Murano's Museum of Glass

Desero or centrepiece, Museo del Vetro, Murano
The refurbishment of Murano's Museo del Vetro has finally been completed and yesterday I went along to have a look at the results. 
Palazzo Giustiniani, Museo del Vetro, Murano
The museum is housed in the ancient Palazzo Giustinian, which was once the residence of the bishops of Torcello. 
Sala Grande, Palazzo Giustiniani, Museo del Vetro, Murano
The sala grande, with its perfectly-preserved frescoed ceiling, is hung with three splendid chandeliers.  

The collection is laid out chronologically in eight beautiful rooms, with information in four languages. The labels, however, are only translated into English. 

There is also a large exhibition space which, until May 30th, will be devoted to the glass sculptures of Murano-born, Luciano Vistosi (1931-2010). 

One of my favourite exhibits is a desero (centrepiece), a large and ostentatious table display, a type of decoration that was very popular in the 18th century. 

The spacious courtyard at the back of the palazzo would be the perfect venue for some sort of cafe, at least during the warmer months. At the moment the only refreshment is provided by a drinks machine. 


  1. Murano’s glass museum after its renovation would be a tourist attraction again. The museum with Murano glass sculptures, chandeliers and large table display will give visitors an ideal insight into the glassmaking tradition of this island. Thanks for this update, David!


Post a Comment

Popular Posts