For Adults

Educational itineraries


Evocative educational tours ‘on demand’ are offered by Muve Education at the Museums Civici of Venice: these are thematic routes that offer visitors an exclusive and engaging experience. Led by specialised museum educators, the activities are aimed at informal groups of adults up to a maximum of 25 people; they can take place every day during museum opening hours and at specific times, and are booked online independently after checking availability.

How to take part 
The activities must be booked online >>>

What and when: 
– Educational tours 
– Average duration 1.30 hours 
– All year round 

Target audience: 
– aged 15 and over 

How to book:
– online booking: click on the red ‘choose and book’ button tick the ‘adults on-demand’ box click on the activity of your choice and follow the instructions 

Prices and payment: 

  • Educational activity: €100 (payment in advance online, by bank transfer or credit card) up to max. 25 participants, for Fortuny Museum max.12 participants (no ad-hoc groups but only pre-established groups allowed: min. 1, max 25 pax); excluding entrance to the museum at reduced price.
  • Educational activities From Doges to Emperors and From Casa Goldoni to Ca’ Rezzonico: a journey through eighteenth-century Venice: €120
  • Workshop Backstage at the Museum among textiles and costumes at Mocenigo Palace: €220 (max 10 participants) in English, French, Italian (the workshop is available also in Spanish) with admission tickets to the museum included
  • Admission to the museum: to be paid separately (directly at the ticket office on the day of the visit, or online at visitmuve.it or via call centre: 848082000 from Italy, 04142730892 from abroad). 
  • At Doge’s Palace whisper service is compulsory for groups of more than 10 participants. Whispers must be purchased separately, at the Ticket Office of the Doge’s Palace, at a cost of 1 euro per person.
  • Free for residents and those born in the Municipality of Venice. 
  • The service is confirmed once payment for the educational activity has been made, at least 10 days before the date booked. A booking made in good time ensures a better service. 
  • Last-minute bookings will be accepted subject to availability: requests must be sent to education@fmcvenezia.it (payment in advance by credit card only). Weekend requests will be accepted, subject to availability, by no later than 12 noon on Friday.

Info
education@fmcvenezia.it
Tel. +39 041 2700370 – +39 347 9675905 (h 9.30-12.30 Mondays and Wednesdays)

 

Exhibition VENETIA 1600. Births and rebirths
Doge’s Palace

VENETIA 1600 Virtual Tour: a history waiting to be discovered!
A truly unprecedented and evocative chance to visit the exhibition on the 1600s in Venice at the Doge’s Palace is available to the public through a Virtual Tour.
The activity, which is characterised by privileged and exclusive viewpoints, can be streamed remotely and will allow visitors to touch on all the aspects and phases – the ‘births and rebirths’ – of this extraordinary city: from its legendary ‘foundation’ in 421, to the development of the Venetian state over the centuries, with its maritime empire, trade and the great events that have marked its history, right up to the present day. To enjoy the virtual tour you need a computer or tablet and a good internet connection.
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Exhibition Anselm Kiefer
Questi scritti, quando verranno bruciati, daranno finalmente un po’ di luce (Andrea Emo)
Doge’s Palace

With Anselm Kiefer contemporary art will be coming to the Palazzo Ducale, with an exhibition that is set to be the centrepiece of the fifth edition of MUVE Contemporaneo, the biennale organized by the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia and the key concern of which is to reflect on the relationship between contemporary art and museums. The opening of the eagerly awaited installation by Anselm Kiefer, one of the leading artists active today, is part of the celebrations for the 1600th Anniversary of the Foundation of Venice. The title of the work is from the writings of the Venetian philosopher Andrea Emo: Questi scritti, quando verranno bruciati, daranno finalmente un po’ di luce (These writings, when burned, will finally cast a little light). The series of paintings produced specially for the Palazzo Ducale in 2020 and 2021 are arranged in the space and magnificent setting of the Sala dello Scrutinio, engaging closely with the thirty-three monumental paintings on the ceiling and with the heroic values expressed by the palace’s entire decorative scheme. The show underlines the role of contemporary art in reflecting on universal themes, transcending Venice and opening up to current philosophical perspectives.
Duration: 45′
Languages: Italian, English, French, Spanish

 


 

