17 Incredible Museums You Should Visit in Venice
If it is art and culture that you are looking for while exploring the marvellous city of Venice, in this article, part of a fantastic Venice travel guide, you will find all the most famous (and even less famous) museums to see in Venice.
Venice, the capital of northern Italy Veneto region, the city most of you had dreamt about on many occasions, with its little alleys full of mystery, its gondola rides where to play with your partner like two love birds while admiring from the water the magnificent of this historical city.
Venice is built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea.
There are no roads, just canals, including the Grand Canal.
You will find the Venetian public transports "Vaporetti" and the speed boat taxi from where you will enjoy the view of Renaissance Gothic palaces.
Have a walk at any time of the day and right in the central square, Piazza San Marco, with the St. Mark's Basilica, which is tiled with Byzantine mosaics, and the Campanile bell tower offering views of the Venetian's red roofs.
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Venice is a city strongly dedicated to art and has infinite museums to visit.
Whether you are passionate about modern art or wish to discover the city's history, you will be spoiled for choices.
1. Palazzo del Doge:
Doge's Palace is one of the most famous palaces in Venice.
The palace has been used for many purposes, from the Doge's residence to the prison of the Venetian republic.
It is one of my favourites, with its large rooms, and magnificently decorated ceilings you will learn a lot about Venetian history.
It is situated in Piazza San Marco/St Mark Square and it was originally a fortified castle founded between the tenth and eleventh centuries.
The palace was partly demolished by a fire and was reconstructed between 1172 and 1178, as was the Piazza San Marco. During this period, the Palazzo was used as a fortress and prison.
Opening Times: Every day from 8.30 am till 7 pm.
I advise you to buy the Skip the Queue ticket here if you don't want to wait more than 1 hour before entering the palace (the queue is most of the time crazy long).
Reserve your ticket here and find the best ticket combination for your holiday.
Museum Card, the ticket includes the visits to Marciana National Library, Palazzo Ducale, the Correr Museum and the Archeological Museum.
Do you prefer a guided tour that will teach everything about these beautiful buildings?
2. The Gallerie dell’Accademia:
This museum is one of the most famous museums in the world, and surely unmissable on your visit to Venice. It is so popular that can get very busy so book your tickets well in advance to save time and cut the queue.
The Gallerie dell'Accademia is in the Venetian district Dorsoduro sestiere. You will get there by crossing the huge wooden arch of the Ponte dell'Accademia (Accademia bridge), built by the Austrians to move their soldiers quickly around the city.
You will have a spectacular view of the Canal Grande from the top of the bridge, looking at Santa Maria della Salute, the Bacino di San Marco and the Punta della Dogana.
The Grand Canal draws an enormous curve (the Volta del Canal) at this point, so I advise you to stop and admire it (take also some stunning pictures, obviously) and then enter the biggest collection of European and Venetian paintings you will ever see.
Opening times: Tue-Sun 8.15 am -7.15 pm. Mon 8.15 am- 2 pm.
Address: Campo della Carità, 1050, 30123 Venezia VE, Italy
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Carnival in Venice!
One of the most amazing cities in the world will surprise you with its elaborated masks,
expensive handmade dresses and districts water parades.
Check when Carnival will be (the date changes every year but it is usually one week from February to March) and book your amazing Venetian holiday when you will discover all the beauty that Venice has to offer.
Check rates and availability, and don't miss the opportunity to see Venice dressed up as a beautiful Venetian dame.
If you have always wanted to create your own Carnival mask, in Venice your dream can become a reality. Check out these Venice Carnival mask workshops.
Do you need help with finding a good Hotel in Venice? Check out my article
"The Most Complete Guide of Where to Stay in Venice" where I listed the best Hotels for every budget.
3. The Venice Biennale:
The Venice Biennale has been for over 120 years one of the most prestigious art and cultural foundations in the world. Established in 1895, the Biennale has a presence today of over 500,000 visitors at the Art Exhibition.
