Peggy Guggenheim Collection

This world-class waterfront museum features the work of world famous artists including Dalí, Picasso and Magritte.

TravelCurious Tip

If you’re feeling like some refreshment, there’s a café in the gardens which serves decent cups of coffee, Italian style.

At the southern end of the Grand Canal stands the palatial former home of Peggy Guggenheim. Heiress, socialite and supposedly prolific lover, she acquired great wealth after her father died aboard the Titanic in 1912. As she grew older, she became more and more interested in art, and began to collect works by a number of masters of the day. It was Samuel Beckett, with whom she had a brief but intense affair, who encouraged her to focus exclusively on modern art, and the resulting collection is now proudly displayed in her old riverside home.

A True Patron of the Arts

The variety and depth of the works displayed inside more than justify its status as a top-tier art museum. There are paintings by Picasso, Dali, Klee, Mondrian and many others, including Jackson Pollock, whom she is credited with discovering and is rumoured to have later had an affair with. She was also a passionate patron of Italian art, which had fallen out of favour during the fascist years of the ‘30s and ‘40s. Her tireless work and shrewd publicity led to the explosion in popularity of Bala, Morandi and Capogrossi, among others, and several of their works can also be found in the collection.

Peggy’s Resting Place

In the pretty, cool garden at the back of the house, where Peggy is buried, are a number of excellent sculptures by Kapoor, Giacometti, Moore and others.

Nearby Attractions

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Ca’ Rezzonico
This lavishly decorated palazzo houses impressive paintings, sculptures and glassware, preserving the past grandeur of Venetian patrician families.
Museo Correr
This extensive collection in St Mark's Square illustrates the life and culture of the Venetian Republic, as well as displaying exquisite bronzes and paintings.
Accademia Galleries
A collection of masterpieces of Venetian painting from the 15th to 18th centuries.
Grimani Palace
A 16th century Renaissance-style palace, housing works of art, ceiling frescoes and restored chambers.
Accademia Bridge
A beautiful wooden bridge, one of only four bridges to span the Grand Canal
Punta della Dogana
Art museum housed in the old customs building

Related Tours

Private Venice Museums Tour inc Tickets - Accademia Galleries and Peggy Guggenheim Collection
This tour is ideal for all art enthusiasts and culture vultures, inviting you to explore both Accademia Galleries and the Peggy Guggenheim Museum, and to gain a comprehensive understanding of Venetian art history.

Accademia Galleries

Including a visit to two of the most celebrated museums in Venice, this tour will certainly feed your passion. Home to the best examples of Venetian painting dating from the 13th to the 18th century, the celebrated  tells the story of the beautiful city of Venice through the eyes of world-famous masters that include – and are not limited to - Tiziano, Veronese and Tintoretto. Bringing together a copious amount of stupendous artworks in one single location, this gallery will take you on an unforgettable journey.

Guggenheim Collection

We’ll conclude our tour with a visit to the marvellous Peggy Guggenheim Collection. One of the most famous attractions in the Serenissima, this modern art museum features the work of De Chirico, Dalí, Picasso and Magritte. Originally the Venetian residence of the American Jewish art collector Peggy Guggenheim, this wonderful palazzo is now considered one of Europe’s most prominent modern art centres. 


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