Museum of Natural History
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.
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).
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 two 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.
Buy the tickets:
- on line on Venezia Unica website;
- on site by Venezia Unica ticket offices.
- Family ‘Museum Pass’ Offer: reduced ticket for all family members, for families of two adults and at least one child (aged 6 to 14).
+++ from July 31 opening from Friday to Sunday 12.00am to 4.00pm+++
- Opening Hours: From June 1st to October 31st 9 am – 5 pm (ticket office 9 am – 4 pm) Saturday and Sundays: 10.30 am – 6 pm
- From November 1st to May 31st From Tuesdays to Fridays: 10 am – 6 pm (ticket office 10 am – 4 pm) Saturday and Sundays: 10.30 am – 5 pm Closed on Mondays, December 25th, January 1st .
- Buy the Museum Pass!
- Phone +39 041 2750206
Fax +39 041 721000