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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
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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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Up there with some of the best Museums

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... read more

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW 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 

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Thank David N
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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195 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago 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

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Thank MarkFromTheZoo
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16 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

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Thank Apostolos P
Oxford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Thank lauraboxford
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum traces life on earth from the earliest stirrings to present day. The displays are thought provoking and contain a number of very enlarged models e.g. the snails "teeth". The first rooms are very dark and may be disturbing, but I found it excellent. It is laid out in a series of rooms which is good as it ensures... More 

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Monnickendam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This museum is really amazing. The variety of animals that they have is really great. Also the building itself is worth a visit. We visited the museum the one day we had rain in Venice and then this museum is definitely a recommendation. Only downside all the information in the museum (sings near the animals etc) is in Italian. They... More 

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Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

My partner and I visited the museum on our last day in Venice as we fancied seeing some of the galleries and museums it had to offer. The Museo di Storia Naturale is located in a lovely quiet setting, a little of the beaten track, so give plenty of time to get there. We found the customer service to be... More 

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Thank Niamh O
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Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

Decently priced at €8 and I imagine great for kids. Everything is in Italian but you can work out what's what without knowing how to speak it but you can get a booklet in English. Lots of interesting stuff to look at

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Reviewed 21 February 2017

Dinosaurs, sharks, fossils and an aquarium filled with fish and crabs. This place had everything. People have complained about the lack of English translation on exhibits but there is an English guidebook at the desk and an English audio guide. At the desk, it clearly states 'Ask for an English guide book or audio guide.' Plus 'dinosauro' is pretty easy... More 

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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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