Along with many other things, the charm and lure of visiting a new place, new city, town or country, is getting the chance to observe, understand and revel in its culture and history. From understanding why the locals do what they do in terms of habits, festivals and celebrations, to taking a step back in history and looking at some of the great events that have shaped the place to what it is today, there is honestly no greater way to immerse yourself in an unknown land. And the best way to do exactly that is by visiting its museums.
Venice, the City of Canals, is a treasure trove of museums, housing some of Italy’s best collections. Below is a list of the Top 10 Museums in Venice that you should definitely consider checking out on your next trip there.
Bonus: All You Need To Know About The Venice Museum Pass at the end of this post!
Perhaps Venice’s most popular and well-recognized attractions, Doge’s Palace is a magnificent 14th Century marvel, that used to serve as the residence of the Doge of Venice (senior-most elected official) and as the Center of Government. Built in traditional Venetian Gothic Style architecture and overlooking the Grand Canal, the Palazzo Ducale is a treat for your eyes, both from the outside and in. Before heading in, be sure to take your time looking at its enchanting facade and the even more encapsulating entrance (Porta della Carta), which is adorned with ornamental statues and figures.
The castle from the inside, with its enormous stairwells, gilded ceilings and artwork-adorned walls, is no lesser. The permanent collection at the Palace includes a plethora of breathtaking statues, paintings and frescoes that you can spend hours on end gaping at. Some of the notable rooms include the Sala del Maggior Consiglio, Sala dello Scrutinio and Sala del Senato.
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April 1st to October 31st: 8:30 AM to 7:00 PM (last admission 6:00 PM
November 1st to March 31st: 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM (last admission 4:30 PM) Address
Piazza San Marco, 1, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
Peggy Guggenheim Collection
It is often said that Venice, the city in itself is a work of art with its picture-perfect canals, quaint bridges, intricately-designed buildings and cobblestoned streets. This beauty has entranced some of the greatest artists that have ever lived, and through their work, the charm of the city is immortalised.
The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is an art museum in Venice that showcases one of the most impressive collections of modern art in the world, exhibiting the works of renowned artists like Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Jackson Pollock and Max Ernst. The pieces on display are actually from the private collection of American Heiress, Peggy Guggenheim, and the museum itself is at the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, an 18th century palace that served as her home. With its many paintings and sculptures, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection attracts roughly 400,000 visitors a year, making it the second most visited attraction in Venice, after Doge’s Palace.
10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, closed on Tuesdays Address
Dorsoduro, 701-704, 30123 Venezia VE, Italy
Venice has a rich Jewish history, albeit not a very proud one, dating back to the 1500’s. During this time, Europe as a whole wasn’t very welcoming of the Jews, and as a result, they had to travel far and wide just to find work and shelter. A majority of the Jews ended up in Venice as it is was one of the few cities where they could find employment. But here too, they were discriminated against and were made to stay in a separate neighbourhood, away from everyone else. And thus, was born the first ever Jewish Ghetto.
Located in between two of the city’s most ancient synagogues, the Jewish museum in Venice, provides an insight into the lives and traditions of Venetian Jews, and also enlightens viewers on the situation and plight of the community back in the 16th century. Some of the objects on display include ancient crowns, spires, keys, manuscripts, books and other liturgical materials that were of great use and importance to daily Jewish life.
June 1st to September 30th: 10.00 AM to 7.00 PM
October 1st to May 31st: 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM. Address
Campo di Ghetto Nuovo, 2902/b, 30121 Venezia VE, Italy
Leonardo Da Vinci Museum
If you’re a fan and admirer of one of the world’s greatest painter, inventor and thinker, Leonardo Da Vinci, then this place will give you goosebumps. The Leonardo Da Vinci Museum in Venice, is a space dedicated and devoted to the art, work and thoughts of this extraordinary, multi-talented man.
