The museum Correr is one of the museums in the group of Piazza San Marko museums. It is located in a part of the palace once built for kings and emperors of the newer Venetian history. Visitors will evidence different lavishly decorated rooms which were once used by different sovereigns, but also learn about the history of the Venetian Republic and get to know Venetian art.
The construction of the building in which the museum is located today (called the Napoleonic Wing) started in the period when Venice was a part of the Kingdom of Italy (1806-1814) of which Napoleon Bonaparte was the ruling sovereign. However, the building was only finished in 19th century when Venice was under the rule of the Hapsburg Empire (Austro-Hungarian Empire). Envisioned as the new residence for kings and emperors, it preserved a large part of the beauty and charm it had once, which is why it draws numerous visitors even today.
The museum itself consists of numerous rooms that belong to different architectural styles and also an art gallery on the second floor.
Upon entering the Correr museum, visitors will be able to admire an impressive ballroom, decorated with fresco paintings, two statues of Antonio Canova and equipped with loggias that once hosted orchestras.
After this section, you will enter the area called "Imperial Rooms". This section of the museum consists of: an informal dining room, a Lombardy-Venetian style throne room, the Audience room, the Empress’ bathroom, the Empress’ study room, the Empress’ bedroom, an oval room etc. As it can be understood from the names of these rooms, this area was once used by different members of the royal family (the Hapsburg period) among which Emperor Ferdinand I, Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress Elisabeth (who lived here for more than 7 month).
The next section is dedicated to the Venetian Culture, in which visitors will learn more about the Venetian Republic during its period of independence. In these rooms, exhibits tell a story about Venice in that period, historical events of the city and its political system.
The next area is occupied by “Wundercammer”, or a collection of wanders in which 300 objects are exhibited. This collection consists of religious art pieces, art pieces associated with Teodoro Corer, paintings etc.
Finally, on the second floor there is Pinacoteca or an art gallery. In this gallery you will get to know some of the most important Venetian artists, as well as the evolution of Venetian paintings – Venetia was first under the Byzantine influence for centuries and later fell under the Gothic influence etc.
Museum Correr bears the name of Teodoro Correr, an aristocrat born in 1750 who was extremely passionate about collecting historical objects of value. During his life he managed to collect a very large collection that, according to his will, would be donated to the city upon his death, but with a request that the museum should be open to the public. Not only that he donated objects that he had collected, but also his home as well as the funds needed for the acquisition of new objects. The Correr collection enlarged by many donations and acquisitions represents the core collection from which later all civil museums in Venice would evolve.
Ticket prices for Museum Correr in Venice
This ticket is valid for several museums around Piazza San Marco: Palazzo Ducale, Museum Correr, the National Archeological Museum and Marciana Library.
Regular ticket price is 19 Euros (€) (≈21,11$).
Reduced ticket price is 12 Euros (€) (≈13,34$).
Before you decide to visit this museum we advise you to check the prices on the official web page of the Museum Correr.
Working hours of the Doge’s Palace Museum in Venice
From April 1 to October 31 working hours are: 10:00-19:00h.
From November 1 to March 31 working hours are: 10:00-17:00h.
Museum is closed: on January 1 and December 25.