Venice is one of the most visited cities in the world for treasures of art and history hidden in its many palaces and museums... See our list of the most important museums of Venice, with descriptions, some useful information and advice to help you choose between classic or modern art, in Venice private or public museum system.

The Museum of the 20th century European and American art includes the personal collection of the 20th century of Peggy Guggenheim. It is located in the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, an unfinished building on the Grand Canal. For 30 years it has been the home of the American heiress.

The Natural History Museum is in the Fontego dei Turchi, one of the most well-known civil buildings overlooking the Grand Canal. It houses many naturalistic and ethnographic collections, a study center on Venice lagoon and a well equipped library.

Establish after the 1st World War in 1919, the Naval History Museum is located in Campo S. Biagio, next to the Old Arsenal of Venice, in a building which was a granary of to the Serenissima Republic and is still under the jurisdiction of the Italian Navy. This museum is the most important of its kind in Italy.


The museum is inside the namesake Gothic Palace, located in Campo San Beneto. Belonged to the Pesaro family, it was then bought by Mariano Fortuny to house hisatelier for photography, scenic design, fabric creation, paintings. The building kept the same structure, tapestries and collection it once had.


Owned by Venice Diocese and promoted by Pope Giovanni Paolo I (Albino Luciani, 1912-1978) when he was patriarch of Venice, this museum gathers already restored or under restoration artworks from the churches in Venice. The museum is in the former Benedectine monastery of Sant’Apollonia, which was built between the XII and the XIII century. It has a hall dedicated to silverware and another to artworks given by priests (such as the Madonnas dressed with traditional Venetian clothes).

Located inside the Ca’ D’Oro, the most beautiful Gothic palace overlooking the Grand Canal, the Giorgio Franchetti Gallery gathers up sculptures, bronzes, pottery, furniture and paintings of the Tuscan, Flemish and Venetian school by MantegnaGiorgione and Tiziano from the Fondaco dei Tedeschi.