13 – Museo del Merletto

13 – Museo del Merletto located in Burano, recounts the history and traditions of lace-making; from its origins to the 20th century. 

On one of the prettiest islands in the Venetian lagoon, the women of Burano, have been making lace since at least the 1400’s and this small museum, was once the lace-making academy.

Here you can learn about different types of lace and also the machines, tools and implements; used to weave the fabric. Sadly, only a handful of skilled lace-makers still live on the island today and you can see them at work in the museum.

There’s also a small exhibit on the history of Burano.



Museo del Merletto located in BuranoMuseo del Merletto located in Burano








  • Located on small and pretty island of Burano 
  • Over 100 pieces of lace artwork and multimedia presentaqtion
  • Cost: €5,00 (adults), €3,50 (reduced)
  • Suggested duration: 1 hour
  • Vaporetto stop: First go to Fondamenta Nuove, on Venice: Line 4.1, 4.2, 5. Then on to Burano: Line 12

Everywhere is within 10-15 minutes walking distance on this colourful and densely built up island. Located nearby the Museum, is the Chiesa di San Martino church, worth visiting. You should definitely see the fisherman’s houses and enjoy the wonderful restaurants, serving the best fish and sea-food dishes.


13 – Museo del Merletto – BUILDING AND HISTORY

In 1978, the public administrations of Venice (the Town Council, Provincial Authorities, Chamber of Commerce, Tourist Boards); joined together with the Andriana Marcello Foundation, in a “Consortium for Burano Lace”.

This was the beginning of a campaign to revive and re-evaluate this art. The archives of the old School, full of important documents and drawings, were re-ordered and catalogued; the building was restructured and transformed into an exhibition site.

The museum is located at the historic palace of Podestà of Torcello, in Piazza Galuppi; seat of the famous Burano Lace School, from 1872 to 1970.

Rare and precious pieces, offer a complete overview of the history and artistry of the Venetian and lagoon’s laces; from its origins to the present day, are on display.










The visit starts with the main room on the ground floor, where a short film subtitled in English, calls for an impressive journey into the fascinating world of laces. Didactic panels, reveal the secrets of this skilful technique and its various lace points (Venice Lace point, Burano Lace point, etc).

The visit continues on the first floor, where the collection is chronologically organised and spread across four rooms; corresponding to the following areas below.

Each of these sections is accompanied by videos, illustrated explanations and a number of other vintage items (glasses, clothes, books, drawings, paintings); which frame the works and offer an easy and multidisciplinary understanding.

During the opening hours of the museum, you will be able to see the work of the skilled lace-makers; custodians of an art passed down from generation to generation.


TOP 25 MUSEUMS. Select your museum and click on the link below:

1 – Palazzo Ducale (The Doge’s Palace)

2 – Peggy Guggenheim Collection

3 – Ca’ Pesaro

4 – The Correr Museum

5 – Galleria dell’Accademia

6 – Scuola Grande di San Rocco

7 – San Servolo Insane Asylum Museum

8 – Palazzo Grassi (Francois Pinault Collection)

9 – Museo Fortuny

10 – Leonardo da Vinci Museum

11 – Fondazione Querini Stampalia

12 – Museo del Vetro

13 – Museo del Merletto (not linked)

14 – Punta della Dogana

15 – Casa di Carlo Goldoni

16 – Museo di Storia Naturale 

17 – Museo Palazzo Mocenigo

18 – Museo Storico Navale

19 – Museo della Musica

20 – Fondazione  Vedova

21 – Museo di San Marco

22 – Museo Ebraico 

23 – Palazzo Cini

24 – Museo Provinciale di Torcello

25 – Museo Archeologico Nazionale 


LINKS (internalexternal)

Museo del Merletto – Piazza Galuppi 187 – 30142 Burano

Official Website of the Museo del Merletto 

I have included links to the relevant sections below, which gives you comprehensive explanations and details of each historical period and the Burano Lace School.

Burano Lace School. – Origins to the 16th century

Burano Lace School – 17th – 18th century   

Burano Lace School – 19th – 20th century

The Burano Lace School (1872-1970) 

There is also a PDF document, you can download with detailed information

Opening hours: From 14 February: Tuesday-Sunday 10am-4pm 

Phone: +39 041 730034

Tickets. Adults: € 5    Children (6 – 14 years old): € 3,50 

Joint ticket for the Glass Museum on Murano and the Lace Museum € 12.

Fondazione Musei Civici Venezia Pass, covering 11 museums around Venice: Single Adults € 37. Concessions:  € 19

Please be aware that bags and backpacks may be checked at the entrance of the museum. It is also requested that all bulky items be stored in the wardrobe.


To widen your experience and enjoyment before visiting, please see my comprehensive and illustrated posts below.

 The Island of Burano

The Island of Murano

The Island of Torcello

History of Venetian Glass

The Venetian Lagoon and its Ecosystem

My 21 posts of my Islands of the Lagoon


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