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Museo di Storia Naturale

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Santa Croce
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Address: Santa Croce 1730, 30125 Venice, Italy
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+39 041 275 0206

Housed in the Fontego dei Turchi Palace at the Grand Canal, the museum is...

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.

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Great for Venician standards

OK, this place cannot even begin to compare to what we get here in London for free, yet I appreciated the place for giving me an insight into the Venician mind. This was the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 382 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

OK, this place cannot even begin to compare to what we get here in London for free, yet I appreciated the place for giving me an insight into the Venician mind. This was the first place we visited in Venice and only stopped because it was part of the 24 euros entry for another 10 museums in Venice: scan the... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Embarrassed to say that I only suggested we go because it was on the Museum Pass and we happened to walk by. We visited as a mother and grown son: who for years had been subjected to a mother who sat yawning in the foyers and lobbies of natural history museums (London, Washington DC..). I would have to say that... More 

Thank happyfamily1956
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited here on our last morning in Venice as it was right beside our hotel and it was convenient. Very glad we did. The English audio guide was excellent and one of the simplest we've ever used. Lovely clear explanations and excellent displays. We spent about 2 hours here. There were several school parties also visiting. Amazing how differently... More 

Thank CappoReading
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not the largest natural history museum, but, full of interesting exhibits as it winds up and down through a historic building. A lot of the exhibits do not have English descriptions, but, in general these are not required. There is a large display of stuffed, preserved or sectioned animals which some people may find offensive or disturbing. A good way... More 

Thank FullFonz
Innsbruck, Austria
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

the Museo de Storia Naturale is a vey interesting museum especially also for children. we especially loved the skeleton of the dinosaur.

Thank 2012verena2012
United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My partner and I love a museum! We have been to the Natural history museum in the UK, NY and Milan. When we decided to go here I thought it might be a bit of a flop like Milan's but I was completely wrong. We got up early and made our way their - very easy to find. It is... More 

Thank SH05059
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I didn't expect much but I enjoyed my time here. There are some interesting things on display and the entry fee is reasonable. The place was a little difficult to find. Be aware that there is no English language text for any of the exhibits. I didn't know what I was looking at most of the time. I still think... More 

Thank David N
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

Though not the largest museum, there is enough packed into this place to keep you busy for an hour or so. Some very cool little exhibits on display

Thank MarkFromTheZoo
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017

This museum is not large, but it is very well organized and the things you see are just amazing. For sure, I recommend this for kids, especially the dinosaur area which is really fantastic. In my opinion 2 hours are enough if you do not read every single sign, which by the way is in Italian. However, there are translators... More 

Thank Apostolos P
Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 April 2017

The museum was interesting and very well presented. Kids would definitely enjoy it (there were a few school trips and the kids seemed to be having a great time and were really engaged), but grown ups would enjoy it too.

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Santa Croce
Santa Croce gained importance as a sestiere (district) when Piazzale Roma was created in the 1930s to bring cars and buses close to the center of Venice. Constitution Bridge spans the Grand Canal linking Piazzale Roma to the train station. This area buzzes with energy from travelers and students. Historic palaces and former industrial buildings house some departments of Ca' Foscari and IUAV Architecture universities. On the Fondaco dei Turchi, Venice's Museum of Natural History offers Venetians prehistoric thrills, plus an overview of lagoon fish and wildlife. The Grand Canal, northern boundary of Santa Croce, is lined with palaces and decorated by the tall green dome of San Simeon Piccolo. Ca' Pesaro attracts Venetians to its contemporary art exhibitions. The Grand Canal exposes only one face of these buildings. On the opposite side, the palace often interacts with a square or a busy street to represent its neighbourhood identity.
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