What are the best museums in Venice?

Venice is one of Italy’s most visited cities because of the wealth of national treasures, art, and history that it holds; not only in its ancient buildings and monuments scattered around the city but also in its museums.

In this article, we list the main museums of Venice, accompanied by the relevant information that will help guide you through the Venetian museum system between public and private exhibitions, as well as ancient and modern times, and finally, the history of textiles and costumes museum.

 History of textiles and costumes museum

Palazzo Mocenigo at San Stae is a splendid example of private Venetian architecture from the early 17th century. It contains precious furnishings and antique paintings from the Study Centre of the History of Textiles and Costume Museum.

Peggy Guggenheim collection

The European and American art of the twentieth-century museum houses the personal collection of art from Peggy Guggenheim . It is headquartered in the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, an ancient, unfinished building on the Grand Canal, in what was for decades the American heiress home.

Civic museum of natural history

The Natural History Museum is located on the Grand Canal in the Fontego dei Turchi, and is one of the most famous civil buildings in Venice. It houses many natural and ethnographic collections, as well as a research center in the lagoon of Venice and an expansive library.

Naval history museum

Founded in 1919 after the 1st World War, the Naval History Museum of Venice is located in Campo San Biagio, in the vicinity of the Ancient Arsenal of Venice; contained within a building of the Granary Serenissima that is still under the jurisdiction of the Italian military and navy. The Naval History Museum of Venice is the most important of its kind in Italy.

Fortuny museum

The museum is located in the old Gothic palace of the same name, in Campo San Beneto. It first belonged to the Pesaro family and was later bought by Mariano Fortuny to make their own photography studio, set design and art directive; creating textiles and paintings of all these functions. The building has retained its rooms and structures, upholstery and collections. Of all these features, the property maintains an excellent exhibition space.

Diocesan museum of sacred art of santa apollonia

The property was owned by Diocese of Venice and promoted by Pope John Paul I (Albino Luciani, 1912-1978), when he was Patriarch of Venice. The museum collects works of art, which has been restored or is currently being restored, from churches of Venice. The museum is housed in the former Benedictine monastery of St. Apollonia, and was built between the 12th and 13th century. It has a room dedicated to the storage of silver goods, while another comprises of the items donated by parish priests, like the Madonnas dressed in traditional Venetian robes.

Galleria Giorgio Franchetti alla Da ‘D’oro

Located in the Ca ‘D’oro , the most beautiful flamboyant Gothic palace on the Grand Canal, the Giorgio Franchetti Gallery collects sculptures, bronzes, ceramics, furniture and paintings of Tuscan schools, anywhere from the Flemish and Venetian works of Mantegna, through to Giorgione and Titian from Fondaco of Germans.

Gallerie dell’accademia

The exhibition of paintings which is located inside the Accademia Gallery is the most significant collection of Venetian painting from the fourteenth to the eighteenth century.

Museum of glass

In the old Palace of the Bishops of Torcello, the Museum of Glass comprises an itinerary of great historical-artistic interest in glass production from Murano, capturing its history from origin to the present day.

Casa di carlo goldoni

In the gothic palace of Ca ‘Centanni at San Polo, this is the house where on February 25, 1707, the famous playwright, Carlo Goldoni, was born. The building houses a small museum of Goldoni rich in modern teaching suggestions, and a library that preserves extensive documentation of Goldoni’s works, as well as the International Institute for theater research. In addition, the famous puppet theater from Ca ‘Grimani ai Servi is included as a part of the Ca ‘Rezzonico collections.

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