The Museum of Palazzo Mocenigo, Study Centre of the History of Textiles, Costumes and Perfume, is housed in the former aristocratic residence of the noble Venetian Mocenigo family. It first opened to the public in 1985, displaying the collections of ancient fabrics and garments belonging to the Venice Civic Museums. Completely renewed and expanded at the end of 2013 with the help of Pier Luigi Pizzi, the new permanent exhibition composes 20 rooms displaying the trends in fashion, costume and fabrics of the 18th century.
The exhibits include mannequins wearing period clothes and accessories, elegant decorations, fabrics and embroideries, as well as original furniture and paintings. Five rooms are dedicated to the rich Venetian history of perfumery, with a multimedia experience taking visitors on a journey through the olfactory senses. One room evokes the lab of a 16th century perfumer, another explores raw materials and processes, while a third houses an extraordinary collection of perfume bottles from the German fragrance company Drom.