Museums in Venice to visit: my advice on which ones you should visit

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Which are the museums in Venice to visit and which ones you shouldn’t miss if you visit Venice?
In this post you’ll find all my advice on the museums in Venice to visit, if you visit the city for the first time or if you come back to admire it again.

Museums in Venice to visit

Doge's Palace | Museums in Venice

Doge’s Palace in Venice

The best way to know the culture and history of Venice is to enter its museums, which are all located inside ancient palaces of noble families or historic buildings of the city. Venice museums, therefore, do not simply house works of art, but are rather masterpieces of architecture which have stories to tell.
Here are the museums you must visit.


Doge’s Palace and Basilica of St. Mark
They’re not a single museum, but they should be visited together, I think, because represent the history of Venice.
The Doge’s Palace was the residence of the Doge, the person who administered justice and ruled the city; the Basilica, instead, was the private chapel of the Doge and the place where the most important public celebrations were held.
From masterpieces by Titian, Tintoretto and Paolo Veronese to the mosaics of the Basilica, the visit will make you discover the history of Venice and its protagonists.

Museo Correr
The museum was established in 1830 at the behest of the Venetian noble Teodoro Correr, who donated his palace and his collection of works of art and documents to the city.
If you want to discover the history of Venetian art and admire the works made by the best-known Venetian artists, this is the museum you must visit.
For further information read the post On Sunday at the museum: the museo Correr in Venice where I talked about my visit to the Museum.

Gallerie dell’Accademia
A building complex which was the former home to a Church, a Monastery and the ancient Accademia di Belle Arti (Academy of Fine Arts), now houses the art collections of Venetian art and from the Veneto.
There are two masterpieces which are worth the admission ticket: the Miracle of the Slave by Tintoretto and the Tempest by Giorgione.
Of course, inside the museum you’ll find much more.

Ca’Rezzonico – the Museum of the 18th-century Venice
The building belonged to the Rezzonico family, and one of its members became Pope Clement XIII in the 18th century, so the Palace fully represents that age and houses the most beautiful works of that period.
But it’s the works by Canaletto, Giandomenico Tiepolo, Pietro Longhi and many more artists that make this museum rightfully on the list of the museums in Venice to visit.

To visit Venice museums without problems you’d better buy the Venice Museum Pass, which grants the admission to the Doge’s Palace, the Museo Correr and Ca’Rezzonico, and other beautiful museums in Venice.

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Have you already been to Venice and have you already visited its main museums? Here are some ideas to discover the most unusual and fascinating museums, which in some cases are little known.

Peggy Guggenheim Collection
The museum is located in the residence of art collector Peggy Guggenheim, who chose an unfinished palace overlooking the Grand Canal to display the world’s most complete collection of works of art of the early 20th century.
Walking along the rooms of this museum you can retrace the art history of the 20th century, from Picasso to Kandinsky, from Mondrian to Pollock, up to Bacon and Andy Warhol.

Peggy Guggenheim Museum | Museums in Venice

Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice

Museum of Palazzo Mocenigo
It’s Venice’s most fascinating museum.
A place that retraces in a suggestive way the history of textiles, costumes and art of Venetian perfume.
Among 18th-century furniture, fabrics and embroidery, accessories and clothes, bottles and containers for essences, this museum will leave the perfume of Venice on you.

Museo Fortuny
A 15th-century palace houses a museum dedicated to Mariano Fortuny, who in the late 19th century decided to live and work here, building an amazing atelier for the creation and printing of silk and velvet clothes and fabrics.

Glass Museum
This museum is located on the island of Murano, the place where for centuries a one-of-a-kind glass has been produced.
The Glass Museum is located inside a palace in Gothic style, which in 1861 became the building which illustrates the history of glassmaking and artists who, over the centuries, have produced glass objects that have made history of this very ancient material.

Glass Museum | Museum in Venice

Glass Museum in Murano

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