Natural History Museum

9/10

27 Reviews

Among the museums - civic in Venice to visit, the Natural History Museum in Venice offers an interactive and engaging guided tour, designed to blend harmoniously with the refined atmosphere of one of the oldest buildings of Venice, the Fontego dei Turchi.

Here, you will find the information to plan your visit to the Natural History Museum of Venice: opening times and prices, closures, description of the types of exhibitions and museum pass to all Venice civic museums including the Venice Museum of Natural History.

Thanks to venetoinside.com, you can buy the Museum Pass in Venice or a single ticket for the Museum of Natural History in Venice, Italy online!

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Warning! You can visit the Natural History 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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Natural History Museum
Ticket
Full price 9.50
Reduced 7.00

The SINGLE TICKET for the Natural History Museum of Venice includes one entrance to the permanent collections of the museum.

Please note that the temporary exhibitions of the museum may not be included in the single admission ticket.

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Venice Natural History Museum Hours
From 1 June to 1 November:
10.00am – 6.00pm (last entrance at 5.00pm)
From 2 November to 31 May:
Tuesday to Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm (last entrance at 4.00pm)
Saturday and Sunday 10.00am – 6.00pm (last entrance at 5.00pm)
Closed: Mondays, 25 December, 1 January.


Built in the first half of the 12thcentury, the Fontego dei Turchi is considered one of the most distinctive buildings overlooking the Grand Canal. The Fontego dei Turchi became a famous place of business for the Turkish merchants in Venice, a function which it held for nearly two centuries after being the representative office of the Republic of Venice and the home of the local noble families. In the 18th century, after a restoration in order to recover the original building, the Fontego dei Turchi housed the Correr Museum. Since 1923 it has included the Natural History Museum of Venice.

Its display is one of the spearheads of the museums in Venice: the Natural History Museum boasts a modern and attractive layout which enables visitors to interact with the exhibits.

On the ground floor of the Natural History Museum in Venice, Italy the entrance leads visitors into the first two rooms of the exhibition:

  • The Gallery of Cetaceans boasts two of the major attractions of the museum, the skeleton of a fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) approximately 20m long and that of a young sperm whale (Physeter catodon). The Cetaceans are suspended from the ceiling thanks to steel structures that allow you to travel through the space provided below, together with information and facts, as well as a device for playing whale songs.
  • In the Aquarium of Tegnùe you can admire one of the most peculiar natural environments of the Northern Adriatic Sea, recreated in a 5 m long tank. The tegnùe are restricted areas where the seabed of the Adriatic, usually sandy or muddy, becomes hard and rocky, giving rise to an oasis of great and unusual biological diversity. The Venice, Italy Natural History Museum has focused for years on these fascinating areas, both from an environmental point of view and to study the species that live there. To encourage the involvement of visitors to the Natural Museum of Venice, families and especially children and students, the hall has also prepared a 'Virtual Aquarium' which promotes interaction with the various species that are housed inside it.

The first floor of the Civic Museum of Natural History at the Venice Fontego Dei Turchi is divided into three clearly defined sections:

  • The trail of life. From the appearance of the first living organisms to humans, a ‘guided’ visit from fossils - the fundamental key to understanding the formation and history of life on Earth - through a succession of rooms that combine artefacts, images, reproductions and multimedia devices to help the visitor to enter in contact with the testimony of our more distant past. In this section the most famous exhibits of the Venice Museum of Natural History are kept - dinosaurs: the skeleton of Ouranosaurus nigeriensis more than 7m long and the skull of Sarchosuchus imperator discovered by the famous palaeontologist Giancarlo Ligabue during his expeditions in Africa.
  • Collecting to astonish, collecting to study: evolution of nature collecting and the birth of scientific museology. The Venice Science Museum presents nature collecting inside six rooms and two subsections: 'Venetian Explorers’, with the exceptional collections of Giovanni Miani and Giuseppe De Reali – who during the 19th and early 20th century travelled to North Africa and Saharan and Equatorial Africa - plus a room dedicated to Giancarlo Ligabue. The second subsection is devoted to naturalistic museology. From the 16th century Wunderkammer which houses all sorts of objects collected with the sole purpose to entertain, until the advent of the scientific method that encourages the creation of collections for studying purposes, the interpretation and classification of materials. This section ends in a large room overlooking the Grand Canal, where the most important collections of the Museo di Storia Naturale in Venice are exhibited in an impressive cabinet together with scientific instruments and publications by many students who helped to enrich the heritage of the museum of natural history in Venice.
  • The strategies of life. A journey to discover the differences and similarities between the different forms of life, both current and extinct, explaining: 'form and function' (biodiversity and life strategies on earth), 'Nutrition' (strategies for food, energy, types of nutrition and the cycle of life); 'Movement' (movement in space and in different situations).

