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Natural History Museum

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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...more
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Salizada del Fontego Dei Turchi Santa Croce 1730, 30135 Venice, Italy
Santa Croce
+39 041 275 0206
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I enjoyed walking through and looking at the exhibits, but I can’t say I learned anything as the entire museum is in Italian. The museum is well laid out and if I was bringing children I can see them enjoying themselves for at least an...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank seebuzzbee
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

No one on the front desk advises you that once you go into the museum, everything is in Italian. We struggled to understand anything as we looked round. And with some of the dimmed lighting, could barely read some things to translate them. This museum...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank CharliLou89
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Good option to spend a couple of hours with the kids. We finished the whole museum in 2 hours. A mix of exhibits. Not very interactive compared to some similar museums in North America, but we still had a good time. Recommend if you need...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank purple9t9
Reviewed November 3, 2018 via mobile

Something different to see in Venice and packed full of interesting exhibits.however all the information is in Italian so getting an audio guide (comes in English or French) is an essential and at €3.50 is very reasonable. Had my two year old daughter who loved...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Jamieg84
Reviewed October 9, 2018 via mobile

Not the largest museum in the world but liked the way it's laid out with some great interactive exhibits. Did not realise that all the explanations were in Italian - have seen from other reviews here there is an English guide which we weren't aware...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank tourist198299
Reviewed September 18, 2018 via mobile

The entry price was low and good value. Heaps of exhibits and well laid out in the rooms running all the way along one side of the square. Great history from back in the day when Venice was a su-er power in its own right....More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank F7652NOkevinr
Reviewed September 7, 2018

Unlike some of the earlier reviewers, some of the museum was in English. Up until you pay your money and go through the door. After that the only thing we could understand was the dates, The museum obviously decided as a concession to non-Italians that...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed August 3, 2018 via mobile

Admission prices were reasonable. And there was a free handy guide to borrow for your tour. The museum is split into sections. The lay out of the route is simple to follow, and the exhibits are well presented. There are lighting and sound effects, videos,...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank imogenj869
Reviewed July 14, 2018 via mobile

A must do if you are visiting Venice with young kids..my two boys enjoyed every piece and did take plenty of pictures .. you can spend around 2 hours to view all pieces ..

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Mohammed O
Reviewed July 9, 2018

This museum is situated on the south bank of the Grand canal where the nearest ferry terminal is at San Stae and we got entry via our Venezia Unica museum pass. The museum housed collections of flora, fauna, palaeontology & ethnography which was amassed from...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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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
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June 8, 2015|
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Response from Emily B | Reviewed this property |
Take vaporetto to San Stae station. Walk straight forward from the stop then turn right when just past Palazzo Mocinego. After crossing two rivers turn right again down Salita Fontego. It takes only 5 minutes to walk there... More
Ivonne R
April 30, 2015|
Response from lfbosley |
buy a pass ahead of time at home - seniors get 18-euro pass for ten museums - print it out and take it with you. buy vaporetto and alilaguna passes ahead too, save money! 7-day vaporetto pass is 60 euros and it takes you... More
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Getting to our hotel late in the night (3 Replies)
Will be arriving with family in Venice( Venezia SL)from Rome at 11pm mid December. Hotel is near Museo di Storia Naturale in Santa Croce. From Google Map this seems like a long walk thru narrow and dark alleys. Should we even contemplate doing this walk so late in the night? We are likely to have just a backpack each and are aware it may be very cold; safety when walking thru the alleys is the concern. Closest a vaporetto would take is Riva de Biasio, and the walk from there isn't too...More
November 20, 2014|
Response fromsydneynick|
Venice is possibly the safest city in Europe, and 11 pm is not particularly late. You will be fine. Most streets in Venice are narrow, but they are quite well lit at night.
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Laghi di Monticchio (3 Replies)
Has anybody visited Laghi di Monticchio this time of year? Is it worth of visit? Also, is 'Museo di storia naturale del Vulture' interesting? And will restaurants around the lake be open? Or is it a 'dead season'?
March 13, 2018|
Response fromBrunoAP|
The lake is very beautiful and the monastery is always open that sits above the lake. The restaurants won't be open until around Easter. There is some good hiking. We enjoy going there during each season as it is always different.