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“Unexpected brilliance”

Naval History Museum Venice
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Venetian Ships Pavilion and the Castello District
Ranked #96 of 740 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.
Bristol, England, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Unexpected brilliance”
Reviewed 31 March 2014

Well after being asked by my partner to endure half the morning at the Naval Museum, I hadn't been overly excited as one can Imagine, I went along with the plan.

Little did I know that I was actually going to be interested in all the things that they have in there! Everything from Cannons/Guns/ Swords/Downsized replica's of historic ships. The models and details of each were amazing. There were Uniforms of Naval Officers, Ship Rings, Ship Flags, Paintings, Parts of Ships that have been shaved from shipwrecked ships and Pictures before, in-between and after the Arsenale being damaged.

Well I could go on or you could see it for yourself. But be warned from Monday - Friday it opens from 9:30 am - 13:30 and doesn't open again for the rest of the day and it would take at least 2hrs if you were whizzing round as there is soo much to see. It is only 1.55 euro per person.

We took a little walk up to the Arsenale after and for me it seemed to make more sense of history from what I had just discovered.

By the end of it just as lunch time arrived, I felt like I had been so naive and closed minded before. But now I am thankful for the readjustment :D .

Visited March 2014
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Don't miss this gem.”
Reviewed 28 March 2014

This gem of an attraction is not advertised as much as others because it is actually run by the Italian Navy. The admission is minimal and the place is maximum. Five floors of displays of all the things that make Venice so unique: real boats, models, paintings and artifacts of everything to do with boats and Venice. Small intricate models, actual antique gondolas of various kinds, a beautifully displayed collection of shells, uniforms, customs and stories.The time frame covers ancient Egypt to post WWII. Don't be fooled by it's plain exterior and do check for the time as it closes at 1:30.

Visited March 2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2014

This is an amazing museum, it shows the naval empire of Venice with all the different ships, boats and cannons etc . Kids loved it. You will also be able how Venitians were able to build the amazing palaces over the sands. It is a shame that is closed on Saturday afternoon and Sunday all day where a lot of tourist are in the city

Visited November 2013
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Havre de Grace, Maryland
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“Awesome! ”
Reviewed 10 March 2014 via mobile

This was one of the best parts of our trip! It was about 2 Euros each and we were in there for at least 3 hours! Great value and great museum!

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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“Best part of Venice”
Reviewed 3 March 2014

This was definitely the best part of our trip for me. I love history on warfare and that is very much what you get. Huuuge canons, parts of ship wrecks, swords, pistols, etc etc and extremely cheap and 1.50 euros each. It takes a good while to walk around but there's plenty of open space so it doesn't get too busy and it seems like a less popular attraction for tourists, which is ridiculous.

Visited February 2014
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