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Museums in Venice

Which are the most important museums to visit in Venice? The cultural offering of the city is so generous that it meets the requirements of even the most demanding visitors. The city and its unique urban structure host a heritage of inestimable value, which is the result of centuries of consistent artistic ferment and profound cultural contamination. Expositions are kept in palaces and buildings of exceptional beauty which, alone, are worth the trip.

The question arises spontaneously: among more than 40 museums and exhibitions, where to start? Let’s discover the main ones.

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Entrance Tickets

If you plan to visit several museums during your stay in Venice, purchasing a pass may be the most convenient choice. Venice’s official tourist card is the City Pass Venezia Unica which, in the standard version, includes eight visits (to which you can add more).

You might as well want to consider the Museum Pass, especially if you plan to return to Venice within six months. The combined ticket includes all the museums of Piazza San Marco and eight other civic museums.

Palazzo Ducale
Dating back to the 9th century, Palazzo Ducale was originally a fortified castle destroyed by a series of fires and then rebuilt in the 14th and 15th centuries. A masterpiece of Gothic architecture, decorated with geometric patterns in Istrian stone and pale pink Veronese marble, it is home to the large reception rooms, the Doge's private apartments, the council rooms, the courts and the prisons, connected to the palace through the Ponte dei Sospiri, a splendid bridge whose decorations resemble lace. Visit the interior for a full immersion in Venetian history and art. You will also discover the courtyard, the loggias, the Doge's apartment and the Institutional Rooms.
Gallerie dell’Accademia
Among the museums you should visit in Venice are the Gallerie dell'Accademia: the state museum that displays the most important collection of Venetian painting in the world, with masterpieces dating back to the 14th - 18th century. Located in the Church of Santa Maria della Carità and in the annexed buildings, it offers an exhibition itinerary of 37 rooms. Among the prominent works: “La Pietà” by Titian, “La Tempesta” by Giorgione and “Il Convito in casa di Levi” by Veronese.

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Peggy Guggenheim Collection
The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is one of the most important museums dedicated to modern and contemporary art, specifically focused on European and American art from the first half of the 20th century. The exhibition is hosted in Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, a gorgeous eighteenth-century building overlooking the Canal Grande, attesting Peggy Guggenheim’s passion for art. Among the masterpieces of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection you will find works by Dalì, Picasso, de Chirico and Magritte, just to mention a few.

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Museo Correr
The Correr Museum is among the most important in Venice and it is located in the unique setting of Piazza San Marco. In its first original location, Palazzo Correr, the museum was born thanks to the bequest of the homonymous Venetian nobleman and great art enthusiast who arranged that, upon his death, all of his works would be collected in an exhibition. Year after year the collection further enlarged and was transferred first to the Fondaco dei Turchi, and then to the Procuratie Nuove and the Napoleonic Wing in Piazza San Marco, its current headquarters. The Correr Museum offers various, exciting itineraries to discover the art and history of Venice.

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Ca’ Rezzonico Museo del Settecento
The museum houses valuable works from the Venetian 18th century by artists such as Tiepolo, Longhi, Guardi and Canaletto. The venue is the magnificent Ca' Rezzonico palace, designed by the architects Longhena and Massari. The rooms allow visitors to relive the great splendor of La Serenissima's most glorious years, combining a rich museum itinerary with the discovery of a typical eighteenth-century noble residence.

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Scuola Grande di San Rocco
A brief introduction is necessary: scuole are a distinctive feature of Venice and they used to be brotherhoods of citizens who met in the name of a patron saint. The most famous one is the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, where more than 60 paintings by renowned artists such as Giorgione, Tiepolo and Tintoretto are kept. The incredible pictorial cycle dedicated to the Old and New Testaments by Tintoretto is the museum's major masterpiece.

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