The museum is divided into 4 apt and unique sections - Earth, Air, Fire and Water, with each section showcasing relevant, working reproductions of his machines and ideas. All the devices and contraptions on display are built in accordance to his designs and in some cases, to exact scale! There is even a section solely focused on exhibiting his anatomical studies along with a gallery showcasing some of his most famous paintings and works of art. If you think what you saw in ‘The Da Vinci Code’ was impressive, wait till you see what’s in store for you in this museum.
April 1st to October 31st: 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM
November 1st to March 31st: 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM Address
Scoletta – Complesso Monumentale, Campo San Rocco, 3052, 30125 Venezia VE, Italy
Museo del Vetro ( Murano Glass Museum)
Situated on the picturesque and stunning Murano Island, the Murano Glass Museum is a thematic exhibition on the history of glass, glass art and most importantly, Murano Glass.
Aside from its breathtaking canals and pleasantly old-fashioned houses, Murano is well-known throughout Italy for its magnificent glass creations. Glassmaking, on this island dates back to about 1291, when all the glassmakers of Venice were ordered by the Government to relocate to Murano for safety reasons. The Glass Museum highlights this heritage through its permanent collections, which include works from as far back as the Roman Empire, all the way till today. Some of the notable pieces on display are creations by the Barovier & Toso glass company and glass textiles designed by Carlo Scarpa, a renowned Italian architect, in the late 1930s.
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April 1st to October 31st: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM (last admission 5:00 PM)
November 1st to March 31st: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (last admission 4:00 PM) Address
Fondamenta Marco Giustinian, 8, 30141 Venezia VE, Italy
Museo del Merletto (Burano Lace Museum)
Just like how Murano is famous for its glass, the island of Burano is recognized for its lace and lace creations. In fact, the Burano lace was once such an item of luxury, that most of the noble families and aristocrats of Europe wanted the lace adorned on their trousseau or dresses!
The Burano Lace Museum, located at the iconic palace of Podestà of Torcello, takes you on a complete rundown of the history and craftsmanship of the famous Venetian laces, and in the mornings gives you an opportunity to see this fine creation in the making. The permanent collection here is chronologically organized and divided into 4 sections - 16th century, 17th-18th century, 19th-20th century and The Burano Lace School (1872-1970). In each of the sections you will see examples of the products made during that period, including objects like glasses, clothes, books, drawings and even paintings.
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April 1st to October 31st: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM (last admission 5:30 PM)
November 1st to March 31st: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (last admission 4:30 PM) Address
Piazza Baldassarre Galuppi, 187, 30142 Burano, Venezia VE, Italy
Ca’ Pesaro International Gallery of Modern Art
Ca’ Pesaro is a spectacular 18th century Venetian Palace with an exquisite Baroque facade, located in the Santa Croce area of Venice. Overlooking the Grand Canal, this stunning structure was built by the famous architect, Baldassarre Longhena for the Pesaro family in 1710, and it is currently home to International Gallery of Modern Art and the Museum of Oriental Art. The Modern Art Museum houses mainly 19th and 20th century art, with paintings and sculptures by eminent artists like Gustav Klimt, Henry Moore, Umberto Boccioni, Wassily Kandinsky and Marc Chagall. There is even a section that focuses solely on graphic art!
On the upper floor of the palace resides the Oriental Museum of Venice, which displays objects and works from Japan, China, Indonesia and Cambodia. Here you will find intriguing items like weapons, armours, dolls, kimonos, statuettes and drawings, all of which were collected by Prince Henry of Bourbon on his travels to the far east.
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (last entry at 4:00 PM), closed on Mondays Address
Santa Croce, 2076, 30135 Venezia VE, Italy
Not to be confused with the Accademia Gallery in Florence, which houses Michelangelo’s ‘David’, the Accademia in Venice is, in its own right, also one of the finest art museums in the world. The Gallerie dell’Accademia, which is situated in the lovely south bank of the Grand Canal, once used to be a part of Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia, a prominent art school founded in 1750 by Giovanni Battista Piazzetta, famous for being one of the first institutions in the world to study the art and science of art restoration, back in 1777. Today, the museum boasts of some outstanding works of Venetian and Italian heritage, exhibiting pieces by gifted Italian artists including Bellini, Carpaccio, Veronese, Tiziano, Veneziano, Tintoretto, Tiepolo, Titian, and Canaletto. If you’re looking to spend some time admiring and marvelling at Italian art, then this is the place for you.
