visit.

Visited April 2014
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Bloomington, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Small but interesting part of area's history”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2014

The Shipbuilding Museum is small, so you can do it quickly. it has on display the ancient Roman ships that were found in the mud under the Rhine when they built up the "ufer" -- shore area -- from the HIlton Hotel on down. It may not be the most "exciting" museum but as a way of exhibiting the area's strong connection to the the ancient Roman empire, it can't be beat. Also take a look at the S-Bahn stop nearby, where they are excavating yet another Roman site!

Visited July 2013
4 Thank berlinjo
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Millersville, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
“Well presented”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2013

Located at the confluence of the Rhein and Main rivers, Mainz was founded by the Romans is 36BC. It was a location of major strategic importance to the romans. There are many roman ruins located through out the city.
When they were building the Hilton near the bridge, they uncovered an ancient Roman shipyard. Hilton corporation helped fund the museum which houses the find. It was one of the largest collection of ancient roman ships & shipbuilding related artifacts found north of the alps.

Visited December 2013
4 Thank CherylInMainz
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“Pleasant Diversion”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2013

The museum is a pleasant way to spend a half hour or so. The original Roman ships are interesting and the modern reconstructions are helpful. It was free, but it was suggested we should buy a guide pamphlet for €3 which was fine.

There's an A/V display which we found blurred and underwhelming until we realised we were supposed to wear 3d glasses which actually made it pretty cool.

Visited November 2013
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