Venice tourist guide

Venice Museums and Galleries

GoVenice.com provides you an exhaustive list of the most important museums in Venice. The city houses a great variety of precious collections that display works from the Renaissance to the modern art. Don't miss the opportunity to see these amazing museums, all of them are definitely worthy of a visit.

Palazzo Ducale museum

Palazzo Ducale museum

Located just near San Marco Basilica, Doge's Palace was built in IX century and represents a masterpiece of the Venetian Gothic architecture. The structure was enlarged during the centuries until the 1438 when was completed. The museum houses several paintings by famous artists such as Tintoretto, Tiziano and Veronese all placed in richly adorned rooms on three floors. Very interesting tours are available at Doge's Palace museum. We suggest the visit to the ancient prisons where Casanova was held for many years.
www.museiciviciveneziani.it


Marciano museum

Marciano museum

The Marciano Museum is part of the San Marco Basilica. It is one of the most visited museums in Venice and from its balcony you'll enjoy an amazing view of the Basilica.
The complex was once used by the functionaries that attended the ceremonies held there. The museum houses the bronze horses that once were located outside the Basilica, the collection includes also religious items, jewelleries, manuscripts and mosaics.


Correr museum

Correr museum

This museum in Venice is dedicated to the Venetian history from the origins of painting until the XVIII century displaying many historical items and exceptional works of art such as the XIII and XVI centuries paintings and the sculptures by Canova housed in the neoclassic rooms.
There is also a very peculiar collection of ancient ladies' shoes and old XVI century maps of the city. The museum is an inheritance by Teodoro Correr, who left his private collection to Venice.


Naval museum

Naval museum

In the Naval museum you'll find some original items from the second world war, included some artifacts invented in Italy. The most impressive thing is the stunning model of the famous ship, the Bucintoro, built in 1728. On the third floor are exposed amazing silk panels from China, while the fourth floor is dedicated to the north Europe, displaying Viking crafts.
www.marina.difesa.it/venezia/


Natural History museum

Natural History museum

Located in the Fondaco dei Turchi this museum is a XIII century Byzantine style palace on Canal Grande. The building was the original site of the Correr Museum then relocated in St. Mark square. In 1922 this structure became the house of the Natural History Museum that displays a big collection of fossils and a whole skeleton of a dinosaur.


Ca'Pesaro

Ca'Pesaro

The baroque palace of Ca'Pesaro on the Gran Canal houses a very large collection of the modern art that now is one of the most appreciated in Venice including works of art by Matisse, Klimt and Kandisky.
The upper floor is dedicated to the Oriental Art Museum that displays about 30,000 items from Japan, China and Indonesia. The collection was brought together by Prince Henry of Bourbon Parma, Count of Bardi, who traveled in Asia.
www.arteorientale.org


Scuola Grande du San Rocco

Scuola Grande du San Rocco

Located in Campo San Rocco near San Rocco Church the Scuola Grande di San Rocco is a masterpiece of Renaissance in Venice. The building houses over 50 paintings by Tintoretto that represents the main attraction of the structure built in honor of San Rocco the protector against plague. Created in 1500s these works of art were completed in 23 years and are an absolute must for art lovers. The most important of them is Tintoretto's "Crucifixion".
www.scuolagrandesanrocco.it


Accademia galleries

Accademia galleries

Placed just down the Accademia bridge the Accademia Galleries were founded in 1750s as painting, sculpture and architecture's school. The purpose was to create also in Venice an official institution for arts like those placed in other Italian cities such as Firenze, Milano and Bologna.
www.gallerieaccademia.org


Fondazione Querini Stampalia

Fondazione Querini Stampalia

This amazing Renaissance palace is located in the centre of the city near St. Mark square and is one of the most unique complex in the lagoon. It was an inheritance of Giovanni Querini in 1868 who died without leaving any direct heir. The museum houses many works of art such as Gabriel Bella and Pietro Longhi interesting scene of public and private life.
www.querinistampalia.it/museo


Goldoni's house

Goldoni's house

This small palace was originally called Ca'Centanni and takes place in San Polo. The famous Venetian playwright Carlo Goldoni was born here in 1707 and nowadays the building houses the Museum of Venetian Theatre and Dramatic Art. The museum want to be a documentation of the works of Goldoni and houses a small theatre of puppets.


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