Lace Museum Burano (Venice)

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A top tourist attraction on the Venetian island of Burano in the lagoon of Venice is the Lace Museum. Lace has been handcrafted on the island for several centuries. Lace is richly decorated scarves or blankets made of fabric and yarn.

Today this craft is hardly practiced. In the centre of the island of Burano, however, you will find an interesting museum on the subject of lace and its history in Venice. In the same building is also the Lace School of Burano. In the school you can watch older ladies embroidering lace during a visit to the museum.

In Italian the lace museum is called "Museo del Merletto", in the tourist language English "Lace Museum". In the different rooms of the museum there is detailed information about the exhibits in Italian, English and German.

Location of the Burano Museum

The lace museum is in the middle of the island and can hardly be missed. The famous church Chiesa San Martino with the leaning tower of Burano is directly opposite. From the water bus station you go straight through the island. The distances on Burano (island size only 0,2 kmē) are not big, one walks from the jetty of the water buses approximately 10 minutes to the museum.

More information about ferries to Burano: Click here

The Museo Burano on the map

The exhibition is at the marker, opposite is the famous church. The ferries dock in the north of the island.

The different rooms of the exhibition

Room 1. is dedicated to the peaks of the 16th century, the great period of peaks in Europe. In the 16th century many books about lace and their patterns were published in Italy and other countries. The works of art made of fabric and granite were very modern, especially in the upper classes. Venice (Burano) was at that time a very important centre of this craft in Europe.

Room 2: Here you can see mainly Burano lace from the 18th century. Another century in which lace in Europe was used very much in fashion.

Room 3: The 20th century. Especially after the 2nd World War more and more cheap lace were imported from Asia in Europe. In the 80s and 90s it was recognized that the tradition of lace in Burano can only survive if it is publicly promoted. The craft finally became a historical cultural asset.

Room 4: For many visitors the most interesting room in the Museum of Burano. In the former top school you can watch three to four women at work. It's easy to understand how laborious it is to make even a small lace blanket. One of the ladies already needs several months for a small cloth.

Opening hours 2018 Museo del Merletto Burano

In summer: from April to October from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In winter: Only one hour few (10 o'clock to 16:30 o'clock).

The museum is always closed on Mondays. As far as we know, there are only three other public holidays in 2018 without opening hours: Christmas Day, New Year's Day and Labor Day (May 1).

Larger groups can also arrange special opening hours with the museum in Burano.

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Entrance fees to the Burano Top Museum (as of January 2018)

The normal entrance fee is 5 Euro. Children under 6 years of age are free of charge, and residents of Venice can also visit the Burano Museum free of charge if they provide proof of their age.

A reduced entrance fee of 3.50 euros is available for pupils and students up to the age of 25, for example.

There is a "Museum Pass" in Venice for 10 public museums, one of which is the Lace Museum Burano. There is also a combination ticket for the Burano Lace Museum and the Murano Glass Museum for 12 euros. Murano is another island nearby. Many tourists visit both islands on the same day. They are on the same ferry line. Most vaporetti (water buses) also moor in Murano between Venice and Burano.


Bags and backpacks are not allowed in the museum. But there are free lockers.

The toilets are also free of charge. You can only use them if you have paid the entrance fee to the museum. There is a public toilet about 100 meters from the museum (1,50 Euro fee).

The museum is located on the main square of the island Burano. There are many restaurants, shops and a small supermarket nearby. Here you can buy cheap cold drinks on hot days.

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Important: This article was translated by a non-native English speaking person. We apologize for mistakes.


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