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Visit The National Archaeological Museum, Venice

The Venice National Archaeological Museum is an archaeological museum situated on Saint Mark's Square in Venice.

The museum is in the top twenty of most visited state sites.

Explore the National Archaeological Museum of Venice

Italy This Way Review: The museum contains a good selection of sculptures and other artefacts and many of the rooms inside the building have ornately painted ceilings. Worth a visit if you have lots of time but not a top priority unless you have a particular interest.

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The National Archaeological Museum of Venice houses an important collection of statues and sculptures including some original Greek works.

The sculptures are organised in chronological order through a number of rooms and consist of Greek and Roman statues from the fifth century BC to the third century AD.

There is also a collection of ceramics, gems, bronzes and coins to see.

There is even a collection of 17th century legal texts and bilingual dictionaries.

 
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The museum dates back to the 16th century when Giovanni and Domenico Grimani bequethed much of their collections of antiquities to the state of Venice.

More items were bequethed in the 17th and 18th centuries by other Venetian families and in 1963 glass, ceramics and gems from the Museum of San Donato in Zara were added to the collection.

In 1982 Giancarlo Ligabo donated a collection of bronzes to the museum.

You can also see archaeological items found in the Venetian area and since 1939 it has housed the archaeological sector of the neighbouring Correr Museum. These include Egyptian, Assyrian and Babylonian antiquities.

The entrance ticket is a combined ticket for all the museums of Saint Mark's Square, that is, the Doge's Palace, the Correr Museum, the monumental rooms of the Marciana library and the Archaeology Museum. 

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Attractions nearby

Venice is a beautiful city with stunning buildings to see throughout the city. In particular be sure to see the Grand Canal, Saint Mark's Square, Saint Mark's Basilica, Saint Mark's Campanile, the Doge's Palace and the Rialto Bridge.

If you have time visit the Academy of Art, the Fondaco-dei-Tadeschi and the Correr Museum.

Venice also has a beach, the Venice lido. It is unremarkable but fairly easy to get to if you wish to swim or sunbathe.

A little further afield but well worth visiting is Burano, one of the islands in the lagoon. It takes about 40 minutes on the ferry but when you get there you can see the charming painted houses and enjoy the Burano lace.

A little closer is the island of Murano where you can see the beautiful Murano glass being made.

You can find more local travel ideas in the Venice guide and the Venice-Veneto guide.

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Map of The National Archaeological Museum, Venice and places to visit

 
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The National Archaeological Museum, Venice places to visit

Saint Mark's Campanile, Venice

Saint Mark's Campanile, Venice

Saint Mark's Campanile is one of the iconic buildings of Saint Mark's Square and a visit to the top offers great views over Venice.

Saint Mark's Campanile, Venice guide
The Doge's Palace, Venice

The Doge's Palace, Venice

The Doge's Palace on Saint Mark's Square in Venice is a beautiful Gothic and Renaissance building with lavishly painted rooms inside.

The Doge's Palace, Venice guide
Saint Mark's Basilica, Venice

Saint Mark's Basilica, Venice

Saint Mark's Basilica is the stunning cathedral church of Venice which sits on Saint Mark's Square and inside houses magnificent Byzantine mosaics.

Saint Mark's Basilica, Venice guide
Museo Correr, Venice

Museo Correr, Venice

The Museo Correr has a collection of sculptures and items related to Venice housed in the sumptuous rooms of the Napoleonic wing on Saint Mark's Square.

Museo Correr, Venice guide
Scala Contarini del Bovolo, Venice

Scala Contarini del Bovolo, Venice

Scala Contarini del Bovolo is a 15th century palace in the renaissance style and with a spiral staircase, in the San Marco district of Venice

Scala Contarini del Bovolo, Venice guide
The Rialto Bridge, Venice

The Rialto Bridge, Venice

The Rialto bridge is one of the iconic sights of Venice

The Rialto Bridge, Venice guide

...or see all our recommended places to visit in Venice-Veneto

 
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