DOGE’S PALACE

The rooms of power
The itinerary focuses on the institutional rooms in the Doge’s Palace, where imposing pictorial cycles and splendid sculptural and ornamental motifs adorn the rooms that used to be the prestigious seats of the Serenissima’s magistracies. An interactive tour will highlight the workings of the complex state machinery of the Republic of Venice and the majestic iconographic programme promoted by the Venetian ruling class to establish and celebrate the myth of Venice.
From 26 March 2022 the itinerary also includes a visit to the impressive series of site-specific paintings created by the German artist Anselm Kiefer in dialogue with the important spaces of the ‘Sala dello Scrutinio’ and the themes of the history of Venice. The show underlines the role of contemporary art in reflecting on universal themes, transcending Venice and opening up to current philosophical perspectives.
Duration: 1,30 h
Languages Italian, English, French, Spanish, Russia

A palace to decipher through architecture and sculpture
A dynamic and engaging itinerary focusing in particular on the building and its history, on the phases of construction that led to this extraordinary ‘architectural machine’ and its splendid sculptural array. A not-to-be-missed ‘journey’ to discover the truly unique Venetian interpretation of the Gothic and Renaissance languages that developed during the centuries of the Republic’s greatest splendour. A final surprise will allow participants to try out a fun practical activity at home, closely linked to the visit.
From 26 March 2022 the itinerary also includes a visit to the impressive series of site-specific paintings created by the German artist Anselm Kiefer in dialogue with the important spaces of the ‘Sala dello Scrutinio’ and the themes of the history of Venice. The show underlines the role of contemporary art in reflecting on universal themes, transcending Venice and opening up to current philosophical perspectives.
Duration: 1,30 h
Languages Italian, English, French, Spanish


 

DOGE’S PALACE & MUSEO CORRER

From Doges to Emperors
From the Doge’s Palace – the heart of the Venetian Republic – to the nineteenth-century Royal Palace at the other end of St. Mark’s Square. The students not only experience the magnificence and splendour of these buildings but are offered the opportunity to make out the visible traces left by the complex and often dramatic historical development which occurred as the Venetian Republic ended and came under the dominion of Napoleonic France and then Habsburg Austria. At the same time, however, they see how Venice maintained its identity and the fundamentally Italian nature of its art. A single ticket for a truly “unique” visit.
Meeting point with operators supplying the activities in Doge’s Palace.
Duration: 2,30 h
Languages Italian, English, French


 

MUSEO CORRER

Museo Correr: a museum with a thousand faces 
A thematic itinerary through the Museo Correr, a sort of ‘Wunderkammer‘, to discover the treasures and curiosities in the collections that gave rise to Venice’s civic museums: from the collection left by the Venetian collector Teodoro Correr (1750-1830), after whom the museum is named, to the various donations and acquisitions that bear witness to the cosmopolitan dimension of the city. Works from some of the museum’s sections will be examined, including the Neoclassical Rooms in the Napoleonic Wing, the nineteenth-century seat of kings and emperors, which house the extraordinary collection of Antonio Canova. Then we see the rooms of Empress Sissi, including the Audience Room, the study, the bedroom (with its rich tapestry and boudoir) and the dressing room personalised with fine furnishings from the Napoleonic era, and the rooms dedicated to the discovery of Venetian history and civilisation: from daily life to institutions, from maritime enterprises to city festivals.
Duration: 1,30 h
Languages Italian, English, French


 

CA’ PESARO – International Gallery of Modern Art

The forms of the modern. Sculpture at Ca’ Pesaro
From antiquity to the end of the nineteenth century sculpture had a purely monumental and celebratory function, clearly recognisable in isolated threedimensional works and in those inserted into architectural structures. This tradition was interrupted at the beginning of the twentieth century, when a profound renewal promoted anti-monumentality and antirhetoric as its primary vocation, leading to a continuous process of expressive experimentation, to the use of unusual materials and the breaking down of the canonical distinctions between painting and sculpture. Through a careful selection of works in the museum, the tour documents the main phases of this sculptural renewal: from the modern turning point in late nineteenth-century sculpture effected, albeit in different ways and forms, by Auguste Rodin and Medardo Rosso, to Adolfo Wildt’s synthesis of Expressionism and Classicism, and to Arturo Martini’s anti-classical figures, considered among the emblems of the twentieth century. The itinerary then moves on to the vitalist form of expression adopted by Henry Moore in his anthropomorphic forms, to Alexander Calder’s ethereal and light “mobiles”, Emilio Vedova’s “plurimi” paintings/sculptures, Arte Povera and ends with Jeff Koons’ Neo-Pop fetish objects.
Duration: 1,30 h
Languages: Italian, English, French, Spanish, Russian

