Natural History Museum in Venice


2 Reviews

Why should you buy your ticket for the Natural History Museum of Venice?

  • Admire an interactive and engaging collection, designed to blend harmoniously with the refined atmosphere of one of the oldest palaces in Venice, the Fontego dei Turchi.
  • Learn everything about the habitat of the Venice lagoon, thanks to a floor entirely dedicated to it, and the seabed of the Adriatic Sea, thanks to the "Tegnùe Aquarium", more than 5 meters long.

  • Among the countless finds, admire the skeleton of a 20-metres long finback whale and the skeleton of a dinosaur with a length of more than 7 meters.
  • With our ticket, you book the date and time of the visit in advance, and you are sure to comply with the 2021/2022 legislation for access to museums.


  • Choose the day of your visit, the time and the number of tickets.

  • Fill in the boxes and check that all the information you entered is correct.

  • Download the voucher from the booking confirmation page or from the email you will receive after booking.

  • Show your printed voucher or on your smartphone at the Natural History Museum ticket office to collect your ticket and then enter.

  • Strictly adhere to your chosen day and time to avoid losing your booking.

  • Cancellation policy: tickets cannot be changed or canceled and are non-refundable.

Other info


The Museum is open Thursday to Sunday from 10.00 to 17.00

Closed: Monday, 25 December, 1 January.

The visiting time slots of the Natural History Museum of our online tickets are:

10.00, 10.15, 10.30, 10.45,11.00, 11.15, 11.30, 11.45, 12.00, 12.15, 12.30, 12.45, 13.00, 13.15, 13.30, 13.45, 14.00, 14.15, 14.30, 14.45, 15.00, 15.15, 15.30, 15.45, 16.00

Read this! Covid-19 measures: from 10 January 2022, access to the civic museums of Venice is allowed only with an Enhanced Vaccination Passport. At the time of verification, the holder of the Enhanced Vaccination Passport must show a valid identity document. The provisions do not apply to minors up to 12 years and to exempt individuals with specific medical certification.


Adult: € 9,00
Concession: € 7.50 for children aged 6-14 accompanied by a parent, students aged 15-25 and over 65s
Free: children up to 5 years


If you are interested in visiting other museums in Venice, choose the ‘Museum Pass’, a combined, open-ended ticket, valid for 6 months, which lets you visit the Natural History Museum and ten others museums in Venice at a very convenient price.


The Natural History Museum of Venice is located in Salizada del Fontego dei Turchi 1730 in the Santa Croce district of Venice.

  • arriving by train? It’s about 10 minutes on foot from Santa Lucia Railway Station.
  • arriving by bus or by car? From Piazzale Roma it takes about 15 minutes.
  • arriving by water bus? Take line 1 or line 5.2 and get off at Riva de Biasio stop.


Fontego dei Turchi has been home to the Natural History Museum of Venice since 1923, the flagship of the Civic Museums, thanks to its modern and interactive and, above all, very engaging collections.

Built in the first half of the 13th century, the Fontego dei Turchi is considered one of the most characteristic palaces overlooking the Grand Canal. Once the representative office of the Republic of Venice and home to local noble families, it became famous as the market of Turkish traders in Venice.

On the ground floor we find the first two rooms of the exhibition of the Venice Science Museum:

  • In the Cetaceans Gallery you can admire two of the museum's major attractions: a skeleton of a finback whale (Balaenoptera physalus) about 20 m long and that of a young cachalot (Physeter catodon). The cetaceans are suspended from the ceiling by means of steel structures that allow you to walk through the space below, where you can find information and interesting facts and a device for reproducing whale sounds.

  • The Tegnùe Aquarium recreates in a 5 m long tank one of the most unique ecosystems of the Upper Adriatic. Tegnùe are small areas where the bottom of the Adriatic sea, usually sandy or muddy, becomes hard and rocky giving rise to oases of great and unusual biological variety.

The first floor is divided into three sections:

  • On the tracks of life: a guided collection from the origin of life on earth to the appearance of humans in which fossils, artifacts, images, reproductions and multimedia devices follow one another and where you can admire two extraordinary dinosaur finds: the skeleton of the Ouranosaurus nigeriensis more than 7 m long and the skull of a Sarchosuchus imperator.

  • Collecting to astonish, collecting for research: the evolution of naturalistic collecting and the birth of scientific museology.

  • The strategies of life. A journey to discover the differences and similarities between the different forms of life, current and extinct, which explains: 'Forms and functions' (biodiversity and life strategies on earth); 'Nutrition' (strategies for obtaining food, energy, types of nutrition, life cycle); 'Movement' (moving in space and in different situations).

Finally, an entire floor is dedicated to the Venice Lagoon and the relationship between humans and the surrounding environment: an in-depth, symbolic and sensorial visit within the lagoon microcosm, an extraordinary ecosystem both for its geomorphological characteristics and for the traditions linked to its naturalistic, environmental and landscape unique features.

In addition to the exhibition, the Natural History Museum of Venice has vast collections that house over two million pieces. These rooms are accessible only on request by researchers and scholars in order to safeguard the correct conservation of the precious finds they house.

2 Reviews for Natural History Museum in Venice

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Family with children

Booking No. 1574361

Reviewed on 27 Aug `15

'Oranosaurus Dinosaur skeleton - my 8yr old loved it (so did I)'

My boy loves dinosaurs so he really wanted to see the Oranosaurus skeleton here. The location is in a beautiful old building on the main canal (in fact later we went deliberately on a vaporetto boat ride to see the building's front from the Grand Canal). He loved being able to get so close to it and though the video commentary was in Italian, we could easily follow the visual history of the excavations in the desert that led to the discovery of the dinosaur along with another crocodile-like one (a Sarcosucus?). The exhibits in the other rooms were also fascinating, including the exhibits from colonial explorers of a bygone age. There's a beautifully small courtyard that holds a lily pond with fish - I liked stepping out there and thinking about the building long ago. I also really liked the way the underwater creatures such as sharks were displayed, and the bird room depicting flight and . . . oh, just go visit this treasure.

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