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10 Facts about the Museo di Palazzo Mocenigo in Venice

What is the Museo di Palazzo Mocenigo?

The Museo di Palazzo Mocenigo, or Mocenigo Palace-Museum in English, is a museum of textiles, costume and perfume set in a sumptuous 17th-century palazzo in Venice.

Museo di Palazzo Mocenigo

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In 1945, Alvise Nicolò Mocenigo, the last heir of the once influential Mocenigo family, gifted this palace to the Venetian authorities. He wanted his old family home to serve the city as an art gallery. Alvise’s wish was granted. Opened to the public in 1985, the Palazzo Mocenigo (residence of the San Stae branch of the family) is now home to the Study Centre for the History of Textiles, Costumes and Perfume, housing a vast array of fabrics and clothes, and an impressive library specialising in the history of fashion.

10 facts about Mocenigo Palace-Museum

  1. The Mocenigo Palace-Museum is located in the Santa Croce district of Venice, near the San Stae vaporetto stop.

  2. The palace was built in the 17th century for the Mocenigo family, one of the most prominent and wealthy families in Venice.

  3. The palace has been owned by the City of Venice since 1945 and was opened as a museum in 1985.

  4. The museum contains a collection of historical costumes and accessories from the 18th and 19th centuries, as well as a collection of perfumes and perfume-making tools.

  5. The perfume collection includes fragrances from famous Venetian perfumeries such as Santa Maria Novella and Atelier Flavia.

  6. The museum also houses a library with over 4,000 books on the history of costume and fashion.

  7. Visitors to the museum can see the restored rooms of the Mocenigo Palace, including the bedrooms, drawing room, and dining room.

  8. The museum offers guided tours and workshops on perfume-making and historical costume.

  9. The Mocenigo Palace-Museum is part of the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia, which oversees several other museums and cultural institutions in Venice.

  10. The museum is closed on Mondays and on some public holidays, so it's best to check the opening hours before visiting.

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