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Museum of Ancient Shipping

In the Museum of Ancient Shipping, visitors can admire the reconstruction of five Roman military ships from the late 3rd and 4th centuries AD (Source: Museum of Ancient Shipping)
The Museum of Ancient Shipping of the Roman-Germanic Central Museum (RGCM) has been open again since December 2011 with a number of innovations in the permanent exhibition.

Five Roman military ships from the late 3rd and 4th centuries found in Mainz form the centrepiece of the Museum. Two of them have been reconstructed to a scale of 1:1 with all details and are to be seen alongside the original wrecks.
How did the Roman military protect the Rhine, the “wet frontier” of the late Roman Empire? How was the Roman fleet organised? The newly designed gallery is devoted to the history of shipbuilding. Starting with the dugouts of the Stone Age, you can here follow the stages of the development of ancient shipbuilding.

Visitors to the newly designed permanent exhibition in the Museum of Ancient Shipping (Source. Museum of Ancient Shipping)One particular attraction are the workshops which can be viewed through windows from the exhibition rooms. Here visitors are presented with the unusual possibility of watching the restorers and model builders directly at work.
Small visitors are also catered for: At audio stations, children explain selected exhibits in a manner suitable for children. In drawers the children will find objects to take hold of. Finally, a large action area beneath the gallery invites them to research, discover and play.

In the course of having its energy footprint improved, the Museum has had its roof greened over and received new roof glazing with photovoltaic equipment from SCHOTT. The RGCM has thus taken a first step in the direction of a “green museum”.

Information for visitors


Museum für Antike Schiffahrt des Römisch-Germanischen Zentralmuseums

Neutorstraße 2b
55116 Mainz
Telefon: +49 6131 28 66 30

Opening times

Dienstag bis Sonntag: 10 bis 18 Uhr
Montag geschlossen
Eintritt frei


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