National Maritime Archaeology Museum

If you’re on holiday in Caorle or you live nearby, a visit to the Maritime museum at 80 Via Strada Nuova comes highly recommended. You can learn all sorts of fascinating historical facts about the beautiful beach resort and the surrounding area, where the first people settled as long ago as the Bronze Age.

The museum is not only interesting but also extremely engaging thanks to its selection of technological and multimedia systems. Young and old alike will love using them to learn all about the history of the local area.

National Maritime Archaeology Museum

Visiting the National Maritime Archaeology Museum

There are two floors in the museum, which has been run by the Veneto Archaeological Heritage Office since 2014.

  • On the first floor are prehistoric and Ancient Roman finds, which reveal how the history and archaeology of the area unfolded. It takes visitors on a captivating journey from the Bronze Age to modern times.
  • On the ground floor is an exhibition of the remains of the 19th century brig “Mercurio”, which sank off the coast of Caorle during a battle. It was a two-masted warship that was built during the Napoleonic era and later given to the Italians by the French. During a battle in 1812, the ship’s magazine was hit, the gunpowder exploded and the vessel went down along with most of its crew.

The muster roll has been found and it has revealed lots of information about the meticulously organized life at sea, not to mention the fact that there was a woman on board. She was the wife of the ship’s cook.

National Maritime Archaeology Museum

Many historic accounts and facts can be explored using touchscreens, video screenings and virtual reality stations that recreate the thrills of diving in the wreck excavation area.

These tools mean that a visit to the Caorle National Maritime Archaeology Museum is a wonderful way to take a joyful plunge into the past during a holiday in Caorle.

How to visit the museum: opening times and tickets

The Caorle maritime museum is open to the public from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Last entry: 5:00 pm. It is not necessary to book in advance.

For further information, contact

Entrance to the museum is free on the first Sunday of every month.

National Maritime Archaeology Museum

Ticket prices

The prices of museum tickets are as follows:

  • Full price €6.00
  • Concessions €2.00 (people between 18 and 25 years of age)
  • Free entry for people aged under 18, disabled visitors + carers, and groups of students accompanied by their teachers (please book in advance). The museum is accessible to disabled people.

National Maritime Archaeology Museum

It is also possible to buy a combined ticket for admission to a number of museums. The ticket prices are as follows: 

  • Full price €15.00
  • Concessions €6.00 (people between 18 and 25 years of age)

The combined tickets include admission to:

  • The National Maritime Archaeology Museum (80 Via Strada Nuova, Caorle) 
  • Concordia National Archaeology Museum (26 Via Seminario, Portogruaro)
  • The Archaeological Site on Piazza Costantini in Concordia Sagittaria
  • The National Archaeology Museum (56 Via Sant’Eliodoro, Altino)

If you’re looking for things to do in Caorle when it rains because the weather isn’t great one day during your holiday, we’d definitely recommend a trip to the interesting Maritime museum.

If you haven’t booked yet, click here to find an apartment by the sea in Caorle.

For the first 3 pic: Ph.Credit@museomarecaorle

National Maritime Archaeology Museum

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