Archaeological Museum

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The National Archaeological Museum of Venice, Italy is a state museum, within the Superintendence for Historical, Artistic and Ethno-anthropological circuit and for the City of Venice Museum Centre and the municipalities of the lagoon.

This page is intended as a starting point to discover the beautiful National Archaeological Museum of Venice - times, venue and collections. It gives you the ability to book online your visit and purchase tickets for the Museums of St. Mark's Square as well as National Archaeological Museum Venice tickets, and also have access to the Doge's Palace, the Monumental Rooms of the National Library of St Mark's and Venice Correr Museum, and the Museum Pass for the Civic Museums.
The location of the National Archaeological Museum of Venice is in St Mark's Square on the first floor of the Procuratie Nuove, next to the Correr Museum and the Monumental Rooms of St Mark’s Library.

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Warning! You can visit the Archaeological Museum only purchasing one of the passes listed below

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Museum Pass
Ticket
Full price 25.00
Reduced 19.00

The MUSEUM PASS includes one entrance for: Museums of St Mark's Square (Doge's Palace; combined itinerary of Correr Museum, Archeological Museum, Monumental Rooms of the National Library); Ca' Rezzonico - Museum of 18th Century Art; Carlo Goldoni's House; Museum of Palazzo Mocenigo; Ca' Pesaro - International Gallery of Modern Art and the Oriental Art Museum; Natural History Museum; Glass Museum of Murano; Lace Museum in Burano.

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Museums of St. Mark's Square
Ticket
Full price 19.50
Reduced 13.50

The MUSEUMS OF ST MARK'S SQUARE TICKET includes one entrance for the Doge’s Palace and for the combined itinerary of Correr Museum, Archeological Museum, Monumental Rooms of the National Library.

You can access to these museums ONLY purchasing the cumulative ticket.

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Archaeological Museum Venice - Visiting hours
From 26 March to 1 November:
10.00am – 7.00pm
From 2 November to 25 March: 10.00am – 5.00pm 
Closed: 25 December and 1 January

(Entry via Correr Museum)


Founded way back in 1523 following a donation from Cardinal Domenico Grimani to the Republic of Venice, the National Archaeological Museum in Venice hosts important original findings, mainly from the Greek-Roman age, in addition to the archaeological collection of the Correr Museum which boasts exhibits from the Neolithic and the Bronze Age, Egyptian and Assyrian-Babylonian antiques and also Greek, Etruscan and Roman art.

 

  • Archaeological Museum Venice - Room I

Contains works from the Roman period, funerary steles and public inscriptions - mostly from Crete, and some male busts.

  • Archaeological Museum Venice - Room II - Numismatic Collection

In the museum showcases, part of the rich numismatic collection is exposed (V century B.C.-XVII century): Greek coinage, Republican-Roman imperial coins minted in the provinces, examples of barbaric coinage and a collection of Byzantine coins from the V to the XIII centuries.  Renaissance medals and Republican money (late third century B.C.-27) are also on show.

  • Archaeological Museum Venice - Room III - Sculptures from the first half of the fifth century. BC

On display are Roman copies of Greek works, now lost. Of particular interest: the 'twin' statues of the Caryatids - one from the island of Cres and the other discovered in Attica.

  • Archaeological Museum Venice - Room IV - Original Greek works of the V and IV centuries B.C.

The room includes original examples of Greek sculptures, many of which retain traces of the Renaissance restorations removed at the start of the 900s. The figures cannot be identified with certainty: they are most likely to be votive statues from an island sanctuary.

  • Archaeological Museum Venice - Room V - Sculptures of the V and IV centuries B.C.

Types and motifs of the Greek production of the IV century are illustrated with originals and Roman reproductions.

  • Archaeological Museum Venice - Room VI - Greek Portraits and Roman reliefs

Portraits of the Hellenistic period (III-II centuries B.C.) which represent the main features of Greek portraiture, such as attention to symmetry and proportions based on geometric principles or designed according to the new optical and movement principles. Of particular interest: the Ara Grimani, original Hellenistic art possibly from Rome.

