Bourbon Arsenal and Museum of the Sea
140-148 Via Dell' Arsenale
Bourbon Arsenal and Museum of the SeaAt the heart of Palermo's port, the Bourbon Arsenal bears the coat of arms of Spain's King Philip IV, who commissioned it as a shipbuilding factory in 1630. Naval ships were made here for centuries; Horatio Nelson even lived in the arsenal for a time around 1800. The restored building is now a maritime history museum, displaying intricate scale models of galley ships, along with cannons and other maritime artifacts.