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Visiting St. Mark’s Museum in Venice | St. Mark's Basilica

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Skip-the-Line Tickets to St. Mark's Basilica

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  • With these tickets, gain skip-the-line access to St. Mark’s Basilica, the most notable religious cathedral in Venice.
  • Situated in the bustling Piazza San Marco, visit this must-see church with its 5 ornate domes, world-famous golden mosaics, and intricate sculptures.
  • The Pala d'Oro is an altar in the church known to be the world's sole example of undamaged Gothic goldsmithing, inlaid with precious gems and stones.
  • Upgrade your experience by including access to the gilded Pala d'Oro, one of the best expressions of Byzantine genius.

Inclusions

  • Skip-the-line entry to St. Mark's Basilica
  • Access to Pala D’Oro (optional)
  • Audio guide (optional)
  • Tip: Plan to visit the Basilica on a weekday as crowds are sparse then, and you will comfortably be able to soak up the church in its entirety.
  • Strict Dress Code: please dress for a place of worship, and make sure your shoulders and knees are covered.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.
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Guided Tour of St. Marks Basilica with Priority Entry

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  • Get priority entry with a special lane to the St. Mark's Basilica.
  • Your expert tour guide will narrate stories and legends about the church, highlighting its rich history.
  • The tour begins on the ground floor and takes you to the St. Mark’s Museum.

Inclusions

  • Entrance to the Basilica.
  • Visit to the Basilica's terrace and St. Mark's Museum.
  • Shared guided tour with commentary.
  • Audio guide (in case the tour group exceeds 10 participants).
  • This tour will not be operational in case of exceptionally high tide or in case of religious functions (in both these cases the visit can be postponed or a refund will be provided).
  • On festivity days, the Holy Mass takes place on the ground floor, and it is possible to view the mosaics partially from the first floor.
  • This is not a private tour and is to be shared with other guests not belonging to the same part.
  • If there is a high turnout or for reasons of high tide or security problems, the waiting time to access St. Mark’s Basilica may be slightly longer than expected. In such cases, please do line up and respect the instructions provided by the guide.
  • Due to security reasons, you cannot enter the Basilica with luggage or big bags.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Skip-the-Line Tickets to St. Mark's Basilica with Audio Guide

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  • Bypass queues and explore the ground floor of the stunning St. Mark’s Basilica of Piazza San Marco.
  • Make this self-guided visit more fruitful with an in-depth audio guide available in English, French, Spanish, Italian, and German.
  • Admire the colorful exterior façade with its arches, turrets, mosaics, and statues.
  • Wander within and soak in the marble interiors, the vivid ceiling mosaics of Biblical scenes, and the gold tiles that create a unique shining effect.

Inclusions

  • Reserved entry ticket for St. Mark's Basilica (ground floor only)
  • Audio guide (in the language of your choice) to download onto your phone
  • Digital map of the Basilica
  • Guidebook of St. Mark's Basilica (1 book per booking)

Exclusions

  • Live guide
  • Smartphone
  • Headsets
  • Transport and transfers
  • Access to Pala d'Oro
  • Access to St. Mark's Museum
  • Please note this ticket includes access to the ground floor of the Basilica only.
  • You will be required to pay on the spot for collateral Pala D'Oro (€5) & St. Mark's Museum (€7).
  • Strict Dress Code: Please avoid wearing shorts, tank tops, or revealing clothing.
  • Please arrive at the timeslot selected in order to not lose your booking.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.
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St. Mark's Basilica Guided Tour with Gondola Ride

€75
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  • Tick off 2 bucket list experiences in Venice at once! Follow an expert guide through St. Mark's Basilica, then catch a famous water taxi.
  • Dive right in with skip the line access to St. Mark's Basilica, as your guide helps unveil its dazzling gold mosaics in the language of your choice.
  • Soak in the charm of Venice with a leisurely half hour gondola ride along the Grand Canal and smaller waterways near the Salute Basilica.
  • Marvel at architectural wonders like La Fenice Theatre, and the Murano glass mosaics of Palazzo Barbarigo inspired by St. Marks' Basilica!
  • Enjoy a leisurely break between the 2 tours to explore the city, indulge in local delicacies, or simply soak up the Venetian vibes.

