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Best History Museums in Venice

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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.

Venice, Italy
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Galleria d'Arte Moderna-Cà Pesaro

Galleria d'Arte Moderna-Cà Pesaro offers international art of the 19th and 20th Centuries. Amongst the exhibits here are works by Ciardi, Favretto, Klee, Arp, and Kandinsky. You'll also find works by Ernst, Mirò and Calder. Housed in the magnificent Baroque marble palace, Ca' Pesaro, it features 11 rooms dedicated to paintings, sculptures and graphic art. Originally opened as an exhibition of avant-garde works, it now displays mostly Italian artists as well as foreign artists.

Venice, Italy
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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.

Venice, Italy
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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.

Venice, 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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