It’s easy to understand that Venice’s rich history lends itself to abounding Venice art museums. Although Venice’s square footage is relatively small and it’s population is only 50,000, the city is literally packed with buildings formerly occupied by wealthy, art-collecting families. Now, we are lucky enough to have inherited this legacy in the form of artwork that belongs to the city.
Fondazione Musei Civici
Eleven of these museums belong to the city, and they are taken care of by Fondazione Musei Civici. Piazza San Marco houses Doge’s Palace and the Correr Museum. Also, there are many must-see galleries scattered around the city, such as Ca’ Rezzonico, Ca’ Pesaro, the Glass Museum in Murano, and the Natural History Museum. You can buy tickets at each museum, or you can buy a pass for all them for €35. If you’re under 18 or over 65, the pass is €18.
Six museums belong to the state. Gallerie dell’Accademia holds masterpieces like The Tempest by Giorgione, Sant’Orsola by Carpaccio, and the Vitruvian Man by Leonardo. The galleries are open every day from 8:15am to 7:15pm (on Monday until 2:00pm) with a €12 entry fee. If you’re under 18 you can enter for free, and if you’re under under 25 you pay €2.
The Palazzo Grimani is an unusual mansion for Venice, as it resembles a Roman palace. Giovanni, the patriarch of Aquileia, designed the Classicist style remodeling of the house. He also collected antiquities donated to the State, which now serve as the core of the Archeological Museum. You can access this museum through the Correr Museum. If you visit the Palazzo before 2021, you can see the collection in its original location. San Sebastiano, the masterpiece by Andrea Mantegna, is the most known work of the Galleria Giorgio Franchetti in the Ca’ d’Oro on the Grand Canal.
Finally, there are many top-quality private museums. The Peggy Guggenheim Collection hosts a refined selection of the 20th-century art in the palazzo. It used to be the Venetian home of the multimillionaire American woman. French industrialist, François Pinault, own Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana. It hosts exhibitions in the two venues on the Grand Canal. The Fondazione Querini Stampalia is still an underrated museum.
Scuole and the Ghetto
Some institutions that devoted themselves to helping the destitute deceptively called themselves Scuole. You can visit some of them today, like the Scuola Grande di San Rocco. Here, you can see the breathtaking pictorial cycle by Tintoretto. To get an idea of the life of the Venetian Jews, head to the Jewish Ghetto and visit the museum and the synagogues.
Works like Negozio Olivetti by Carlo Scarpa represent 20th-century architecture is well. You can visit from 10:00am to 6:30pm between Tuesday and Sunday (tickets €8 or €5 for students).
If you’re still looking for more, you can visit a few more museums:
- The Oriental Art Museum
- The Naval Museum, Palazzo Cini
- The Scuola dei Santi Giorgio e Trifone (with the works by Carpaccio)
- The museums of Greek icons
- And the Insane Asylum museum (on the island of San Servolo).
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Photo Credit: Palazzo Ducale (Photo by Christian Wagner on Unsplash), Palazzo Grimani (Photo by Ole Steffensen), Fondazione Querini Stampalia (Photo by KotomiCreations)