The Giancarlo Ligabue Museum of Natural History ( Natural history museum ) in Venice has been housed in the majestic Fondaco dei Turchi since 1923. The museum is named after the Venetian palaeontologist Giancarlo Ligabue. The exhibition includes a varied scientific collection and a research laboratory with a staff that often seeks to promote the participation of Venetians.
The majority of the collection concerns the lagoon area. There are numerous zoological collections, such as insects, birds and molluscs. In the botanical field, the museum has herbaria, algaria and a large collection of mushrooms.
The collection boasts more than 2000 items collected over time, thanks also to the great legacy of the Correr Museum and the Veneto Institute of Science, Literature and Arts.
In the museum there is also a laboratory and a library that can be used for research and dissertations.
The permanent collection is organised in an original and engaging way, making your visit a suitable experience even for children. One of the most popular attractions is the Tegnue aquarium. This aquarium reconstructs the underwater environment of the Adriatic Sea and is 5 metres long, containing 5000 litres of water and almost 50 species of fish. Impressive is the Cetacean Gallery and the Dinosaur Hall dedicated to the 1972 expedition of palaeontologist Giancarlo Ligabue. The museum has many rooms of considerable importance for Italian natural history.
If you are passionate about natural history, local ecosystems and native species, this museum is a must.
Don't forget that the museum is inside one of the most beautiful structures in Venice, the Fondaco dei Turchi. The Fondaco dei Turchi was built in 1225 by Giacomo Palmieri. In 1381 the palace passed into the hands of the Republic of Venice and because of its architectural elegance it was used to host princes and sovereigns. In 1597 it was bought by Antonio Priuli who then rented it to Ottoman merchants in 1621. Since then the palace was known as Fondaco dei Turchi. After restoration, from 1898 until 1922, it was the seat of the Museo Civico Correr. From 1923 after the Correr Museum was moved to San Marco, the Fondaco dei Turchi became the permanent seat of the Natural History Museum. The facade of the palace is in Venetian Byzantine style with white marble, making it one of the most beautiful palaces in Venice.
Once you have finished your visit to the Natural History Museum, we recommend that you take some souvenir photos of the facade of the Fondaco dei Turchi.