Peggy Guggenheim Foundation

Address: Fondamenta Venier dei Leoni, Dorsoduro 701, Venice, Italy
Telephone: 041 5206288

- Mid-range


A remarkable modern art collection in a delightful setting.

The Peggy Guggenheim Collection, in a quaintly truncated Grand Canal palazzo, is home to the collection of the remarkable Peggy Guggenheim (1898-1979), who used her not inconsiderable fortune in the early and mid 20th century to snap up art – and artists. Her list of lovers included Yves Tanguy and Samuel Becket; she married Max Ernst though not for long.

Friends and acquaintances featured in this wonderfully accessible gallery include Picasso, Brancusi, Max Ernst and Jackson Pollock. Out on the little canal-facing terrace stands a horse and (stark naked) rider by Marino Marini: one of Peggy's party tricks, reportedly, was to unscrew his member and thrust it upon men she fancied.

I love this gallery, where Peggy G's  mischievous spirit still seems to hold court. But the sculpture-filled garden – where Peggy is buried – is also a delight, as it the pretty café.

Value for money

Price advice

 €12. Reduced tickets at €10 (OAPs) and €7 (students and children).

Expert tips

In 2010 the gallery marks its 30th anniversary with a series of special events.

Check the website for really excellent creative events for children.

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Culture vultures
  • Families with teenagers
  • First-time travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Education
  • Great views / scenery
  • Art
  • Design and architecture