Burano Lace Museum

9/10

29 Reviews

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

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

Lace Museum
Ticket
Full price 6.50
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.


Description

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.

29 reviews for Burano Lace 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 !'

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.

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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The venetoinside.com staff
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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
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.

Best regards,
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'

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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.

Best regards,
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'

Ticket
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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