Peggy Guggenheim Collection

Peggy Guggenheim Collection

Peggy Guggenheim Collection
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Neighborhood: Dorsoduro / Accademia
Artsy is the defining mood of this neighborhood with street artists, students, painters, sculptors, restorers, curators, historians, collectors, heirs and heiresses rubbing elbows. Peggy Guggenheim's collection, now a museum, lures chic locals for evening art aperitifs. Traditionalists and visionaries cocoon in bohemian luxury. La Salute basilica buttresses the neighborhood to the east. Gondolas bob in the morning light. The Accademia Bridge crosses the Grand Canal. A back street doubles as basketball court. Palaces house residents, or like Ca' Foscari a university, or a museum like Ca’ Rezzonico that attracts Venetians for concerts. Dorsoduro reveals its industrial roots too, in buildings converted to house university departments or exhibitions. Campo Santa Margherita bursts with youthful energy from local students. Foot traffic bustles to and from Piazzale Roma and Santa Lucia train station. Evening commuters pause for an aperitivo. Neighbors exchange confidants in a campo (square) on their way to market.
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  • FdeHeer
    London, United Kingdom175 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see. Fabulous location and great art
    Absolutely fabulous setting for a fantastic range of art. Makes a change from all the religious art in Venice, impressive though that is. Even if you’re hit a fan of modern art, you can’t fail to appreciate the museum itself, right on the grand canal. We loved it
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 2, 2023
  • CarsonsMommy
    2,932 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous experience - purchase tix in advance!
    We had pre purchased tickets for the 10 am opening, and we’re so glad we did! We arrived prior to opening, and there was already a long line. We were sent straight in and began our visit. Loved the delightful courtyard with statues, and her grave, as well as those of her pets. Wonderful art by Miro, Picasso, Chagall, Dali and Kadinsky. Fabulous terrace with a wonderful canal view. It must have been absolutely wonderful to live here!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 8, 2023
  • London transplant
    London, United Kingdom52 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice way to spend the afternoon
    A nice way to spend an afternoon. Relatively small, but several different rooms, as well as the sculpture garden and a place for special/ visiting exhibitions. Lovely view out on the grand canal as well. The cafe is nice (though pricey!). Another plus – there is a changing table for babies in the bathroom (very rare to see in Venice/ Italy!). On (some?) Sundays, there is a kids' art activity that you can prebook on the website. This looked fun!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 15, 2023
  • Susan E
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania1,069 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Easy to imagine living here among all of the art work
    The entrance is near gift shop, not on the big lagoon. We ordered tickets before we left the US for first thing in the morning so there were not a lot of people for a few minutes. The outside patio which sits on the lagoon is beautiful, one can just imaging guests arriving there to visit Peggy and her beautiful art collection.
    Visited May 2023
    Written August 16, 2023
  • Gayle Y
    Melbourne, Australia105 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting and enjoyable
    After a relaxing? vaporetto (ferry) ride and a lovely stroll through the neighbourhood, you arrive at the gate of the Penny Guggenheim Museum. Highly recommended, to avoid any disappointment or frustration, purchase your tickets on line. It is a ticketed and timed entrance situation however, once in, there is no pressure whatsoever to leave! Do not expect any “traditional” type of artwork. In my opinion, there are pieces to amuse, challenge and puzzle you however, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The Museum itself is a beautiful rambling building with stairs. I did not remember seeing a lift … see the website for mire information. Each room or section had a guide who could answer many of your questions regarding pieces, and I found these guides interesting and very enthusiastic about the art. I finished my tour with a glass of Prosecco in their beautiful restaurant courtyard, and found it very hard to leave.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 7, 2023
  • CMC
    816 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peggy Guggenheim Collection Venice, in May
    Came here on a Thursday morning as had some time to spend before our flight. Some interesting works, not a big museum, bought timed tickets in advance but they let us in 30 mins earlier than time booked. There is a Cafe which is pleasant, with indoor and outdoor seats, had a summer salad that was very good. Definitely worth a 90 minute visit.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 27, 2023
  • Hannah B
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Entrancing, magical, essential for art lovers!
    Simply the best collection of modern art I've ever visited. Once in a life-time experience and opportunity to see (as a contemporary art lover) the real greats. For the love of all that is beautiful, GO!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 8, 2023
  • GirlTwin
    Sydney, Australia41 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very special place
    Where do I start? This is the most amazing place to visit and take in the collection, the building, the terrace and the grounds, oh and the Grand Canal at the front! A superb and welcoming place. You can almost feel how Peggy Guggenheim would have lived there with her dogs, art and friends … gondolas floating past...
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 9, 2023
  • Jennerator77
    Brockton, Massachusetts37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent!
    Fantastic! If you are an art lover, you will love this place. Lovely surprise of a Duchamp exhibit that just started. There’s an entire room of Pollock paintings. Mostly contemporary art which makes sense given Guggenheim’s company she kept during her life. If I ever win the lottery, I’m becoming Peggy Guggenheim.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 15, 2023
  • RH0s
    Oakland, California157 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Quiet Spot on the Grand Canal
    The exhibits are varied and outstanding. The galleries (for the most part) are air conditioned. The sculpture garden serves as a quiet respite from the hoards of Venice. It beautiful outdoor deck offers great views and photo opportunities of the Grand Canal. And the admission price is reasonable and good value.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 18, 2023
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Nicholas N
60 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Family
One of the least inspired collections of modern art we have seen. Not very interesting works, especially from some of the greats. It was like looking at a set of worn 1950s era furniture in someone's grandma's house. Evidently, there are better works that were not on display, pray tell why not, if you're charging us an exorbitant admission fee. Having just spent 4 months in Italy we are mystified as to how this could be in the top 10 museums most visited in Italy. The best part was when they let us out for some fresh air next to the Grand Canal. We didn't want to go back inside for more standing in line for 5 to 10 minutes at every single room to see drab art, but there was no other way.
