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Galata Museo del Mare, Genoa

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4.4/5 based on 1,800+ reviews on the web
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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  • Given that study maritime history so fascinate me the maritime museums. But I highly recommend the visit at all, because it is a place full of attractions, suitable for adults and children, oblivious to the sea or scholars. It is one of the most beautiful Italian maritime museums
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  • A Maritime Museum that beyond talking about it makes him live! an experience even bringing young audiences! great location close to many other places which are interesting in town!
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  • Naval museum focused on ancient history, without evolve in time in history. Is very close to Colombo.
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  • 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.
  • Laudable effort, average implementation: didactical and not very immersive, too much left to the written panels on the walls. Worth a visit if you're really into nautical stuff, mainly for the real-scale model of the "galea" ship and the submarine visit. But fairly uninspiring and outrageously expensive (50€ two adults and one kid) in comparison with -- for example -- the Naval Museum in Amsterdam which is an order of magnitude better, and much more enjoyable.
  • First thing to note is that this museum is big! I would suggest to plan a whole day to completely visit it. It shows the history of Genova and its importance as a port city. Relics from early 15th century describing stories of Christopher Columbus are displayed. Also many naval designs and equipments used are displayed in chronological order. Do not miss the timings for the Sub marine as it shows the early version used in WWII. There is also an interactive session of travelling on the sea during a harsh storm which is a must for any visitor irrespective of the age. As with most european museums not much of the information is presented in english but you can use QR code reader app on your smart phone to quickly access web and read more in english. After a long day visiting various floors you can relax watching a wonderful views of the city from the viewing area.
  • Nice museum. Worth a 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.
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