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Journey into Antiquity: Explore the Archaeological National Museum in Venice with the Venice City Pass

Ancient sculpture inside the archeological museum at the St. Mark's Square in Venice National Archaeological Museum Exterior view

The National Museum of Archaeology in Venice opened its doors in the 16th century, making it the oldest museum of the city. Here you can peruse through ancient Greek and Roman sculptures, which were mostly donated from private collections of Venetian aristocrats. Showcased artwork in this museum includes bronze statues, ceramics, precious stones, and coins. Due to the generosity of the Correr Museum, Egyptian mummies can also be viewed in the National Museum of Archaeology.

Your ticket into the National Museum of Archaeology at the Piazza San Marco is free when using the Venice City Pass – You save € 19.

Archaeological finds and works of art from different eras

The Archaeological National Museum in Venice, also known as "Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Venezia," is a significant museum in Venice. It is part of the State Museums of Venice and is dedicated to the presentation of archaeological findings and artworks from various eras and regions.

The museum is located in the magnificent Palazzo Grassi, an impressive 18th-century building situated on the Grand Canal. The museum's collection encompasses a wide range of artifacts, including ancient Greek, Roman, and Egyptian artworks, sculptures, ceramics, coins, and other archaeological discoveries. There is also an impressive collection of Egyptian mummies and coffins.

The Archaeological National Museum Venice offers visitors the opportunity to explore the fascinating history and culture of various civilizations while showcasing the connections between Venice and antiquity. It is a significant cultural destination in Venice and attracts history enthusiasts and art lovers from around the world.


Highlights of your visit to the National Archaeological Museum

  • Ancient Greek and Roman Sculptures: The museum houses an impressive collection of sculptures from antiquity, including statues, busts, and reliefs that depict the art and culture of those times.
  • Egyptian Collection: One of the most remarkable collections in the museum is the Egyptian section, which includes mummies, coffins, sculptures, and other artifacts from ancient Egypt.
  • Ancient Ceramics and Coins: The museum presents a wide range of ancient ceramics, including vases and pottery, as well as an impressive collection of ancient coins.
  • Archaeological Finds from the Venice Region: Visitors can also admire archaeological discoveries from the Venice region, providing insights into the history and culture of the city and its surroundings.
  • Historic Building: The Palazzo Grassi itself is a historic masterpiece and a highlight of the visit. Its magnificent architecture and exhibition spaces provide an impressive backdrop for the artifacts.


Opening Hours

The Archaeological National Museum's opening hours are as follows:

Sunday to Monday: 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Friday to Saturday: 10:30 AM to 7:00 PM

Monday to Sunday: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM

The museum is closed only on December 25th and January 1st.


Reservation of your ticket

No reservation is required for visiting the Archaeological National Museum.

Simply present your Venice City Pass at the ticket counter and you will receive free admission.


Special conditions of use National Archaeological Museum

  • Accessibility: Visitors with reduced mobility can use ramps and elevators within the museum to access the exhibition rooms.
  • The entrance to the Archaeological National Museum is the same entrance as the one for the Correr Museum.



Getting there

The museum is located at St. Mark's Square, adjacent to the Correr Museum, the Doge's Palace, and St. Mark's Basilica. Additionally, the National Library Marciana is easily accessible.

Here are the nearest Vaporetto (water bus) stops:

San Zaccaria: Served by Lines 1, 4.1, 5.1, and 5.2

Vallaresso: Served by Line 1

Giardinetti: Served by Line 2



Piazza San Marco, 17 30124 Venice Italy

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With the Venice City Pass, you have free admission to the Archaeological National Museum, and your ticket is already included in advance.

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