The Gallerie dell'Accademia (Museum of the Galleries of the Academy [originally the Academy of Beaux Arts]) is located in Dorsoduro, with the Accademia water bus landing stage and the Accademia bridge, which crosses the Grand Canal from Campo San Vidal, found just outside, both named for their vicinity to the museum. The gallery is housed in three old religious buildings - the Scuola Grande di Santa Maria della Carità built in 1344 just before the Black Death hit Venice in 1348; the next door church of  the Carità; and the Convento della Carità, a monastery begun in 1561 to designs by Palladio but never completed. These three buidings became the Academy in 1807 to house the large collection of works of art removed, on the orders of Napoleon, from many churches and public buildings in Venice and the Veneto Region.

The galleries of this museum are by far the most complete collection of Venetian paintings available in one location. It starts with Paolo Veneziano (c.1290-1362) who was still heavily influenced by Byzantine art styles, with lots of gold leaf applied in his works. It progresses through all the famous Venetian masters, including Giovanni and Gentile Bellini, Carpaccio, Lorenzo Lotto, Giorgione, Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese, Tiepolo, Canaletto, Guardi and many others. A visit to the Accademia will take many hours if all these works are to be appreciated.

Opening Hours and Entrance Fees

The Gallery is open from 8.15am-2.00pm (Monday) and 8.15am-7.15pm (Tuesday-Sunday) and the ticket office closes 45 minutes prior to closing. The gallery is closed on Monday afternoons as well as 25 December and 1 May.

Ticket prices are €15 (+ €1.5 reservation fee) but there is a host of conditions allowing reduced or free entrance into the galleries, and several days with discounted entrance. During special temporary exhibitions the price of admission is subject to change. For more detailed information, the Gallerie dell'Accademia website has frequent updates.