Inclusions

  • 1-hour guided tour of St. Mark's Basilica with skip-the-line entry
  • Expert English, Italian, Spanish, German or French-speaking guide
  • 30-minute shared gondola ride in Venice
  • Tip: Stop in at a local trattoria for an authentic Venetian Lunch, try local favourites like risotto al nero di seppia (black squid ink risotto) or fritto misto (mixed fried seafood).
  • Seating arrangements within a gondola may vary for balance and safety reasons, it may not be possible to sit next to your partner.
  • The gondola ride is not accessible for wheelchair users.
  • Strict Dress Code: All guests must wear clothing that covers their shoulders and knees to enter the basilica.
  • Please note that the tour may not operate under exceptional high tide conditions or during religious functions at the basilica. In the event of cancellation, your tour will either be rescheduled or refunded for your convenience.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Walking Tour of Venice with Guided Tour of Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Basilica

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  • As you walk through the Serenissima Republic, experience the quaint charm of the city with the expert narration of a professional guide.
  • Choose the tour in a language of your choice. Explore every inch of St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace and have your guide explain the historical relevance of the alluring structures.
  • If choosing an English Tour, upgrade your ticket to include a charming gondola ride.
  • Redeem an optional, free coupon to check out the renowned Venetian glass-blowing art in a 20-minute long demonstration at St. Mark’s Square.

Inclusions

  • 1-hour shared walking tour
  • 1-hour shared guided tour of the Golden Basilica
  • 1-hour shared guided tour of Doge's Palace
  • Audio-guide devices for groups of 10+ people
  • Access to Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale, & Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana
  • Complimentary glass craftsman demonstration (9am slots only)
  • Gondola ride (optional)
  • This tour will not be operational in case of exceptionally high tide or in case of religious functions (in both these cases the visit can be postponed or a refund will be provided).
  • If there is a high turnout or security problems, the waiting time to access St. Mark’s Basilica may be longer than expected. In such cases, please line up and respect the instructions provided by the guide.
  • The Basilica is a place of worship, hence, appropriate clothing is recommended (shorts and tank tops will not be allowed). Comfortable walking shoes are highly recommended.
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
  • Photography and filming are prohibited inside the Basilica.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Venice in a Day: St. Mark’s, Doge’s Palace, Murano & Burano with Gondola Ride

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  • Explore the best of Venice on this full-day tour, including seamless skip-the-line access to St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace.
  • Glide through historic canals on a 30-minute gondola ride, led by an expert gondolier who shares captivating stories.
  • Witness the age-old tradition of glassblowing at Murano island, observing skilled artisans at work in a real workshop.
  • Discover Burano's colorful houses and rich lacemaking heritage, with a live demonstration of the intricate craft.
  • Learn all about the history of St. Mark's and the political significance of the Doge's Palace from an expert English-speaking guide.

Inclusions

  • Full-day tour of Venice
  • English-guided tour of St. Mark's Basilica with skip-the-line entry
  • English-guided tour of Doge's Palace with skip-the-line entry
  • 30-minute shared gondola ride in Venice
  • Round-trip transfers to/from Murano & Burano Islands
  • Glass-blowing demonstration
  • Lace-making demonstration
  • Free time to explore both islands
  • Guided tour of St Marks Basilica
  • Guided tour of Doge's Palace
  • 30-minute gondola ride
  • Murano Island with glass-blowing demonstration
  • Burano Island with lace-making demonstration

Tip: Take advantage of the local expert knowledge! Request your gondolier to point out the lesser-known sights along the canals.
There is a compulsory security check at the entrance to the main sites. Depending on the volume of visitors, there may be a short wait time.

  • Strict Dress Code: All guests must wear clothing that covers their shoulders and knees to enter the basilica.
  • This activity includes a shared gondola ride of up to 5 people. Seating arrangements within a gondola may vary for balance and safety reasons.
    -This tour is not recommended for wheelchair users or those with walking disabilities.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Alone in St. Mark's Basilica with Optional Doge's Palace

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  • This special access tour will let visitors experience the beauty of St. Mark's Basilica without the noisy crowds.
  • You can see a jaw-dropping 43,000 square feet of golden mosaics in the church.
  • The guide will also take the guests to the famous Pala d'Oro altarpiece that’s decorated with nearly 2,000 precious gems.
  • Visit St. Mark's Basilica, St. Mark's Crypt, Bell Tower in St. Mark's Square, and the legendary Marciana Library in this 1.5-hour tour.
  • The tour guide will use a storytelling approach to help visitors visualize the construction of this unique church.
  • You can even upgrade your ticket to get access to get entry into Doge's Palace.
  • Note: On certain days there may be a short break between the visit to the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica (never more than one hour). This may extend the overall length of the tour.

