The Murano Glass Museum is primarily on the history of glass, such as the local Murano glass situated in the island of Murano, north of Venice .

Murano Glass Museum was established towards the end of the lowest period of glassmaking in all history of Murano. The mayor, Antonio Colleoni together with Abbot Vincenzo Zanetti, both enthusiast in the art of glassmaking, through their efforts and perseverance, received approval from the Town Council of their concept of establishing a museum.

The museum consists of archives available as well as data so as to trace the background and lifestyle of the island. Expansions in the museum began because a lot of amazing glass pieces were created on the island itself. There are centuries-old pieces, contemporary ones and others from the glass factories that continued glass venture in the 19th century.

A school was later annexed to the museum, as instructed by Vincenzo Zanetti. It is where glassworkers study design of glass and also preserve historical glass pieces and creations.

Murano with the Municipality of Venice merged with The Glass Museum, it soon became part of the well-known Venetian Civic Museums. Its collections were set up under the advice of Giulio Lorenzetti and Nino Barbantini, both notable persons during the period who embraced criteria regarding screen methods. Glass collections included Correr, as well as the Molin and Cicogna Collections with beautiful Renaissance pieces from the museum. An archeological segment was created by the Archeological Heritage Department with its most prolific exhibits of Enona. Today, improvements are made to the collection with the abundance of donations of glassworks being the pride of the island.

Set and exhibitions

The selection of glass art of this Murano Glass Museum is among the greatest on earth, it is introduced in an exhibit of seven wonderful collections.

The exhibits include Hellenistic and Roman artifacts in the 1st century AD, there are also artworks coming from the ancient Middle Ages.

Drinking cups and vases are most of the pieces found in the Golden Age, while assorted vitreous paste coloring and forming methods in the 14th-17th century are displayed.

Some sections, especially between 18th-19th century exemplified when the local glass-makers endured from the rivalry with Bohemian producers but were able to create items of unprecedented caliber, some of which are the crystal chandeliers (Venetian Baroque) and the Murano fashion accessories created in several colors of glass now known as called the murrine.

The last three parts of the exhibition are focused on The “revival” of Murano’s glass. The glass collection started since the 19th century which surprisingly endures up to this day.

The museum’s collection, among the richest in the world, is found at the museum’s ground floor, some even date back to the Roman Empire. Visitors may see brilliant creations like those by the Barovier & Toso glass which is a well-known company. There are also delicate glass textiles and other wonderful works by Carlo Scarpa.

Except for occasional purchases now, additions are made to donations from the glassworks of the island which enriched the collection.

The Glass Museum at Murano, which comes with a program of events and temporary exhibitions has also a bookshop, plus a 1,500-volume library centered on manufacturing methods and glass background.

Address: Fondamenta Marco Giustinian 30141 Venezia VE, Italy

Hours: Open today · 10 AM– 6 PM

Telephone: +39 041 739586

Website: Murano Glass Museum


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