Glass Museum

9/10

38 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.

Choose your ticket

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

Ticket

Museum Pass
Full price 25.00
Reduced 19.00  

Ticket

Glass Museum
Full price 11.50
Reduced 9.00  

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.

 

38 reviews for Glass Museum

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1.5/10

lab rat

April 2018

Solo traveler

AUSTRALIA

Reviewed on 09 May `18 - Booking No. 189127

'mr'

Ticket
Museum Pass

I thought it was a 'skip-the-queue' ticket but the queues at the Doges Palace were very bad

Strengths

great for the other museums

Weaknesses

I thought it was a 'skip-the-queue' ticket but the queues at the Doges Palace were very bad - quite annoying.


Reply by venetoinside.com Staff

Dear Lab Rat,

Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry for the misunderstanding but nowhere in our website we present the Museum Pass as a skip-the-line pass.

As we speciefied on the website, in the Important information section, the ticket must be collected at the ticket office of the first museum you visit (allowing time for a possible queue at the ticket counter).

“Once you have the ticket, you can have access to other museums by presenting the ticket at the entrance, without having to queue again at the ticket offices. If you wish to collect the ticket at the Doge's Palace, please remember to go to the 'Ticket Office Groups Only' desk: you must respect the possible waiting times, that are usually shorter compared to the waiting times at the other desks. Anyway, we suggest you to collect your ticket in one of the other museums included in the Museum Pass since they have less visitors than the Doge's Palace and therefore the waiting times are usually reduced.”

We are sorry you did not read it!

Best regards,
The venetoinside.com staff
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Afriday

September 2017

Mature couple

CANADA

Reviewed on 30 Sep `17 - Booking No. 17162961 - Service sold by a Distribution Partner of Insidecom srl

'Venice Museum'

Ticket
Museum Pass

It was easy and so efficient and time saving instead of standing in line.

Strengths

Easy to book on line

Weaknesses

-

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8.5/10

pep

September 2017

Group of friends

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 27 Sep `17 - Booking No. 17157039 - Service sold by a Distribution Partner of Insidecom srl

'museum pass'

Ticket
Museum Pass

Was useful to be pre-booked saved time at entry

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1
9/10

roc

September 2017

Mature couple

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 20 Sep `17 - Booking No. 17135100

'benissimo'

Ticket
Museum Pass

all good apart from communications and signage.

Strengths

easy movement once inside.

Weaknesses

communications and signage

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10/10

Richard B

September 2017

Mature couple

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 19 Sep `17 - Booking No. 17161530

'Venice museum pass'

Ticket
Museum Pass

Very informative, easy to navigate website with easy to order process. Museum pass proved excellent value for money (saving on individual museum entry charges)and allowed easy entry into venues with no queueing for tickets. A range of museums/galleries included so plenty of choice to go at. Would recommend if you are planning a few days in Venice.

Strengths

Excellent website. Museum pass good value. Secure payment.

Weaknesses

None that come to mind.

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9/10

HGR

August 2017

Mature couple

GERMANY

Reviewed on 12 Sep `17 - Booking No. 17155449 - Service sold by a Distribution Partner of Insidecom srl

'easy to use'

Ticket
Museum Pass

Easy to use, clear offer, very fair prices - and immediate confirmation via Email; clearly recommend to use comapred to other offers...

Strengths

easy, fair Prices, transparent

Weaknesses

None identified

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10/10

yo

August 2017

Solo traveler

JAPAN

Reviewed on 21 Aug `17 - Booking No. 17115092

'museum pass'

Ticket
Museum Pass

I went to nice places to go to museum. It's easy to buy museum pass by internet.

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Syed

July 2017

Family with children

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 07 Aug `17 - Booking No. 17108072

'It was very nice experience ! thank you'

Ticket
Museum Pass

I suggest you guys not to go doge palace to issue your ticket rather go to correr museum because there is no queue to get your tickets , just show your booking and get ticket for all palaces n museums etc we only visited doge palace and correr palace because our daughter got sick and we could not roam freely but both places were so nice , Each place need at least 5 to 6 hours so better split your visits in two days , its good idea to skip the line !

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7/10

Fairyfrinters

July 2017

Group of friends

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 23 Jul `17 - Booking No. 1779666

'Museum pass'

Ticket
Museum Pass

Good value for money. Easy to exchange voucher for pass at Murano Glass Museum.

Strengths

Easy to exchange as above.

Weaknesses

Card itself became tatty easily. Pity it could not be used for Campanile.

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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 !'

Ticket
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.

Strengths

Fuss free simplicity.

Weaknesses

None

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