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.
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