Natural History Museum

9/10

39 Reviews

Among the museums - civic in Venice to visit, the Natural History Museum in Venice offers an interactive and engaging guided tour, designed to blend harmoniously with the refined atmosphere of one of the oldest buildings of Venice, the Fontego dei Turchi.

Here, you will find the information to plan your visit to the Natural History Museum of Venice: opening times and prices, closures, description of the types of exhibitions and museum pass to all Venice civic museums including the Venice Museum of Natural History.

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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

Natural History Museum
Ticket
Full price 9.50
Reduced 7.00

The SINGLE TICKET for the Natural History Museum of Venice 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

Venice Natural History Museum Hours
From 1 June to 1 November:
10.00am – 6.00pm (last entrance at 5.00pm)
From 2 November to 31 May:
Tuesday to Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm (last entrance at 4.00pm)
Saturday and Sunday 10.00am – 6.00pm (last entrance at 5.00pm)
Closed: Mondays, 25 December, 1 January.


Built in the first half of the 12thcentury, the Fontego dei Turchi is considered one of the most distinctive buildings overlooking the Grand Canal. The Fontego dei Turchi became a famous place of business for the Turkish merchants in Venice, a function which it held for nearly two centuries after being the representative office of the Republic of Venice and the home of the local noble families. In the 18th century, after a restoration in order to recover the original building, the Fontego dei Turchi housed the Correr Museum. Since 1923 it has included the Natural History Museum of Venice.

Its display is one of the spearheads of the museums in Venice: the Natural History Museum boasts a modern and attractive layout which enables visitors to interact with the exhibits.

On the ground floor of the Natural History Museum in Venice, Italy the entrance leads visitors into the first two rooms of the exhibition:

  • The Gallery of Cetaceans boasts two of the major attractions of the museum, the skeleton of a fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) approximately 20m long and that of a young sperm whale (Physeter catodon). The Cetaceans are suspended from the ceiling thanks to steel structures that allow you to travel through the space provided below, together with information and facts, as well as a device for playing whale songs.
  • In the Aquarium of Tegnùe you can admire one of the most peculiar natural environments of the Northern Adriatic Sea, recreated in a 5 m long tank. The tegnùe are restricted areas where the seabed of the Adriatic, usually sandy or muddy, becomes hard and rocky, giving rise to an oasis of great and unusual biological diversity. The Venice, Italy Natural History Museum has focused for years on these fascinating areas, both from an environmental point of view and to study the species that live there. To encourage the involvement of visitors to the Natural Museum of Venice, families and especially children and students, the hall has also prepared a 'Virtual Aquarium' which promotes interaction with the various species that are housed inside it.

The first floor of the Civic Museum of Natural History at the Venice Fontego Dei Turchi is divided into three clearly defined sections:

  • The trail of life. From the appearance of the first living organisms to humans, a ‘guided’ visit from fossils - the fundamental key to understanding the formation and history of life on Earth - through a succession of rooms that combine artefacts, images, reproductions and multimedia devices to help the visitor to enter in contact with the testimony of our more distant past. In this section the most famous exhibits of the Venice Museum of Natural History are kept - dinosaurs: the skeleton of Ouranosaurus nigeriensis more than 7m long and the skull of Sarchosuchus imperator discovered by the famous palaeontologist Giancarlo Ligabue during his expeditions in Africa.
  • Collecting to astonish, collecting to study: evolution of nature collecting and the birth of scientific museology. The Venice Science Museum presents nature collecting inside six rooms and two subsections: 'Venetian Explorers’, with the exceptional collections of Giovanni Miani and Giuseppe De Reali – who during the 19th and early 20th century travelled to North Africa and Saharan and Equatorial Africa - plus a room dedicated to Giancarlo Ligabue. The second subsection is devoted to naturalistic museology. From the 16th century Wunderkammer which houses all sorts of objects collected with the sole purpose to entertain, until the advent of the scientific method that encourages the creation of collections for studying purposes, the interpretation and classification of materials. This section ends in a large room overlooking the Grand Canal, where the most important collections of the Museo di Storia Naturale in Venice are exhibited in an impressive cabinet together with scientific instruments and publications by many students who helped to enrich the heritage of the museum of natural history in Venice.
  • The strategies of life. A journey to discover the differences and similarities between the different forms of life, both current and extinct, explaining: 'form and function' (biodiversity and life strategies on earth), 'Nutrition' (strategies for food, energy, types of nutrition and the cycle of life); 'Movement' (movement in space and in different situations).

The Lagoon Floor

  • A section devoted entirely to the Venice Lagoon and the relationship between man and environment: organisms, animals, plants and studies tell the evolution of the territory in which the Civic Museum of Natural History stands. Visitors will have access to a surprising interpretation to understand the unique and special relationship that binds Venice to its Lagoon: an in-depth sensory and symbolic visit inside the microcosm of the lagoon, an extraordinary environment for both its geomorphologic features and the traditions related to its natural and environmental features and its landscape.

In addition to the exhibition, the Museo di Storia Naturale in Venice, Italy has a vast storage with examples of more than two million pieces. However, these areas are only accessible on demand by researchers and scholars as the proper preservation of the precious artefacts housed in them must be ensured. The storage rooms of the Venice, Italy Science Museum contain: botanical and zoological collections, minerals, rocks, fossils, antique scientific instruments, collections of anatomy, anthropology, archaeology, Venetian ethnography and African artefacts.

39 reviews for Natural History Museum

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9/10
9/10

Afriday

September 2017

Mature couple

CANADA

Reviewed on 30 Sep `17 - Booking No. 17162961 - Service sold by a Distribution Partner of Insidecom srl

'Venice Museum'

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Museum Pass

It was easy and so efficient and time saving instead of standing in line.

Strengths

Easy to book on line

Weaknesses

-

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8.5/10

pep

September 2017

Group of friends

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 27 Sep `17 - Booking No. 17157039 - Service sold by a Distribution Partner of Insidecom srl

'museum pass'

Ticket
Museum Pass

Was useful to be pre-booked saved time at entry

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9/10

roc

September 2017

Mature couple

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 20 Sep `17 - Booking No. 17135100

'benissimo'

Ticket
Museum Pass

all good apart from communications and signage.

Strengths

easy movement once inside.

Weaknesses

communications and signage

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10/10

Richard B

September 2017

Mature couple

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 19 Sep `17 - Booking No. 17161530

'Venice museum pass'

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Museum Pass

Very informative, easy to navigate website with easy to order process. Museum pass proved excellent value for money (saving on individual museum entry charges)and allowed easy entry into venues with no queueing for tickets. A range of museums/galleries included so plenty of choice to go at. Would recommend if you are planning a few days in Venice.

Strengths

Excellent website. Museum pass good value. Secure payment.

Weaknesses

None that come to mind.

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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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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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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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7/10

Fairyfrinters

July 2017

Group of friends

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 23 Jul `17 - Booking No. 1779666

'Museum pass'

Ticket
Museum Pass

Good value for money. Easy to exchange voucher for pass at Murano Glass Museum.

Strengths

Easy to exchange as above.

Weaknesses

Card itself became tatty easily. Pity it could not be used for Campanile.

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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.

Strengths

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.

Strengths

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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