Museo di Palazzo Grimani

Museo di Palazzo Grimani, Venice: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Museo di Palazzo Grimani Reviews: 4.5/5

Museo di Palazzo Grimani
4.5
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
Open to the public on December 20, 2008, after a long restoration, it is currently a Museum belonging to the Veneto Museum Pole. Palazzo Grimani constitutes for the city of Venice a particularly precious novelty for the originality of the architecture, for the decorations and for its history. The long restoration by the Superintendence included the interior decorations, including: the Camerino di Callisto, with stucco by Giovanni da Udine; the Camerino di Apollo, with frescoes by Francesco Salviati and Giovanni da Udine; the Sala del Doge Antonio, decorated with stucco and polychrome marbles; the Sala a Fogliami by Camillo Mantovano, with the ceiling entirely covered with fruit trees, flowers and animals; and the Tribune that housed more than a hundred pieces of the archaeological collection. Here, the sculpture depicting the Kidnapping of Ganimede is suspended in the center of the vault decorated by lacunae.
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Neighborhood: Castello
Castello is the largest of the six sestieri (districts), and the only one not facing onto the Grand Canal. More than half of Castello is situated within Arsenale, the naval base, which occupies over one-fifth the area of Venice. This gentrified maritime neighborhood feels busy but casual. Castello’s side streets are laid back, with small boats lining canals criss-crossed by laundry. Semiannual exhibitions add a strong artsy current to the Arsenale area. Via Garibaldi in Castello, with its shops and bars, has one of Venice's rare straight and wide boulevards. When a large ship turns around the Lido to enter the Giudecca Canal, the startling sight creates an illusion that it will run aground right on Via Garibaldi! Families treasure Giardini near the island's tip, green with rare trees and grass, and Riva degli Schiavoni is a popular spot for Venetians to take a stroll to watch the sunset.
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Marblestone
6 contributions
Empty palace - a shame!!
Sep 2020
I want to warn everybody to visit this palace, because it is not a museum, but you see appr. a dozen EMPTY rooms, and in about 3 or 4 rooms only a very limited number of objects. The empty rooms as such are quite nice, but it is visible, that the objects formerly in them have been removed. To pay 16 Euro for an entrance ticket to see an empty palace is pure robbery! Apart from that: It is a shame that a public institution is not hindered from rendering such "services". Venice would possess many objects of art which could be exposed here!
Written September 6, 2020
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Stefano M
Penang Island, Malaysia228 contributions
Beautiful and unusual
Sep 2019
A very well restored palazzo, home to one of Venice's greatest families. From the Renaissance courtyard you move to the first and second floors. The latter hosts temporary exhibitions; the former shows the family's grandeur, and is particularly interesting because the 16th century Grimanis seem strongly influenced by Roman and Florentine Mannerism. Don't miss
Written February 15, 2020
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John S
18 contributions
Beautiful palazzo and sculpture
Dec 2019
The Palazzo Grimani is rare find in Venice. It was decorated by Florentine and Roman artists, so it has a different feel from the Venetian palazzi. The ceiling frescos in several rooms are really amazing. At this time, it has an incredible collection of Greek and Roman sculpture exhibited in a magnificant room. This shouldn't be missed.
Written December 16, 2019
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Ian C
London, UK23,970 contributions
A hidden gem tucked away in the heart of Venice
Nov 2019 • Couples
The Grimani family were one of Venice's most prominent families. The Palazzi Grimaldi is one of Venice's hidden gems, not least because it is difficult to find unless you go by river taxi, but also because it is Venice's only Roman style palazzi.

Googlemaps was totally defeated by the unique street and canal layout of Venice, yet the palazzi is actually easy to find if you follow an old-fashioned map.

Originally built by the Venetian Goge Antonio Grimani, the palace was redesigned and enlarged between 1532 and 1569 in Roman style to be a fitting home for the family's large collection of antiquities.

Sadly, the 20th century was not kind to the palazzo which was rescued by the Italian state after falling into decay and is now an art gallery and museum, with careful restorations where appropriate. The start of the visit is not inspiring. The architecture is fascinating, especially the painted ceilings, but the rooms are relatively empty. However it all moves up a pace in the opposite wing where many of the antique sculptures have been returned to finish off one of the most splendid rooms in Venice.

In addition to the historic collections, there are currently contemporary art exhibitions by Sandro Copp (her eyes following you round the rooms) and Helen Frankenhaler, which adds to a fascinating visit.
Written November 8, 2019
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teabus
Burbage, UK2,088 contributions
Interesting visit; rude staff member
Sep 2019
We arrived at this Palazzo in the late afternoon dripping wet from the rain outside. The member of staff on reception was dismissive and unfriendly as we showed her our tickets (a joint ticket with the CaD’oro). She called across a room of people to tell us that we could not put our umbrellas in the locker.
The Palazzo is okay, but for us it didn’t have the atmosphere of the others we’ve visited during our wonderful week in Venice. As others have said the ceilings are amazing.
Written September 8, 2019
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VeronicaFC
Brighton, UK13 contributions
Go! Highly recommended!
Aug 2019
We so enjoyed our time here. My husband said 'Does it ever end' as we toured the rooms and there was just so much beauty in each room. It wasn't too large or grand to forget quickly what we saw but big enough to be worth every cent.
Written August 14, 2019
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travelbug68ny
new york42 contributions
Do not waste 14 euro
Jun 2019 • Friends
I have been to Venice more times than I can count and this time I decided to see palaces and museums that I haven’t been to. So Palazzo Grimani was on my list despite some reviews that said there isn’t much to see except a couple of rooms with
Ceilings of interest but not stunning and one room of sculptures. Save your time and money. I wish I had listened to the advice of others trip advisors who advised not to go.
There is just too much to see in Venice and not enough time to waste time here.
Written June 11, 2019
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Stats72
Burnley, UK4 contributions
"Don't look now!"
May 2019 • Couples
We only visited late at night as we are fans of the 1973 cult thriller film " don't look now" , and this is the site of the iconic ending. Impressive from outside but I can't comment on the inside. It was purely co-incidental, but we did see some one dressed in a red coat scurrying over the nearby bridge...any fans of the film will know what I'm referring to!!
Written May 13, 2019
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ViaBen
Greater London, UK755 contributions
Beautiful ceilings! And little else
Mar 2019 • Couples
The Palazzo was built in the Renaissance for the Grimani family - one of the ruling families of Venice - and though it is a relatively big palace, only the courtyard and the first floor can be visited and most of it is empty and slightly forlorn.
Most of the rooms have beautiful ceilings and the Foliage Room with its trees, fruits, flowers and birds loving, dying, hunting, loving, feeding and the Dining Room with its wildfowl and fish are alone worth the visit.
Portraits of the very serious Grimani men and Roman statues (copies?) are scattered around.
Written March 24, 2019
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yenphi o
24 contributions
Very nice
Mar 2019 • Couples
I visited it during a Sunday so there weren't so many people. Every room was different and I loved the one with so many animals and plants. It's worth it, very recommended.
Written March 6, 2019
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