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The Palace with a Tale to Tell

This interactive visit is designed for younger visitors, enabling them to discover the history and artistic wealth of the Palace. Divided into stages, it uses games, hidden clues, stories and legends to engage the participants, each of whom will have an activity book that they can take away with them and then use for follow-up work at home.

Length: 2 hours
Language: Italian, English, French , German, Spanish or Russian.

A Book in Stone

This workshop is all about exploring the stories, crafts, plants and animals that are depicted in the massive book made up of the Palace’s sculpted medieval capitals. Including a visit to the museum, this workshop combines games requiring the participants to use their deductive skills with various other teaching-through-play activities. The aim is to enable them to understand the full content of these vivid and highly expressive carvings, before moving onto the workshop proper where they try to reconstruct one of the more beautiful capitals and then create a plaster cast which everyone then gets to keep

Length: 2 hours 30 minutes
Language: Italian, English

The Lion Hunt

What better than a lion, the very symbol of Venice, to lead children on a more unusual trip around the Doge’s Palace. In this ‘lion hunt’ they must find various painted and sculpted depictions of the animal throughout the Palace, and “win” some items that, put together, will result in a lion-like surprise to take home

Length: 2 hours




The Art Detective

Having passed through the magnificent rooms of the palace and the vast multifaceted collections on the first floor, the young visitors engage with the picture gallery in a more playful manner. Story-telling opens the way to the discovery of details and the solution of puzzles, all of which teach the children how to look at pictures and understand them.

Length: 2 hours
Language: Italian, English, French, Spanish or Russian

Daedalus and Icarus: The story of a myth and its depiction

The pure lines of Antonio Canova’s sculpture are the perfect subject for a workshop of life drawing. The activities begin with a recounting of the famous legend of Daedalus and Icarus, which is so expressively captured in Canova’s marble sculpture. In the follow-on workshop the children practise drawing the work, experimenting with the use of white-crayon shading on black card.

Period: starting February 2016
Length: 2 hours
Language: Italian, English

Jacopo De’ Barbari’s ‘Mission Impossible’: Rising High Enough To Get A Bird’s-Eye View Of Sixteenth-Century Venice

Jacopo de Barbari’s bird’s-eye view of the city dates form 1500 and the original pear-wood plates for the woodcut are one of the most prized possessions of the Museo Correr. The map gives an amazingly detailed account of the city’s buildings, canals, streets, squares and bridges; you can even make out roof tiles, climbing plants and chimney pots. Starting from this comprehensive visual record of sixteenth-century Venice, the workshop focuses on close-up views of some of these wonderful details. Then it moves on to look at the perspective techniques used in creating this extraordinary work, and pratical experimentation with the methods involved. The workshop can be differently adjusted according to age level.

Length: 2 hours




Eyes on me! The interplay of imagination, dreams ond reality: different visions

Fantastic visions in which you take flight; images, objects and surroundings that really do carry you back to the world of three centuries ago. In this truly interactive visit you learn the secrets behind artistic achievements that are famous throughout the world. There is a lot to do (and discover) in this visit to the city’s most beautiful aristocratic palazzo, with the help of a nice activity book to take home.

Length: 2 hours





Strange things and magnificent stories: artists in their own words

A fascinating visit in which the figures who were important to the history of Ca’ Pesaro play a leading role: Contessa Felicita Pesaro, who was the driving-force behind the creation of the museum; various artists who were her friends and protégés; numerous others whose work would find a home here. This mix of stories and clues to puzzles which they themselves must solve means the participants discover new and potent links between the works on display.

Length: 2 hours
Language: Italian, English, French

Pippo – Portable Picture Portfolio

This workshop can be adapted to different age levels. The works in the Galleria d’Arte Moderna provide the material and inspiration for a fascinating experience of discovery. The children can explore their own creativity by experimenting with different materials on paper and coloured card. The works produced can then be put together to form a “fold out”, the child’s own track of his unique artistic expression.

Length: 2 hours and 30 minutes

David Hockney…& us

An infinite range of multifaceted temperaments , a guided tour at the exhibition and then…. let’s try ourselves and draw our “family portrait”.

Length: 1 hour 30 minutes




Hunt the Perfume

Having visited the part of the museum dedicated to the history of perfumes, to the raw materials and techniques used in their preparation, the children are involved in an activity that draws upon a number of senses. Using special teaching materials, they work in teams to explore the tactile and olfactory properties of natural raw materials – some in common use, some rather more rare. Gradually learning to identify these materials and their associations, they move step by step to the refined world of the fragrances whose complex combinations are at the origin of all perfumes. And as Venice itself had a long tradition of perfume-making, each of the children receives a sixteenth-century recipe that they can then try out at home.

Length: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Language: Italian, English



Inventions , hazards and closely-guarded secrets of a very special craft

A visit in the form of an investigation, with information modules involving the children in an exploration of the works that is structured upon the facts of the famous “mirror war” (the notorious attempt at “industrial espionage” whereby seventeenth-century France tried to get hold of the jealously-guarded secrets behind the manufacture of Murano’s much-sought-after mirrors). At the end of this museum adventure, the children will be supplied with information regarding the, still extant, traces left in Venice and France by those who played a leading role in this war. Furthermore, thanks to collaboration with the Consorzio Promovetro, it is possible to combine the exploration of the museum with a visit to one of the places where such mirrors or other marvels of Murano glassworks are still produced (from Monday to Friday only).

Period: from March 2016
Length: 2 hours 30 minutes
Language: Italian, English, French, German or Russian



Knots and Weaves: the amazing secrets of lacemaking

However complex, lace fabric is always based upon knots and weaves. But do we really know how to distinguish one from the other? Practical trial and experiment reveals just how common these knots and weaves are throughout our daily existence, and just how skilfully they can be used in arts and crafts. The families are also given an amusing itinerary that they can follow together in exploring the island of Burano.

Length: 2 hours
Language: Italian, English or Spanish



Exploring a Very Special Museum

A visit to a natural history museum is a fascinating experience that brings many different senses into play: in each room, touch, sight and hearing all contribute to our understanding. And each section of the museum is a complete unit, making the place a series of museums within the museum. The first “journey” one undertakes is to the origins of life on earth, exploring fossils and the world of dinosaurs. Then one looks at how natural history collections themselves have evolved, from the days of ancient explorers to those of modern scientific researchers. And finally there is a fascinating section that looks at the enormous variety in the strategies upon which the maintenance of life depends – from movement to nutrition.

Length: 1 hour 30 minutes
Language: Italian or English



Around Pop Art

Pop Art – irreverent and ironic, but also caustic and crical towards the consumer society, was born in US in the the 1960s, endorsing a new way of conceiving the work of art. The exhibition includes more than forty works by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Jim Dine, Robert Rauschenberg and many other leading players of this movement, all coming from the Sonnabend Collection. The guided tour among them retraces one of the most iconic period in the twentieth century imagination

Lenght: 1 h 30
Italian, English, French