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Galata Museo del Mare, Genoa
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Uncover the city’s special relationship to the sea at Galata Museo del Mare. The narrative starts on the ground floor with the story of native son Christopher Columbus. The evolution of the sailing ship is explained in detail through paintings, charts, and handmade scale models. Next, high-tech exhibits trace the history of the city’s reign as a medieval maritime power. The second floor houses a vast collection of old maps and globes, while the third floor narrates the story of the more recent Italian emigration to America. For a hands-on experience of this part of the country’s history, grab your own immigrant passport and ticket and become a third-class passenger aboard a White Star liner, in a simulation of a transatlantic journey to New York. The arrival in Ellis Island is recreated with stunning accuracy, complete with surly immigration officials. The topmost floor of the building offers sweeping views of the cityscape, so be sure to bring your camera. Arrange your visit to Galata Museo del Mare and discover more family-friendly attractions in Genoa using our Genoa itinerary maker.
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  • Good to know a little of the history of navigation and of Genoa. Well located is worth the visit.
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  • Museum very interesting, even for those not expert/sea fan from my point of view, spread over 5 floors. The latter is currently dedicated to the Andrea Doria. Interesting pairing of the visit to the Sub. Without realizing it I spent 4 hours in this complex!
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  • The Maritime Museum is a huge tower block, a little distracting at times, large rooms full of memorabilia and exhibits take a long time to visit properly. Fascinating but not very attractive, if you aren't big fans de mare and its history you can get bored.
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  • Decent marine museum with nice exhibitions. Two whole ships are built up inside the museum, as well as an entire multimedia immigration section showing how Italians emigrated to America some 100 years ago. Main attraction is the Nazaro Sauro submarine, which is a part of the museum - not many places where you can actually get inside a submarine of this size. Good with kids!
  • First floor texts, related to Columbus, are almost only in italian. Other floors texts have better translations. Videos are subtitled. Audioguide is quite useless. Don't waste your time in the 4D storm experience, it's one of the worst thing I've done. But, overall, this museum is interresting.
  • Some interesting naval history, some nice ships, galleys. Good to see a section on emigration. Interesting architecture an old core with a new facade. Beautiful layers of patches and changes visible in the galley room. A bit medieval, lots of it is dark and a bit vague. I don't speak or read Italian, a significant handicap, also in this museum. It's a bit chaotic but I managed to go through it.
  • I haven't seen the whole museum, but the third floor on the Italian immigration back in the late 19th century is a great journey into what was one of the saddest and proudest period of the Italian people. You will live those people trip to an unknown country where their hopes resided, to escape poverty, sometimes justice or to find their future...after all not so uncommon from today's dramas of immigration in Europe. The submarine section is interesting but a bit disconnected from the rest and a little short, but the submarine itself is definitely worth the visit.
  • Most text inside is only in Italian, which makes the museum quite boring for a tourist. Very badly air conditioned, lots of people left half way because of the heat. Staff not very friendly.