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“Fascinating lineage” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Palazzo Mocenigo

Palazzo Mocenigo
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Private Tour: Daily Life in Renaissance Venice
Ranked #45 of 586 things to do in Venice
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A patrician residence at San Stae, Palazzo Mocenigo houses valuable 18th century artworks and is also home to the Study Centre for the History of Textiles and Costumes. A fine selection of rare textiles and costumes of particular importance are displayed. The collection is laid out with a significant importance given to garments and accessories. Mainly of Venetian origin, the works are often embellished with lace and embroidery, skills of several artisans who made such a contribution to that refined luxury and elegance for which the Venetians of those days were famous for.
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“Fascinating lineage”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2012

This is a most interesting Palazzo, being for centuries one of the residences of the Mocenigo family, from whose ranks emerged 7 Doges. In 1945, this Palazzo at San Stae was gifted to the city by the last descendant of the family, to be used as a Gallery of Art. From 1985 the present museum has been in residence.

The rooms where the museum exhibits are displayed are gorgeously decorative. There are richly ornate chandeliers suspended from lavishly decorated ceilings. It contains valuable eighteenth century furniture and paintings. The elegantly carved wooden library contains many impressively bound volumes.

The museum exhibits of elaborate and precious costumes and fabrics are interesting. They seem to be mostly Venetian and are embellished with embroidery and lace.

Visited October 2012
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Tywyn, United Kingdom
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“Go for the interior rather than the costumes”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2012

As already described this building was one of houses belonging to the prestigious Mocenigo family.
It houses a series of displays of various costumes. A very few of these (certainly when we visited) we period but by far the majority were either designer clothes worn by various celebs at premiers and the like or costumes worn in films. All the descriptions are in English which struck us as a little curious in an Italian museum. I am sure a lot of the designer dresses looked much better on beautiful young people, but they struck me as being a little lack lustre and past their best. Some of the film costumes were interesting.
What we did enjoy was what sat behind these clothes and these are the rooms themselves, which contained some of the original furnishings, and to be honest I found far more interesting and well worth the visit.
The museum is part of the combined ticket of 11 museums for 18 Euros, and by walking to this part of Venice to visit you are likely to see a beautiful part of this gorgeous part of the world that perhaps you wouldn't have otherwise. There are some interesting non touristy restaurants in the area for a spot of lunch.

Visited September 2012
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Perth, Australia
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“A nice way to spend an hour at leisure”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2012

The Palazzo is a few steps away from Al Ponte Mocenigo Hotel and San Stae vaporetto stop. This was a very pleasant way to spend the spare hour I had before our departure from Venice (September 2012). The displays were a combination of modern day (designer dresses worn on the red carpet by film stars), 18th century costumes,1920s,1950s (Katherine Hepburn dress and others), costume worn by Donald Sutherland in Casanova plus many other displays There were also rooms to show what the furnished palazzo would have looked like in its day, (furnished bedroom, drawing room, bathroom). This is a great way of putting this lovely old building to good use. There was a description in English alongside each display. Very enjoyable.

Visited September 2012
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Palo Alto
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“drab and uninspired museum”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2012

The admission to this museum was included on a ticket I purchased, which included entrances to multiple museums in Venice. My Eyewitness guide described the museum as a wonderful example of an old furnished palazzo, which was until recently occupied by the same family for many generations. Apparently it is also being used as a costume exhibition space as there are gowns in each room which are superimposed on its furnishings. The costumes were not well displayed as they were not sensitively incorporated in the furnishings of the room. The museum attempts to be two things: a space to display costumes and a historic furnished palazzo and it does not do either well. Also, the museum has a serious safety issue as the hand rail on a very long flight of stairs is unstable.

Visited September 2012
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Squamish, Canada
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“Take the time to look at the excellently curated exhibit on till Jan 2013.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2012

The exhibition currently on is well curated and displays many aspects of textiles, fashion and costume. For those who want a quick entertainment, they will
enjoy the grandeur of gowns worn by this
centuries women celebrities against a background af the eighteenth century paintings of powerful men.
For the serious student of textile, fasihion and costume, the exhibit showcases many facets of design through texture, colour, silhouette, treatments and technical arrangements.
The library is available by appointment.

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