One of the 5 naval museums in Italy, for lovers of ships and more.
The last captain of the Venetian Navy was Angelo Emo, to whom a funeral monument was dedicated - sculpted by Giovanni Ferrari, known as il Torretto - for having freed the seas from Barbary pirates.
In 1964 the transfer of the Naval History Museum of the Navy was decreed, from the previous area inside the Arsenale to its current location in the former flour warehouse. The museum develops along a five-storey path and extends, in addition to the former granary, also to the nearby church of San Biagio - which in any case performs a regular function of worship - and in the pavilion of the ships, inside the three warehouses also known as a factory or oar workshop.
The ground floor and first floor are mainly dedicated to the history of the Venetian navy: among the most interesting objects on display are an authentic slow-running torpedo called pig and the model of the Bucintoro - the flagship of the Serenissima used by the Doge, also for the Festival della Sensa - built in the nineteenth century.
On the third floor there is the gondola that belonged to Peggy Guggenheim, together with a series of precious models of oriental junks.
On the fourth floor is the Swedish Room, dedicated to the relations between Sweden and Italy, where you can see the collection of shells donated by the designer Roberta di Camerino.
The ships pavilion houses some examples of boats, both typical Venetian - such as ceremonial gondolas and lagoon work boats - and military boats, as well as a part of the engine room of the Elettra yacht by Guglielmo Marconi.