Glass Museum

9/10

29 Reviews

In Venice, the museums to visit are not only found in the beautiful historic centre. Surrounded by the magic of the lagoon, the island of Murano – famous for its Glass Museum in Venice, Italy is home to one of the most fascinating collections of the Venetian Civic Museums Foundation.

Glasswork at the Murano Glass Mueum, offers an extraordinary journey to discover a bond that spans the centuries. Here, you find key information for your visit to the Glass Museum in Venice, Italy: the Museum Venice Pass cost, opening and closing times and the Venice Glass Mueum tickets cost for a tour. The Museo del Vetro in Venice, Italy can be visited by purchasing individual Museum Venice tickets or a convenient Venice Museum Pass card.

Since 1923, the Museum of Glass in Venice has been included in the orbit of the City Museums of Venice.

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

Ticket

Museum Pass
Ticket
Full price 25.00
Reduced 19.00

The MUSEUM PASS is VALID for 6 MONTHS starting from the day you collect the ticket at the ticket office of one of the museums included in the Museum Pass.

It 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.

Ticket

Glass Museum
Ticket
Full price 11.50
Reduced 9.00

The SINGLE TICKET for the Glass Museum of Murano 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.


Description

Murano Glass Museum in Venice Opening Hours
From 1 April to 1 November
: 10.00 am – 6.00 pm (tickets office: 10am-5pm)
From 2 November to 31 March: 10.00 am – 5.00 pm (tickets office: 10am-4pm)
Closed: 25 December and 1 January


The Glass Museum in Venice - Murano is housed in the Vescovi Palace of Torcello which was purchased by the city after the suppression of the diocese of Torcello to house the museum-archive of the island. 

The unique Glass Blowing Museum in Venice shows the history and evolution through the centuries. The artefacts stored at the Museo del Vetro in Venice – Murano offer visitors a comprehensive and highly suggestive itinerary that traces the history of Murano glass from its origins to the 20th century. Roman remains - from the 1st and 2nd centuries A.D. - murine, artefacts produced between the 15th and 20th century and masterpieces. The Glass Museum in Venice contains the largest collection in the world of Murano glass and a visit to the museum will allow you to understand the deep and inseparable bond that binds Murano with glass working.

Murano Glass Museum - Archaeological Collection

Starting from the origin of Murano glass in Venice, Italy, the first rooms of the museum house the original nucleus of the collection which consists of artefacts received by the Abbot Zanetti - founder of the Glass Museum - and the collections of the Correr Museum and the Archaeological Superintendence. The archaeological collection of the Venice Museum of Glass boasts Roman artefacts, objects with depictions of animals and plants, glass 'murrini' and examples of applications and decorations used in ancient times.

Glass Museum of Murano - Murano Glass in the 15th century

At the Venetian Glass Museum there is not much evidence of the beginnings of Murano antique glass. However, from the 1400s blown glass becomes a means of artistic expression, marking the start of a kind of production that leaves room for creativity and new decorative techniques. In these halls of the museum you can witness the evolution from 'crystal clear' glass to the pure and transparent glass that, during the next century, leads to the development of new decorative techniques.

Glass Museum of Murano - Murano Glass in the 16th century

Typical glass of the 16th century includes: 'lattimo', white opaque glass like porcelain, glass used in filigree or decorated with enamels, and ice glass with a typical cracked outer surface. The incisions made with a diamond tip or flint began to be used in creating decorative patterns of extreme lightness, while the pictorial representation prefers subjects drawn from paintings of famous artists. In the course of this century the forms of artefacts gradually became more complex, demonstrating a greater awareness in glass processing and the desire to escape the previous canons of simplicity and practicality. But the 1500s is also the century in which the precious Murano glass goes beyond national borders to spread throughout Europe.

Glass Museum of Murano - Murano Glass in the 17th century

During the 1600s there were no particular innovations in manufacturing techniques or decoration of Murano Glass. It is the century of the so-called glass à la façon de Venise, often produced by Murano glassmakers who emigrated abroad, marking the plastic decorative motifs which appeared during the 1500s. Considered to be the century of the most prestigious Murano glass, the 17th century is also the beginning of the decline: in addition to the massive exodus of Murano glassmakers abroad, towards the end of the century the market began to prefer Bohemian glass.

Glass Museum of Murano - Murano Glass in the 18th century

In the course of 1700s Murano Glass acquired new life thanks to Joseph Briati. In Murano the Glass Museum in Venice preserves many examples of his vast output, including chiocche (crystal chandeliers decorated with multiple arms), deseri or table triumphs - famous for their ornamental richness and variety of the subjects represented - and beautiful mirrors.

