Venice is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. It’s also home to a wide variety of art galleries and museums that ranges from Renaissance paintings to impressive masterpieces of modern and contemporary art. If you’re visiting Venice soon and wondering which museums you should pay a visit, this list should get you covered. In order to maximize your tour, consider buying the Venice Museum Pass, which includes a visit at some of the museums listed below.
1. Accademia Gallery Of Venice
The Accademia Gallery Of Venice is one of the most popular museums in Italy. It boasts a stunning collection of treasures and impressive art pieces and most of these belong to the Venetian heritage. Some of the best Venetian masterpieces from the 14th until the 18th centuries were represented in this museum including the works of Giovanni Bellini, Paolo Veneziano, Titian, Tiepolo, and Giorgione. The museum is beautifully situated at the Scuola della Carità, which is on the south bank area of the Grand Canal.
Price: Full price ticket – € 15
Disability Access: Persons with a handicap or disability can enter for free along with one accompanying family member.
Opening Hours: Monday – 8:15 AM to 1:00 PM, Tuesday to Sunday – 8:15 AM to 6:15 PM
Tip – Come early in the morning to avoid the long queue. This museum opens very early, at 8:15 AM, and there’s not much crowd during this time so take advantage of this opportunity.
2. Doge’s Palace
Also known as the Palazzo Ducale, the Doge’s Palace is located within Venice’s Piazza San Marco and features an extensive collection of smaller museums, courtyard, and extravagant ornamentations, which include gilded ceilings, frescoed walls, and intricately carved friezes and statues. This place is part fortress and part palace. It used to be the home of the Doge and was once used as a prison. Visitors to the museum will be able to explore the palace’s opulent apartments where paintings of Titian, Veronese, and Tintoretto can be seen.
Price: Full price – € 15, reduced price – € 13
Disability Access: All areas in the museum including the toilets are fully accessible for disabled persons. However, the prisons and armoury are not disabled-friendly.
Opening Hours: From April 1 to October 31 – 8:30 AM to 7 PM. From November 1 to March 31 – 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM.
Tip – You can avoid the busy crowds when you time your visit during the first 1 – 2 hours of opening.
3. Museo Civico Correr
Just like the Doge’s Palace, the Museo Civico Correr is another museum that can be found at the famous Piazza San Marco. It’s a museum dedicated to the civic history of Venice and was named after Teodoro Correr, a Venetian aristocrat whose last will included the vast items from the collection, including drawings, paintings, coins, copperplates, classical antiquities, and seals. Among the most popular objects in the museum are Antonio Canova’s marble sculptures and the various drawings and paintings of the cityscape of Venice as it changes over the centuries.
Price: Full price – € 20, Reduced price – € 13
Disability Access: The toilets at the first floor are fitted to accommodate disabled visitors. There is a lift by the museum’s main entrance. Visitors needing assistance must call in advance in order to arrange the best means of access and to be given suitable assistance.
Opening Hours: From November 1 to March 31 – 10 AM to 5 PM, from April 1 to October 31 – 10 AM to 7 PM.
Address: Piazza San Marco, 52, 30124 Venezia VE
4. Peggy Guggenheim Collection
Most of the artwork in this museum came from the collection of Peggy Guggenheim, an American socialite who has been a collector of arts all throughout her lifetime. Featuring Italy’s most important modern art collections, the museum showcases the work of famous 20th century American and European artists, such as Jackson Pollock, Pablo Picasso, and Alexander Calder. The museum also hosts exhibits from time to time.
Price: Adults – €15, senior visitors – €13, Students under 26 yrs. – €9
Disability Access: Most of the areas in the museum are equipped with a lift. Thus, they are easily accessible for disabled visitors. There’s no admission fee for disabled visitors including one escort.
Opening Hours: Open daily, from 10 AM to 6 PM. Closed on Tuesdays.
Address: Dorsoduro, 701-704, 30123 Venezia VE
5. Punta della Dogana
The Punta della Dogana is a former customs house with a triangular shape and located in between Giudecca Canal and Canal Grande. Originally built in the 15th century, the building was rebuilt in 1677 by Giuseppe Benoni. A tower was added at the end and surmounted by a statue. During the 18th and 19th century, the museum has undergone numerous transformations, including the one made by the Austrians when they occupied Venice around 1798 until 1866. Today, the museum is home to some of the art collections that came from the François Pinault Foundation and are beautifully showcased through curated exhibitions.
Price: Ticket costs €18
Disability Access: Along with Palazzo Grassi and Teatrino, the Punta della Dogana is completely accessible to disabled visitors because of the absence of architectural barriers. Inside, the museums have access ramps, limps, and provide free use of wheelchairs.
Opening Hours: Open from 10 AM to 7 PM. Closed on Tuesdays.
Address: Dorsoduro, 2, 30123 Venezia VE
With this list of museums and art galleries in Venice, deciding where to go on your visit should now be easy. Take note that there are many ways on how you can save on your trip. For instance, you can book the Venice Grand Canal Boat Tours and the Venice Card to save on your tickets. You may also check out some of the Free Attractions in Venice.