The history of the La Biennale di Venezia begins back in 1895 when the first International Art Exhibition was created. In the 1930s new festivals were born: Music, Cinema, and Theatre (the Venice Film Festival in 1932 was the first film festival in history).
Tickets from 22 Euro. You can purchase your tickets here.
Address: Giardini della Biennale.
4. The Leonardo da Vinci Museum:
The Leonardo Da Vinci Museum is located at the Scoletta di San Rocco, in front of the Scuola Grande di San Rocco. Inside you will have the chance to discover the master's world. You will learn about his life, works and secrets.
In more than 500 square metres, you will be able to walk through the exhibition rooms and discover Leonardo Da Vinci's life and his magnificent works.
Address: Campo San Rocco, 3052
Opening Times: Everyday 10.30am- 5.30pm (may vary by seasons).
Don't risk wasting your time waiting in a queue (it can be crazy long). Book your skip the queue ticket in advance, check the tickets museums available here.
Venice is beautiful and also a perfect place where to taste all the delicious food and wine that its region has to offer. So Why not have an unforgettable experience to remember for the rest of your life?
Very Important Question: Do you like Wine?
If the answer is Yes! Check out the wine tasting available in Venice here.
With so many different wines to choose from, you will try only the best ones!
If you are a cooking lover like me, always looking to try different recipes, try this fabulous Cooking class and tasting here.
You will feel so satisfied that you will tell all your friends about it.
5. Museo Correr:
Museo Correr is a museum located in the ex-Royal Palace in Piazza San Marco and combines the Napoleonic Wing and the Procuratie Nuove.
It was founded out of the art collection that Teodoro Correr left to the city in 1830. You will admire the neoclassical rooms, with sculptures by Antonio Canova, urban history, and daily life.
An indispensable stop for anyone visiting Venice, you need to consider the time necessary to see all the rooms of this important museum, furnished with ancient furnishings and beautiful tapestries and statues.
You can visit the Correr museum, the Doge's palace, and the Captain's palace with just one ticket.
Opening Time: Sun - Thu 10:30am - 5:00pm, Fri - Sat 10:30am - 7:00pm.
Address: In St. Mark Square
Museum Card: The ticket includes the visits to Marciana National Library, Palazzo Ducale, the Correr Museum, the Archeological Museum and many more.
6. Grimani Palace Museum:
This national museum is an almost unknown jewel.
It is not a palace as many others in Venice, it is unique not only for its sixteenth-century architecture and decorations but above all for the fascinating environment of the Tribuna, which alone is worth a visit.
Address: Ruga Giuffa, 4858
Opening Time: Tue-Sun 10am - 7pm. Closed on Mondays.
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7. Glass Museum:
On the Murano island, in the ancient residence of the bishops of Torcello, there is this very interesting museum that contains the world's most extensive historical collection of Murano glass, with precious pieces produced between the 15th and 20th centuries, many of them world-famous masterpieces.
Check this Amazing Tour available: Murano Glassblowing & Burano Lace-making Excursion.
I highly recommend it! It is an amazing opportunity to see the most visited islands of Murano and Burano.
I loved the Glassblowing exhibition when they show you how fast and easily they create wonderful glass statues, it is a must-see in Venice!
Have you ever dreamed about making your own glass?
Venice offers also this activity: A Workshop on lampworking and hot glass bead making.
What better souvenir than the one you made?
8. The Peggy Guggenheim Collection:
The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is the most important museum in Italy for European and American art of the twentieth century created by the American collector Peggy Guggenheim.
The collection includes masterpieces of Cubism, Futurism, European abstraction, Surrealism, and American Abstract Expressionism, with works, among others, by Picasso, Pollock, Kandinsky, Miró, de Chirico, Dalí. It is located in Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, on the Grand Canal, in the American patron's home.
In addition to the permanent collection, there is a splendid sculpture garden and temporary exhibitions are periodically organized.
Check tickets prices and Book your ticket in advance here.