Archaeological Museum

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114 Reviews

The National Archaeological Museum of Venice, Italy is a state museum, within the Superintendence for Historical, Artistic and Ethno-anthropological circuit and for the City of Venice Museum Centre and the municipalities of the lagoon.

This page is intended as a starting point to discover the beautiful National Archaeological Museum of Venice - times, venue and collections. It gives you the ability to book online your visit and purchase tickets for the Museums of St. Mark's Square as well as National Archaeological Museum Venice tickets, and also have access to the Doge's Palace, the Monumental Rooms of the National Library of St Mark's and Venice Correr Museum, and the Museum Pass for the Civic Museums.
The location of the National Archaeological Museum of Venice is in St Mark's Square on the first floor of the Procuratie Nuove, next to the Correr Museum and the Monumental Rooms of St Mark’s Library.

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Warning! You can visit the Archaeological 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

Museums of St. Mark's Square
Ticket
Full price 20.00
Reduced 14.50

The MUSEUMS OF ST MARK'S SQUARE TICKET is VALID for 3 MONTHS starting from the day you collect the ticket at the ticket office of the Doge’s Palace or the Correr Museum.

It includes one entrance for the Doge’s Palace and for the combined itinerary of Correr Museum, Archeological Museum, Monumental Rooms of the National Library. You can access to these museums ONLY purchasing the cumulative ticket.


Description

Archaeological Museum Venice - Visiting hours
From 26 March to 1 November:
10.00am – 7.00pm
From 2 November to 25 March: 10.00am – 5.00pm 
Closed: 25 December and 1 January

(Entry via Correr Museum)


Founded way back in 1523 following a donation from Cardinal Domenico Grimani to the Republic of Venice, the National Archaeological Museum in Venice hosts important original findings, mainly from the Greek-Roman age, in addition to the archaeological collection of the Correr Museum which boasts exhibits from the Neolithic and the Bronze Age, Egyptian and Assyrian-Babylonian antiques and also Greek, Etruscan and Roman art.

 

  • Archaeological Museum Venice - Room I

Contains works from the Roman period, funerary steles and public inscriptions - mostly from Crete, and some male busts.

  • Archaeological Museum Venice - Room II - Numismatic Collection

In the museum showcases, part of the rich numismatic collection is exposed (V century B.C.-XVII century): Greek coinage, Republican-Roman imperial coins minted in the provinces, examples of barbaric coinage and a collection of Byzantine coins from the V to the XIII centuries.  Renaissance medals and Republican money (late third century B.C.-27) are also on show.

  • Archaeological Museum Venice - Room III - Sculptures from the first half of the fifth century. BC

On display are Roman copies of Greek works, now lost. Of particular interest: the 'twin' statues of the Caryatids - one from the island of Cres and the other discovered in Attica.

  • Archaeological Museum Venice - Room IV - Original Greek works of the V and IV centuries B.C.

The room includes original examples of Greek sculptures, many of which retain traces of the Renaissance restorations removed at the start of the 900s. The figures cannot be identified with certainty: they are most likely to be votive statues from an island sanctuary.

  • Archaeological Museum Venice - Room V - Sculptures of the V and IV centuries B.C.

Types and motifs of the Greek production of the IV century are illustrated with originals and Roman reproductions.

  • Archaeological Museum Venice - Room VI - Greek Portraits and Roman reliefs

Portraits of the Hellenistic period (III-II centuries B.C.) which represent the main features of Greek portraiture, such as attention to symmetry and proportions based on geometric principles or designed according to the new optical and movement principles. Of particular interest: the Ara Grimani, original Hellenistic art possibly from Rome.

  • Archaeological Museum Venice - Room VIII - Hellenistic Sculpture

In the sculptures of the Hellenistic period the neoclassical or archaic tendencies blend with pathos and naturalism. Of particular interest: the group of Venetian Galatians, part of the collection that Domenico Grimani had formed with works coming largely from some land he owned in Rome.

  • Archaeological Museum Venice - Rooms IX and X - Roman portraits

In this room the various aspects of Roman portraits are presented in relation to the iconography of the imperial family. There are also portraits of the XVI century that reflect iconographic and stylistic forms of the Roman era. Of particular interest: the female portraits in which it is possible to see the evolution of the hairstyles according to the fashion at the time.

  • Archaeological Museum Venice - Room XI

Dedicated to the funerary sarcophagus with figurative decoration in relief on three sides. As for the scenes depicted, it should be noted the use of themes that were already developed in the Hellenistic period.

  • Archaeological Museum Venice - Room XII

Of particular interest: the 'capsella of Samagher', ivory and silver reliquary decorated with subjects of Christian characters, dating from the V century A.D.

  • Archaeological Museum Venice - Room XIV

Funerary art from the Roman-imperial age: altars and urns with relief decorations, sides of sarcophagi, vases, marble replicas of the originals in metal.

  • Archaeological Museum Venice – Room XV

In this hall Greek and Italic pottery (IX-III century B.C.) – mostly deriving from burials and funeral monuments of the Roman period.

