One of the most visited museums in Venice is without any doubt the Gallerie dell'Accademia, located at the foot of the bridge with the same name, in the Dorsoduro district. Inside it, there is an extraordinary collection of Venetian paintings made between the 14th and 18th centuries by great masters who have made the history of European painting. It spans from the Byzantine 1200s, then through the Gothic, up to the Renaissance artists such as Bellini, Giorgione, Tintoretto and Carpaccio and to the 1600s vedutisti such as Longhi, Canaletto and Guardi.
The Museum of the Accademia in Venice is also where the 'Vitruvian Man' is housed, the famous ink drawing made by Leonardo da Vinci in the late 1400s. Precisely because of its inestimable value, the work is exhibited to the public only on rare occasions.
On this page you will find all the information you need to best plan your visit to the Gallerie Accademia in Venice, including opening times, a description of the museum and the works housed inside it.
- Choose the date of your visit and number of tickets. We remind you that the date is a guideline: if you need, you can use the ticket on a date of your choice, within the opening times and days of the Galleria dell’Accademia in Venice.
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- The voucher can be downloaded on the booking confirmation page and will also be sent to you by email. Be careful to enter a valid e-mail address. The voucher is the only valid document and must be presented at the ticket office of Gallerie dell'Accademia in both printed and electronic format on mobile devices. Access will not be granted to those without a voucher.
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The date you enter at the time of booking is provisional: the ticket is open dated, so if you wish you can use it on a different day from the one shown on the voucher, provided it is included in the opening hours of the Galleria Accademia in Venice.
The purchase of the online ticket does not include the skip-the-line option at the entrance of the Accademia Museum in Venice: however, on days with large tourist turnout, once you have made your way into the building, you can go straight to the reservations-only cashier.
Please note: due to the renovation work currently under way on the first floor of the Museum, some works may not be exhibited. Also, the visit route dedicated to people with limited mobility could be subject to change.
Gallerie dell'Accademia Venice opening hours
Monday: 8.15 - 14.00
Tuesday to Sunday: 8.15 - 19.15
Closed on 1 January and 25 December
Gallerie dell'Accademia Venice: tickets and services
Adult entry: €13.50
Concession entry: €7.50 (EU young people aged 18-25 years with personal ID)
The prices of tickets available on venetoinside.com are inclusive of reservation fees.
Free entry on the first Sunday of each month.
Services for visitors: bookshop, audio guides and luggage storage.
The building has a lift and access ramps to the various rooms.
For security reasons, access to the museum is not allowed to all those whose face is covered by any element that may make it difficult to recognize the person.
Small dogs are allowed as long as they are kept inside appropriate carriers.
Photography inside the museum is allowed but strictly without the use of flash.
It is forbidden to introduce and consume food inside the Museum.
There are lifts, platforms and mechanical elevators to assist people with impaired mobility during the visit of the exhibition.
Gallerie dell'Accademia Venice: address
Campo della Carità, Dorsoduro - Venice (on the bank of the Grand Canal in front of the Accademia bridge).
Gallerie dell'Accademia Venice: how to get there
On foot: about 30 minutes from Piazzale Roma Terminal and Venice Santa Lucia train station.
By public transport: Vaporetto line 1 or line 2, Accademia stop
HISTORY OF THE GALLERIA DELL’ACCADEMIA IN VENICE
The Accademia of painters and sculptors was established in 1750, initially to collect student works. At the beginning of the 19th century, Napoleon Bonaparte founded the Accademia Belle Arti di Venezia, which housed the 18th century works collected up to that time. With the passage of time, the collections were gradually expanded thanks to private donations, public acquisitions and art works returned from Austria. In 1879 the Gallerie dell'Accademia in Venice became independent from the Accademia delle Belle Arti and later became part of the Italian Ministry of Culture and Heritage.
During the First and Second World Wars, many paintings were transferred to safer places but, fortunately, after the large restoration work completed in 1949, extensive efforts to acquire important masterpieces were started. Today, the Accademia Gallery in Venice is a treasure chest of a priceless heritage that traces the history of Venetian painting.
GALLERIE DELL'ACCADEMIA VENICE: ARTWORK
Among the 1300s works there are Lorenzo Veneziano’s polyptych depicting 'The Annunciation, Saints and Prophets' and 'Saint Lawrence and the Madonna enthroned with Child and devotees' by Nicolò di Pietro.
At the Gallerie dell'Accademia in Venice, the collection dedicated to 1400s paintings include, among the most important works, the small but precious panel by Andrea Mantegna entitled 'Saint George', the 'Legend of Saint Ursula', a magnificent series of paintings by Carpaccio depicting the story of the princess of Brittany and Bellini’s 'San Giobbe Alterpiece'.
Among the masterpieces from the 1500s, the most representative and famous piece of artwork is perhaps ‘The Tempest’ by Giorgione, a striking painting due to the use of color but whose meaning is still shrouded in mystery. Noteworthy are also Titian’s ‘Pietà’, intended for the Chiesa dei Frari but unfortunately finished by Palma il Giovane after the death of the master. Other very important paintings are 'The Miracle of Saint Mark' by Tintoretto and the famous masterpiece ‘Feast in the House of Levy’ by Paolo Veronese: the innovative way in which the author depicted the theme – the Last Supper of Christ – was seen as heretical and Veronese was summoned before the Inquisition.
Next are the 1600s, represented by, amongst others, Maffei, Mazzoni and Strozzi, and the 1700s including paintings by Canaletto, Piazzetta and Tiepolo, just to name a few.
The Gabinetto dei disegni e stampe of the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice, Italy, houses a work of art of inestimable value: 'The Vitruvian Man' by Leonardo da Vinci, in which the great Master represents the ideal proportions of the human body and depicts a man inscribed inside two perfect figures, a circle, representing the Universe and a square, which symbolizes the Earth. Such was the importance of this representation that it influenced the entire Renaissance period... and beyond!
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