Re-opened in 2010 with a new charming display the Natural History Museum of Venice.
Fontego dei Turchi, house of the Natural History Museum of Venice, was built as a Palazzo for the Pesaro family at the beginning of the XIII century. The strange name of the building is due to the function it had in the past: for a short period of time it has been the commercial (“Fontego” means storehouse) and diplomatic seat of the Ottoman Empire in Venice.
It took about 10 years of restoration
works but in 2010 the Natural History Museum of Venice re-opened to the public with a totally new and suggestive exhibition layout throughout eleven rooms on the first floor of the Fontego dei Turchi. More other news for visitors: new reception areas on the ground floor, a garden reclaimed for the museum and the city and a modern and original museological approach as the museological system, making the visit more interactive.
The museum collections include 2 million finds
spanning over 700 millions years
: zoological, entomological and botanical collections, fossils and anatomic preparations, fascinating ‘marvels’ and a library
with over 40 thousand volumes. Such a rich collection also has its curiosities and oddities, for example two Basilisks.
The ground floor
of the museum houses, in addition to the rich scientific library
, two exhibition spaces
: the Gallery of the Cetaceans
and the Acquario delle tegnùe
On the other hand, the first floor
is divided into 3 sections
, which are actually a museum inside the bigger museum:
- On the tracks of life
, dedicated to fossils and paleontology; the first amazing room is dedicated to Ligabue Expedition in 1973. Thanks to the Venetian palaeontologist and ethnologist you can admire an exceptionally well-preserved example of dinosaur (a Ouranosaurus nigeriensis) and the remains of the giant crocodile Sarchosuchus imperator.
- Collecting to astonish, collecting for research
: a journey through the evolution of naturalist collecting and scientific museology;
- The strategies of life
that shows the wide range of living things and their evolution.
How to get there: Water bus line 1 or 5.2, Riva de Biasio stop.
From 1 November to 31 May:
from Tuesday to Friday 9.00 - 17.00 (last entry at 16.30)
Saturday and Sunday 10.30 - 17.00 (last entrance at 16.30)
From 1 June to 31 October:
Tuesday to Friday 10.00 - 18.00 (last admission 17.30)
Saturday and Sunday 10.30 - 18.00 (last admission 17.30)
Closed on Monday, December 25th, January 1st and May 1st
Ticket cost: full 8.00 euros - reduced 5.50 euros
For further information visit the official website