Naval Historical Museum of the Italian Navy

The Naval Historical Museum is a naval history museum located in the Castello district of Venice, near the Venetian Arsenal.

The museum was established by the Regia Marina (the Italian Royal Navy) in 1919.

Its collections include items relating to the naval and maritime history of Venice, and it has a lot of ship models and weapons on display.

The museum belongs to the Italian Navy who manages it as an exhibition area of historical memory: “ … to emphasise how audacious the Italian naval spirit was in every age,” (Royal Decree 1919). 

Part of the complex is still under the jurisdiction of the Italian Navy. It is the most important museum of its kind in Italy.

Other than the main building whose exhibition area covers 5 floors with a total of 42 rooms, the Ships Pavilion, which is located in the former “oar workshops” of the Arsenale forms part of the museum as well.

Address: Riva S. Biasio, Castello 2148, 30122 Venice (Actv waterbus: Lines 1, 4.1, 4.2, Stop: Arsenale)

For more info (timetables, prices, reservation) here’s the link to the official website: