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Punta della Dogana, Venice
(3.7/5 based on 400+ reviews on the web)
Housed in Venice's old customs building, Punta della Dogana is now a contemporary art museum. The name refers to the triangular area of the city where the Grand Canal meets the Guidecca canal, but it has now become synonymous with the building and its art exhibits. Previously empty for decades, the building was restored in 2009 by French art collector François Pinault, whose €20 million renovation showcases the building's "industrial and minimalist soul." Stand at the tip of the triangle, enjoying views of the vast sea ahead and the canals behind, before heading into the building for a look at some of Venice's finest contemporary art. With our custom trip planner, Venice attractions like Punta della Dogana can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Very happy with my visit which was a first (I will return!). To start the place is absolutely to see when you love the architecture, the Japanese Tadao Ando has done a superb building in accordance with the soul of the place. Exposures that are rotating, from what I was told is quite uneven. It wasn't that great when I went there, only a few works have had Thanksgiving at my eyes, but it's also contemporary art not always easy to understand!
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  • Separating the Grand Canal from the Giudecca Canal, this was the old Customs House. Right next to the Salute church, the building now houses an art gallery. If one continues around the point one joins...  more »
  • We've been on punta della dogana after visiting the chiesa della salute in Venice, from here you can see Venice from another point of view, recommended for a walk
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  • Incredible art gallery. The space is vast and fantastic and the art installations thought provoking and well curated in individual spaces. It has all the scope and majesty of the Tate Modern in London but is quiet and peaceful enough to actually allow you to contemplate the art. Coincidentally I was at Phillippe Parreno's turbine hall exhibit at the Tate Modern today - it was good, but the area is rowdy and like a creche for children - nowhere near is good as being alone with his installation here. One of the highlights of my Venice trip.
  • Amazing contemporary architecture in an old custom house. Great collection of contemporary art.
  • La Punta della Dogana is a great example of a magnificent restauration. The place is beautiful, with large spaces perfectly adapted to welcome works of art equally interesting.
  • Architecturally this is a marvel. What a fantastic restoration. But the artwork was ridiculously bad. The creative director should be thrown into the Lagoon!
  • Beautifully renovated building, terrible collection.