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Exploring Genoa’s Galata Maritime Museum

Located in Genoa's Old Port, not far from the Aquarium, the Galata Maritime Museum traces the city's naval history with its original exhibits.

The visit to the Maritime Museum is suitable for both adults and children, who can admire works of art, shipboard instruments, ancient nautical charts, ship reconstructions and multimedia installations. Not to be missed the panoramic terrace located at the top of the building.

Currently, the Galata Museum in Genoa is the largest maritime museum in the Mediterranean.

Visita il Galata - Museo del Mare
Visit the Galata Maritime Museum


The museum hub was inaugurated in 2004 and includes 4 floors of exhibits. It is located inside the Galata Palace, the oldest building in the Old Port Dock. Genoa's pride and joy, the Maritime Museum houses more than 4,000 exhibits and a tour route that winds its way through reproductions, ancient artworks, the Open Air Museum, the panoramic terrace, and the nearby submarine.

The collections are divided into thematic areas, among which we can find:

  • the naval history of Genoa

  • the Atlas and Globes room

  • the Silver Hall

  • nautical science, storms and shipwrecks exhibits

  • realistic reproductions of ancient vessels

  • the raft of Ambrogio Fogar, an italian navigator, explorer and writer

  • the MEM (Memory and Migrations), dedicated to our ancestors migration

  • the Mirador terrace

Collezioni Galata Genova
Discover the exhibits

Visiting the museum with children

Genoa’s Galata Maritime Museum also provides child-friendly routes, complete with games and interactive activities. Children will be able to follow Geronimo Stilton's map and discover the city's naval history through simplified explanations by the lovable character.

Sure to entertain the little ones is the MEM exhibit, in which they can retrace the migratory journeys of our ancestors, and a visit inside the submarine.

The Submarine Nazario Sauro

Step inside a real submarine by wearing the protective gear provided at the ticket office and ask for the audio guide. The submarine Nazario Sauro, docked at the pier not far from the entrance to the Naval Museum, was built for the Navy in 1976 and decommissioned in 2002. Today it is possible to discover the living conditions of the sailors and how to use the ship's instrumentation.

Sala interna Galata Museo Navale Genova
Reproductions of an ancient vessel

Tickets and visiting hours

The Galata Maritime Museum is open all winter from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. during the week and from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on holidays, and during summer every day from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Contact us to arrange your visit to the museum. Save time and skip the line at the ticket office: we will purchase tickets for you and provide useful directions to the Old Port.


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