The revival started by Joseph Briati succeeded in revitalizing the entire glassmaker industry in Murano: the famous 'lattimo' glass was produced by the Miotti and Bertolini families, while Osvaldo Brussa and his son brought attention to the ancient technique of hand-blown glass decorated with hot enamels.

Glass Museum of Murano - Murano Glass in the 19th century

In 1797, the fall of the Venetian Republic also had significant effects on the production of Murano Glass art which went through a period of technique and aesthetics decline. From the second half of the 19th century, blown glass by Antonio Salviati and reproduction of Roman mosaic glass by Vincenzo Moretti offered new ideas to the glassmaking industry.

Among the most interesting productions of the period one must include the imitations of the early Christian gold leaf glass; enamel glass, of which a fine example is the so-called 'Barovier' Cup, in the Venetian Glass Museum, Venice; artefacts 'mimicking' excavated pottery. Towards the end of the 19th century, Europe moves away from historical models presenting new styles and movements; in Murano evidences of this change seem to be expressed only by the Barovier Artists in the beautiful wine glasses inspired by Art Nouveau.

Glass Museum of Murano - Murano Glass in the 20th century

At the beginning of the 20th century, the traditional techniques of glass working began to be used for more modern creations – as demonstrated in the 'Peacock  murrina' and Vittorio Zecchin’s Plate.

After the First World War, many artists began working closely with the furnaces on the island to pursue personal projects. This trend continued even in the following decades, bringing Murano glassmaking back to the centre of the international glass industry. The best works are the daring combinations of glass and wrought iron designed by Umberto Bellotto, with the cooperation of the Barovier artists and fantastic glassy fabrics created by Carlo Scarpa for Venini .

After the Second World War, Murano develops an interest in the chromatic effects of the glass – as can be seen in the works of Ercole Barovier. Also noteworthy are the sculptures by Alfredo Barbini and the creations of watermarks by Archimede Seguso.

From the 1950s onwards, the collaborations between designers of international fame and Murano furnaces become more frequent, giving the island a leading role in the glass industry worldwide.

 

29 reviews for Glass Museum

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9/10
10/10

hoed

June 2017

Mature couple

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 28 Jun `17 - Booking No. 1772696 - Service sold by a Distribution Partner of Insidecom srl

'Museum Pass Venice Easy Peasy !'

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Museum Pass

Very straightforward easy to use website. Picked up pass in St Marks Sq. it took two minutes. The pass is recognised all over Venice.

Strenghts

Fuss free simplicity.

Weaknesses

None

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7.5/10

Tommy

May 2017

Mature couple

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 08 Jun `17 - Booking No. 1755446

'early closing'

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Museum Pass

The pass was very useful and enabled us to avoid queues at the main museums but on the day we were in Venice the museums all closed early (15.00) to facilitate a union meeting. It would have helpful to have been made aware of this in advance so that we could have re-arranged our schedule.

Strenghts

avoided queues

Weaknesses

Lacked forward warning of closures.


Reply by venetoinside.com Staff

Dear Tommy,

thank you for you feedback! Unfortunately we were not informed about this extraordinary union meeting and therefore were not able to notify our customers that the museums would have closed before the usual closing time. We apologize for any inconvenience!

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10/10

JG

May 2017

Mature couple

AUSTRALIA

Reviewed on 04 Jun `17 - Booking No. 1747521 - Service sold by a Distribution Partner of Insidecom srl

'WifiExpress'

Ticket
Museum Pass

Easy online purchase and avoided the huge queues.

Strenghts

Easy

Weaknesses

Have to convert the online voucher to a pass on site.

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2/10

Chuck

May 2017

Mature couple

UNITED STATES

Reviewed on 24 May `17 - Booking No. 1752376

'Smart Phone Voucher'

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Museum Pass

Although the email for my booking indicated that the " voucher is the only valid document and you can present it to our staff either on a paper copy or on a mobile device", the voucher on my smart phone was not accepted at the Doge's Palace. In addition, the staff at the Palace acted very annoyed that I was trying to submit the documentation on my mobile device.


Reply by venetoinside.com Staff

Dear Chuck,

unfortunately on the confirmation email it is specified ‘The voucher is the only valid document and you can present it to our staff either on a paper copy or on a mobile device (smartphones, tablets or other devices) according to instructions specified on it’. The voucher of the Museum Pass clearly said that the voucher MUST BE PRESENTED on a paper copy. We are sorry you did not read carefully the information, we are transparent in notifying our customers about the correct procedure to use their reservation.

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The venetoinside.com staff
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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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The venetoinside.com staff
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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'

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.

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The venetoinside.com 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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