Palladio Museum
Palladio Museum
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
a museum-workshop: this new kind of museum features not only works of art but also the experts who describe them.a museum in movement: having installed the hardware (a system of dynamic lighting for the spaces, video projection systems, showcases, etc), each year the software will change, i.e. the contents, according to the state of progress in studies and research.a marvellous building: one of Palladio's finest palaces and the only one that he saw completed both as regards the architecture and decorations (causing the ruin of the patron, Montano Barbarano).an intellectual challenge: to take specialist knowledge out of the ivory tower and communicate it to a wider public in the museum and on the web.a far from impossible mission: recounting architecture to non-architects, not as a history of buildings but of the people who designed, built and communicated them; and showcasing architectural drawings, the tools that body forth ideas, alongside models, photographs and videos.the beginning of a journey: to explore Palladio's buildings in Vicenza (associated with the Palladio Museum thanks to the combined ticket "Vicenza città bellissima") and his villas in the Veneto countryside.a crossroads: a place where institutions and scholars from various parts of the world work together and present joint projects.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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joellen0713
Connecticut268 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Couples
Great overview of Palladio’s work ( in a building he designed). Very well thought out with many building models and a clever use of videos by important professors projected throughout, discussing many aspects of his work. Tickets can be bought as a combo with other sights, including the Olympic Theatre.
Written October 26, 2021
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Cheezypuf
Dublin, Ireland218 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Couples
There is an excellent exhibition of models and explanations of the techniques Palladio used. This helped us to understand and interpret Palladio’s work. It’s a good first stop on a tour of his work in Vicenza. The staff were friendly and there was a good bathroom and a couple of places to sit down.
Written March 25, 2022
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luvroma2
Reading, PA2,028 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Couples
My husband is obsessed by Palladio. He was so thrilled to finally visit Vicenza and to actually see all the buildings he designed. This museum provides background about Palladio as well as about the buildings he designed. Entry is included in the Vicenza Musuem Card. There is an extra fee for special exhibits.
Written October 16, 2015
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Manningjen
Columbia, MD544 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
We were visiting Vicenza specifically to see Palladian villas, so this was a great addition to our trip. It is a small museum in one of Palladio's buildings, without "artifacts" from Palladio's life, but with good biographical details & terrific models of many of his buildings.
Written June 26, 2018
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Judy W
Big Canoe, Georgia26 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Couples
We felt so foolish on our visit to Vicenza today. We had no clue 99% of the town would be shut down on Monday. I am sure it is printed "out there", but my husband and I just never noticed it. Not a single museum was open and very, very few restaurants or bars. We walked 6 miles around town and looked at what we could find in a driving rain storm, then took the train back to Verona. Save yourselves the trouble and expense--stay away from Vicenza on Monday!!
Written May 16, 2016
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BackAtLast
Melbourne, Australia11 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Solo
This museum has not found it's strength. It seems to want to appeal to both novices and experts, but really does not satisfy either type of visitor. I have a fairly solid knowledge of Palladio, and have visited many of his villas and churches in several Italian locations, but I couldn't find a way to connect with what this museum had to see.

The first room appears to be aimed at younger people, with a noisy and irritating 'slot machine' video on one wall which attempts to give a funky snapshot of Palladio's work along with his imitators. While this is an eye-catching introduction, it doesn't lead to anything similar in the following rooms, so younger people will probably only be engaged with the display in this one room.

For those who can't abide such stuff, the other rooms contain visual information (some of which is repeated identically in several rooms -- ?) and models of several key buildings. In addition there are videos on the walls of eminent architecture experts giving their views on Palladio. Again, I would think these appealed to the esoteric few, but don't engage a moderately-informed enthusiast such as myself.

In the end my visit was much briefer than I had hoped, as the building models were probably the most engaging element in the museum, and even these were insufficiently documented (or 'interpreted' as the lingo goes).

Further I had hoped to see some of Palladio's own models (very famous) but I could not say if those on display were his or not, as there was no information on their origin.
Written June 27, 2014
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I am sorry you didn't like our museum. I agree it now lacks a biographical section on Palladio that would appeal to novices, and we are indeed working on it. The Slot Villa video is either much loved or totally disliked by our visitors, there is no middle road. On the other hand I don't see what information is repeated identically in several rooms. The scholars projected on the walls are there for two main reasons: give the public the opportunity to meet the experts, and explain the subject/s of each room focusing on the latest research outcomes. Last but not least, the large models on display were built in the 1970s. I have never heard of any surviving original model by Palladio, except for a few cout-out paper templates for mouldings (2D): if to your knowledge there are some, please tell us in detail.
Written July 15, 2014
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walksrocco
Edmonton, Canada163 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
Lots of exhibits about Palladio and his buildings. Models of buildings that were new concepts at the time, and construction techniques. I recommend.
Written October 1, 2019
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Carla
Evergreen, CO201 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
We visited this small museum highlighting Andrea Palladio's work in Vicenza and Venice. It was impressive and inspiring what this man engineered and designed so many years ago.
Written May 12, 2019
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FactotumDellaCitta
London, UK3,878 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Couples
The Palladio Museum is housed in the Palazzo Barbarano, of Palladio's design. It has exhibits about Palladio's work as well as more general architectural topics. Although we are not architecture experts, we had a wonderful time.
Written October 5, 2018
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Joseph The Don
Sydney, Australia174 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Solo
Not a bad museum, but it lacks something. In fact the entire way Vicenza presents the history of Palladio lacks something. There are no Palladio walks (showing you the different buildings), the city tourist maps are inaccurate. The museum is in a Palladio Villa - which is exciting in itself - and some of the models are very impressive - but it could be so much more.
Written September 29, 2018
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