Within the former home of the aristocratic Mocenigo family, the visit explores original clothing, accessories and fabrics which reflect the taste of an era, a time when Venice was one the main centres in Europe for the production not only of textiles but also of cosmetics and spices preparations. This is the world that underlies the exhibition within the museum, where one can see rare and precious garments, plus a vast range of fabrics produced using highly skilled techniques. Then other senses into play, for within the perfume rooms one can not only study the routes along which precious spices were brought to Europe but also smell these raw materials and the fragrances they were used to create; virtual reproductions even make it possible to leaf through ancient recipe books. All in all, this is a perfect opportunity to explore “all the wiles employed by fair ladies, and every sort of perfumed water and cosmetic that they use to make themselves beautiful.”
Notes on architectural barriers: no lift; staircase to reach the piano nobile of the museum; toilets at the first floor are not wheelchair-accessible; laboratory room at the ground floor.
Length: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Language: Italian, English, French, Spanish or Russian