Palazzo Grimani

One of the lagoon city’s most extraordinary and unusual museums.

Palazzo Grimani is one of the most extraordinary and unusual museums in Venice. Purchased at the end of the fifteenth century by the patrician Antonio Grimani, elected Doge in 1521, in the sixteenth century the building was already a historic house museum famous throughout Europe for its marbles, stuccoes and frescoes, but also for the large collection of ancient sculptures collected by the Grimani family. After being purchased by the Italian State in 1981, the Palazzo reopened its doors to the public in 2008 as a museum, after a long restoration.

Address: Castello Ramo Grimani 4858, Venice

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The Grimani Tribuna

The heart of the palace is the Grimani Tribuna. More than one hundred and thirty ancient sculptures included in the family collection were originally preserved here. The restoration also returned this space to its ancient splendour.

A Living Collection

Thanks to the Archinto exhibition, inaugurated in May 2021, the Palazzo Grimani collection continues to live and breathe, enriched with pieces of contemporary art: the works of Georg Baselitz, including twelve canvases created specifically for the Sala del Portego and exhibited in original eighteenth-century frames from the Grimani estate, share the singular, enigmatic quality of Titian's Portrait of Cardinal Filippo Archinto, the primary inspiration for the project. Thanks to an agreement with the artist, they will remain on loan for use by the museum for a long time.

A Roman domus in Venice

Acquired in the sixteenth century by Doge Antonio Grimani, the Palace was decorated taking inspiration from classical architecture. In the following decades, thanks to the patriarch Giovanni Grimani, it became a jewel box for a notable collection of ancient art which, once it became the property of the Serenissima, went on to constitute the founding nucleus of the National Archaeological Museum of Venice.

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