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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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Galata Museo del Mare and many more Genoa attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Genoa trip itinerary builder.
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  • Wirth a visit, as Genova used to be a wealthy Maritime Republic. I especially appreciated the upper floor dedicated to the emigrating of thousands of Italians towards the America’s at the end of the.....  more »
  • We spent about two hours touring all 5 floors. We opted not to do the submarine visit. The cost was 11€ (seniors). We noted lots of English explanations about the displays. This is different from...  more »
  • The Galata Museo del Mare is more than just a museum, it is a cathedral of nautical history. Want to learn about the glory days of the Republic of Genoa? Then look no further. 5 floors of education, from the medieval time period to modern day, this is surely the comprehensive history lesson you've been searching for!
  • The museum is very clean and put together. There some in English as well as an indoor 17th century ship you can go into. There is also a sub you can enter as well. This is a very well presented maritime museum however it was very disappointing not to have more English translations. Note to the museum ... not everyone visiting speaks Italian!

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