International Naval Museum of Imperia

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Piazza Duomo, 11 - 18100 IMPERIA - ITALY - Tel. n. 0183/651541
Tax Code: 91005290084

Opening hours:
Winter: Tuesday 09:00 - 11:00 (for schools) - Wednesday 15.30 - 19:30
Saturday 16.30 - 19:30
Summer: Wednesday 21:00 - 23:00 - Saturday 21:00 - 23:00
Possibility of extra openings (to be previously arranged over the telephone) for tourist groups and organisations.
Access to the museum is indicated by appropriate road signs. Coaches may be parked in the front square.  
The International Naval Museum of Imperia is a recent institution (it was founded in 1980) and in a few years it has made itself known to the world for the rapidity and soundness of its continuous development, the methodology of its research and the competent valorisation of its material.
Its Founder and first Supervisor was Captain Flavio Serafini, who had in fact managed to catalyse around this syngular and valuable initiative, not only the most authoritative technicians and collaborators but also the enthusiasm of many passionate proselytes, collectors and researchers of marine history and related data.
The incredible result has been the safeguard of a unique and vast inheritance of material related to Ligurian and National marine traditions that, otherwise, would have been inexorably lost in the course of a few years.
The daily consolidation of this original structure - in a country that has submerged its own naval vestiges in negligence and indifference, and only in Europe, has not been able to maintain a ‘ship museum’ - is the clear evidence of what more can be carried out in this particular sector of history, culture and customs.
And it could not have been otherwise, considering the stimulus of our highly qualified voluntary personnel (ex marine officials, Merchant Navy captains, Nautical teachers, designers, divers, Italian and foreign scholars, all under a single association : "Friends of the Naval Museum Association"), in collaboration with universities, supervisors, public and private organisations, schools, etc. This collective participation is the best guaranty of continuity as the Museum starts to become one of the most qualified and interesting in this field, gathering everywhere consent and collaboration and assuming the role of a cultural instrument at the service of the community, meant to conserve, enhance and divulge this historical, ethnographic and documental inheritance.
Despite the temporary lack of available premises, on the whole the exhibition rooms, although sometimes crammed with show-cases, are displayed with a certain amount of dignity and with a well-calculated explanatory presentation within the limits consented by the heterogeneity of the material.
Praise goes to the Civic Administration who has put into force certain measures for a better future adaptability of the Museum to cultural needs (inclusion and incorporation within the Polyvalent Centre of Culture).

SECTION IN PREPARATION: Photographic study, malacology, fishing, underwater archaeology