  • Archaeological Museum Venice - Room VIII - Hellenistic Sculpture

In the sculptures of the Hellenistic period the neoclassical or archaic tendencies blend with pathos and naturalism. Of particular interest: the group of Venetian Galatians, part of the collection that Domenico Grimani had formed with works coming largely from some land he owned in Rome.

  • Archaeological Museum Venice - Rooms IX and X - Roman portraits

In this room the various aspects of Roman portraits are presented in relation to the iconography of the imperial family. There are also portraits of the XVI century that reflect iconographic and stylistic forms of the Roman era. Of particular interest: the female portraits in which it is possible to see the evolution of the hairstyles according to the fashion at the time.

  • Archaeological Museum Venice - Room XI

Dedicated to the funerary sarcophagus with figurative decoration in relief on three sides. As for the scenes depicted, it should be noted the use of themes that were already developed in the Hellenistic period.

  • Archaeological Museum Venice - Room XII

Of particular interest: the 'capsella of Samagher', ivory and silver reliquary decorated with subjects of Christian characters, dating from the V century A.D.

  • Archaeological Museum Venice - Room XIV

Funerary art from the Roman-imperial age: altars and urns with relief decorations, sides of sarcophagi, vases, marble replicas of the originals in metal.

  • Archaeological Museum Venice – Room XV

In this hall Greek and Italic pottery (IX-III century B.C.) – mostly deriving from burials and funeral monuments of the Roman period.

  • Archaeological Museum Venice - Rooms XVII-XX

These rooms house several artefacts from various sources, grouped together in the Egyptian-Egyptian style section: finds of funerary and Templar character - mummies, vases, figurines, votive bronzes, a scalloped stele and statues of the Late Period (712-332 B.C.); and in the Oriental section: cuneiform inscriptions dating from the reign of Nebuchadnezzar II, Assyrian reliefs from Nineveh and Nimrud and funerary and votive reliefs of Oriental-Greek origins. Also noteworthy: 'From the Nile to the Archaeological Museum' - a themed display to follow the findings related to Egypt through the different rooms - and the showcase 'Religion and Magic' - a sort of connection between the 'Egyptian style' Greek-Roman artefacts and the next Oriental-Egyptian section, which preserves several examples of amulets and two magical steles.

  • Archaeological Museum Venice - Rooms XVII and XVIII - Sculptures from the archaeological collection of the Venice Civic Museums

Of particular interest: important Greek-classic originals; the lions from the entry of the Arsenal, some male portraits – a synthesis between the traditional Egyptian sculptural forms and the iconography modules of the Roman- republican portrait; Roman copies of Greek originals.

  • Archaeological Museum Venice - Public Statuary

Housed in the Entry Room of St Mark’s Library – the ancient headquarters of the Public Statuary of the Serenissima – it reproduces the original display of the museum reconstructed according to the drawings of Anton Maria Zanetti ‘il Giovane’.

101 reviews for Archaeological Museum

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6.5/10

Susie Q

November 2016

Mature couple

UNITED STATES

Reviewed on 27 Nov `16 - Booking No. 16130576

'Everyone should visit here!'

Ticket
Museums of St. Mark's Square

We were fortunate to be able to go to Italy/Venice during the off season, so there were less tourists/shorter lines. Get this pass, so you can get in quicker. Also, this pass includes multiple museums, so it's a great dal/price. It was a little confusing at first, as you had to cash in your voucher first. But, there was good English speaking customer service personnel, so they gave great intel.

Strenghts

Multi places included. Beautiful place. No pictures allowed

Weaknesses

No pictures allowed. Some places included in multi pack were places we didn't want to/have time to go to. Visit to cell-Bridge of Sighs was not clearly marked.


Reply by venetoinside.com Staff

Dear Susie Q,

thank you for your feedback! Please note that both online and on the voucher, we specify that you are required to change the voucher into a physical ticket at the ticket office of the first museum you will visit… We regret this was not clear enough to you! Concerning the Bridge of Sighs, we can assure you that it is included in the standard path inside the Doge’s Palace therefore you would have been able to visit it without any problems!

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8/10

Shelly

October 2016

Mature couple

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 10 Nov `16 - Booking No. 16131525

'Excellent service'

Ticket
Museums of St. Mark's Square

Booking tickets for the Dodges Palace online meant we didn't have to queue. It was really smooth and easy and a great experience to see. Also included in the price were tickets for museums on the square. Unfortunately we only had time to see one of these, but if we'd stayed longer we could have made even more use of them.

