Burano Lace Museum
The Burano Lace Museum in Venice will take you to discover one of the oldest and most fascinating traditions of Venice: The lace making in Burano, Italy.
Here you can find out the lace museum in Burano opening hours and the lace museum in Burano entrance fee and to access the museo del merletto in Burano you can buy a Museum Pass for Venice, Italy online at a cost of €25.00, which allows a visit to other Civic Museums of Venice - or an individual ticket that includes only the visit to the Lace Museum in Burano at a cost of €6.50.
The Burano Lace Museum in Venice opened in 1981 and it is located on the beautiful island of Burano, in the rooms that once housed the Burano Lace School, a historic institution founded in the late 19th century to recover and develop this ancient art. Following the closure of the school, its valuable archive was transferred to the Museum of Palazzo Mocenigo while a building was chosen for the site of the Venetian lace museum.
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Warning! You can visit the Burano Lace Museum only purchasing one of the passes listed below
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.
Reduced € 5.00
The SINGLE TICKET for the Lace Museum in Burano 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.
Lace Museum, Burano - Opening Hours
From 1 April to 1 November: 10.00am – 6.00pm (last entrance at 5.30pm)
From 2 November to 31 March: 10.00am – 5.00pm (last entrance at 4.30pm)
Closed: Mondays, 25 December, 1 January.
Inside the lace museum at Burano, you will find an original journey to discover the Burano lace: history, techniques, artefacts from the collection of Lace School of Burano, Venetian manufacture of precious specimens dating from the 16th to the 20th century. Furthermore, you can directly observe how to make lace of Burano, an exhibition that will make your experience even more fascinating in the most extraordinary lace museum of Burano in Venice, best visited in the morning, when the lace makers are hard at work!
Guided tour of the Lace Museum in Burano, Italy
On the ground floor, visitors are introduced to the world of lace: a short film and numerous panels which explain the secrets of lace and the most useful information.
The visit to the lace museum of Venice, Italy continues on the first floor in an original thematic and chronological itinerary, in the four rooms that accommodate valuable evidence of the evolution of Venetian lace and Venice from the 1500s to 1900s.
- Burano Lace Museum - From the origins to the 16th century
Needle lace developed during Renaissance Venice and probably derived from the bibila point of Byzantine origin, visible, for example, in the splendid mosaics of Torcello and Murano churches, and especially in the decorations of the fringes on the mantle of the Madonna. Expressions of refined sensibility and aristocratic women, needle lace is made up of a complex and creative set of points. The first decorations, mainly in a geometric style, can be found on the neckline and on the corners of handkerchiefs.
In the 16th century a significant increase in the publication of modellari is documented - books of designs for embroidery and lace designed by printers and engravers of the period. From modellari there is a preference for geometric patterns, arabesques and rosettes often enriched with phyto-zoomorphic and grotesque elements. During this period, the art of lace continued to be practiced only in private homes.
Towards the end of the 1500s the great success of lace, both in fashion and for furniture, caused a significant increase in its production including monasteries, orphanages and charitable institutions; additionally, dedicated lace making centres were also being opened even in isolated places.
- Burano Lace Museum – 17th and 18th Centuries
The 1600s was the gold century of lace, as it became a predominant element in clothing for both women and men. While Milan, Genova and Flanders preferred bobbin lace, Venice created an exception by manufacturing lace with a needle.
The lace of Burano with high relief cut flower Venice point, very spectacular and expensive, forced the France of the Sun King - exhausted by the mad expenses of the sovereign - to produce the lace in an autonomous way. Venice met 'the challenge' with the pink point, by creating even more intricate and miniature lace decorated with embossed micro-layers similar to snow crystals.
In the first half of the 16th century decorations had a huge variety of flora and small animals; between 1650 and around 1675, inflorescences of Indian origin reinterpreted with imagination prevailed, while towards the end of the century, the motifs became smaller more stylized.
The fashion of the 1700s saw the prominence of a more Flemish styled lace, and Venice responded with the invention of the Burano point. Thanks to the bobbins, blonde was reproduced, and mainly used as capes in carnival costumes. The success of the Anglo-Saxon style - practical and sporty - lead to a simplification of the lace, which began to be decorated with small and scattered motifs that were well suited to shawls, ties and caps.
The effects of the revolutions in America and France also had an impact on lace, which was considered a symbol of aristocratic society. In the 18th century the decorations followed the style of clothing fabrics: in the first half of the century abundant elements were mixed with rocaille, in the second half peach flowers and roses prevailed while in the last quarter the motives gradually became lighter and more trivial.
- Burano Lace Museum - 19th and 20th centuries
At the beginning of the 19th century, Napoleon revived the production of lace by requiring the use of it in ceremonial clothing.
It is well documented that the production of lace increased in England, France, Belgium and Spain, while Venice tried to counter the rise of mechanical lace. Towards the end of the century, a revival began: special committees and aristocratic ladies engaged in the recovery of the ancient tradition of lace by purchasing unique pieces and organizing special schools of teaching.
The rebirth of lace making continued following the dictates of fashion until the end of World War II. Since the last quarter of the 20th century, the production of lace, which is recognized as a form of traditional crafts, is now being pursued by the passion of individual professionals, as is the case at the Museo del Merletto in Venice.
34 reviews for Burano Lace Museum
Group of friends
Reviewed on 27 Sep `17 - Booking No. 17157039 - Service sold by a Distribution Partner of Insidecom srl
Was useful to be pre-booked saved time at entry
Reviewed on 12 Sep `17 - Booking No. 17155449 - Service sold by a Distribution Partner of Insidecom srl
'easy to use'
Easy to use, clear offer, very fair prices - and immediate confirmation via Email; clearly recommend to use comapred to other offers...
easy, fair Prices, transparent
Reviewed on 21 Aug `17 - Booking No. 17115092
I went to nice places to go to museum. It's easy to buy museum pass by internet.
Family with children
Reviewed on 07 Aug `17 - Booking No. 17108072
'It was very nice experience ! thank you'
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 !
Group of friends
Reviewed on 23 Jul `17 - Booking No. 1779666
Good value for money. Easy to exchange voucher for pass at Murano Glass Museum.
Easy to exchange as above.
Card itself became tatty easily. Pity it could not be used for Campanile.
Reviewed on 28 Jun `17 - Booking No. 1772696 - Service sold by a Distribution Partner of Insidecom srl
'Museum Pass Venice Easy Peasy !'
Very straightforward easy to use website. Picked up pass in St Marks Sq. it took two minutes. The pass is recognised all over Venice.
Fuss free simplicity.
Reviewed on 08 Jun `17 - Booking No. 1755446
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.
Lacked forward warning of closures.
Reply by venetoinside.com Staff
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!Best regards,
The venetoinside.com staff
Reviewed on 04 Jun `17 - Booking No. 1747521 - Service sold by a Distribution Partner of Insidecom srl
Easy online purchase and avoided the huge queues.
Have to convert the online voucher to a pass on site.
Reviewed on 24 May `17 - Booking No. 1752376
'Smart Phone Voucher'
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
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.Best regards,
The venetoinside.com staff
Reviewed on 12 Oct `16 - Booking No. 16108923
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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