Another museum managed by Fondazione Musei Civici Venezia refers to the Mocenigo Palace Museum, which can be chiefly defined as a costume, textile and fashion museum. Indeed, by means of its collections, the museum intends to point out the evolution of the textile industry and of the fashion trends in the 18th century Venice, contributing to visitors’ understanding of the taste for luxury and elegance cultivated by the Venetians during the glorious Settecento.

The exhibits (clothing and accessories) are showcased such as to emphasize the similarities between the fashion concepts as they succeeded one another in time and the concepts implemented in other fields (design and furnishing, for instance). They fetch by the lushness of their decorative elements (embroideries and laces), as well as by the impeccable artistry poured in the manufacturing of each and every item (handmade in general).

It is one of the Mocenigo Palaces that is home to this museum’s patrimony, more precisely, the Palazzo Mocenigo di San Stae. This sober Gothic building, which dates back to the 15th century, used to belong to the Mocenigo family, one of the most prominent historical families in Venice (7 Doges of Venice were born of this family, not to mention the fact most of the rest of the members were statesmen, clerics or artists). The last member of the family, Alvise Nicolo Mocenigo, donated the palace to the city of Venice in 1945 with the expressed will of seeing it turned into an art gallery. It was no sooner than 1985 that the palace eventually became home to a museum dedicated to the study of costumes and textiles.

Holders of a Museum Pass benefit from a discounted admission to the Mocenigo Palace Museum.

Mocenigo Palace Museum (Museo di Palazzo Mocenigo)
1992, Sestiere Santa Croce, 30135, Venice, Italy
0039 041 721798
[email protected]
Opening hours:
1st April to 31st October: 10am to 5pm; 1st November to 31st March: 10am to 4pm (closed on Mondays)
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