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National Archaeological Museum of Venice Italy

The National Archaeological Museum of Venice: history, opening hours, contacts, fares of tickets and useful information for the visit.
National Archaeological Museum VeniceNational Archaeological Museum - Piazza San Marco, 52 - Venice

The Archaeological Museum of Venice boasts a very respectable collection of Greek Greek sculptures including many original Greeks from the classical period that once embellished the collections of the noble Venetian families active in the antique market of the colonies.



How to reach the National Archaeological Museum

The National Archaeological Museum is located in San Marco in Piazza San Marco. From Rialto you can reach it in 5 minutes on foot. The entrance coincides with that of the Correr Museum at the Procuratie Novissime or Ala Napoleonica. From Rialto, from the station and from Piazzale Roma you can take line 1 with the Vallaresso or San Zaccaria stop. Or line 2 (faster) with San Zaccaria stop.
History

The history of the collection of the National Archaeological Museum of Venice began in the sixteenth century thanks to the cultural activity of Cardinal Domenico Grimani (1461-1523), the eldest son of the doge Antonio Grimani, a man of culture and a fervent collector of ancient works of art as well as codes medieval. But it was not he who gave the Republic of Venice the patrimony of a family, but his nephew Giovanni Grimani (1500-1593), also a collector and a lover of ancient art. He was also responsible for the renovation of Palazzo Grimani in Santa Maria Formosa, which is also nowadays a national museum in the city, giving it the architectural aspect that still amazes the visitor.

Still alive Giovanni Grimani donated his precious collection to the Republic of Venice (1587) and on 3 February the senators' college, in agreement with Giovanni, established that all the Grimani marbles were housed in the antisala of the Marciana Library.

The fundamental and initial donation of the Grimani was followed by others in the following centuries that expanded and enriched the collection that finally reached the Procuratie Nove in San Marco, where it is still located.

Collection

Greek originals from the end of the V to the first half of the IV century a.C .:

- Abbondanza Grimani, a statue of kore from the Ionian school (early 4th century BC);
- statue attributed to Cefisodoto the Elder
- statue of Athena of Attica School (about 410 BC)
- statues of peplophoroi or porters of peplos
- high relief with Mithras in the act of killing the bull
- two attic funerary monuments (2nd century)
- funerary inscription for Sokratea (2nd century BC)

Roman copies of Greek originals from the first half of the 5th century BC

- head of Hermes attributed to the School of the sculptor Agoracrito
- head of kore attributed to the school of the sculptor Calamide
- a statue of Athena of Kresilas
- a statue of Apollo High School of Praxiteles

Roman copies of Hellenistic originals

- a statue of Ulysses
- three statues representing the famous Galati Grimani

Original statues of the School of Pergamon (3rd and 2nd centuries BC) and statues depicting Eros and Psyche, the Hermaphroditus and satyrs.

Roman statues

- Ara Grimani of the Augustan age
- Roman portraits of the imperial era

- objects of the Bronze and Iron Age (5th century BC - 3rd century) found in the Veneto region

Hours: every day from 10 am to 5 pm (from 1 November to 31 March) and from 10 am to 7 pm (from 1 April to 31 October). Closed on January 1st and December 25th.
Tickets: the Archaeological Museum is part of the integrated museum itinerary The Museums of Piazza San Marco; the entrance therefore coincides with that of the Correr Civic Museum, in Piazza San Marco, Napoleonic wing. Full € 19, reduced € 12 (EU students from 15 to 25 years, escorts - max 2 - of student groups, EU citizens over 65, staff of the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities, Rolling Venice card holders and FAI members).
Free for residents in the Municipality of Venice, children from 0 to 5 years, handicapped persons with guides, licensed guides, tour interpreters accompanying groups, group leaders - groups of at least 21 people by reservation, ICOM members.
Telephone: +39.041.2967663
E-mail: pm-ven.archeologico@beniculturali.it
Website
: Museo Archeologico Nazionale


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