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Overlooking St Mark Square, the Correr Museum in Venice, Italy should be one of the attractions to be included in your rich itinerary when visiting Venice.
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The Museum Correr tickets - Civic Museums Foundation of Venice - can be purchased together with The Museums of St. Mark's Square, with which you can also visit the National Archaeological Museum, Monumental Rooms of the National Library of St Mark’s and Venice Doge’s Palace, or you can access to the other Civic Museums by purchasing the Museum Pass.
In this article, you will find some information to help you organize your visit to the Museo Correr: opening times, closures and a brief description of its collections inside.
The Correr Museum in Venice has been developed along fascinating thematic itineraries on art, culture and history of Venice. In addition to this, the elegant rooms of the Museo Correr in Venice accommodate a large collection of sculptures by Antonio Canova, pieces of ancient art and a Venetian art gallery.
The history of the Museo Correr in Venezia began with Teodoro Correr, a descendant of a noble Venetian family who bequeathed to the city of Venice his important art collection and a place to displaythem to the public. After several reorganizations, transfers and new acquisitions, since 1922 the Museo Correr has been located in the elegant Neo-classical Rooms of the Napoleonic Wing of the Procuratie Nuove in St Mark’s Square.
The start of one’s visit to the Venice Correr Musem – in the Napoleonic Wing - includes some environments, which show a fascinating example of neoclassical art, with fittings and decorations to the French taste without forgetting the traditions of Italian art: the vestibule, the Napoleon loggia, the Ballroom, the Throne Room and the Dining Room. In line with the neoclassical style of these rooms in Venice, the Correr Museum Canova finds his ideal location: the Neo-classical Rooms are the perfect location to fully appreciate the art of this great sculptor. The Napoleonic Wing also houses the rooms of the Empress Elisabeth of Austria, the famous Sissi who starred in several films and novels. The apartment of Sissi at the Correr Museum is made up of nine beautiful rooms in which the Austrian sovereign resided during her stay in Venice.
On leaving the Napoleonic Wing - entrance to the Museo Civico Correr in Venice, Italy - the tour continues along a fascinating itinerary through the history of Venice divided by themes: the Doge, the sea, the weapons, everyday life, crafts, parties and games. Among the exhibits include: manuscripts and printed books dating from the sixteenth and eighteenth century, a dedicated room in the Arsenal of Venice - which houses a rare example of a 'view' of the Arsenal usually protected by military intelligence - and on to Bucintoro; floor plans and maps that depict the urban development of Venice and some rooms dedicated to Francesco Morosini - one of the greatest admirals in the history of Venice. Among the collections in this section of the Correr Museum in Venice, the numismatics play a very important role: grouped in a chronological order visitors can admire almost all the coins minted by the Republic of Venice from the ninth century until 1797.
The visit to the Museo Correr, Venice then continues to the 'Wunderkammer' a sort of 'cabinet of curiosities' of Venice lagoon that includes more than 300 works from the collections of the city museums of Venice. Sacred art objects, bronzes, paintings, prints and drawings from various sources, rarities and oddities that continue throughout the nine rooms of the Correr Museum that were completely rearranged in 2013. Considerable attention should also be given to the great art gallery of the Museo Correr, with works by Venetian painters from the origins to the 16th century.
From the fourteenth century, with the introduction of the Gothic art in Venice by Paolo and Lorenzo Veneziano, to the fifteenth century with the International Gothic artist Michele Giambono and Jacobello del Fiore; from the influences of Cosmè Tura from Ferrara to the transition to the Renaissance culture thanks to Bartolomeo Vivarini, the Museo Correr in Piazza San Marco in Venice, Italy holds true masterpieces that tell the evolution of Venetian paintings, the influences that incurred, and the extraordinary artists who have profoundly made a mark on history.
In addition to numerous works of Flemish art, among which the Adoration of the ThreeWise Men by Pieter Brueghel il Giovane should be mentioned, some of the most famous artists exhibited at the Correr Museum are: Antonello da Messina, the Bellini, Alvise Vivarini, Lorenzo Lotto, Vittore Carpaccio, El Greco and Michele Damaskinos... important names that make this museum of Venice an unmissable destination when holidaying in the lagoon.
Museo Correr –Hours
- From 1 April to 31 October
10am-7pm (Museo Correr tickets office: 10am-6pm)
- From 1 November to 31 March
10am-5pm (Museo Correr tickets office: 10am-4pm)
- Closed on 25 December and 1 January
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Private guided visit to the Correr Museum in Venice
Duration: approx. 2 hours