Used to be a family home of the prominent Venetian Querini Stampalia family, its last descendant – Count Giovanni – founded the museum and library in 1869. It is special not only due to its historical value, but also because genius Carlo Scarpa redesigned interior, exterior, garden elements and spaces on the ground floor of the historic building in 1960s and his amazing student Mario Botta finished the renovation in 1990s. The relationship and work of the two major contemporary architects on a historical project is already a gem.
Add the museum with its eighteenth century furniture, porcelain, sculpture, and paintings of the XIV-XX century, including works by Giovanni Bellini, Lorenzo di Credi, Jacopo Palma il Vecchio, Bernardo Strozzi, and other classic representatives of the Venetian school. And don’t forget the historical Library’s collection with nearly 370 000 volumes, including 32 000 directly accessible on open shelves. The unbeatable equation makes this museum a must-see.