Mocenigo Palace is a fascinating, mysterious museum, located in the quiet but central area of San Polo. It’s still “little known” and, in my opinion, underappreciated and underadvertised.
A visit to this museum will be an extraordinarily original experience. It will let you dive into Venetian history in an alternative way.
The program starts on the first piano nobile (first floor of the palace) which winds its way through twenty rooms that evoke the different aspects of life and activities of Venetian noblemen and women between the 17th and 18th century, with mannequins wearing valuable ancient garments and accessories.
The Party Salon, the main room, is furnished with portraits of illustrious members of the Mocenigo family, Venetian works and glass that used to be owned by private collectors and then granted to the Venice Civic Museums foundation.
On the second floor, a new section dedicated to a particular aspect of the history of Venetian tradition, perfumes, was recently created. Indeed, the Venetian Republic played a key role in the origins of perfumes and cosmetics.
There you can have a multi-sensorial experience by touching, reading and smelling everything from the original roots and flowers to the finished perfumes. There is also a huge collection of perfume bottles — from the basic ones to the most refined, which are also 200 years old.
In this palace there is also a perfume laboratory and a study centre which deals with the history of perfumes and costumes during the time of the Venetian Republic.