Like all great cities of art in Italy, Venice, in addition to being an actual open-air museum, houses many art galleries, private museums, foundations and exhibitions which, due to their number and variety, really pay homage to the cultural vocation of this city, a crossroads of exchanges and contacts of cultures from all over the world.
Tourists looking to see the most famous museums in Venice will be spoilt for choice. Palazzo Marcello dei Leoni, the seat of Guggenheim Museum, the Pinault Foundation in Punta della Dogana and Ca' Pesaro house the works of the great maestros of modern and contemporary art, while the Galleries of the Academy or in the halls of the Correr Museum celebrate the great Veneto and Venetian artwork, but also the history of the city reflected in the masterpieces of great artists who witnessed it happening or the historic documents that bear witness to the times of grandeur of the Most Serene Republic.
In addition to the art museums, there are also the ones that showcase the deep bond between Venice and the sea, such as the Naval Historic Museum or the Natural History Museum, and there are also collections that tell tourists the secrets and wonders of the arts that make Venice so extraordinary, such as the Glass Museum in Murano and the Crochet Museum in Burano.
Museums in Venice are truly exceptional because the breath-taking buildings that house them add to the value of the collections. Visiting the Fortuny Museum means enjoying the arts and stage costumes of the stylist, set designer and painter that inhabited it - Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo - but it also means admiring the architectural evolution of the building which, before Fortuny's arrival, was called Palazzo Pesaro deli Orfei.
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Dorsoduro 1050, campo della Carita, Accademia - Venice, Tel - 041 5222247
The most important collection of paintings of the Venetian school. Masterpieces by Bellini, Giorgione, Tintoretto and Titian. The art gallery was designed by Carlo Scarpa.
closed on Mondays
Peggy Guggenheim Collection
Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, 701 Dorsoduro - Venice
The most important museum in Italy for European and American art of the first half of the 20th Century.
closed on Tuesdays
Museo Civico Correr
San Marco 52, Ala Napoleonica, piazza San Marco
Civic museum of Venice with important objects and documents, along with an impressive picture gallery and sculptures by Canova.
Castello 2148, Arsenale
Houses models of the ships that were built in the nearby Arsenale, as well as relics, trophies and engravings from Venice's illustrious past.
Glass Museum at Murano
Fondamenta Giustinian 8, Murano
The museum follows the history of Murano glass from the 15th Century to the current day.