A tour of the Lace Museum, or Museo del Merletto, in Burano is a journey through the history of Venetian lace art. The visit starts on the ground floor, where a short film introduces participants into the world of lace. Panels unveil the secrets of this craft, illustrating some lace points, such as the Venice and the Burano points. The tour develops on the first floor, in four rooms, documenting the evolution of the art of lace from the 16th to the 20th century, through more than 200 precious and rare items. Visitors will also have the chance to see the skilled master lacemakers at work.
From needle lace to the Baroque lagoon laces, a precious history of transparencyThe Lace Museum, or Museo del Merletto, was founded in 1978. The museum is located in a picturesque setting at the historic palace of Podestà di Torcello, which sits amongst the colourful buildings of Piazza Galuppi, Burano. The museum narrates the artistic history of Venice and the lagoon’s lacemaking tradition. The vast collection of precious pieces from clothing to furnishings and drawings is organised chronologically, from the 16th century through to the 20th century. Short films, illustrations, and vintage items all reveal the Venetian story of handcrafted lacemaking. Visitors can become acquainted with myriad types of lace, fashionable in different centuries. From the needle lace developed in Renaissance Venice to the Baroque lagoon laces in Gros point and the Burano point, the intricate details are a delight. Visitors may also discover the origins of Venetian lace-making schools, with the first one opening in Burano in 1872.
A free audio guide, available to stream from 10 April to 1 May, will enhance your experience of Homo Faber in Citta. Discover more about Venice, its crafts workshops and its heritage as a city of craftsmanship, to complement your personal tour.Listen
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