Category Archives: Murano Island

Murano is an island in the Venetian Lagoon and the name of the artistic glass of the highest quality and exceptional beauty that has been produced on this island since 1291. While Murano’s main claim to fame is Murano Glass, the island is worth visiting also for its history, architecture, beautiful churches, and the quaint atmosphere that so contrasts with Venice. Crisscrossed by canals, with little piazzas and charming streets, Murano has all the charm of Venice minus the crazy tourist crowds. And of course it is the best place to see authentic Murano Glass and the masters up close and personal!

Murano Glass Museum

Everyone knows something about Venice and many people strive to visit this amazing city at least once in their lifetime. Those visits tend to be packed with activities and have little breathing room due to the many museums that Venice offers and its seemingly endless labyrinths of beautiful calle’s (streets) and piazzas where you just can’t stop wandering and getting lost like a little kid.

In these visits people rarely think about venturing outside of central Venice, yet taking a water bus (vaporetto) to Murano offers a very interesting experience, a way to see real living Venice without crowds and craziness, the Venice of the past. And the most interesting Murano attraction, little known yet unparalleled in the world, is its Glass Museum or Museo Vetraio. It is located in the Palazzo Giustinian (the Museo vaporetto stop), close to the famous Basilica of Santa Maria and San Donato. This museum boasts the best collection of Murano glass in the world that spans all major periods of glass production on the island from 15th to 20th century.

In addition to the outstanding permanent collection, the Museum runs temporary exhibitions focusing on various artists or periods of Murano glass making. The current exhibition running until June 15, 2010 is called “REDISCOVERING MUSEUM: The revival of the second half of the 19th century. Antonio Salviati and Vincenzo Zanetti”. It allows a rare look into the collections which are not usually exhibited to the public, yet are important and significant in underscoring the role of Antonio Salviati and Vincenzo Zanetti in reviving the art of Murano glass in the second half of the 19th century after a long period of decline.

This museum is open from 10am to 5pm from November 1st to March 31st and for an hour longer for the remainder of the year. The ticket office closes 30 minutes before the closing of the Museum. It is closed on Wednesdays and major holidays.

Address: Fondamenta Giustinian 8, 30121 Murano
Web: Murano Glass Museum, Murano, Italy

Murano Glass Museum in Palazzo Giustinian – Murano, Italy

Murano Glass Museum, Murano, Italy

Murano Glass Museum Exhibit – Murano, Italy

Murano Glass Museum Exhibit, Murano, Italy

Murano Glass Museum Exhibit – Murano, Italy

Murano Glass Museum Exhibit, Murano, Italy