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The Venice Biennale
La Biennale di Venezia – The Venice Biennale
The Venice Biennale has its headquarters in the historic Palazzo Ca’ Giustinian (San Marco, 1364/A), close to Piazza San Marco, and has multiple venues.
Real places of culture open to the city and to the world, these headquarters have now been enriched with special areas and services for families where top quality activities are hosted for children and young people for which we recommend that you see the schedule.
Ca’ Giustinian - children's area and l'Ombra del Leone café
The children's area of Ca’ Giustinian, located on the ground floor near the l'Ombra del Leone ("The Lion’s Shadow") café and the bookshop (of which we highlight the section of art books for children) is open daily until 8:30p.m. (see below for all opening hours).
Equipped with colourful furnishings suitable for children there are facilities for families such as a bottle warmer, high chairs, a toilet with a changing table and a corner for games and reading. Colouring pens and pencils, illustrated books and DVDs (by request only) are available to you and your children. There are occasional activities and creative workshops, available upon reservation, the aim of which is to bring children closer to art and culture through play.
Entrance is free.
For the older children, or for you and the adults who are accompanying you, you can request a guided tour (in Italian or in the principal foreign languages - see below for more details) of Ca’ Giustinian, the legendary late-Gothic palace of the 15th century, one of the most famous and historic in Venice.
Days and hours of opening to the public:
April to October: open every day from 9a.m.to 8:30p.m.
November to March: closed on Sunday
Ca’ Giustinian is closed during the Christmas period.
Within Ca’ Giustinian you can find:
- an Infopoint
- a ticket office for shows and events organised by the Venice Biennale
- bar and restaurant
Exhibition venues of the Giardini and the Arsenale
The Venice Biennale has specific areas and services dedicated to children and families at the Giardini and the Arsenale which host, alternately, the International Architecture Exhibition and the International Exhibition of Art. Download the map .
Special Family Area in the new Educational area at the Tese dei Soppalchi.
Cloakroom offering free hire of pushchairs (6/36 months) and papooses (up to 9 kg) throughout the opening hours of the exhibitions.
Giardini and Arsenale
Free baby changing tables and bottle warmers.
Dining areas equipped with facilities for families and children's menu.
Activities and workshops for families
During Carnival, the Biennale Dance takes place alongside exhibitions of art and architecture, The Bienniale organises workshops for children and teens at its venues (reservations are required).
Foreign languages: the workshops at and the guided tour of Ca’ Giustinian are also available in the principal foreign languages. For these, we advise you to book well in advance.
For information and reservations please contact:
Educational and Public Promotions
Tel. 041 5218828 (Monday to Friday 10a.m. to 5p.m.)
Fax 041 5218732 - firstname.lastname@example.org