Maritime museum, Piran
The Maritime Museum Sergej Masera is housed in the Gabrielli Palace. This was built in the middle of he 19th century.
Here you can see exibits on marine archaeology (amphorae...) under a ground floor covered with glass; a collection of ancient model ship replicas; tools for repairing and building ships, navigational instruments, sailors uniforms and many other things.
This is an excellent maritime museum in a lovely building called the Gabrielli Palace that was built in the mid-19th century and comes complete with creaky wooden floors. The museum is named in honour of a Slovenian naval commander whose ship was blown up off the Croatian coast in WW1. The museum collection starts with archaeological remains of pots and glassware found along the coast that date from the Neolithic, Bronze and early Iron ages. There are also Roman remains and other artefacts that are displayed under a glass floor. The museum also charts the history of salt making and fishing in the area and has several beautiful large model ships in the Gabriel Gruber collection. There is also an extensive collection of general maritime history in the form of furniture, uniforms, pictures, photos, documents, medals and naval equipment. More pictures can be found in one of my travelogues.
Open: 9am-12pm & 3-6pm daily except Mondays Sept-June. 9am-12pm & 6-9pm daily except Mondays July & Aug. Admission: 800SIT.
The Maritime Museum of Piran,
is located at the inner harbour of Piran's port and in front of the entrance to the Tartini Square.
There are permanent exhibitions taking place: Maritime archaeology, Maritime history, Naval architecture...
Aquarium has its premises at the inner bay of the Piran port. In it, there are several basins, which are mainly lit by artificial light. In the basins there are many various kinds of submersed world you can admire.
The seat of the muesum is in the imposing classical palace Gabrielli by the harbour on the Cankarjevo nabre?je 3. The museum collects, studies and presents the maritime past of the coastal region and economie branches connected with the sea. In the museum you may peruse the archeological collection on sea voyages and trade from pre-historical times up to Middle Ages.
Open from 9-12 and 18-21 hours, every day except Monday.
The maritim Museum, the Piran´s Aquiarium, the Town Hall and the Court House stand on Tartini´s Place, in the centre of which is a statue of the local violinist and composer Guiseppe Tartini
Piran is dominated by the Churtch of St. George, a renaissance and baroque structure north of Tartnis´s Place.- To the east to the church is a 200 m stretch of the 15th. centyru 'town walls', which can be climbed for superb views of Piran and the Adriatic
Surely nice on a rainy day, but it was too nice out to venture inside, prefering to enjoy the 17th century former palace with the sun setting on it.