Natural History Museum
Natural History Museum
4.5
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Housed in the Fontego dei Turchi Palace at the Grand Canal, the museum is an institution that coordinates and conducts scientific research in the territory, ensuring the maintenance and increase of scientific collections, organizing educational activities and services to the citizens. The new, evocative and engaging layout has a modern and original museological facility.
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Neighbourhood: Santa Croce
Santa Croce gained importance as a sestiere (district) when Piazzale Roma was created in the 1930s to bring cars and buses close to the center of Venice. Constitution Bridge spans the Grand Canal linking Piazzale Roma to the train station. This area buzzes with energy from travelers and students. Historic palaces and former industrial buildings house some departments of Ca' Foscari and IUAV Architecture universities. On the Fondaco dei Turchi, Venice's Museum of Natural History offers Venetians prehistoric thrills, plus an overview of lagoon fish and wildlife. The Grand Canal, northern boundary of Santa Croce, is lined with palaces and decorated by the tall green dome of San Simeon Piccolo. Ca' Pesaro attracts Venetians to its contemporary art exhibitions. The Grand Canal exposes only one face of these buildings. On the opposite side, the palace often interacts with a square or a busy street to represent its neighbourhood identity.
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Gregory W
Mankato, MN3,387 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
The Natural History Museum is housed in the Fontego dei Turchi, built as a palazzo for the Pesaro family in the 13th century. With its imposing Grand Canal façade, it is one of the most famous secular buildings in Venice. Its double loggia in the so-called Venetian-Byzantine style reflects the purpose for which the building was created, as a trading depot for goods coming from the East; the corner towers are similar to the defensive structures that were part of Early Medieval family palazzi. In 1381 the building was given to Nicolò d’Este, lord of Ferrara, and then (in 1621) – after changing hands several times – became the Fontego for Turkish merchants in the city (the place where they were expected to live and do their business). It was used for this purpose right up until 1838, and then from 1865 onwards underwent extensive restoration work. Thereafter it housed the Museo Correr and later, from 1923, the Natural History Museum. The museum was set up to house various local scientific collections: from the Museo Correr, from the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere e Arti and others. Over time, this material was added to, through acquisitions and donations, to make up the present rich, varied and fragile collection that spans 700 million years, with 2 million finds, zoological, entomological and botanical collections, fossils and anatomic preparations, as well as ethnographic collections, ‘marvels’ and a library with over 40 thousand volumes.
Written 29 November 2023
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Charlie H
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
It’s a good museum and is only 10€ to enter on the door, don’t fall into the tourist traps of buying tickets online. The aquarium was closed however the sea exhibit was very good. The best room was the animals which were on the walls and their fur. Small muesum and isnt really travel friendly unless u want to spend more money
Written 16 April 2023
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Freckle_Eye
South Wales, UK458 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Solo
As Natural History Museums got, it's not large but will still take about 2 hours, but the selection is very impressive.

My particular highlight was the rooms of taxidermy, curiosity cabinets and the whale skeleton at the end. Gift shop wasn't great.
Written 14 April 2023
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Liam8593
17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
An excellent museum with very interesting exhibits. The lighting and sounds in some of the rooms have been very well designed and add considerably to the visit. The staff were friendly on entering the museum. I thoroughly recommend the museum if you have an interest in natural history.
Written 7 February 2023
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Lorenzo
Moscow, Russia10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Family
The museum itself is very attractive and I do not agree with those Who wrote that it is not for children. our child was really excited by The exhibits. of course a little sad to see that wild animals were killed to show them, but at that time National geographics had not been on air yet. At the cashpoint we were asked 30 euro although we had told the cashier note that we were entitled to reductions. Be careful. At 4:40 PM we were asked in a somehow rude way whether we knew that the museum will close at 5PM. At 5:00 all staff were ready as if at the starting blocks ready for the "closure runaway"...A big thank to the young lady that checked tickets at the entrance, she was the only one smiling and welcoming visitors
Written 4 January 2023
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Faye E
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Solo
Every room I went in I was smiling. I loved the way they laid out the museum and they had such an interesting variety of things to see! Unfortunately they had no English translation that I could see but that is definitely my fault for being in Italy and not speaking Italian.
Written 29 November 2022
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ch363
Oxford, UK263 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Solo
I came here as it was included in the museum pass (and I like natural history!)

Found it didn’t have explanations in English like many other museums (not that I’m complaining, just be aware if that’s what you expect).

Still, the exhibits were very inventively presented and it was a very pleasant way to spend an afternoon.
Written 15 July 2022
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Feza K
Ankara, Türkiye2,070 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Fontego Dei Turchi once was the house of the Ottoman Turks, which was also serving as the custom office of a lively commerce between the two countries. The building was converted into a natural history museum. It is a perfect activity for families with children in a rainy day.
Written 6 June 2022
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Kayleemgoud
Rotterdam, The Netherlands41 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
After reading some Google reviews we expected it to be rather small but in our opinion it was not. They have quite the collection! Could have some English translations with the items but we understood an English audio tour will cover it all too. In our opinion it was still fine without that.
Written 8 May 2022
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matt1957476
London, UK48 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
Very well laid out, although lacking in descriptive text. A natural history museum in the old style, with many specimens. Although the displays were artistically perfect, the underlying narrative was missing. An unexpected surprise
Written 8 May 2022
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