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The best museums of Venice

Venice, Italy

Collection of 11 places
Doge's Residence Palazzo Ducale

A masterpiece of Gothic architecture, the Doge’s Palace is an extraordinary structure formed of layers of building elements and decoration, from its 14th and 15th century original foundations to the significant Renaissance and sumptuous Mannerist adjunctions. The construction is made up of three large sections, incorporating previous plans. The wing towards the St. Mark’s Basin is the oldest, rebuilt from 1340 onwards. The hall towards St. Mark’s Square was built in its present form from 1424 onwards. The canal-side wing, housing the Doge’s apartments and many government offices, dates from the Renaissance and was built between 1483 and 1565.

18th Century Venice at Ca' Rezzonico
House Museum

The canalside venue is containing the Museum of 18th-century Venice, with fine period art & furniture.

A museum in St. Mark's Square Museo Correr

The Museo Correr is a museum Located in St. Mark's Square, Venice; it is one of the 11 public institutions run by the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia. It extends along the south side of the square on the upper floors of the Procuratorie Nuove. With its rich and varied collections, the Museo Correr covers both the art and history of Venice. The design and initial building work on the Napoleonic Wing dates from the years when Venice was part of the Kingdom of Italy (1806-1814) of which Napoleon was sovereign and his stepson, Eugene de Beauharnais, was Viceroy.

The gothic palace Ca' d'Oro

The Palazzo Santa Sofia is a palace on the Grand Canal; one of the older villas in the city, it is known as Ca' d'Oro ("golden house") due to the gilt and polychrome external decorations which once adorned its walls. Since 1927, it has been used as a museum, under the name Galleria Giorgio Franchetti. The palace was built between 1428 and 1430 for the Contarini family, who provided Venice with eight Doges between 1043 and 1676. The architects of the Ca d'Oro were Giovanni Bon and his son Bartolomeo Bon. The principal façade of Ca' d'Oro facing onto the Grand Canal is built in the Bon's Venetian floral Gothic style.

Contemporary Art Collection at Ca' Pesaro

Notable contemporary art collection & Asian decorative arts in an elegant, baroque marble palace, on the canalside. Designed by Baldassarre Longhena in the mid-17th century, and completed by Gian Antonio Gaspari in 1710.

The Art of Lace Museo del Merletto

In 1978 the public administrations of Venice joined together with the Andriana Marcello Foundation in a “Consortium for Burano Lace”. The museum is located at the historic palace of Podestà of Torcello, in Piazza Galuppi, Burano, seat of the famous Burano Lace School from 1872 to 1970. Rare and precious pieces offer a complete overview of the history and artistry of the Venetian and lagoon’s laces, from its origins to the present day are on display, in a picturesque setting decorated in the typical colors of the island.

A musuem on a Canal Peggy Guggenheim Collection

The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is a modern art museum on the Grand Canal in the Dorsoduro sestiere of Venice; it is one of the most visited attractions in Venice. The collection is housed in the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, an 18th-century palace, which was the home of the American heiress Peggy Guggenheim for three decades. She began displaying her private collection of modern artworks to the public seasonally in 1951. After her death in 1979, it passed to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, which eventually opened the collection year-round. The collection includes works of leading Italian futurists and American modernists working in such genres as Cubism, Surrealism and abstract expressionism. It also includes sculptural works. In 2017, Karole Vail, a granddaughter of Peggy Guggenheim, was appointed Director of the collection, succeeding Philip Rylands, who led the museum for 37 years.

The Old Belle Arti Academy Gallerie dell'Accademia

The Gallerie dell'Accademia is a museum gallery of pre-19th-century art in Venice; housed in the Scuola della Carità on the south bank of the Grand Canal, in the sestiere of Dorsoduro. It was originally the gallery of the Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia, the art academy of Venice, from which it became independent in 1879, and for which the Ponte dell'Accademia and the Accademia boat landing station for the vaporetto water bus are named.

The gothic Palazzo Fortuny

Two great hours to visit this gothic palace, with focus on Mariano Fortuny's stage & textile design, photography & painting. It's an old palace with a magical atmosphere.

Art exhibition at the Punta della Dogana

Art museum and customs house, exhibiting international contemporary artworks, located in the triangular area where the Grand Canal meets the Giudecca Canal.

The biennial art exhibition at Biennale

The Venice Biennale is an arts organization with the name of the original and principal biennial exhibition the foundation organizes.