Free Museums in Venice

Since July 2014, to get more people interested in culture, the Italian Government has launched the initiative called “Domenica al museo” (Sunday at the Museum).
Every first Sunday of the month more than 430 museums, monuments and archeological sites all over Italy will open their doors for free to local people and tourists for a day dedicated to the discovery of the beautiful Italian culture. Once a month everybody will have the chance to visit for free all State-run museums as well as archaeological sites and smaller, lesser-known museums… Not bad eh!
In Venice you will find 5 museums with free admission on the first Sunday of the month. Why do not you plan a tour during your stay at  Camping Ca’Savio? We think it is worth a visit…

Here the list and more information:

1.    Gallerie dell’Accademia

The Accademia Galleries, located in Campo della Carità in the Sestriere of Dorsoduro, are very close to the Accademia Bridge. The museum is reachable on foot (about 15 minutes from St. Mark’s Square) or by water bus (5 minutes with line 2 from the stop “San Marco – Giardinetti” to the stop “Accademia”). It was originally the art Academy of Venice, from which it became independent in 1879. Nowadays it contains masterpieces of 18th century Venetian painters as Giovanni Bellini, Canaletto, Carpaccio, Cima da Conegliano, Francesco Guardi, Giorgione, Johann Liss, Charles Le Brun, Pietro Longhi, Lorenzo Lotto, Mantegna, Tiepolo, Tintoretto, Titian, Veronese, Vasari and Leonardo da Vinci (Drawing of Vitruvian Man).
Opening times: Monday 8.15 a.m. – 2.00 p.m. From Tuesday to Sunday 8.15 a.m. – 07.15 p.m. Closed on Monday afternoon, December 25, January 1.

Giorgione, La tempesta, Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venezia

Giorgione, La tempesta, Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venezia

2.    Museum of Palazzo Grimani

Grimani Palace, located in Ramo Grimani 4858 in the Sestriere of Castello, is far from St. Mark’s Square about 7 minutes on foot. The palace was originally the residence of the Venetian Doge Antonio Grimani and held the collections amassed by Cardinal Domenico Grimani and Giovanni Grimani. In the 1980s it was donated to the state and since 2015 it is a museum. The palace displays a few Hieronymus Bosch’s paintings from the Grimani collection.
Opening times: From Tuesday to Sunday 8.15 a.m. – 07.15 p.m. Closed on Monday, December 25, January 1 and May 1.

palazzo grimani venezia

3.    National Archaelogical Museum

The National Archaeological Museum is located right on St. Mark’s Square. It was established in 1523 by Cardinal Domenico Grimani. This museum has a great collection of Greek and Roman sculptures, ceramics, coins and stones dating back as far as the 1st century B.C.
Opening times: From November 1 to March 31, 10.00 a.m. – 05.00 p.m. From April 1 to October 31, 10.00 a.m. – 07.00 p.m. Closed on December 25, January 1.

Museo archeologico nazionale Venezia

4.    Museum of Oriental Art

The Oriental Art Museum is located at the last floor of the ancient palace owned by the Pesaro family at San Stae, in the Sestriere of Santa Croce n. 2076, nearby the Church of San Stae. It is reachable on foot (about 15-20 minutes from St. Mark’s Square) or by water bus (walk to Rialto – Riva del Carbon, take the water bus line 1 to San Silvestro and then walk for 7 minutes). The museum is one of the most important collection of Japanese art of the Edo period (more than 30.000 objects) bought by Prince Henry II of Borbone bewteen 1887 and 1889.
Opening times: From November 1 to March 31, 10.00 a.m. – 05.00 p.m. From April 1 to October 31, 10.00 a.m. – 06.00 p.m. Closed on Monday, December 25, January 1.

ca pesaro venezia

5.    Galleria Franchetti at Palazzo Ca’ D’Oro

The collection, donated by the Baron Giorgio Franchetti to the Italian State in 1916, includes furniture, paintings, medals, tapestries, bronzes and sculptures. During the years it was enlarged with the annexation of Renaissance’s works coming from suppressed or demolished religious buildings and collections coming from the Gallerie dell’Accademia and the Archaeological Museum. The collection is located at Ca’ D’Oro Palace, one of the most prestigious late Gothic palaces in Venice, in the Sestriere of Cannaregio (n. 3932). It is reachable by water bus line 1 (about 7 minutes) from Rialto – Riva del Carbon to Ca’ D’oro.
Opening times: Monday 08.15 a.m. – 02.00 p.m. From Tuesday to Sunday 08.15 a.m. – 07.15 p.m.  Closed on December 25, January 1 and May 1.

Ca' d'Oro

Our advices

Please note that the free access to the before mentioned museums, on the occasion of the first Sunday of the month, does not always include a visit to any extraordinary exhibitions for which instead you must price the entrance fee.
We recommend you always to check the opening time of the museums (they may have changed since the publication of this article), but even check the right Sunday when you can get the free admission to the State-run museums in Venice, visiting the Italian Ministry of Culture and Environment website

Ca' d'Oro

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