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“Small but very good”

Museo di Storia Naturale
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Ranked #45 of 810 things to do in Venice
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Owner description: 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 activities and services to the citizens. The new, evocative and engaging layout has a modern and original museological facility.
Reviewed December 11, 2013

OK it ain't a London or New York sized natural history museum, but it is in a fabulous building beside the Grand Canal and is very well designed and laid out. Definitely worth an hour or two wandering around. I particularly liked the way you could touch some exhibits - dinosaur bones etc. Made it just that little bit different. Nice little cafe beside the canal for a coffee as well.

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Reviewed September 12, 2013

I very much enjoyed a few hours perusing the fascinating exhibits at the museum even though there was very little English narrative. The exhibits were very imaginatively displayed, the entrance hall had large whale skeletons and the next halls developed the theme of evolution as the visitor followed a path between early life, dinosaurs and eventually anthropology. There were also specialist exhibits illustrating fossil records, specialist mouthparts, locomotion and cell biology to name a few. I particularly liked the way that the new style exhibits were interwoven with that of the traditional museum so that the context of the study of natural history was demonstrated with the inclusion of the usual animals shown in glass jars, stuffed and under the microscope.

Even though I am an English speaker with little comprehension of the Italian narrative I really enjoyed making sense of the displays. An interesting bonus was the occasional inclusion of art displays which provided further stimulation. The entrance fee is for the visit to the building, but the small garden is free to visit and makes a nice calm place to enjoy a pack lunch away from the cramped frenetic alleyways of Venice. The building is located on the Grand Canal and there is a water bus stop within minutes walking desistance. If you have an interest in the natural sciences you will like this place.

Thank MaffUK
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Reviewed August 16, 2013

No English for all the exhibits so we decided not to go around but the staff were very defensive and refused to refund the admission for us expensive at £8 each. What a shame it seemed very petty. It is pretty important to know what you are looking at!

2  Thank YorkshireMeg
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Reviewed August 15, 2013

Visiting a natural history museum is probably the last thing on the mind of anyone visiting Venice, but with one like this it shouldn't be. There is a remarkable artistic diversity in the way they present their holdings: prehistoric specimens are displayed in modern rooms with wooden wall panels that look like rock strata; there are rooms of mounted animal heads from the golden age of exploration; fish specimens are displayed in bubbles; birds, bats and flying insects are mounted on plexiglass tubes to suggest air currents; one room has an amazing multimedia display showing different aspects of how organisms survive, displayed on the hemispherical ceiling and controlled by the visitor using hand gestures.

There are several practical reasons to visit this museum. First, in Venice one quickly reaches sensory overload with art and architecture, so seeing the artworks wrought by evolution makes a welcome change of pace. Second, photographers in Venice continually face the intense frustration of being prohibited from taking pictures in art museums and churches, but you can snap photos to your heart's content at the natural history museum. Third (and very relevant for visitors in August), the air conditioning in here is excellent! Finally, a visit here will give you something different to tell your friends back home than the standard tales of Venice.

3  Thank WMarkR
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Reviewed August 2, 2013

My husband is a historian so this place was high on his to do list. I can't say that I was initially so thrilled at the idea but it was an amazing place and a nice oasis of calm from the hustle and bustle of Venice. You could spend hours in this place and the displays are nice and clear. Well recommended.

Thank toastietom
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