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Venice is known for it’s canals, gondola’s and ofcourse the San Marco piazza. But did you know that Venice also offers a great selection of museums for you to check out? These are some must see museums in Venice you should definitely include in your visit.

Doge’s Palace

The former palace of the doge (the leader of the Venetian republic) can be found at the famous Piazza San Marco. It has been turned into a museum where you can see all the statues, paintings and golden interior, and also the famous work “The Paradise” by Tintoretto on the Eastern wall of the Sala del Maggior Consiglio. The back of the Doge’s Palace is connected to the former prison (where Casanova and Galileo Galilei have been imprisoned) by the Ponte dei Sospiri (Bridge of Sighs).

Tickets to the Doge’s Palace can be bought online and cost around €20.

Peggy Guggenheim Collection

Another well-known museum in Venice is the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, a modern art museum on the Grand Canal. The museum is housed in the Pallazo Venier dei Leoni, which dates back to the 18th Century and which was the home of Peggy Guggenheim, an American heiress. The museum contains her personal art collection that includes Cubism, Surrealism and abstract expressionism art pieces and sculptural works.

Tickets can be bought online and cost around €16,50.

Give me a museum and I’ll fill it

– Pablo Picasso

Palazzo Mocenigo

Mocenigo Palace is a small, but very interesting museum about the history of textiles, costumes and perfume. The Palazzo Mocenigo has been home to the Mocenigo family, one of the most important families in the Venetian history. In this typically Italian building you will learn more about the perfume industry, with interesting facts about the production and ingredients. There is also a collection of costumes and clothing from the 18th Century.

Tickets can be bought online and are only €8.

Ca’ Pesaro

Ca’ Pesaro is one of the palaces at the Canal Grande and houses a museum for modern and Eastern art, the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna. The building itself is imposing and has some great architectural structures, but you’ll be mainly interested in the art collections that belong to the museum. You can find paintings and sculptures, including masterpieces by Gustav Klimt and Auguste Rodin.

Tickets can be bought online and are €14 per person.

If you have any helpful tips about other museums that visitors of Venice definitely shouldn’t miss, please let us know in the comments below!

Hi! I'm Jeanine, a Dutch native who loves to explore travel destinations throughout Europe and the world. Number 1 on my travel bucketlist: Havana, Cuba.

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