Inclusions

  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Expertly guided walking tour
  • Exclusive access ticket for St. Mark's Basilica (after closing)
  • Headset
  • Doge's Palace (optional)
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Absolute Venice - Doge's Palace, St Mark's Basilica & More with Priority Access

€123
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  • Sign yourself up for a trip down memory lane with this ticket to Venice's finest historic attractions.
  • Discover the oldest and most iconic buildings and delve into the history of it all.
  • Follow your expert tour guide for more insight about each landmark.
  • Some of the intriguing stops include Doge's Palace, St Mark's Square, St Mark's Basilica, and Santa Maria Formosa.
  • Take your pick of guided tours available in English, French, German, and Spanish.

Inclusions

  • Services of expert multilingual tour guide
  • Walking tour of Venice’s famous alleys
  • Priority entry & guided tour of The Doge’s Palace
  • Priority entry & guided tour of St Mark’s Basilica
  • Personal audio device

Exclusions

  • Hotel transfers
  • Food & beverages
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Venice Half-Day Guided Tour with Gondola Ride

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  • In just half a day, take on a walking tour of Venice led by a local English-speaking guide, complete with a gondola ride along the enchanting waterways.
  • With skip-the-line entry, wait less and learn more about the gold mosaics of St. Mark’s Basilica and the former seat of Venetian power, Doge’s Palace.
  • Spend 30 minutes tracing the Venetian canal system aboard a traditional gondola and experience the city from a unique vantage point.
  • The tour includes a stroll through the lively Rialto district’s market and bridge, the oldest of 4 that span the Grand Canal.

Inclusions

  • Half-day guided tour of Venice
  • Expert English-speaking guide
  • Guided tour of St. Mark’s Basilica with skip-the-line entry
  • Guided tour of Doge's Palace with skip-the-line entry
  • 30-min gondola ride
  • St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Rialto Bridge and Market
  • Venetian gondola ride
  • Lunch break
  • Doge's Palace
  • Tip: Ask your guide for the authentic Venetian cicchetti spots or the best local bacari (wine bars) around Rialto Market.
  • Please note that for entry into St. Mark’s Basilica, knees and shoulders must be covered for all guests.
  • The tour is stroller and pram accessible.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
St. Mark's Basilica St. Mark’s Museum

What’s the St. Mark’s Museum?

St. Mark’s Museum is located in the central city of Venice in Italy, which is also known to house the famous 9th-century old St. Mark’s Basilica, along with many other magnificent architectures. Named after the famous saint and the author of one of the four Gospels, St. Mark was one of the missionaries who spread Christianity far and wide. Even though St. Mark’s Museum was built quite late, the amount and kind of work collections it holds are impeccable. 

Why Visit the St. Mark’s Museum?

  • Treasures of Doge's Chapel: Marvel at precious artifacts, including Persian carpets and furnishings from Doge's Chapel.
  • Horses of San Marco: One of the museum's most striking attractions is the magnificent horses of San Marco. These sculptures, depicting spirited horses in mid-leap, adorn the outer structure of the basilica. The sculptures visible today are replicas, protecting the originals which now rest inside the basilica.
  • Collections of Precious Artefacts: The St. Mark's Museum has a vast collection of artefacts and paintings, offering insight into Christianity, architectural remnants, and the cultural heritage of Italy and other European nations. Notable highlights include illuminated manuscripts, exquisite tapestries, and a 14th-century altarpiece by Paolo Veneziano.
  • Close to most tourist attractions: Located in the bustling Mark Square, St. Mark's Museum provides easy access to other popular tourist attractions in Venice. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit nearby sites such as The Doge's Palace, the National Archaeological Museum of Venice, and the picturesque Piazzetta.

Plan Your Visit to St. Mark’s Museum

Best Time to Visit:

To avoid the rush of visitors, you can choose some non-peak hours. This includes the opening hours of the museum along with the afternoon period. The rush during these times is minimal, and you can enjoy the Museum and Basilica seamlessly.

Highlights of St. Mark's Museum

Quadriga of St. Mark's

The Triumphal Quadriga, known as the Four Horses of St. Mark, stands as an imposing sight against the towering backdrop of the Basilica. While believed to have been inspired by 4th-century Greek art, the sculptures' origins have sparked various claims. Some attribute them to Rome, while others link them to Constantinople. Though primarily made of copper, they are commonly referred to as bronze statues. To safeguard the original masterpiece from pollution, the Quadriga has been moved inside the Basilica, with a replica now gracing the outer façade. But worry not, it looks just as stunning!

