16th century museum reopens in Venice

The concept of a museum to view art and antiquities was unknown until 16th century Venice when wealthy families designed buildings to showcase Roman statuary. Now the Palazzo Grimani, one of the pioneering museums of the city, has restored and reopened to the public.

Giovanni Grimani created his residence/museum in the late 16th century to display his collection. It became an important part of the European Grand Tour until the 19th century when it fell into disrepair. The recent renovation, while not including the original collection, returns the building to its renaissance splendor.