The Lagoon Floor

  • A section devoted entirely to the Venice Lagoon and the relationship between man and environment: organisms, animals, plants and studies tell the evolution of the territory in which the Civic Museum of Natural History stands. Visitors will have access to a surprising interpretation to understand the unique and special relationship that binds Venice to its Lagoon: an in-depth sensory and symbolic visit inside the microcosm of the lagoon, an extraordinary environment for both its geomorphologic features and the traditions related to its natural and environmental features and its landscape.

In addition to the exhibition, the Museo di Storia Naturale in Venice, Italy has a vast storage with examples of more than two million pieces. However, these areas are only accessible on demand by researchers and scholars as the proper preservation of the precious artefacts housed in them must be ensured. The storage rooms of the Venice, Italy Science Museum contain: botanical and zoological collections, minerals, rocks, fossils, antique scientific instruments, collections of anatomy, anthropology, archaeology, Venetian ethnography and African artefacts.

27 reviews for Natural History Museum

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9/10
9/10

Chris

September 2016

Mature couple

UNITED STATES

Reviewed on 12 Oct `16 - Booking No. 16108923

'Much Value'

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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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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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9/10

Sossie

August 2016

Mature couple

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 07 Sep `16 - Booking No. 1685845

'Museum Passes'

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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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0/10

SavvyTraveller

June 2016

Family with children

UNITED STATES

Reviewed on 14 Jul `16 - Booking No. 1658933

'Welcome to the 21st Century'

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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.

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The Insidecom staff
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10/10

Ella

June 2016

Mature couple

UNITED STATES

Reviewed on 28 Jun `16 - Booking No. 1653675

'Museum Pass in Venice'

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Museum Pass

Great pass and were able to see everything we wanted to while skipping the line. Enjoyed the Doge's Palace very much!

Strenghts

skip the line

Weaknesses

-

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9.5/10

Mart

June 2016

Mature couple

GERMANY

Reviewed on 23 Jun `16 - Booking No. 1649257

'Museum Pass'

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Museum Pass

No problems to visit the museums! No waiting period!

Strenghts

Good price-performance ratio!

Weaknesses

More museums for a second visit!

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10/10

Mel

May 2016

Young couple

FRANCE

Reviewed on 23 May `16 - Booking No. 1634027

'Ms'

Ticket
Museum Pass

excellent, made us gain a lot of valuable time to ship the lines in major museums

Strenghts

-

Weaknesses

can't be used to acces the Campanile


Reply by venetoinside.com Staff

Dear Mel,

we are pleased you appreciated the ticket! Please note that the Museum Pass allow you to access only the museums of the Fondazione Musei Civici Veneziani listed both online and on the voucher issued at the online reservation… the Bell Tower is not included!

Best regards,
The Insidecom staff
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8/10

Jude

May 2016

Group of friends

UNITED STATES

Reviewed on 22 May `16 - Booking No. 1620576

'It was all right.'

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Museum Pass

This pass will get you into a long line of people with reservation . It was funny to see people w/o tickets or reservation to get in three time faster. So please do not have illusions, Venice is an extremely crowded place.

Strenghts

You fell better prepared when have an entry voucher.

Weaknesses

None

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8.5/10

AR

April 2016

Young couple

NETHERLANDS

Reviewed on 11 May `16 - Booking No. 1621615

'Recommended pass'

Ticket
Museum Pass

My husband and I got the pass for the main museums in the island after hearing they tend to be quite crowded. We are happy we did. The pass allowed us to do as much as wanted in the first days of our trip, skipping long lines efficiently, which allowed us to have a couple of extra days to do as pleased and explored the less know location of this famous city. For the price and efficiency is totally recommendable.

Strenghts

Easy Good price

Weaknesses

Most places asked for the printed version


Reply by venetoinside.com Staff

Dear AR,

we are pleased you appreciated the Museum Pass! As for the necessity of a paper copy of the voucher, please note that we are only a reseller of museum tickets and therefore we have to comply with the official regulations of Fondazione Musei Civici Veneziani, that requires a printed voucher.

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The Insidecom staff
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