According to a special law in Italy, over 450 museums are free on the first Sunday of every month. In Venice, this includes such famous museums as Gallerie dell’Accademia, Galleria “Giorgio Franchetti” alla Ca’ d’oro, Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Museo di Palazzo Grimani, and Museo d’arte orientale.
Gallerie dell'Accademia is perhaps the most well-known museum in Venice, which specializes in the pre-19th-century art of Venice and northern Italy. It was part of the Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia and became an independent gallery in 1879. Located on the south bank of the Grand Canal, within the Sestiere of Dorsoduro, the Accademia hosts the famous drawing of the Vitruvian Man by Leonardo Da Vinci and masterpieces by other Italian artists.
Palazzo Grimani was opened to the public in 2008. It is famous for its architectural originality, unique decoration, and history. The decorated rooms are known for their stuccowork and frescoes executed by famous artists such as Giovanni da Udine, Francesco Salviati, Camillo Mantovano, Francesco Menzocchi and Federico Zuccari.
The National Archaeological Museum of Venice, located in the Procuratie Nuove, was founded in the 16th century. It boasts a great collection of ancient Roman and Greek sculptures, a huge number of ancient coins, precious gems and cameos, unique bronze artefacts, and amazing pottery from different periods.