Modern’ Venice: Ca’ Pesaro and the New Century of Art
A breathtaking tour through the permanent collections of the Galleria Internazionale d’Arte Moderna to understand better the many trends in twentieth-century art, comparing great masterpieces from the International Art Exhibitions (Biennales) such as Judith II (Salome) by Gustav Klimt or Sewing the Sail by Joaquin Sorolla and the works of the Ca’ Pesaro Rebels, a varied generation of young, anti-academic Venetian artists, including Arturo Martini, Gino Rossi and Felice Casorati.
Duration: 1,30 h
Languages: Italian, English, French, Spanish, Russian


 

CA’ REZZONICO – Museum of 18th century Venice
(Activities available from spring 2023)

From Tiepolo to Canaletto. The last great season of Venetian painting 
The extraordinary and sumptuous rooms of the Palazzo, rich in original furniture, fittings and furnishings of the period, the fine decorations, exquisitely crafted tapestries and official portraits tell us of a Venice that was still opulent and powerful, carefree and joyful. But a careful reading of the works by some of the leading exponents of the last great season of Venetian painting, such as Tiepolo, Canaletto, Longhi and Guardi, will also bring to light another face of reality, that of a Venice that is beginning the long and slippery journey towards modernity.
Duration: 1,30 h
Languages: Italian, English, French, Spanish, Russian

“Lend your ears to music, open your eyes to painting…”
The eighteenth century saw the development in Europe of a variety of significant artistic movements that succeeded each other or intertwined, and this both in the figurative arts and in music. Venice was one of the centres of this artistic blossom. In the most beautiful palazzo in the city, decorated by the greatest artists during the splendid period of eighteenth-century Venetian painting, this unprecedented and engaging itinerary combines a musical selection of pieces (by artists such as Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Haydn, Mozart, to name a just few) with spaces and works of art in the museum. The effect is one of overwhelming power of suggestion, with which to relive and understand – thanks to the immediacy of music combined with the almost total visual experience that Ca’ Rezzonico allows – the context in which these artistic experiences developed.
Duration: 2 h
Languages Italian, English, French

How Venice works
Understanding how Venice is made, how it works and how it worked in the pastmarks the first step towards experiencing, respecting and enjoying the city itself. In this special itinerary, Ca’ Rezzonico, a grand aristocratic palazzo built between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, lends itself perfectly as an example and splendid observation point for understanding why the city’s dense urban fabric is interrupted by so many campi and courtyards, why there is a well in all thesecampi and courtyards, why the chimneys have bizarre shapes and, finally, how the houses and palazzimanage to stay upright in the water. The tour will start from the museum to reach the nearby Campo San Barnaba where we will see the wellhead in the center. Then we’ ll enter again at Ca’ Rezzonico by the water entrance to the palace on the Grand Canal before beginningan itinerary that leads up and up to the… attic! Each group will receive a brief guide to the museum and a glossary of the technical terms used along the way.
Duration: 1,30 h
Languages Italian, English, French


 

CA’ REZZONICO & CARLO GOLDONI’S HOUSE
(Activity available from spring 2023)

From Casa Goldoni to Ca’ Rezzonico: a journey through eighteenth-century Venice
The experience aims to explore a variety of cultural and social aspects of the eighteenth-century Venice through the dialogue and comparison between two protagonists of the century, Carlo Goldoni and Pietro Longhi, in the two museums that preserve their memory, Ca’ Centanni (Casa Goldoni) and Ca’ Rezzonico.
The tour between the two museums is followed independently with the help of a special dossier.
Duration: 2,30 hours
Languages Italian, English


 

MOCENIGO PALACE

Voyage through an eighteenth-century home
In the former home of the aristocratic Mocenigo family, the thematic tour takes visitors on a voyage of discovery past original clothing, accessories and fabrics, displayed alongside furnishings and works of art in what is effectively a ‘house-museum’ documenting the taste of an era, a time when Venice was one the main centres in Europe for the production not only of textiles but also of cosmetics and spices.
The display, to which is added a selection dedicated to eighteenth-century fashion in Venice, with a number of period dresses and petticoats, ends with a visit to the evocative perfume section.
Duration: 1,30 h
Languages: Italian, English, French, Spanish


 

