Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia | MUVE

Educational services


The educational approach of the Musei Civici di Venezia

Care, quality, inclusion, teaching, fun, intercultural activities
doing & understanding
enjoyment & study
art, history, science, languages, literature, research, philosophy, interconnections and much more…


The method

To involve young people and engage them as participants and protagonists through a focus on interaction and dialogue within the framework of rigorous educational objectives, and with particular attention paid to an interdisciplinary approach and the inclusiveness of all students. This strategy has been applied to the planning of over sixty proposals for schools, linked to the contents of the museum collections and the major temporary exhibitions, and calibrated in relation to the various age groups, types of school, and the multiple requirements for in-depth study.


What activities? What approach?

Active itineraries


Living the museum in a dynamic and engaging way, well “beyond” the traditional guided tour, but adopting an interactive, cooperative approach and using materials that remain available to students and teachers in order to settle and integrate the museum experience back in the classroom.




“If I listen I forget, if I see I remember, if I do I understand”

These activities are designed specifically (but not exclusively) for younger learners. Inspired by an active approach to teaching and learning, they include manual activities and experimentation.Enabling the children to gain more immediate experience of the particular scientific and artistic contents of the specific museum, such practical endeavour allows them to explore that which it would be pointless to approach at a purely theoretical level. The students also get to keep any objects and works produced during these workshops, a souvenir that makes the whole experience more meaningful for them.

Both the active itineraries and the workshops can be modified in order to meet specific requirements of class members.


Inclusion & special needs


Activities are structured to include all students, but can always be adapted to suit special needs through the availability of specific tools, such as translation
into sign language, tactile and multi-sensory materials and customising itineraries, supports and proposals. Do not hesitate to contact us at education@fmcvenezia so that, together, we can make all that we offer fully inclusive.


Museum in the classroom


Museum staff visit schools, providing workshops or other in-depth
activities (in Italian only).


Language learning in a museum


The museums become tools for learning or improving a foreign Language (FL) by employing the CLIL method (Content and Language Integrated Learning), or by following an active approach to Italian culture and language (L2) for immigrant children. But in our opinion, integration goes beyond “just” the linguistic aspect: for this reason we have long studied, tested and prepared special projects in an intercultural key.


Not-just-Art & museums as hypertexts


Not-just-Art means breadth of disciplines: in addition to various aspects of the natural sciences (which can be investigated thanks to our first-class scientific museum), our educational offerings range – starting from art-historical museums – across areas such as technical education, geometry, epics and mythology (thanks to the important collaboration with the National Archaeological Museum), literature, foreign languages, reading and books and bibliographic research, but also storytelling and architecture, philosophy, physics, robotics, history of technology and seafaring (thanks to the activities at the Museo Storico Navale and in the Arsenale), in addition, of course, to art and history, which are always presented in an active and critical way. Our online booking platform allows, if you wish, to select the proposals in relation to the sectors of interest.
But museums as hypertexts means, specifically, an interdisciplinary approach, or, in other words, a focus on the connections between the different areas. We are convinced, in fact, that this must form the basis for an effective and fruitful understanding of facts, epochs, history, art, literature, science… and we are aware of how, often, such interconnections may emerge only with difficulty in the “daily” context of school programmes, given the sometimes rigid constraints enforced upon teachers, above all in secondary school. We therefore use museums as “hypertexts”, encouraging a critical spirit and a broadening of the horizons of knowledge!


And in addition…

For teachers


Special events, training courses, programme schedules delivered to schools
before the start of the school year, a presentation open day (for the start of the 2019/2020 academic year the event will take place at Ca’ Rezzonico on 9 September), and a help desk for designing personalised activities.


Special projects


Lessons in the museums, intercultural and study activities.


Alternating school and work


Various projects are available, implemented both in the educational sector and individual museums, as part of a directive developed by our Human
Resources Service (in Italian only).


To conclude…

We deeply believe that museums can play a very important role for schools, transforming themselves into versatile “work tools”, and into supports useful for teaching programmes, with innovative methodologies. Above all, we update our own practices and our operators too, all high-level professionals. But we are also constantly listening and open to contributions and proposals.
This approach inspires the entire range of activities that we address to schools of all levels, from infancy to the higher education system (university and equivalent), and to the teaching staff, which we invite you to discover in the previous links.