Museum of Ancient Seafaring

Things are moving at the Museum of Ancient Maritime History! The exhibition is currently being modernized with funds from the federal government and the state of Rhineland-Palatinate from the Leibniz Association's Research Museums Action Plan. We look forward to welcoming you again in spring 2025!

Roman antiquity was a time when shipping connected worlds and people. But why do people actually build ships? How do they use them to build networks? What infrastructure do they need for this? What consequences does the mobility resulting from shipping have - for the world and for people? And above all: what traces does all this leave behind then and now, in our minds and in the world?

The wrecks of the Roman ships in Mainz, models of ancient watercraft, trade goods, stone monuments and many other objects provide answers to these questions in our new exhibition and allow you to take a look at the people behind the things. This creates a "space for experiencing the past", which can also inspire us to reflect on ourselves.

The Museum of Ancient Navigation is part of the Leibniz Center for Archaeology:


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Museum für Antike Schiffahrt Mainz
Neutorstr. 2b
55116 Mainz