After much wandering, getting lost among the streets, admiring the views and enjoying glasses of local wine, a bit of culture does not hurt. In Venice, places of interest are not lacking! The MUVE Venice Civic Museums circuit includes the Correr Museum, the Natural History Museum, Palazzo Ducale, Ca Rezzonico, Ca Pesaro, the splendid Fortuny Palace, the clock tower in Piazza San Marco, the home of Carlo Goldoni, writer and the famous Venetian playwright, the Moncenigo palace museum which traces the history of fashion and also offers a route dedicated to perfumes, up to the arsenal where we find the naval historical museum of the navy.
In addition, the Murano glass museum and the lace museum on the island of Burano await you on the islands. Both reachable by taking the vaporetto from the Santa Lucia railway station.
Outside the MUVE circuit are the famous Guggenheim, Palazzo Grassi, Palazzo Grimani and the Jewish museum.
The best venice museums – the Correr Museum
Let’s start with the museum, which takes its name from Teodoro Correr,a noble and passionate art collector who donated to the city of Venice. The museum is full of sumptuous salons and richly decorated halls. It houses masterpieces by the neoclassical sculptor Canova, tapestries and eighteenth-century furniture, an art gallery, and also, recently restored, the rooms of Princess Sissi are now open to the public. At the end of the visit you will be a stone’s throw from architectural splendours such as the Marciana National Library, the Doge’s Palace, home of the Doge and a symbol of the city and the Basilica of San Marco, a fascinating place of worship with its golden mosaics.
Here also is the elegant Cafe Florian, the oldest coffee shop in the world opened in 1720.
Museum of natural history venice
Let yourself be carried away into the past and awaken your curiosity. Explore the display cases containing archaeological finds and huge dinosaur skeletons towering over you. The natural history museum of Venice overlooks the Grand Canal and is housed in a huge palace that once hosted the original Correr museum.
Divided into three thematic areas: On the trail of life, Collecting to amaze, Strategies of life, it is the ideal place for children, who will spend a few hours discovering something more about animals and history and will surely remain open-mouthed as they enter the cetacean gallery where a large whale skeleton, almost 20 meters long, is suspended from the ceiling.
Guggenheim museum Venice
After so much history, do you want a bit of modernity? No problem! Venice is very avant-garde when it comes to modern art. In addition to the international gallery of modern art of Ca Pesaro (Santa Croce 2076), we invite you to the museum of modern art par excellence with offices all over the world: the Guggenheim. The Venetian museum is housed in the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, once the residence of the collector Peggy Guggenheim, a reference point for European and American art of the first half of the twentieth century. Examples of Cubism, surrealism, expressionism and futurism are all here. Cross the threshold of the garden of the villa and let yourself be transported into the world of Picasso, Duchamp, Balla, Kandinskij, Magritte and many others.
Another museum with striking architecture will certainly capture your attention. Palazzo Grassi, overlooking the Grand Canal in front of the eighteenth century museum Ca Rezzonico (Dorsoduro 3136), has a very different collection. Here the theme is pop art, minimalism, video art and more contemporary pieces. You can also take advantage of the museum’s combined ticket to visit the customs point as well as enjoying the excitement you feel at the far end of the Sestriere di Dorsoduro and see the bell tower of San Marco on your left and the open sea to the right.
Jewish Museum of Venice
We already knew that Venice is rich in history but there is still another place to visit: the Jewish ghetto in Cannaregio. Cross the Guglie bridge and a small calle on the left will take you to the heart of the Jewish ghetto, where you can buy typical sweets and the restaurants prepare kosher dishes. Between one small art gallery and another you will find yourself in Campo del Ghetto Nuovo, the centre of the Venetian Jewish community that still keeps religious traditions alive after 500 years. Here the Jewish museum divided into two areas: one purely dedicated to the cycle of Jewish festivities and the objects used for the liturgy, the other to the story of the history of Venetian Jews. A tip: don’t miss the guided tour of the synagogues, they are real hidden gems!
Free Venice museums
There are many museums that dot the city of Venice and some of these are free every first Sunday of the month.
- “Giorgio Franchetti” Gallery at the Cà d’Oro Cannaregio, 3932
- Galleries of the Dorsoduro Academy
- National Archaeological Museum of Venice Piazzetta S. Marco, 17/52
- Museum of Palazzo Grimani Castello, 4858
- Oriental art museum of Ca Pesaro Santa Croce, 2076
No excuse for not being able to visit them all: now it’s up to you to find the time!
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