The Correr Museum (Museo Correr) takes its name from Teodoro Correr (1750-1830), an aristocratic Venetian art collector who bequeathed his artworks, his palazzo at San Zan Degolà and funds to the city of Venice upon his death. In 1922, the museum moved to the Napoleonic Wing and part of the Procuratie Nuove in St Mark’s Square, once the royal palace of Emperor Ferdinand I of the Hapsburg dynasty. The Correr Museum offers a fascinating insight into the art and history of Venice with 20 rooms illustrating the life and culture of the Venetian Republic over the centuries of its political grandeur and independence.
Visitors can discover many examples of fine craftsmanship in this magnificent palace, from the Correr armoury to the Bucintoro, from carved wig boxes, embossed leather panels and stone coats of arms to the sculptures and tools of renowned Italian sculptor Canova. The imperial apartment of Princess Sissi is a remarkable sight, splendidly decorated with the finest examples of Venetian craftsmanship of its time including ornate chandeliers, gilded mirrors, exquisite frescoes and fine furnishings.