Strenghts

Simple to book and can use them for multiple museums and avoided the queues.

Weaknesses

None

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9/10

Chris

September 2016

Mature couple

UNITED STATES

Reviewed on 12 Oct `16 - Booking No. 16108923

'Much Value'

Ticket
Museum Pass

We were only in Venice long enough to see a couple of the museums on the pass, but Dodges Palace was worth the price alone.

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10/10

Katrina

September 2016

Young couple

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 11 Oct `16 - Booking No. 16113820

'Museum Tickets'

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Museums of St. Mark's Square

Definitely worth booking the skip the queue tickets in advance. The museum was excellent but the queue was huge and it was great to just walk past the line!

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10/10

Gill

September 2016

Mature couple

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 22 Sep `16 - Booking No. 1670976

'Museum Pass'

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Museums of St. Mark's Square

A definite must see whilst in Venice

Strenghts

Amazing

Weaknesses

None

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9.5/10

KLW

August 2016

Mature couple

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 12 Sep `16 - Booking No. 1687093

'So easy'

Ticket
Museum Pass

Very straight forward ticket collection with voucher at Doge's Palace early in morning before the queues had built up and then easy to access some very interesting museums included on pass. All had great facilities and very well kept informative collections. Places we managed to visit over a long weekend were: The amazing Doge's Palace, surprisingly large Correr Museum, fascinating Glass Museum on Murano, classy Casa Pesara (Modern Art and Japanese artefacts), beautiful Ca Rezzonico (18th Century palazzo). Fully recommend buying a Museum pass and I would do it again.

Strenghts

Ease of collection; peace of mind, value for money; several beautiful museums well worth seeing

Weaknesses

Some museums were not included but are on the map i.e The Clock Tower. Also two museums are within the Correr Museum anyway (Archaeology/Library)


Reply by venetoinside.com Staff

Dear KLW,

thank you for your kind and detailed review! As for the museums included, please consider that they are indicated both online and on the voucher issued at the end of the online reservation. On the voucher there is no map showing the museums, so it is not clear to us where you found the map with museums not included in the Museum Pass. Please send us further detail at info@insidecom.it.

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The Insidecom staff
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9/10

Sossie

August 2016

Mature couple

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 07 Sep `16 - Booking No. 1685845

'Museum Passes'

Ticket
Museum Pass

Once again I booked tickets for the Museum pass and this was made very easy. I would recommend this site.

Strenghts

Everything simple to use and was a bonus on our holiday.

Weaknesses

No weaknesses.

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9/10

lisboa

August 2016

Young couple

PORTUGAL

Reviewed on 27 Aug `16 - Booking No. 1680210

'myname'

Ticket
Museum Pass

Good

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9/10

Nothing

June 2016

Mature couple

UNITED STATES

Reviewed on 01 Aug `16 - Booking No. 1640352

'Lovely museums'

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Museums of St. Mark's Square

The Museums of St Mark's Square does not include the museum upstairs in St Mark's Basilica. The museums that are included are very nice to go and see. They provide some needed relief from the summer sun and heat.

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0/10

SavvyTraveller

June 2016

Family with children

UNITED STATES

Reviewed on 14 Jul `16 - Booking No. 1658933

'Welcome to the 21st Century'

Ticket
Museum Pass

We purchased 4 tickets on-the-go. Afterwards we realized that we needed to print them but, of course, the museums don't have the facilities and the people who were working there the day of were rather dismissive of our predicament. Almost 100 Euro straight down the drain. Even with the emailed confirmation we were barred entry and, in this age of digital technology, that was completely inexcusable.


Reply by venetoinside.com Staff

Dear SavvyTraveller,

we are deeply sorry about what happened. Unfortunately a paper copy of the voucher is required by the Venice Civic Museums and therefore we have to comply with their official regulations. The necessity to print the voucher is specified on venetoinside.com before the beginning of the online reservation procedure, as we are transparent in conveying this important information to our customers… We regret you missed this important detail but hope that your comment will help other travellers to avoid the same omission.

Best regards,
The Insidecom staff
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