The Correr Museum, known as the Museo Civico Correr in Italian, is located on the Piazza San Marco/San Marco Square (Piazzo is Italian for Square), and tickets for the museum are sold along with Doge’s Palace (or Palazzo Ducale) tours. Although the spectacular building dates back to the 16th Century, the Correr Museum actually opened in 1922. To catch the most accurate glimpse into what ancient Venetian life was like for politicians, aristocrats and other citizens, the Correr Museum is a must-see!
Strolling through the many salons towards Doge’s Palace and contained in the Correr Museum, visitors will approach the 16th-Century Libreria Nazionale Marciana (National Library of St. Mark), a true work of art in and of itself with a colonnade of Doric columns on the first floor, as well as statues of Italian gods and heroes atop.
Also exhibited within the Correr Museum are Antonio Canova’s statues of ill-fated lovers Eurydice and Orpheus which dates back to 1777, among many other marble statues of Canova’s.
As an aside, readers might be interested to learn that Napoleon had the Church of San Germiniano torn down, which was the original use of this site, and later a military barracks, to create a staircase to his ostentatious ballroom, along with his residence at what is now the Correr Museum. Giuseppe Borsato was the Venetian artist who designed the interiors for Napoleon in a unique version of the Empire style.
Shortly after the building’s completion for Napoleon’s uses, the Austrians captured Venice. By the time Venice won independence, it took back this glorious building containing Greco-Roman statues and magnificent Venetian paintings.
The Correr Museum represents the delicate-yet-sophisticated appearance of Italian art combined with the French style that influenced architecture during that long-ago era. You may visit the Correr Museum’s official website here.
The museum was named after Teodoro Correr, a Venice aristocrat. Correr eventually bestowed his personal collections onto the city of Venice. These collections include drawings, copperplates (metal plates from which antiquated Venetian prints were produced), coins, seals and other timeless relics. Ancient maps and paintings of the city’s landscapes can also be discovered here, including those works by Antonio Canova. Nowhere else will the visitor to Venice realize how the captivating city has changed, yet how much it really hasn’t.
Admission to Correr’s Museum can include a visit to the Correr’s Caffè dell’Art for a tasty (and inexpensive!) glass of DOC Veneto merlot. The café encompasses a lobby where tourists can enjoy a splendid view of the Basilica di San Marco while sipping their wine. Other artifacts within the Correr Museum are Venetian costumes and the Doges’ official hats and robes. One of the most curious of all artifacts is a pair of 15-inch platform shoes! Check out Venice Explorer’s other article about the Correr Museum here.
Getting there: Located in the cultural center of St. Mark’s Square. For more specific directions, visit the website listed above.