Museum of Force Association at Padua
Museum of Force Association at Padua. The Museum of Italian Sailors Association at Padua holds an interesting small collection and its foundation, back in 1922, coincided with the constitution of the local section of Unione Marinara Italiana (Italian Seafaring Association), transformed into ANMI (Italian Sailors National Association) in 1936. The association, still a free non-political group, gathers regular and retired members of Military Navy (formerly Royal Navy) in order to preserve the memory and the values of Italian seamen who sailed under the national flag in time of peace and war. The museum was originally conceived as a didactic support for those who wished to serve in the national Navy. It was provided with state materials and was later enriched with private donations. Thanks to the Association publications, the museum shows an interesting historical, technical and cultural view of Italian Navy, covering a period from World War I up to present time. In it are displayed several relevant seafaring items: ships, naval infrastructures, Navy aviation models, among which the original wooden propeller of a hydroplane, navigational instruments and devices used to detect ships position, cartography and illustrations. The museum collections include also some rather peculiar items, such as an Austro-Hungarian sea mine, a complete World War I torpedo, some historical guns and sharp weapons (scimitars, spears, arrows) from Africa and collected during sea travels, and shells and exotic animal teeth brought home by sailors as souvenirs. The small museum library includes a great amount of 19th-century nautical publications that can be consulted upon request.
Viale Felice Cavallotti 2, Padova
Tel +39 348 3647435