This floor dedicated to the maritime affairs, fisheries and local shipyard is preparated with private collections of two citizen of Chioggia: the engineer Giorgio Vianelli and Giancarlo Bonaldo recently disappeared. The things shown in this room belong to the period from 1700 till today’s with the invention of the internal combustion engine.
At the end of the stair case you enter the section dedicated to wood and wood works.
Following the illustration on the wall to the right wing, you can see the construction of fisher-boats and the used axes, the different types of ribs of vault, the caulking and it’s underlined the construction of the boats without a project.
Especially the “bragozzo”, typical boat from Chioggia, will be shown in all phases of its construction in the shipyard (“squero”). In the corner at the eastern side of the room, you can see a diorama of the shipyard, and watching outside the window nearly, it’s possible to see one of the last “squeri” of Chioggia.
Close to the other Venetian boat, the “tartana”, you can see the stern of the “topo” (an other Venetian fisher-boat), various types of planes used in the construction, the model of “trabaccolo” (a cargo-boat), usually made on wood.
In the next moths it is foreseen to expose the “marciliana” a boat from 1100.
I the second room of the left wing, you can see a modern “bragagna”, and a “bragagna” with two bows (used for fishing in the lagoon because of its extremely low drought).
On the pillar you can see some hay-fork, and in the right wing in addition to the “topo” there is there is a section dedicated to the fishing-nets: some dioramas illustrate how they were made, the knots that were used and the different types of floating.
In the third room on the partition wall on the left and on the right, you can see four dioramas showing the different types of fishing, beginning from the fishing with the “bragagna” to that with the trawl and to the fishing with motors. This all is supplied with annotations and photos of the environment and the boat.
On the partitions wall in front of the entrance, on the left one you can see the various fishing gears and the ropes (with photos of the rope makers in Chioggia), on the right one you see the ethnographic section with pipes made on terracotta used by the fishermen during their long nights on the sea, their clothes, their clogs and other typical furnishing of the “bragozzi”.
In front of the exhibition area dedicated to fishing nets you see a small section about popular devotion. Panels illustrate, through images, the history and the importance of local religious aspect in everyday life. Two painted from capitals and a tolela, recently restored, representing the Virgin and Child with Saints Felice and Fortunato.
The Art Gallery
The main wing of the second and last floor of the museum is dedicated to the permanent exihibition entitled “ Chioggia città d’arte, percorsi devozionali e scene di vita urbana nella collezione civica” (Chioggia, city of art, devotional routes and scenes of urban life in the civic collection). This exhibition consists of a picture gallery containing paintings by 19 th century local artists, as well as two panels and a fresco dated between the late 14 th and early 15 th centuries. The paintings are divided into three sections: urban life, everyday scene, and religious life. Here interesting pages of Chioggian history are reveled through colourful glimpses of the city, ordinary scene of a lively fishing village, austere portrait of several important city figures, and certain sacred religious paintings.