Written October 19, 2020
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Ldnpanda
10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Friends
The house has been completely transformed to an art gallery, it has not been preserved as how Peggy lived in it.
The staff seemed very inexperienced and did not seem to be very knowledgable.
If you have a timed ticket you will be let in exactly on time. You do not need to join the queue, just loiter by the entrance door until your time slot is called. You then need to queue again inside to exchange your voucher for a ticket, which is frustrating as you have already purchased a timed ticket, however the queues get very long so I would recommend booking in advance.
Make sure to go out on the terrace to see how Peggy’s friends would have arrived to the house and see a great view of the canal. It is not very clearly marked that you can go out on the terrace, but make sure you don’t miss it as it’s a highlight
Written June 14, 2022
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Michela M
Milan, Italy23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
We booked a guided tour for the three of us which took place before the museum opened. Our guide, Paloma, was very pleasant and took us along the various rooms showing us the main paintings and work art, as well as adding bits of story about Peggy Guggenheim and the various modern art movements that spread from the beginning of the 29th century. It is not a cheap option, but worth it. We all enjoyed the visit and will keep nice memories of the day spent there.
Written August 30, 2020
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ginsengNewYork
New York City, NY1,302 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
First, make sure you reserve online as entrance is restricted to online bookings, for pandemic reasons (timed tickets to limit crowds in the galleries).
Second, you can stay as long as you want in this little sanctuary and enjoy the terrace on the Grand Canal and the very good garden café-restaurant
Third, what makes this museum so special is that it is the palazzo where Peggy Guggenheim spent the last 30 years of her life and is buried, next to her beloved dogs ;-)
Fourth, the collection is relatively small if you’re used to the MOMA or the TATE, but it is still interesting for it exemplifies how Peggy Guggenheim supported modern artists such as Picasso, Pollock, Ernst, Magritte (surrealist art has indeed an important part in this museum). Temporary exhibits are also interesting, especially right now (october 2021) « Migrating Objects », Guggenheim’s African, Oceanic, and indigenous American artifacts presented in dialogue with European avant-garde works influenced by these very cultures.
Fifth, if you have time, you might also enjoy a visit to the Palazzo Cini, 3 blocks away. It provides a beautiful and thought provoking contrast as it offers a small but lovely, predominantly Florentine collection.
Written October 23, 2021
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questtraveler01
Tel Aviv, Israel387 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
Luckily this gem of a museum was close to our place in Dorsoduro. Do not miss visiting The Peggy Guggenheim museum. Peggy lived in this fabulous Manor on the Grande Canal. She was a wife, socialite & art curator. Peggy became well known for the circles she ran in & for the art pieces she collected. She also realized the importance of doing openings in Venice for seasoned & new artists. Enjoy the art & imagine Peggy living in this house & what her life must have been like. The views off the back lenai overlooking the canal are incredible.
Written January 13, 2020
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Alyson K
Chicago, IL14 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Some truly beautiful art on an equally stunning property. I had tickets for 10am but would recommend to either go first thing in the morning or later in the day because it was very very crowded (also understandably with the summer crowds). In addition to the crowd it was pretty warm inside - I would say warmer inside than out in some areas, which made for an even more uncomfortable experience. They were doing a good job of turning people away that showed up late for their ticketed times but it still felt like there were too many visitors in a time slot to have truly enjoyed the museum. Nevertheless, a museum worth visiting if you can get the timing right.
Written July 30, 2022
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Chenault K
London, UK18 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
If you are into modern art, then fine, it's a good collection. Otherwise, don't bother other than to say you've been. Guggenheim herself seem to have been a bit of a nut. She seems to have spent her time conferring wealth/privilege/connections on artists for reasons not entirely clear. She's buried here with her 20-odd dead dogs, one of whom was oddly named after her dead daughter.
Written January 14, 2020
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Wikumj
Bromley, UK356 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
We are art novices but typically enjoy galleries. This we did not enjoy and I would only recommend if you are a big fan of modern art. Firstly the ticket price is expensive for what is a small collection which can be seen in 45 mins or so. Secondly there were not many signs explaining the artistic style and choices of the pieces, which would be helpful for people like us who are not art experts. The pieces did not particularly grab us.
Written September 6, 2023
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AJ66
London, UK95 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
The highlight of the visit was the visit to the terrace overlooking the Grand Canal. The queues and wait to move around each room was long and so cannot be rushed as they only allow people into each room one/tow at a time. Took too long to go round and art was not that interesting.
Written October 6, 2020
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Helen R
5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
We tried to get tickets online to visit this gallery but they were sold out. The website suggested you could turn up and queue which we did. We were told that the queue could take around 2 hours which seemed a long time but as we were there and really wanted to see the exhibition we decided to wait it out. As it turned out 2 hours was a massive underestimation, 4 hours would be more realistic. People with tickets were constantly put ahead of you so even when it felt as if you were at the head of the line the wait continued. My advice would be to not consider this unless you are prepared to devote the whole day to it.
Written August 21, 2020
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