CategoryDecorative Arts, Fine Arts, Historic House
SpecialisationPeriod costumes and textiles from the 18th century
Palazzo Mocenigo is a textile and costume museum located in the former home of the noble Mocenigo dynasty. The Mocenigos were once one of the most important families of the Venetian Republic, providing seven doges between 1414 and 1778.
Opened to the public as a museum in 1985, it houses vast collections of fabrics, garments, furnishings and accessories – including many rare items – from the 18th century, giving visitors a fascinating insight into how the Venetians lived during this period. The palazzo also boasts a notable library on the first floor covering the history of fabrics and fashion, especially from the 18th century.
In 2013, the museum added a new section with five rooms entirely dedicated to perfume. Visitors are led on a sensory voyage of discovery and, aided by multimedia tools, can learn the important role Venice played in this ancient tradition.
The palazzo itself features ceiling frescoes by Jacopo Guarana (1720-1808), Giambattista Canal (1745-1825) and Giovanni Scajaro (1726-1792).