“To build a city where it is impossible to build a city is madness in itself, but to build there one of the most elegant and grandest of cities is the madness of genius.” Alexander Herzen
Venice is a city as special as they say. Every part of it recalls the paintings of Canaletto. It is a great work of art and certainly there is no shortage of museums in the city. You realize this the moment you step outside Santa Lucia Station.
Here are 5 of the best must-visit museums of Venice
The Correr Museum is characterized by the neoclassical style which is typical of the Habsburg and Napoleonic ages. This museum testifies to the change in the city’s history and is ideal for tourists who are intrigued to discover the history of the city and also for art lovers. What you can do here is admire rare and precious artifacts, visit the Imperial Rooms where Princess Sissi once stayed, visit La Quadreria which is known to house the magnificent masterpieces of Venetian art, and finally discover how life in Venice unfolded.
Located next to the basilica in St. Mark’s Square which overlooks the Grand Canal, the Doge’s Palace or Palazzo Ducale is famous throughout the world. This is famously known as the residence of the Doge of Venice. Its monumental colonnade of inlaid marbles which has rooms concealing a plethora of treasures and Venetian-Gothic large ogival windows are a façade enchanting visitors from all over the world. The palace’s permanent collection consists of frescoes, paintings, and statues.
The Glass Museum
Murano is a picturesque island in the Venetian Lagoon where canals and houses resemble watercolor paintings. It is popular for the magnificent creations of the island’s glass master and not just for its beauty. The Glass Museum is known to tell the history of the production of glass on the island which started from Roman times and is continued till date. In addition, visitors will enjoy the Barry Friedman Collection (display of interesting 20th century design objects), apart from insights into different processes and techniques.
The Goldoni House
The beautiful Gothic palace in Compo San Toma has been open to public since 1953. To be precise, this is where Carlo Goldoni, a famous playwright who is considered the father of modern comedy, was born. Casa di Goldoni is known to be mainly dedicated to the work of the Venetian playwright. There is a wonderful blend of original furnishings, ornamentals, and paintings with reproductions of some of the most famous scenes of Goldoni. Moreover, these scenic islands showcase a wonderful Arlecchino costume and Biribissi table from The Player.
The Guggenheim Collection
Peggy Guggenheim was an art collector and the niece of Solomon R. Guggenheim. She immediately fell in love with Venice and moved her art collection there permanently. Today, this museum is known as one of the most famous and significant twentieth century museums in Italy. Peggy Guggenheim’s home, as well as Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, houses works by Chirico, Magritte, Kandinsky, Klee, Mondrian, Duchamp, Pollock, Braque, Dali, Picasso and other significant twentieth-century avant-garde artists. The museum’s open air spaces which are part of the Raymond D. Nasher and Patsy R. Sculpture Garden display evocative installations and sculptures. The Guggenheim Collection also offers intriguing retrospectives which are in line with the permanent collection. One example of this is the recently concluded exhibits which are dedicated to Picasso and the Mystical Symbolism.
So these were some of the most famous museums in Venice. Make sure to roam the city like a local when you get there and take delight to the fullest from whichever art piece you come across.
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