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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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  • The museum was almost empty when we visited so it was easy and nice to explore. A lot of history with some very nice exhibitions and possibilities for kids to try things. Submarine was also nice. Nice...  more »
  • A brilliant museum at Genoa port. Full of interesting collections and large scale reproductions. The history covers a huge amount and was very informative.  more »
  • We were really impressed with the exhibits here. Highlight was an immersive exhibition which puts you in the shoes of early 20th century Italian emigrants. Also there is a cool exhibit on the horrors ...  more »
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  • Really enjoyed this part of my visit to the aquarium. A rendezvous through the history of Genova and Colombo to modern days and down to the submarine Nazario Sauro. Informative and compete from what i can say, with decent English translations.
  • Historic port of Genova and its maritime heritage worth exploring
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.