Archaeological Museum

8.5/10

130 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’.

130 reviews for Archaeological Museum

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8.5/10
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'

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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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9/10

Omar

August 2017

Family with children

UNITED STATES

Reviewed on 06 Sep `17 - Booking No. 17145208

'Incredible history!'

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Museums of St. Mark's Square

We bought tickets in advance for the Doge's Palace. We had to repurchase them as we missed our initial day's visit...Would be nice to use them once over a series of days...But alas. The Palace was lovely and gave a great sense of the region's political and social history. May not be great for young kids as it can be a lengthy visit, especially while on tour. Overall, worth a trip!

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10/10

Culture Club

August 2017

Family with children

GERMANY

Reviewed on 04 Sep `17 - Booking No. 17109436

'Just fab'

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Museums of St. Mark's Square

booking tickets in advance and skipping the queue was the best on that hot day - and inside, there was this beauty of art and history

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1
10/10

yo

August 2017

Solo traveler

JAPAN

Reviewed on 21 Aug `17 - Booking No. 17115092

'museum pass'

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Museum Pass

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

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1
10/10

Sazel7

July 2017

Mature couple

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 17 Aug `17 - Booking No. 17128727

'Great value'

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Museums of St. Mark's Square

User friendly website. Great process and really good value

Strengths

Good website

Weaknesses

None

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10/10

Tatjana

August 2017

Young couple

SWITZERLAND

Reviewed on 17 Aug `17 - Booking No. 17129562

'wonderful experience plus instant access'

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Museums of St. Mark's Square

interesting institution, worth the price, spend about 2 hours there

Strengths

beautiful; big; instant access

Weaknesses

-

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9/10

MOSM

July 2017

Family with children

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 16 Aug `17 - Booking No. 17126006

'Museum's of St Marks'

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Museums of St. Mark's Square

We only used this ticket to visit The Doge's Palace but it was worth the pre-booing yo skip the queues. The Doge's Palace was well worth the visit.

Strengths

Skip the queue.

Weaknesses

More costly than purchasing on the day.

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6/10

Faye

July 2017

Solo traveler

NEW ZEALAND

Reviewed on 11 Aug `17 - Booking No. 1795330 - Service sold by a Distribution Partner of Insidecom srl

'St Marks Museums'

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Museums of St. Mark's Square

The visit was amazing. The experience is something I will remember for ever.

Strengths

-

Weaknesses

I made a mistake and booked for the 26th and had to immediately book again for the 25th . It was very disappointing that the original booking was not able to be cancelled or the money refunded. We all make mistakes some time!


Reply by venetoinside.com Staff

Dear Faye, 

thank you for your feedback. We are sorry you had to book the ticket twice, but, as you can see the website states: " Verify the accuracy of the information submitted: once the payment has been made, the booking cannot be modified nor cancelled."

We are sorry you did not see that important information,

Best regards,
The venetoinside.com staff
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0.5/10

Mike J

August 2017

Family with children

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 09 Aug `17 - Booking No. 17136151

'Great. Is it but DON'T USE THIS SITE'

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Museums of St. Mark's Square

Used venetoinside.com to save time, and money if possible, as we wanted to visit the Palazzo Ducale in high season and had heard about the huge queues. Booked online from the hotel room the day before and paid €103 for the family. Got the email which said I had to have a PRINTED copy of the voucher - the museums don't have the capability to read a booking number on a mobile device (even though the museums use a person to check this). Not having a printer in myself pocket, I went at opening time to the Palazzo and tried to talk to the desk to see what could be done. Answered with a flat 'non' and directed to an Internet cafe that didn't actually exist (according to Google). Eventual used the goodwill of the hotel to get the voucher printed, and got the tickets exchanged only to find that the face value was €87!! So, moral of the story is: get up early, join the queue (which is manageable until 9.30 or so) and oh on the door.

Strengths

None. None at all.

Weaknesses

More expensive, time consuming, and stressful than space travel, let alone just getting tickets for yourself.


Reply by venetoinside.com Staff

Dear Mike, 

thank you for your review. We are sorry you did not appreciate the service you bought on venetoinside.com, but, as you can see, our website states: "The voucher issued at the end of the online reservation must be printed and presented at the ticket office of the museum in order to convert it into a valid entrance ticket. [..]". 

We are sorry you did not take into account that important information.

Best regards,
The venetoinside.com staff
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9/10

Syed

July 2017

Family with children

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 07 Aug `17 - Booking No. 17108072

'It was very nice experience ! thank you'

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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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