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“Grand house”
Review of Palazzo Mocenigo

Palazzo Mocenigo
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US$ 73.83*
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Private Tour: Daily Life in Renaissance Venice
Ranked #78 of 824 things to do in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A patrician residence at San Stae, Palazzo Mocenigo houses valuable 18th century artworks and is also home to the Study Centre for the History of Textiles and Costumes. A fine selection of rare textiles and costumes of particular importance are displayed. The collection is laid out with a significant importance given to garments and accessories. Mainly of Venetian origin, the works are often embellished with lace and embroidery, skills of several artisans who made such a contribution to that refined luxury and elegance for which the Venetians of those days were famous for.
Reviewed 28 October 2017 via mobile

This is a good place to visit to experience how the Italian aristocracy lived and view a small but grand house. The costume display is very limited so wouldn’t advise if that is your main purpose. The perfume exhibition and interactive displays are however interesting and fun. The staff were disinterested and looked bored.

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"perfume bottles"
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"perfume making"
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"museum pass"
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"perfume museum"
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"san stae"
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"on display"
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"mannequins dressed"
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"basic ingredients"
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"very interesting museum"
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"costume collection"
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"wonderful exhibits"
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"murano glass chandeliers"
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"gothic building"
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"detailed information"
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"worth a visit"
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Reviewed 22 October 2017

it's a small and very nice museum for the entire family, here you get to see how they , used to live, dress, dine, entertain and work
and there is a very nice perfume room, where you can smell the different ingredients.
it is one of many museums (like natural history for example) that you can visit with a museum pass, so pay attention and save the money ( we only found out after we fully paid for another museum 1 hour before we bought the free pass here.)

Thank Iris F
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Reviewed 22 October 2017

Palazzo Mocenigo is a museum that showcases Venetian lifestyles from the 17th and 18th centuries. There are the architecture, decor and furnishings in their original settings or moved from similar surroundings. There is an area that shows how perfumes were made in the past, one of Venice's key industries. Costumes of the period are shown with an entire roomful of decorated vests on display. The museum is small and usually not crowded making for a pleasant diversion from the more visited sites. There is an entrance fee or free admission with a Venice Card.

Thank CarpeNox
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Reviewed 3 October 2017

This is something of a hidden gem, looking quite inconspicuous. As you enter the rooms, however, it is a delightful surprise. The rooms of the grand house are much as they would have been in the 17th and 18th centuries, all red plush and chandeliers, and they have a lived-in air compared to the marble palazzi. This casa specializes in the history and making of perfume, and the display of fine silk embroidered fabrics. There are mannequins dressed in gorgeous suits/waistcoats and gowns, and a whole room full of silk embroidered waistcoats. You can also see other decorative original fabrics on display.
The perfume bottle exhibit is absolutely wonderful, everything from ornate glass and precious metals to bottles in the shape of cars, animals or buildings. Even better I thought they have all the basic ingredients - the four groups of 'notes' - in stoppered flasks and you can sniff them all/read about them. Beautiful! Also there are bowls of spices, herbs and aromatics to sniff and all the instruments used in making perfume to look at. If you then wish, there is a perfume range you can buy downstairs,

This was like a different world to the crammed and mobbed Venice outside, and we loved it. Do go here and leave the 20th century behind. What I liked too is there are loads of places to sit comfortably, even a little salon with magazines to leaf through. You also get given a magazine free full of ads for modern day perfumes and make-up!

Thank hfulton32
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Reviewed 26 September 2017

It is not the most exciting museum, but if you have the City Pass to Venice (VeneziaUnica) it is free of charge. At the moment there is an exhibition on perfumes and flacons besides some of the usual dresses

Thank Birte L
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