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Are you looking for a cultural holiday? Venice is home to a large number of museums which contain priceless works of art, both ancient and modern.

The Doge’s Palace
This palazzo, which is located in Piazza San Marco, was constructed in the 9th century and is undoubtedly one of the masterpieces of Gothic architecture.  The building was enlarged over the centuries, reaching its current size in 1438.  The museum houses a number of paintings by world famous artists such as Tintoretto, Titian and Veronese. All the works are positioned in lavishly decorated rooms across three floors. The building also contains the famous cells where Giacomo Casanova was held in prison for many years.  .

Marciano Museum
The Marciano Museum is part of St Mark’s Basilica and is one of the most visited museums in Venice.  From its balcony, you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the Basilica. The museum houses the bronze statues of the four famous horses of St Mark’s from Constantinople which were previously to be found on the facade of the Basilica.

Correr Museum
This museum is dedicated to the history of Venice since its founding and of art up to the 18th century.  Noteworthy amongst the works exhibited are paintings from the 13th and 16th centuries and the stunning sculptures of Canova.  In the museum, you can also view an ancient collection of ladies’ shoes and maps dating back to the 16th century.

Naval Museum
Some important historical objects from the Second World War are exhibited in Venice’s Naval Museum.  It also includes the model of the famous boat, the Bucintoro, which was constructed in 1728.  On the third floor, wonderful panels of silk from China are on display whilst the fourth floor is devoted to Northern Europe with a display of objects from the Viking period.

Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum is housed in the Fondaco dei Turchi in an ancient 13th century Byzantine-style palazzo on the Grand Canal.  The Museum has an impressive collection of fossils and an entire dinosaur skeleton.

The Baroque palazzo of Ca’Pesaro on the Grand Canal is custodian to a large collection of modern art including some of the richest and most valued works of art in Venice with masterpieces by Matisse, Klimt and Kandinsky.  The upper floor is devoted to the Museum of oriental art and has a display of more than 30,000 objects from Japan, China and Indonesia.

The Scuola Grande di San Rocco
La Scuola Grande di San Rocco houses more than 50 paintings by Tintoretto.  These are a more important attraction than the palazzo itself which was constructed in honour of San Rocco who was a protector against the plague.  

Accademia Galleries
Located right next to the Ponte dell’Accademia, the Accademia Galleries were established in 1750 as a school of painting, sculpture and architecture.  The museum houses a stunning collection of Venetian paintings, with works in the Byzantine and Gothic style and Renaissance artists from Bellini, Giorgione, Tintoretto and Titian up to Tiepolo and Canaletto.

Fondazione Querini Stampalia

The Renaissance style palazzo is situated in the vicinity of Piazza San Marco and is one of the most original buildings in the lagoon.  The Fondazione Querini Stampalia was founded in 1869 at the behest of Giovanni Querini who died without leaving any heirs. The museum houses many works of art, a library, archives and period furnishings and furniture.

Casa di Goldoni
The Casa di Goldoni is named after the famous playwright, Carlo Goldoni, who was born here in 1707.  Today, the building houses the Goldonian Museum and the Centre for Theatre Studies.