Founded in 1919, the Naval Historical Museum is located close to the Arsenal in one of the old granaries of Venice. Its collections recall those made under the Venetian Republic when the models of the ship-builders where kept in the Arsenal, in a special building, “Casa dei Modelli”. This was the archive of the models during the Venetian Republic. Scale models were used instead of drawn projects: the ship were built starting from these models. Some of these old models survived the ransacking of the Arsenale in 1797 and are now kept in the museum.