Museo Storico Navale
So many of Venice
's visitors walk right by the giant cast iron anchors in front of the Museo Storico Navale in Castello near the Arsenale and never step foot inside. Which is a shame because this small museum is a trove of fascinating information and exhibits. Established in 1919 by the Italian Royal Navy, the collections inside tell the story of Venice's naval and maritime history. The five floors include ship models and weaponry, and feature exhibitions that detail the brilliant rise and decline of la Serenissima Republic.