  • Archaeological Museum Venice - Rooms XVII-XX

These rooms house several artefacts from various sources, grouped together in the Egyptian-Egyptian style section: finds of funerary and Templar character - mummies, vases, figurines, votive bronzes, a scalloped stele and statues of the Late Period (712-332 B.C.); and in the Oriental section: cuneiform inscriptions dating from the reign of Nebuchadnezzar II, Assyrian reliefs from Nineveh and Nimrud and funerary and votive reliefs of Oriental-Greek origins. Also noteworthy: 'From the Nile to the Archaeological Museum' - a themed display to follow the findings related to Egypt through the different rooms - and the showcase 'Religion and Magic' - a sort of connection between the 'Egyptian style' Greek-Roman artefacts and the next Oriental-Egyptian section, which preserves several examples of amulets and two magical steles.

  • Archaeological Museum Venice - Rooms XVII and XVIII - Sculptures from the archaeological collection of the Venice Civic Museums

Of particular interest: important Greek-classic originals; the lions from the entry of the Arsenal, some male portraits – a synthesis between the traditional Egyptian sculptural forms and the iconography modules of the Roman- republican portrait; Roman copies of Greek originals.

  • Archaeological Museum Venice - Public Statuary

Housed in the Entry Room of St Mark’s Library – the ancient headquarters of the Public Statuary of the Serenissima – it reproduces the original display of the museum reconstructed according to the drawings of Anton Maria Zanetti ‘il Giovane’.

114 reviews for Archaeological 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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9/10

Chris

May 2017

Mature couple

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 08 Jun `17 - Booking No. 1756777

'Museums of St Mark's Square'

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Museums of St. Mark's Square

Pre- booking tickets with venetoinside.com services was easy and saved us valuable time by avoiding queues during our brief stay in Venice.

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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!

Best regards,
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'

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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.

Best regards,
The venetoinside.com staff
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7.5/10

Norfolknuala

May 2017

Mature couple

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 22 May `17 - Booking No. 1748426

'Worth it just for the Doges palace'

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Museums of St. Mark's Square

By passed all the queues for the palace . We found it fascinating . The history and architecture are stunning.

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8.5/10

Natasha

April 2017

Young couple

UNITED STATES

Reviewed on 19 May `17 - Booking No. 1713687

'Great time at the Doge's Palace'

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Museums of St. Mark's Square

We woke up early to visit Doge's Palace and Saint Marc Square without crowds. It was a very pleasant experience. The palace is magnificent: the interior has many historical artifacts and masterpieces. You can easily spend hours there. We paid extra for the special Bosch exhibit, and it was worth it, in my opinion. I definitely recommend visiting this place. Try to arrive a few minutes before opening to enjoy the place in serenity.

Strenghts

Magnificent historical buildings.

Weaknesses

The place can get very crowded.

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8/10

Joanne

May 2017

Group of friends

AUSTRALIA

Reviewed on 19 May `17 - Booking No. 1710411

'Doges Palace'

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Museums of St. Mark's Square

We wanted to see the Doges Palace, so purchased the Museum pass in advance to avoid a long queue. We didn't have time to visit the other included museums, but the Doges Palace is worth the visit. The rooms don't have much furniture but the ceilings and walls are covered in art, and are very impressive. The tour takes you via the prison cells, and that took quite a while. If there was a short cut we missed it, and there were quite a few stairs. Over all, well worth the price, even to see one museum

Strenghts

Well priced, amazing walls and ceilings

Weaknesses

Signage is not the best, shorter tour of the prison cells would have been appreciated

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6/10

ALi

January 2017

Group of friends

SPAIN

Reviewed on 04 Feb `17 - Booking No. 16143740

'St. Mark's Square'

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Museums of St. Mark's Square

The museum experience was great, however we did run into problems because the information in the email says that they ticket does not need to be printed, that showing the voucher directly on a mobile device is sufficient, and this is not the case. We were at the museum and told we had to go find a place to print the vouchers and it took away a bit from the overall pleasantness of the museum.


Reply by venetoinside.com Staff

Dear Ali,

thank you for your feedback! Actually, the confirmation mail you received at the end of the online booking procedure said '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 necessity to print the voucher is also highlighted on the voucher itself... We regret you did not read carefully all the information since we are transparent in informing our customers about the vouchers that need to be printed and those that can be shown on a mobile device.

Best regards,
The venetoinside.com staff
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6.5/10

Susie Q

November 2016

Mature couple

UNITED STATES

Reviewed on 27 Nov `16 - Booking No. 16130576

'Everyone should visit here!'

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Museums of St. Mark's Square

We were fortunate to be able to go to Italy/Venice during the off season, so there were less tourists/shorter lines. Get this pass, so you can get in quicker. Also, this pass includes multiple museums, so it's a great dal/price. It was a little confusing at first, as you had to cash in your voucher first. But, there was good English speaking customer service personnel, so they gave great intel.

Strenghts

Multi places included. Beautiful place. No pictures allowed

Weaknesses

No pictures allowed. Some places included in multi pack were places we didn't want to/have time to go to. Visit to cell-Bridge of Sighs was not clearly marked.


Reply by venetoinside.com Staff

Dear Susie Q,

thank you for your feedback! Please note that both online and on the voucher, we specify that you are required to change the voucher into a physical ticket at the ticket office of the first museum you will visit… We regret this was not clear enough to you! Concerning the Bridge of Sighs, we can assure you that it is included in the standard path inside the Doge’s Palace therefore you would have been able to visit it without any problems!

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The venetoinside.com staff
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