Museo del Merletto

+39 041 730034
Piazza Galuppi 187, Burano 30142 Venice

The Venice Lace Museum is one of the best Venice attractions on the island of Burano. It offers a compelling insight into the history of lace-making art in Venice and the surrounding islands. Inside the museum, you'll find hundreds of lace objects made between the 16th and 20th centuries. Visiting the Lace Museum is a unique way to explore the history of Venice.

Getting to the museum

The Lace Museum stands on the island of Burano. You can quickly get there by vaporetto. Get on at the Fondamenta Nuove; the trip takes less than an hour. The same boat makes a stop at Murano, another Venice island. You can make a day of it and visit Murano, Burano, and even Torcello in one day! Check our Venice map to see how close all the islands are and plan an ideal Venice itinerary. 

History & architecture

The Lace Museum opened in 1981 in the historic palace of Podestà of Torcello. It was the building of the famous Burano Lace School. The school, founded in 1872 by Countess Adriana Marcello, started the museum's collection. The school later became a museum to showcase the history and value of lace-making in Venice. After the extensive restoration, the Lace Museum reopened its doors to the public in 2011. 

The creation of Burano lace reached its height in the 16th century. It was a valuable commodity and a secret skill passed down from mother to daughter. It lasted into the 19th century when intricate lacework fell out of style. Although the Burano Lace School has not operated full-time since the late 1970s, courses and workshops still occur. If you come to the museum in the morning, you can see passionate lace makers at work. 

Why you should visit

Once you enter the Lace Museum, prepare for a fantastic display of the art of lace making. Your journey will start with a short film where you'll learn a few facts about one of the oldest crafts in Venice. Then, indulge in the items displayed in four thematic rooms. The chronological tour will introduce over 200 pieces of various types, shapes, and techniques. You can also see some illustrations and vintage items that add to the museum's unique ambiance. 

Things to do in the area

Burano is one of the most exciting Venice islands. Most people know it for Piazza Galuppi and the colorful houses scattered in the streets. You can also visit the unfinished San Martino Church associated with Festa di San Martino, one of Venice annual events. While in the area, you can explore the nearby islands of Murano and Torcello. It's a perfect opportunity to explore some Venice museums (Murano Glass Museum) and churches (Basilica Santi Maria e Donato & Santa Maria Assunta). Remember to use our Venice map to navigate the Venetian Lagoon better.