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  • Writer's pictureWill von Behr, MA

What can you see at the Museo Storico Navale in Venice?

What is the Museo Storico Navale?

The Museo Storico Navale is a museum of maritime history in Venice that is housed in a former naval granary and biscuit warehouse.

Museo Storico Navale

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What’s at the Museo Storico Navale?


Housed here in a former naval granary of the Republic, you’ll find 42 excellent exhibition rooms dedicated to the history of Venice’s naval heritage. The extensive collection of vessels, weaponry, models, sculpture, sea charts and nautical instruments documents the city’s seafaring history, which was central to the Venetian Republic’s economy and way of life.

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Here you’ll come across an exquisite 17th-century cannon cast by Cosimo Cenni, an 18th-century vessel constructed in the nearby Arsenale by the order of French Emperor Napoleon, a model of the final bucintoro (the state barge used for the ceremonial marriage of Venice and the sea), and the private gondola of 20th-century art collector Peggy Guggenheim.


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