Natural History Museum, Venice

4.4
#7 of 85 in Museums in Venice
Natural History Museum, a small yet artistically arranged natural history museum, is located in a 13th-century palace along the Grand Canal. Walk beneath whale skeletons in the cetaceans gallery, and experience firsthand the ecosystem of the Venetian Gulf in the tegnue aquarium. Discover dinosaur fossils in the paleontology exhibit and view vast collections of artifacts, such as fossils and animal skins, while learning about the methodology of research and collection. Take advantage of the opportunity to touch some of the displays, and enjoy the artifacts and other works of art that complement the natural specimens. Use our Venice sightseeing planner to add Natural History Museum and other attractions to your Venice vacation plans.
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  • I visited this museum with my husband and our 4-and-a-half-year-old son, and we hardly left after about 4 hours of visiting. One of the most spacious and complete natural museums I've ever seen. Magnificent and impressive botanical, zoological and mineral collections. Too bad people don't know how to value and appreciate! It was almost empty, with the wealth of collections with more than 2 million pieces it houses. We're fascinated, stunned. High recommended.
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  • Everything was in Italian so we couldn’t actually read about any of the things or history that we were looking at. Didn’t seem to be much structure or order, some rooms had lots of things randomly tog...  more »
  • My 12-year-old grandson, an "expert" on dinosaurs, considered that the part of large reptiles and dinosaurs is better than that of London's NHM.
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  • There's a lot of interesting stuff to see. There's a clear route you can follow, which is nice. The only major downside is there are no English translations for any of the texts next to the museum pieces. I believe the only way to get English translation is if you pay for the audio guide.
  • A fantastic museum! One of the nicest museums on this subject I've been to, with lots of stuff I'd never seen before like Sarcosuchus and Archaeopterix fossils. Beautifully presented and laid out. The only thing missing is information in English, it's all Italian. Don't forget to listen to the Beluga sounds at the exit to the shop. At €8 per person it's well worth it. An absolute gem!
  • This is a really well made museum in Venice. It’s all in Italian so just be aware of it. But it’s mainly visuals so it’s fine.
  • I enjoyed the exhibition because it was very well situated and exhibited. The museum offers a wide variety of pieces (from fossils to stuffed animals). The one and only downside, and I don't understand they only have this, was that textual explanation was only in Italian. This decreased the whole experience, whilst it had so much potential.
  • The museum was good but the big problem was that all the information was only in Italian. Other places we went to had English translations, which are helpful to most nationalities. Not extortionate price either.
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