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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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Galata Museo del Mare reviews
Rooms which hold exhibitions of ancient trade in the Mediterranean, the story of Christopher Columbus, the development of maritime navigation, the extraordinary story of Italian emigration to North...
Rooms which hold exhibitions of ancient trade in the Mediterranean, the story of Christopher Columbus, the development of maritime navigation, the extraordinary story of Italian emigration to North... more »
This is hard to miss as it's just a hundred feet to the aquarium. Entry is inexpensive and it's fun to walk around the ship and take pictures! I wouldn't bank on spending more than an hour on the...
This is hard to miss as it's just a hundred feet to the aquarium. Entry is inexpensive and it's fun to walk around the ship and take pictures! I wouldn't bank on spending more than an hour on the... more »
A big and good museum. The maritime museum offers a good overview of Genova’s naval and maritime activities from the late middle ages to now. The have several life size ships inside the building that you can walk through, which is impressive, especially the medieval galley. They provide much information, but not always with a translation of the Italian. A special treat is the visit to the submarine nearby, which is amazing. There is an interesting part on emigration and immigration. Some floors have special exhibitions. The top floor offers a wonderful view of the city with some indications of important structures. If you would find the museum a bit too big, because the entire visit can take a few hours, you can always skip parts.
I like maritime museums, they’re a quick way of learning the history of a city & culture. We came in knowing little about Genoa, we left impressed & wanting to learn more. The museum is laid out well so it’s fairly easy to navigate. It’s not overly large, so you won’t get museum-fatigue. Some exhibits are dusty & looking a bit forlorn, others were obviously sponsored by a corporation & quite spiffy. Did we wish there were more placards in English? Sure. But no matter, there was enough to get the gist. Definitely definitely go up to the roof, sit & soak in the view
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