The Arsenal was the ancient shipyard of the Ancient Maritime Republic of Amalfi, where war embarkations were built and repaired.

The Arsenal since 1042 home of the compass museum and the Marine Duchy, is the symbolic monument of the Ancient Maritime Republic of Amalfi.

Inside it, warships, especially galleys , which dominated trade in the Mediterranean for several centuries, were built and repaired.  The structure, with its system of pointed arches, cross vaults and stone pillars, is reminiscent of Islamic-type buildings.  Only two aisles and 10 pillars remain of the original construction for a length of about 40 meters.

The historic wooden galleon, used by the Amalfi armada in the Regatta of the Ancient Maritime Republics, was restored and placed in the center of the lane in 2022, recalling the modern but ancient-flavored challenges between Amalfi, Genoa, Pisa and Venice.

In the Arsenal are collected some testimonies of its glorious past, such as precious archaeological finds returned from the sea; the Tabula de Amalpha , a maritime code used throughout the Mediterranean until the 16th century; the tarì , a coin struck by the Amalfi mint and accepted in all the main ports from East to West; and nautical orientation instruments including the compass, which the Amalfi people were the first to use in the West, revolutionizing navigation techniques towards the "new world."

A model of medieval Amalfi has been on display since 2022: a reimagining of the seafaring, urban and social city as it must have appeared in the 13th century.

The Amalfi Arsenal houses part of the collections of the Compass and Maritime Duchy Museum, which document the thousand-year history of the coastal town from Roman times until the present.

Established in 2010, the museum collects and integrates the original collection of the Amalfi Civic Museum, preserving and enhancing the main testimonies of the city's extraordinary history and, with them, the "debt" that the modern world and European civilization HAVE TOWARDS the civitas heir to the tradition of Rome.

Opening hours.

June 1ST to September 15TH

DAILY from 10 AM to 8 PM


FULL € 3.00

REDUCED € 1.50
Group of min 10 people
University students
Amalfi accommodations guests

Resident citizens
Children up to 13 years of age
Disabled persons with certification
Over 70 years old
Studentes and teachers of Amalfi schools
C.C.S.A. members.

Tickets can be purchased at the entrance.