Natural History Museum


in short

The Museum hosts a gallery dedicated to the Ouranosaurus nigeriensis, one of the rarest and most fascinating dinosaur exhibits in the world, another houses a large acquarium reproducing the extraordinary environment of the tegnùe and much more.
Museo di Storia Naturale di Venezia, Fondaco dei Turchi
© Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia
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Natural History Museum

in detail

Situated in the 'Fontego dei Turchi', on the Grand Canal, this important scientific institution hosts numerous collections and a notable library, as well as monitoring activities and research on the Venetian lagoon and its fauna. After an extensive refurbishment and  structural upgrade carried out over several years, and following comprehensive restoration work to the collections, the Museum of Natural History has re-opened to the public with a new and evocative presentation over eleven rooms up to the second floor. There are new welcoming areas on the ground floor - including the garden, which as been reclaimed for the Museum and the city - and a fresh museological approach with museographical facilities to complement the original and expanded programs.
The collection is organized in three main sections: On the tracks of life, dedicated to paleontology, Collecting to astonish, collecting for research, dedicated to the evolution of naturalist collecting, and The strategies of life, which displays form and function in living things.
The ground floor houses the Cetaceans Gallery, where visitors can see a specimen of huge dimensions, and the tégnue aquarium.
Natural History Museum - Fontego dei Turchi
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
Full price: 8,00 eur. Reduced: 5,50 eur. School Offer: 4,00 eur.
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ethnology, natural history, environment, science, paleontology, dinosaurs, natrual science

Visitor entrance

Natural History Museum - Fontego dei Turchi
Santa Croce 1730
30135 Venice
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Opening Times

10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 18:00
From June 1st to October 31st: 10 am – 6 pm (ticket office 10am - 5 pm). From November 1st to May 31st, Tuesday to Friday: 9 am – 5 pm (ticket office 9 am – 4 pm); Saturday and Sunday: 10 am - 6 pm (ticket office 10 am - 5 pm). Closed on Monday, December 25th, January 1st, May 1st - The exhibition portal for Europe