Ca’ Pesaro is an imposing marble building overlooking the Grand Canal, and inside it houses two of Venice’s most important museums: the International Gallery of Modern Art and the Museum of Oriental Art. Tickets to Ca’ Pesaro allow access to both and, to make the most of the culture and art concentrated in Venice, they can be combined with admissions to other museums and churches. Apart from the views of the canals and the St Mark’s Square complex, with the basilica and the Doge’s Palace, Venice also offers a lot to modern art enthusiasts, with collections and museums in spectacular palazzi.
Tickets for Ca’ Pesaro
Tickets for Ca’ Pesaro include a visit to the two museums in the palace: the International Gallery of Modern Art and the Museum of Oriental Art.
The audio guide is not included in the tickets for Ca’ Pesaro but can be purchased on site, as can entrance to any temporary exhibitions. At the moment and until 17 September, the exhibition “The Sironi-Strausswald Donation” is taking place, with all the artist’s works preserved at Ca’ Pesaro and the preparatory drawings for the mural he created at Ca’ Foscari in the Aula Magna.
The museum is also accessible for wheelchair users and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on special days until 8 p.m. The last entrance is one hour before closing time. To reach Ca’ Pesaro in Venice you can take the most typical means of transport in the city today, the vaporetto.
THE WORKS AT THE CA’ PESARO IN VENICE
The International Gallery of Modern Art offers visitors a collection that includes works by masters of the 19th and 20th centuries, such as Chagall, Klee and Kandinsky. Works such as Klimt’s ‘Judith II’ and Auguste Rodin’s ‘The Thinker’ can be found in the museum at Ca’ Pesaro. The Museum of Oriental Art, on the third floor, houses unique pieces of Chinese, Indonesian and Japanese art from the Edo period, brought back to Europe by Prince Henry of Bourbon after a trip to Asia at the end of the 19th century.
Ca’ Pesaro and the Natural History Museum
Modern, oriental and natural science: with a combined ticket for Ca’ Pesaro and the Natural History Museum you can visit three interesting and unique museums. In addition to seeing works from the 19th and 20th centuries and a collection of oriental art, you will be able to discover more about fossils, collecting and the evolution of living beings. The Natural History Museum, in fact, besides boasting rare fossils and a giant reconstruction of a dinosaur among its attractions, is organised in a thematic itinerary. The ground floor houses a gallery of fossil cetaceans and the aquarium, while on the first floor we find three sections dedicated to:
- the history of scientific collecting and the birth of scientific museology;
- the variety of living forms and their ability to adapt and specialise.
The museum, perfect for natural science enthusiasts and the merely curious, is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., except Mondays, when it is closed. When purchasing, it is possible to select the option with cancellation and refund by 23:59 on the day before the visit.
Venice Museum Pass
If you are staying in Venice for several days and your intention is to immerse yourself in the history and culture of the city, the Venice Museum Pass will allow you to visit both churches and museums. It is valid for 180 days from the moment of activation and can be cancelled with a refund up to 24 hours in advance.
In this time you can visit all the attractions included in your chosen pass, among which you will find:
- Correr Museum
- Doge’s Palace
- Ca’ Pesaro
- Murano Glass Museum
- Marciana National Library
- National Archaeological Museum
- churches in Venice that are part of the Chorus circuit, such as Santa Maria del Giglio, San Stae, Santa Maria Formosa
Finally, remember that it is always a good idea to arrive a little earlier than the booked time: even tickets with the skip-the-line option save time at the ticket office, but where there are security checks you may still have to wait.