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Museo Storico Navale
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Venetian Ships Pavilion and the Castello District
Ranked #111 of 810 things to do in Venice
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 28 January 2014

We loved the museum very much. It was only 1,55 euro, but it was worth much more. It had four floors full of history and ship models from all times (some of them were really big...) The staff was very friendly and smiling. We could not have chosen a better museum!

Thank AndreaPO4675WH
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Reviewed 18 January 2014

This museum is in no tourist guides, but is worth a visit. Especially with the entry price, €1.55. Everything is well presented, some eye-opening exhibits, many models. I could not get my husband out of this place! I enjoyed the first two floors, my husband enjoyed all five.

1  Thank HelenRose
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Reviewed 11 December 2013

Whether or not, naval history floats your boat, the Museo Storico Navale is well worth checking out, if only to see Peggy Guggenheim's splendid gondola.
Housed in a 15th century granary, which served the Arsenale, the vast collection is arranged on four floors. All of the exhibits are labelled in Italian, English and French.
For me the highlights of the visit were seeing the magnificent model of the last Bucintoro, the ceremonial barge of the Doge of Venice and the room devoted to the history of the gondola, with several examples on display.

Thank Walks-in-Venice
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Reviewed 27 November 2013 via mobile

We stopped in because the reviews were positive in TA. For the 1,55 entrance fee it was a good value. While there wasn't anything outstanding it was interesting to see the pride of the Italians for their naval history. Surprised they have almost nothing related to their participation in WWII. For a windy, cold day it was worth the 1.5 hour visit.

Thank CrabLegend
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Reviewed 15 November 2013

We have just returned from a long weekend in Venice and these were high on my list of things to see, being something of a history nut. Having said that, our friends with whom we travelled also thoroughly enjoyed the museum. The walk along the front is superb and the museum is easily found from St Mark's square. At 1.55 euros, no-one can complain and I also cannot understand how anyone can say it is a waste of time. Although I could not see any detailed brochure / guide to the museum when we went, all the exhibits were labelled clearly, in English and many items were described in considerable detail.

The exhibition rooms were airy and well laid out. There are impressive models of ships from many eras which had clearly taken a vast amount of time and labour to create. There were also many original exhibits, including the inkwell used by Napoleon to sign the Treaty of Camp Formio in 1797, an Italian mini-sub from WWII and a considerable amount of material relating to the Austro-Hungarian navy in WWI - in particular the two giant anchors at the front of the museum, which are presumably from two of the Austrian dreadnoughts, the Tegetthof and Viribus Unitis,

Turning slightly inland you come to the Porta Magna, the original entrance to the Arsenale itself. This is a delightful place to stop and take a breather with two cafes with outside seating where you can sit opposite the entrance.

Even if you are only remotely interested in history, you should pause a moment to take a look at the Piraeus Lion. This is the huge seated lion to the left of the Porta Magna as you look at it. There is a mention of the lion in the naval museum but it is easy to miss. The lion originally sat in Piraeus harbour in Greece and was taken back by the Venetians during their wars with the Turks. Look at the right and left hand sides of the lion and you will see circular and linear markings. These are Norse runes which are said by the experts to date back to about the 11th century and to have been created by Norse soldiers fighting for the Byzantine emperors. It is sad that they have been left open to the weather with not even a label that I could see to explain them. It is an important piece of history.

The Arsenale itself is unfortunately not open to the public but the scope and size of the complex can be seen by going to the art exhibitions held there.

It's instructive to note that the Arsenale was able to produce a ship a day in its heyday.

Don't miss this great part of the city.

3  Thank BelisariusUK
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