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Murano Attractions

Murano is a compact island and it is easy to get around on foot (although the signposting does leave a little to be desired).

Here are a few ideas for places to visit on your trip to the island, although much of the charm, as with the rest of Venice, comes from wandering around the side alleys and streets.

Murano Museum of Glass - Museo Vetrario

Murano Glass Museum
The Museum of Glass is located in the Palazzo Giustinian around the corner from the Museo waterbus stop and near the Basilica of Santa Maria and San Donato.

It is open from 10.00 to 16.00 in the winter months and for an hour longer in the summer (note that entrance tickets are only sold up until an hour before closure). It is closed on Wednesdays and major holidays.

Entrance tickets cost €10,00 (reductions for pensioners and students) or it is part of the Museum Pass (€24.00) offered by the Venice Museums which includes the Lace Museum on Burano. There is also a special combined ticket for the Lace Museum and the Glass Museum which costs €12.00.

The palace was originally used by the bishops of the diocese of Torcello (a major settlement in the lagoon in earlier times) and now houses the collection of glass from the 15th to the 20th century on an upper floor.

Address: Fondamenta Giustinian 8, 30121 Murano
Web: Venice Museums

Basilica di Santa Maria e Donato

Basilica di Santa Maria e Donato, Murano
Murano is rich in history and much of it is to do with the glass industry. Find out how glassmaking came to the island, its ups and downs and some stories about the foundries over the centuries on our Murano history page.

Glassmaking Demonstration

Murano glass foundries
Quite a number of places on Murano will offer you the opportunity of seeing simple ornaments being made.

Sometimes there is a small entry fee and visitors are expected to tip the glassmaker at the end of the "show".

The demonstration normally lasts around 15 minutes and will give an idea of how a furnace is used to melt the glass, how the glass is blown, and normally how a typical ornament is made by working the glass with the prongs.

As with most demonstrations, an opportunity will be given to purchase the shop wares after the show...

(Please note that we are unable to book any demonstrations as we have nothing to do with the factories offering them!)

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