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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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  • I've been to a few maritime museums and this one is top of the tree in my experience. Well housed in a modern building, with some very special and valuable exhibits. Along with models of the port and....  more
    I've been to a few maritime museums and this one is top of the tree in my experience. Well housed in a modern building, with some very special and valuable exhibits. Along with models of the port and....  more »
  • The ship gave us a picture of what a battle ship looks like. The kids thoroughly enjoyed being on the ship and climbing up and down the various floors of the ship. 
    The ship gave us a picture of what a battle ship looks like. The kids thoroughly enjoyed being on the ship and climbing up and down the various floors of the ship.  more »
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  • We went on a Tuesday afternoon and were almost the only people inside the whole museum. After spending time in the busy town this was a nice and quiet "break". The museum is on several floors and in my opinion it gets more and more interesting with each floor with a nice view on the highest level. At the beginning you get exactly what you would expect: models of ships, information about the history of the port of Genova and so on. It was a bit disappointing that there were almost no explanations in English. But there were some beautiful paintings and interesting information about immigration as well as the impressive submarine. We think that it's worth visiting if you're interested in maritime topics but there are certainly more interesting things to do in Genova if you are only spending a day or two.
  • 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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