HISTORY

“ Men, days and work”

On May 22nd, 1996 the Associazione Promotori del Padiglione del Mare e della Navigazione is created in Genoa. It looks like and extraordinary lap forward. And it is. Because on that day, Genoa started to redesign and promote its cultural and historical maritime heritage.

A timeline that unites past, present and future through 20 years of activity and passion

Genoa, a Maritime Republic, a naval power, a financial hub thanks to the richness created by its intense traffics, main port and crossroad for migrants, since 1996 had no place celebrating its history and stories. There is no museum that can host all that material and show it in a modern and interactive way to the many tourists who in 1992 start to discover that Genoa is much more than a mere industrial city.

Thanks to the publisher Gianmarco Tormena’s passion and to Pierangelo Campodonico’s knowledge, two shows are organized in Genoa at two of the places that at the time were the engines of the city’s cultural life. Dal Mediterraneo all’Atlantico (From the Med to the Atlantic), an history of the seamanship in Liguria at Palazzo Ducale in 1993 and Capitani coraggiosi (Brave Captains) on sailing ships and sailors in the 19th century, set at the Acquarium in 1994.

The success of these events comes as a flash: the shipping companies should be involved and an association must be created. It should aim at promoting and showing the extraordinary richness hidden in the stores of the Museo Navale, a space that is no enough and up-to date.

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Gianmarco Tormena and Pierangelo Campodonico catalyse an energy that positively infects the Genovese shipping at the end of the century.

The Associazione Promotori del Padiglione del Mare e della Navigazione is born, because part of the exhibits from the Museo Navale are in the Magazzini del Cotone, in the old port of Genoa.

It’s the beginning of a fantastic adventure, as every story of the sea is. But in this case the story did not remain closed in a drawer or written in a book. With the typical stubbornness of the people living on and close to the sea we created a museum that is not a mere celebration of the past but is always looking at new horizons.

Retracing this timeline you will see how we got to a new starting point.

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A timeline that unites past, present and future through 20 years of activity and passion

Genoa, a Maritime Republic, a naval power, a financial hub thanks to the richness created by its intense traffics, main port and crossroad for migrants, since 1996 had no place celebrating its history and stories. There is no museum that can host all that material and show it in a modern and interactive way to the many tourists who in 1992 start to discover that Genoa is much more than a mere industrial city.

Thanks to the publisher Gianmarco Tormena’s passion and to Pierangelo Campodonico’s knowledge, two shows are organized in Genoa at two of the places that at the time were the engines of the city’s cultural life. Dal Mediterraneo all’Atlantico (From the Med to the Atlantic), an history of the seamanship in Liguria at Palazzo Ducale in 1993 and Capitani coraggiosi (Brave Captains) on sailing ships and sailors in the 19th century, set at the Acquarium in 1994.

The success of these events comes as a flash: the shipping companies should be involved and an association must be created. It should aim at promoting and showing the extraordinary richness hidden in the stores of the Museo Navale, a space that is no enough and up-to date.

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Gianmarco Tormena and Pierangelo Campodonico catalyse an energy that positively infects the Genovese shipping at the end of the century.

The Associazione Promotori del Padiglione del Mare e della Navigazione is born, because part of the exhibits from the Museo Navale are in the Magazzini del Cotone, in the old port of Genoa.

It’s the beginning of a fantastic adventure, as every story of the sea is. But in this case the story did not remain closed in a drawer or written in a book. With the typical stubbornness of the people living on and close to the sea we created a museum that is not a mere celebration of the past but is always looking at new horizons.

Retracing this timeline you will see how we got to a new starting point.

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