Ca Mocenigo is the Fashion Museum of Venice. It's an architectural point of interest and one of the best-known Venice museums. Here you'll learn all about fabrics, clothing, and the history of perfumes. In addition, you'll get a glimpse of the life of the 18th-century Venetian nobility through the museum's collection.
Getting to the museum
Ca Mocenigo stands in Santa Croce, a busy neighborhood on the Venice map. You can walk to the museum from Piazzale Roma or Santa Lucia Train Station. Alternatively, if you arrive by vaporetto, get off at San Stae, a short distance from the museum.
History of the museum
The Gothic version of Palazzo Mocenigo appeared in 1579. But the building got its current look at the beginning of the 17th century. It became the residence of the San Stae branch of the Mocenigo family. Notably, it's one of the oldest and greatest Venetian families, who gave seven doges to the Republic. In fact, Lord Byron, Thomas Moore, and other famous people were guests of the palace.
In 1945, the last heir of the family, Count Alvise Nicolò Mocenigo, donated the palace to the city. He wanted Ca Mocenigo to serve as an art gallery and addition to Museo Correr. As a result, in 1985, the building became the seat of the Study Center of the History of Fabrics and Costumes. It also functioned as a museum, which became even more engaging after a renovation in 2013.
Why you should visit
At Ca Mocenigo, visitors can enjoy a collection of ancient textiles, costumes, and fragrances. The perfume display is an engaging sensory experience unique among European museums. The fashion pieces will transport you back to the days of the Serenissima. Back then, tailors, lace makers, and embroiderers were the finest craftsmen in the area. Many items at the palace come from the collections of Correr, Guggenheim, Cini, and Palazzo Grassi. These are wonderful Venice museums everyone should see at least once.
Furthermore, inside the palace is also a library and a room for experimental activities. The well-preserved 18th-century interior, original furniture, portraits, and frescoes. All these elements combined give you a taste of the noble Venetian families' life back in the day.
Things to do in the area
Santa Croce may be busy, but there are many attractions to explore. You can use our Venice map to create a personalized route and make the best of your trip. Close to Palazzo Mocenigo is the Ca Pesaro Gallery which also houses the Oriental Art Museum. If you are a science fan or traveling with kids, check in at the Natural History Museum. Visit San Stae and Chiesa di San Polo to see more of Venetian art and history. After experiencing these Venice churches, head to the famous Rialto Bridge.
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