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Best Local History & Culture in Venice

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Museo Correr

There is a silent and almost respectful ambiance in this museum. Visitors enter Museo Correr by means of a staircase, originally built as a grand entrance to the Napoleonic Wing. From here, the tour continues through neoclassical rooms, the Royal Palace, the Canoviana Collection, Venetian Civilization, Antique Art, and Renaissance Bronze. There are many sculptures by Canova and decorative objects by Francesco Hayez. Venezia by Jacopo De' Barbari can be admired in the entrance.

Venice, Italy
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Casa di Carlo Goldoni

Carlo Goldoni, renowned author of such 18th-century plays as The Persian Wife and The Obstinate Women, was born and raised in this lovely abode. Now part of a network of historical museums, this 15th-century structure stands as a testament to the craftsmanship of the era: a true-blue model of Venetian Gothic architecture. Inside, exhibits and displays tell the tale of Goldoni's life and times, and celebrate the epic themes with which he toyed. Whether you're a rabid Goldoni fan or just a lover of striking architecture, this will be a satisfying experience.

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Museo Storico Navale di Venezia

Venice is the city of canals only navigable by boats and gondolas, since time immemorial. But the waters that are graced with beautiful gondolas today, witnessed fierce submarines and military ships during the tensed political times. The Italian navy used these canals as a way to put up a strong defense against enemies and Museo Storico Navale di Venezia preserves this naval heritage with pride. Located just a few minutes walk from the Arsenale di Venezia, the whole history of the Venetian Republic and the Italian Navy is explained here through models and exhibits. Canons, prints, period gondolas and nautical instruments, such as compasses are on display. There is also a section dedicated to the history of the Italian Navy with flags, uniforms and military and civil model ships. Some of the pieces date back to the 18th Century but most are from the 19th Century.

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Palazzo Mocenigo

This stunning building was once the 18th-century residence of the Mocenigo family, one of the most famous families of the Serenissima, who gave seven doges to the Republic. The house has now been turned into a museum and exhibits textiles, books, furniture and costumed figurines in period clothing. When you observe the intricate work of the late artisans here, you will be acquainted with those skills that run deep into Venetians even today. The museum is a journey back in time; when fashion was legendary. The Center for the Study of History of Fabrics and the Dresses Library is also located here.

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Museo Ebraico di Venezia

In the middle of the Ghetto, amongst the synagogues, this museum tells the story of the Venetian Jewish community through the use of objects and works connected to religious life. In particular, goblets, jugs, basins, spice holders, silver and drapes for the Torah can all be found here. It is not a large museum but it contains many precious religious items. The guides are well-qualified, and offer private as well as group tours, in many languages.

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Murano Glass Museum

Set in the majestic Gothic Palazzo Giustinian, the former home of the Torcello bishops, Museo del Vetro (Murano Glass Museum) was established in 1861. It is among the Venetian Civic Museums. Get a fascinating glimpse into the history of glass making that caught the fancy of the world. From the 1st Century till the 20th Century, their collection is laid out in a sequential order. These include the archaeological selection dating to the 1st Century CE, exquisite chandeliers, opaque lamps, Murano crystals, filigree, iced glass, feathered glass, mirrors, Bohemian-style crystal, vases and other glassware in various forms. Glass workshops offer visitors the chance to see master-glass workers in action.

Murano, Italy
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Museo del Merletto

Lace-making and embroidery is an ancient Italian art; the country's delicate products are world famous and have been exported all over Europe since the Renaissance era. All kinds of linen are displayed at this museum in Burano. There are items for tables, living rooms, entrance halls, bedrooms and bathrooms as well as suits, shirts, collars, cuffs and nightwear. You can also see the agile hands of skilled craftsmen work at Museo del Merletto. Tours of the museum are available; also it is free for Venetian citizens.

Burano, Italy
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