Museum of Ancient Seafaring, Mainz
In 1994 the Museum of Ancient Seafaring was opened in an old enginehouse not far from the Roman theatre in the southern part of Mainz. The museum allows you to become acquainted with a variety of ancient vessels: simple boats, cargo vessels, patrol crafts and naval ships. Epitaphs of marines portray the turbulent life at sea. Letters and other documents teach us about daily life in the Roman navy.
The wrecks and one-to-one reconstructions of six Roman ships discovered in Mainz in 1981/82 are also impressive. Their crews controlled and protected the Rhine frontier from hostile attacks at the end of the Roman Empire.
The museum concept is rounded off by a summary of the history of shipbuilding and an insight into our restoration workshops. A further area for activities is dedicated to the young and the young at heart: How was a Roman battleship moved? What did the Romans wear? These questions and many more can be attended to here in an animating way.