Like all big Italian cities of art- and in reality even the smaller ones in this beautiful country- Venice offers many types of museums, for all different tastes and cultural knowledge of both historical and contemporary times. So here then is a general guideline of some of the many museums in Venice.
The City’s Museums
It is the foundation that includes the network of museums in the city: 11 headquarters that host the best art and history of Venice. Palazzo Ducale, masterpiece of gothic art and symbol of the city; Correr Museum, the Royal Palace with neoclassic halls, and the Antonio Canova sculptures and the history of Venice; Ca’Rezzonico, 17th century Venetian museum; The International gallery of modern art of Ca’Pesaro with works that include Klimt, Kardinsky and Rodin; the glass museum in Murano; The museum of Natural History; Perfumes of Palazzo Mocenigo; The gothic Atelier of Palazzo Fortuny; the museum of Merletti in Burano; the house where the famous comedic writer Carlo Goldoni was born; the clock tower that for 500 years has marked the Venetian hour.
The Big Museums
In Venice, in spite of the city’s centuries of history- or maybe just for that matter- there is a high demand and focus on contemporary art. If the biennale of art and architecture in Venice is the most important event with art exhibitions and architecture alternating every year, even the temporary art shows in Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana are much loved by contemporary art lovers. Not to be missed is the Guggenheim collection and the Palace that hosts it. At the same time, very popular are the photography exhibitions organized by the beautiful Casa dei Trei Oci.
Another network of museums, this time State museums, that value the immense artistic patrimony of Venice include the unforgettable Academia Gallery; Giorgio Franchetti Gallery, the Ca’D’Oro Museum with it’s beautiful paintings and jewels and Grand Canal view; the little but significant Oriental Art Museum, and the ample and incredible National Museum of Archeology in Palazzo Grimani.
What you don’t expect
Venice is full of other museums, big and small, in historical buildings hidden palaces, fortified constructions, monasteries, cloisters, and many more. You can book a tour at the Military Arsenale in Venice, discover the nautical history in the Naval Museum, visit both the Lazzaretto Nuovo and Vecchio or the Massimiliana Tower in Sant’Erasmo; what’s more, why not escape to the Jewish Museum located in the oldest Ghetto in the world?