FORTUNY MUSEUM

In the ‘studio-home’ of Mariano Fortuny
The Museo di Palazzo Fortuny reopens with a completely new layout dedicated to the multifaceted and industrious genius of Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo (1871-1949) and his muse and wife Henriette Nigrin. A special thematic itinerary follows in the footsteps of this extraordinary exponent of the Venetian and European art scene at the cusp of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, in what was once his home and studio in Campo San Beneto in the evocative setting of Palazzo Pesaro degli Orfei.
The tour takes place on the first floor of the palace, an exceptional example of Venetian floral Gothic, where the ‘spirit’ of the Genius loci, Spanish by origin but Venetian by adoption, still hovers: in the salon, furnished in the ‘Fortuny style’, and in the adjoining rooms, the life, art and collecting of the family, who lived here from 1898 to 1965, are revealed. From his first experiences with painting, copying the great artists of the past along with the works of his father Mariano Fortuny y Marsal (1838-1874), visitors move on to the Wagnerian cycle, and from the splendid printed fabrics to the pleated dresses, including the legendary ‘Knossos’ and ‘Delphos’ – creations of Hellenistic inspiration – and so to the innovations in the field of stage design and lighting, such as the ingenious ‘cupola’ with which he revolutionised the theatre of the early 1900s.
The itinerary provides a fascinating journey revealing the extraordinary eclectic genius of an artist who perfectly embodied the concept of ‘total art’ so dear to Wagner.
The activity is also offered as an after-hours visit, available under special conditions, enabling visitors to experience a special thematic itinerary on an exclusive basis.
Duration: 1,30 h
Languages: Italian, English, French

NOTICE
We inform our visitors that at the moment the lift to access the Museum Fortuny’s first floor is out of order. We apologize for the inconvenience.


 

GLASS MUSEUM IN MURANO

Glassmaking: an art and its history
The thousand-year craft of Venetian glass-making is recounted in a guided tour through the rooms of the museum, which house some of the famous works that made, and continue to make, the city’s glass legendary throughout the world – not only for the technical skill of its craftsmen but also for the creativity of the artists and designers who have drawn inspiration from the huge potential of glass as a material.
Duration: 1,30 h
Languages: Italian, English, French, Spanish


 

GLASS MUSEUM IN MURANO & ABATE ZANETTI GLASS SCHOOL

Glassmaking: an art and its history (with glassworking demonstration)
The thousand-year craft of Venetian glass-making is recounted in a guided tour through the rooms of the new museum, which house some of the famous works that made, and continue to make, the city’s glass legendary throughout the world – not only for the technical skill of its craftsmen but also for the creativity of the artists and designers who have drawn inspiration from the huge potential of glass as a material. The visit to the Glass museum combines a visual experience with the chance to actually touch some of the materials and instruments, gaining further insight into the “secrets” shared by the great master glassmakers. The itinerary is completed with a glassworking demonstration at the Abate Zanetti Glass School.
Duration: 2 h
Languages: Italian, English


 

LACE MUSEUM IN BURANO

The thread of the lagoon
A guided tour to discover the rich collection of lace from the sixteenth up to the twentieth century shown in the museum, that is housed in the amazing seat of the ancient School were the complicated original techniques of this art were learnt by the young girls of the island. At the end of the visit, The participants are also given an activity book MUVE Education (in English) suggesting an amusing itinerary that they can follow by themselves in exploring the island of Burano.
Duration: 1 h
Languages: Italian, English, French, Spanish, Russian


 

NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM

Nature and museum: stories and collections
A visit to this 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.
Duration: 1,30 hours.
Languages: Italian, English


 

CARLO GOLDONI’S HOUSE

Carlo Goldoni in 18th century Venice
Starting from the evocative Gothic courtyard of Ca’ Centanni in San Tomà, the house in which Carlo Goldoni was born, the itinerary focuses on the life of the great Venetian playwright and the characteristics of the theatrical arts of his time, when there were fifteen theatres in the city, making Venice one of the capitals of European culture. The visit aims to retrace and understand the great theatrical and cultural revolution brought about by Goldoni in the eighteenth century, which substituted the masks of the commedia dell’arte for stories drawn from real life. The visit is rounded off by the wonderful puppet theatre on display in the museum.
Duration: 1 h
Languages Italian, English


 

NAVAL HISTORICAL MUSEUM 

Venice and the sea: a 1600-year history
A special visit to the Museo Storico Navale della Marina Militare di Venezia, the most important of its kind in Italy, that tells the story of the Arsenale, the heart of the Venetian naval industry and the vessels (galleys of various forms and galleasses) that were to dominate the ‘Stato da Mar’. The visit is enriched with objects and artefacts from the maritime world illustrating ancient technologies, strategies, historical events and curiosities, including the precious model of the Bucintoro, the gondolas and boats of the Lagoon, offering an extraordinary overview of the subject.
Duration: 1,30 h
Languages: Italian, English, French