Querini Stampalia Museum

Address: Campo Santa Maria Formosa, Castello 5252, Venice, Italy
Telephone: 041 2711411

- Mid-range


Pictures of 18th-century Venetian life in a charming little museum.

The Querini Stampalia museum is a delightful place, still furnished with antiques from the Querini family collection, among which nestle artworks including a stunningly beautiful 'Presentation in the Temple' by Giovanni Bellini.

If you're travelling with children, they may appreciate the dozens of 18th-century paintings by Gabriele Bella depicting some of Venice’s odder historic competitive sports, such as head-butting a cat tied to a pole or shimmying up a greased pole to throttle a suspended goose. The vignettes by Pietro Longo of 18th-century Venetian society are rather less gruesome.

I generally try to time my visits for Saturday evenings at 5pm when the ticket price includes admission to a chamber concert of Renaissance and Baroque music.

Value for money

Price advice

€10, €8 reductions.

Expert tips

The museum's café and garden, designed by Carlo Scarpa, are charming places to rest tired feet.

Visit at 5pm on Saturdays when your ticket includes a concert.

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Culture vultures
  • Families with teenagers
  • First-time travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Live entertainment
  • Art
  • History
  • Design and architecture