Museum of Natural History Tickets

Fontego dei Turchi, Salizada del Fontego dei Turchi, Venezia, VE, Italia - 1 Review
starting from 16
  • Validity: 1 day
  • Priority access
  • Photos without flash
  • Accessible

What to expect

  • See this huge botanical, zoological and earth sciences collection
  • Skip the line and don't waste your time
  • Once entered, spend inside the museum all the time you want

For nature lovers


The collection is housed in the palace called "Fontego dei Turchi" overlooking the suggestive Grand Canal, and is composed of local materials obtained through donations as well as of elements coming from expeditions to unknown lands, for a total of over two million pieces.


The palace was ordered by Giacomo Palmieri in the thirteenth century and over the years has been assigned to several noble families, until in 1621 it became the trading seat of the Turkish merchants; in 1923 it became the seat of the current Museum.


  • Botanical Section: it hosts historical collections such as the herbarium Patarol made by 1.020 pieces, the herbarium Olivi, consisting of nearly 4.000 pieces, and the herbarium Zanardini composed mainly of Venetian plants. There are also cryptogam collections (with ferns, algae, fungi, mosses and lichens) and the mycological herbarium curated by the Venetian Society of Mycology, consisting of about 19.000 objects coming from Italy and abroad.
  • Zoological Section: it houses collections of invertebrates such as the Stalio one, the Vidovich and the Spinelli one, mainly consisting of Adriatic molluscs, the Ligabue collection made by tropical species and the collections Cesari and Braga with more than 5.500 Mediterranean molluscs; the insect collection today includes more than 600.000 items preserved dried and minimally in alcohol, while the vertebrate section includes a large number of ornithological collections.
  • Earth Sciences Section: here we find that of Innocente which is the largest of the mineralogical collections with its 2.385 pieces, the Pasini collection consisting of rocks and few geological boards, and the Massalongo collection which includes fossils and mouldings.

In the building there is also a high-level workshop that deals with the restoration of the damaged finds as well as the preparation of new osteological finds and leathers, and the realization of resin models of fossils, molluscs etc...

What is included

  • Entrance with priority access
  • Full-time and stay much as you want
  • Reservation fees
  • Access to temporary exhibitions

What is not included

  • Guided tour

Available options

The following options can be purchased in addition to the tickets in the booking Wizard on this website.

Price reductions

Reduced/Half Ticket:

  • Children from 6 to 14 years (valid identity document needed at the entrance)
  • Students from 15 to 25 years (valid identity document needed at the entrance)
  • Citizens over 65 years (valid identity document needed at the entrance)

Free Ticket (it is still required to pay the presale to skip the line) :

  • Citizens and residents in the Venice Municipality
  • Children from 0 to 5 years (valid identity document needed at the entrance)
  • Disabled people with escort

To remember

  1. The ticket is valid all day until closing time of the Museum starting from entrance time.

  2. The entrance time written on the tickets may be subject to small changes depending on the actual availability of the Museum.

  3. For a satisfying experience it is recommended to reserve at least 1 hour and half to visit the Museum.

  4. The tickets will be sent via email within 24-48 hours after purchase (on weekdays) with instructions on how to get there and what to do to enter.

  5. We inform you that, once booked, the date and time selected are binding. Please pick up your ticket at least 15 minutes before the reserved entrance. Who does not respect the time booked will not enter.

  6. The Museum has a maximum capacity of people, in some periods of the year or special days you may experience short delays or waits not dependent on the Museumor Italy Tickets.

One Review
6 years ago


"Musée très intéressant pour les enfants comme les adultes... Il y a de nombreuses salles à découvrir. Nous avons passé un très bon moment."