Historical Naval Museum
Founded in 1919 after 1st World War, the Historical Naval museum of Venice is located in Campo St Biagio, close to the Ancient Arsenal of Venice, in a building that used to be the city’s granary and is still, nowadays, under the Italian Military’s jurisdiction.
The museum is the most important one of its type in Italy.
Besides the principal building, the exhibition area which is spread over five different floors of a total of 42 display room, two other buildings are also part of the museum: the Padiglione delle Navi, situated in the ancient oar workshop of the arsenal, and St Biagio’s Church (XI century, restored in the XVIII century), ancient church to the naval military of the Serenissima, and later of the Austrian.
It is now back in possession of the Italian Naval Military, and also the exhibition area of the same museum.
The museum contains numerous antiquities linked to the city’s and the military’s history: gear, models, suits, and boats.
The most important one is surely the Bucintoro, a ceremonial boat owned by the Doge from which, every year, on the day of the Assumption, the city leader threw a ring into the lagoon, symbol of the city’s nuptials with the sea.
Besides the Bucintoro, it is also possible to admire typical Venetian boats, military, and a part of the machinery room of Elettra di Guglielmo Marconi.
This is a chance to see the glory that once was the Venetian Naval Republic.
Address: Riva S. Biasio Castello, 2148
Times: from Monday to Friday 08.45a.m. - 1.30p.m., Saturday and days before holidays from 08.45a.m. to 1.00p.m.
Closed on Sundays and holidays
Entrance: € 1,55, free entrance for schools
Telephone Number: 041.2441.399