The Lace Museum is not located in Venice proper, but in the neighboring Burano. Burano is part of the Venetian Lagoon, but administratively speaking, it is distinct from the city of Venice. A trip to Burano takes, depending on the means of transport, no more than 40 minutes (by car, by bus or by boat).

Burano has always been known for its centuries-old lacework production. Thus, it’s no surprise to find out the Lace Museum is one of the most notable tourist sights in Burano (in fact, counting even as one of the most interesting museums to be visited by holidaymakers of Venice). The collections of this museum consist of hundreds of exhibits (rare needlework and splendid lacework), trying to provide an insight into how this craft developed in the Venetian Lagoon and reached its rightful prestige. The exhibits proper are complemented by items with documentary value aiming to piece out the history of this tradition between the 16th and the 20th century. Live lacework demonstrations are also held in front of the visiting public in the early moments of the opening hours.

The museum is sheltered by an old building in Burano, that is, the palace of Podesta of Torcello, the historical headquarters of the reputed Burano Lace School. Just as it is the case with all the other museums run by MUVE, the admission to the Lace Museum is much more convenient for Museum Pass holders.

Lace Museum (Museo del Merletto)
187, Piazza Galuppi, 30012, Burano, Italy
0039 041 730034
0039 041 735471
[email protected]
Opening hours:
1st May to 31st October: 10am to 6pm; 1st November to 31st March: 10am to 5pm
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