Palladio Museum

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Palladio Museum

Palladio Museum
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a museum-workshop: this new kind of museum features not only works of art but also the experts who describe them.a museum in movement: having installed the hardware (a system of dynamic lighting for the spaces, video projection systems, showcases, etc), each year the software will change, i.e. the contents, according to the state of progress in studies and research.a marvellous building: one of Palladio's finest palaces and the only one that he saw completed both as regards the architecture and decorations (causing the ruin of the patron, Montano Barbarano).an intellectual challenge: to take specialist knowledge out of the ivory tower and communicate it to a wider public in the museum and on the web.a far from impossible mission: recounting architecture to non-architects, not as a history of buildings but of the people who designed, built and communicated them; and showcasing architectural drawings, the tools that body forth ideas, alongside models, photographs and videos.the beginning of a journey: to explore Palladio's buildings in Vicenza (associated with the Palladio Museum thanks to the combined ticket "Vicenza città bellissima") and his villas in the Veneto countryside.a crossroads: a place where institutions and scholars from various parts of the world work together and present joint projects.
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CalBristol
Weston-super-Mare, UK1,883 contributions
Learn all about Palladio!
Sep. 2019
If you are visiting Vicneza, then you must surely be interested in Palladio's architecture and here is the place to find out about the man and his designs!
The Palazzo Barbaran da Porto was designed by Palladio in about 1570 and now houses the Palladio Museum. It's a small but innovative museum with scale models of some of his buildings cut open to show the insides and construction, and in some cases, the colours of the exterior decoration. There are a host of imaginative audiovisual displays and video projections showing experts talking (mainly in Italian with subtitles) about his life and times. By the way, there is a fascinating time line going up the main starcase.
Whilst you may be fascinated by the displays, don't forget to look around; the ceilings are well worth a close inspection! There is a small courtyard with a rather overbearing colonnade but it is quite peaceful to rest awhile.
This is another property that is covered by the Vicenza Museum Card and you don't have to pay the admission charge.
Written 10 November 2019
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walksrocco
Edmonton, Canada157 contributions
Good museum and cool inside!
Sep. 2019
Lots of exhibits about Palladio and his buildings. Models of buildings that were new concepts at the time, and construction techniques. I recommend.
Written 1 October 2019
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AllanJGJ
Wellington, New Zealand3,303 contributions
Innovative small museum
Sep. 2019
If you want to get a good understanding of what Palladio is about before visiting some of his buildings in Vicenza then this is the place to start your visit to the city. It's an innovative and brilliantly curated little museum in a building the lad designed himself. It focuses on his designs as well as his life and has some excellent scale models and cutaways as well as video projections of experts talking on his work. And don't forget to look up - while any original wall decorations are long gone the ceilings are pretty much intact in every room.
Written 26 September 2019
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droprisdan
Campina, Romania33 contributions
must see
Jun. 2019 • Couples
loceted on a beautifull side street with many interesting buildings it is verry important to visite the museum to anderstand the work of the great arhitect.You can see here many buildins bilt by the arhitect made as maquettes.
Written 1 August 2019
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Carla
Evergreen, CO191 contributions
A Must See For Palladio Fans!
May 2019
We visited this small museum highlighting Andrea Palladio's work in Vicenza and Venice. It was impressive and inspiring what this man engineered and designed so many years ago.
Written 12 May 2019
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roly464
Barnet, UK32 contributions
outside and in
Feb. 2019 • Solo
another world light simple beauty marble everywhere painted ceilings great drawings out of season you have it to yourself you buy a day ticket for just about everything in vicenza
Written 6 April 2019
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HaNosseah
Basel, Switzerland251 contributions
Very good museum on Palladian architecture
Mar. 2019 • Couples
The museum is well worth a visit if only for the many models that are reconstructions of Palladio’s many villas and churches in Vicenza and the rst of the Veneto. The museum provides a wealth of information on the materials used, the impact of Palladio on architecture in other places (e.g. the White House in Washington), and architectual problems and solutions. It was much more interesting than we had imagined it would be.
Written 24 March 2019
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Clinor
Canterbury, UK139 contributions
Audio and visual ‘noise’
Mar. 2019 • Couples
This visit is included on the Vicenza Museums Pass that we had so we thought we would call in. The first room with the Giandomenico Tiepolo frescoes was interesting and well explained hence the second point. From there on in it was downhill all the way. The second room had an abundance of audio and visual noise. A small image of an expert talking was projected along with small scale written English translation. The small scale of the projected translation did not work with visual exploration of the interesting models of Palladio’s buildings. The voice over of the Italian expert was intrusive. Irritating architectural moulding cut out profiles created visual noise with the models and so did the paraphanelia that surrounded them. Even more annoyingly, the light levels ranged from normal to dim on a regular basis so you couldn’t see what you were looking at. The subsequent rooms (not many) were not much better but didn’t have fluctuating lighting levels.
This is a really poorly curated display of some of the works of an interesting architect who deserves way better explanation and communication of his ideas than this.
If you have a Museum Pass, it is worth going for the Tiepolo frescoes but don’t expect too much of the rest.
Written 11 March 2019
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Max S
Honolulu, HI65 contributions
Interesting Museum
Dec. 2018 • Couples
Interesting Museum highlighting the history and works of Vicenza's most famous citizen. Of particular interest are the large scale models of many of his famous designs and the impact he had on the western world. Get the museum pass, which includes the Teatro and several other sites around Vicenza. Well worth it!
Written 6 January 2019
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Sandy S
Albuquerque, NM806 contributions
Make this your first stop
May 2018 • Couples
We saved the Palladio Museum for last but should have visited it first, because it would have helped us appreciate his buildings more. The museum contained some well-executed scale models of Palladio’s major buildings, with cutaways revealing the interiors. One exhibit featured a copy of each of his four-volume treatise on architecture, the one Thomas Jefferson read and from which he learned the principles he followed in designing Monticello and the University of Virginia campus.
Written 23 October 2018
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Palladio Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tue - Fri 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sat - Sat 10:00 am - 8:00 pm