Archaeological Museum (St.Mark’s Square Museums)

The National Archaeology Museum is a museum located right on Piazza San Marco in Venice.

It was established in 1523 by Cardinal Domenico Grimani. It is home to an important collection of Greek and Roman sculptures, bronze objects and sculptures, ceramics, jewellery, coins, and a collection of Egyptian, Babylonian and Assyrian antiquities.

Enriched by further donations in the XVII and XVIII centuries, the Museum, with the Library, was transferred in 1812 by Eugène de Beauharnais, Viceroy of Italy, to the Doge’s Palace.

The current National Archaeology Museum was created after World War I in the Royal Palace, donated by King Vittorio Emanuele III, and installed in its current location on the first floor of the Procuratie Nuove.

Here you can admire the elegant vases, impeccable ivories, portraits of long-ago Roman emperors, marbles and busts, gems and jewelry in this museum.

Numerous treasured relics of Assyro-Babylonian, Greek, Tuscan, Roman and Egyptian origins will enlighten the visitors seeking pieces of Neolithic Age.

Visitors will relish other highlights such as the Armenian-Venetian collection, legal texts dating back to the 17th Century, and bilingual dictionaries.

Address: S. Marco 52, 30124 Venice

For more info (timetables, prices, reservation) here’s the link to the official website: http://sbmp.provincia.venezia.it/mir/musei/venezia/home_a.htm

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