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“A must-do for art lovers and rebels.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Peggy Guggenheim Collection

Peggy Guggenheim Collection
just east Accademia along Gran Canal, 30123 Venice, Italy (Dorsoduro)
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Ranked #15 of 197 Attractions in Venice
Type: Historic Sites, Art Museums, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Museums
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: This satellite gallery of the famous Guggenheim in New York occupies the 17th-century Customs House in Venice, featuring modern and contemporary works of art.
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“A must-do for art lovers and rebels.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012 via mobile

This museum is the former Venetian home of Peggy Guggenheim. She described hersefl as an "Art Addict". She was also referred to by many as the female "Cassanova". She was unconventional in many ways.

The museum is filled with an historical collection of modern art through the ages. Peggy loved artists before anyone else even knew of them. Jackson Pollak is one such artist whom Peggy even paid a stipend so he would keep experimenting.

I walked through the outdoor sculpture garden and museum using Rick Steves' 2012 Venice guide, which included a map of the museum with descriptions and history of many pieces. The guide book made the experience very insightful.

I especially enjoyed the graves of Peggy and her pets in the courtyard. The ashes of her beloved dogs and cats through the years are burried beside her. That is the mark of a true animal lover.

The museum also has a small cafe which might be better for a coffee than a meal. I had a very bland toasted cheese and ham sandwich served on white bread. A very interesting highlight of the cafe for me was the large photo exhibit on display at the time showing portraits of Peggy, some with family, many with her art collection.

If the photo exhibit is not a permanent display, you can also see photos of Peggy throughout the museum in each room. They often show Peggy posing in the room as she had it decorated during her residence.

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“A few of my favourite paintings”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

What a great collection, I like the garden with it's sculptures, the wish tree which was a present from someone famous I'm not gonna say who.
Nothing I disliked.

Visited September 2012
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“Highlight of our trip to venice”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

Just amazing ... great art and wonderful building .... best thing about Venice and the highlight of our 4 day stay .... should be no. 1 attraction easily.

Visited October 2012
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“Awesome for modern art lovers”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

Liked the location and that this was her actual house. Liked the pictures of the art, in situ, showing how the house looked when she was alive. Liked the English titles of everything.

Visited September 2012
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“Excellent gallery”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

Loved this art collection - beautiful building to walk around, amazing sculpture garden, lovely collection of art, beautiful view over the canal and nice cafe to sit in and sip on a glass of wine.
Would highly recommend and would go back in a flash!

Visited August 2012
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