Sala dei Banchetti

As you climb the stairs towards the St. Mark's Museum, you’ll find the Sala dei Banchetti, also known as the Banquet Hall. This magnificent room is home to the mesmerizing red velvet throne of Doge's Chapel, a sight to behold with numerous fabrics and tapestries, adding to the room's allure. If you find yourself in need of a break, this spot conveniently provides restroom facilities, a vending machine, and even a chance to grab a refreshing water bottle with just a short walk ahead.

Tapestries

The St. Mark Basilica is lined with numerous hues of silk along with silver tapestries. These are dedicated to the life of the Christian missionary and the author of one of the four gospels St. Mark.  Inside the museum, a dedicated section features woolen tapestries depicting episodes from the Passion of Christ, specifically the period leading up to His death. These valuable tapestries hold great significance, particularly for history enthusiasts, offering a captivating glimpse into this pivotal chapter of Christian history.

Historical Artifacts

The Museum of San Marco, also known as St. Mark's Museum, boasts an extensive collection of artifacts that portray significant episodes from Christianity's history. It showcases architectural remnants from Italy, Greece, and Constantinople. In addition to the masterpiece of the Quadriga of St. Mark, the museum also houses stunning mosaic sculptures, adorned with intricate paintings and floral designs on grand panels. Don’t miss gawking at the remarkable 14th-century wood-based painting by Venetian artist Paolo Veneziano, which beautifully depicts the life story of St. Mark.

Bronze Horses

Despite being commonly referred to as the Quadriga of St. Mark or the Bronze Horses, the sculpture material actually consists primarily of copper (approximately 96%). While the Bronze Horses may not be visible on the top outer façade, their life-size detailing captivates visitors upon entering the Basilica. Due to the damaging effects of pollution, the original sculpture was replaced by a replica in the 1980s, with the authentic horses now safeguarded inside the San Marco Museum in Venice.

Visiting the St. Mark's Museum

You can purchase the entry tickets to St. Mark Basilica and the audio guide from our website. With the best-guaranteed price, a single ticket costs you around €20.50. Standing in a queue to visit four different Basilica areas can be time-consuming. Hence, the skip-in-line ticket entry lets you have one-time access to tickets for Museum, Pala d'Oro, Treasury, and the Campanile Bell Tower.

Frequently Asked Questions About St. Mark's Museum

What is St. Mark's Museum?

St. Mark's Museum is located at the Basilica di San Marco, San Marco, 328 of Venice in Italy.

Where can I buy tickets to St. Mark's Museum?

You can avoid the long queues at the St. Mark's Museum by purchasing a ticket directly through the Headout website. You would also get an audio guide along with the ticket that would definitely help you understand different sections inside the Basilica, including the Museum, in a better way.

Do I need tickets to view the St. Mark's Museum?

Yes, you would need tickets to view the St. Mark's Museum. However, entry to the Basilica is free of cost.

Can I visit St. Mark's Museum with St. Mark's Basilica tickets?

No, you must purchase a ticket separately to witness the St. Mark's Museum collection. Even though entry to St. Mark's Basilica is free, the distinct sections within the Basilica levies charge to the visitors. This includes Museum, Treasury, Pala d'Oro, and the Bell Tower. If you don't purchase a ticket on the go, you might have to wait in long lines at the entrance of all the sections.

What is the significance of the St. Mark's Museum?

St. Mark's Museum is housed inside the gigantic 9th-century marvel, St. Mark's Basilica. The Museum has impeccable collections of finest wood paintings, designs on the panels, tapestries, liturgical vestments, and illuminated sculptures.

Who designed the St. Mark’s Campanile?

St. Mark's Campanile in Venice, Italy was designed by architect Giorgio Spavento in the 16th century.

What's there to see at St. Mark's Museum?

At the St. Mark's Museum, you can view a wide array of collections of Persian craftsmanship, the red velvet throne of Doge, tapestries on different fabrics like silk and wool, paintings by famous Venetian painters, the original masterpiece of the Quadriga of St. Mark, to name a few.

What are the St. Mark's Museum timings?

St. Mark's Museum remains open for visitors from 9:30AM to 5:15 PM from Monday to Saturday. However, on Sunday, the timings are limited from 2PM to 5:15PM.

Where is St. Mark's Museum located?

St. Mark's Museum is located quite adjacent to St. Mark Square inside the San Marco Basilica in Venice, Italy.