Tuesday to Sunday - 8:15 AM to 7:15 PM
Monday - 8:15 AM to 2:00 PM Address
Campo della Carita, 1050, 30123 Venezia VE, Italy
Museo della Fondazione Querini Stampalia
Another art museum definitely worth visiting in Venice is the Museum of the Querini Stampalia Foundation, located in the Palazzo Querini Stampalia. Considered to be one of the most significant and well preserved house museums in Venice, the gallery consists of a wide range of Baroque and Rococo masterpieces, including works by Giovanni Bellini, Pietro Longhi, Gabriel Bella, Matteo Ghidoni, Lorenzo di Credi and Giulio Carpiono. The museum also contains a fair number of modern-art works, thanks to the donations of Venetian artist Eugenio Da Venezia, who in 1989, gave a substantial amount of his work to the foundation in order to give impetus to the rising Venetian art movement.
10:00 AM to 6:00 PM (last entry at 5:30 PM), closed on Mondays Address
Campo Santa Maria Formosa, 5252, 30122 Venezia VE, Italy
Scuola Grande di San Rocco
The Scuola Grande di San Rocco is one of the most awe-inspiring, ornate and recognizable buildings in all of Venice, with some even claiming that this structure is to Venice what the Sistine Chapel is to Rome!
Established as a confraternity in the mid-16th century and later proclaimed a Great School, painter Tintoretto was commissioned with the tough task of providing paintings for the Scuola and decorating its walls and ceilings. It took the artist 24 years and nearly a third of his life to complete this task, and the results definitely reflect the work.
With breathtaking frescoes, intricate murals and exquisite paintings, it is no wonder why some Tintoretto fans believe that the Scuola Grande di San Rocco was his pièce de résistance. Some of the artist’s best pieces can be found in the Sala dell'Albergo, Sala Terrena and the Sala Superiore. It must be said that even if you’re not a fan of paintings and of art in general, you must still pay this museum a visit, to simply bask in the sheer brilliance of Tintoretto’s effort.
9:30 AM to 5:30 PM (last entry at 5:00 PM) Address
San Polo, 3052, 30125 Venezia VE, Italy
Venice Museum Pass
If you're a true museum buff, you've probably made plans to visit all of the 10 museums in Venice mentioned above. If you're worried about how you're going to squeeze in a visit to the above museums without tearing a hole in your pocket, we have the perfect solution for you. Grab the Venice Museum Pass and you're all good to go!
What is the Venice Museum Pass?
The Venice Museum Pass is a dream deal that allows you seamless access to 3 or 10 museums in Venice ( depending on your choice) along with Skip the Line access to crowded museums like the Doge's Palace. This pass is a convenient option that saves you time, energy and gives you about 50% savings as opposed to buying indiviual museum tickets. It is activated on first use, after which it is valid for consecutive days as specified by your choice of pass.
Museums Covered In the Venice Museum Pass
1. Doge’s Palace
2. Museo Correr
3. Museo Archeologico Nazionale
4. Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana
5. Ca’ Rezzonico-Museum
6. Carlo Goldoni’s House
7. Palazzo Mocenigo
8. Ca’ Pesaro-Museum of Modern & Oriental Art
9. Museum of Palazzo Mocenigo
10. Natural History Museum
11. Burano Lace Museum
12. Murano Glass Museum
How much does the Venice Museum Pass cost?
There are 2 variants of the Venice Museum Pass available :
The 3 Museum + Doge's Palace Pass costs 20 Euros
The 10 Museum + Doge's Palace Pass costs 100 Euros
You can grab your Venice Museum Pass below
Venice Museum Pass ( 3 Museum & 10 Museum Pass )
Headout Price: €28.5
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