The "Punta della Dogana" building has now been restored by the French billionaire François Pinault.
A new museum opened on June 6, 2009 as new centre of contemporary art displaying artists from the François Pinault Collection.
After Palazzo Grassi this is the second museum in Venice belonging to him.
Open every day from 10 am to 7 pm. Closed on Tuesday.
Closed the 24, 25, 31st December, 2009 and the 1st January, 2010.
Last entrance at 6 pm.
Full rate: 20€ for the visit of the two sites Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana / 15€ for the visit of one site.
The ticket for the 2 sites is valid for three days
Actually it seemed to me that the waterfront at the Punta Dogana has more success than the museum. A number of young people were sitting on the quay with their feet in the water (it was 40°C in Venice) taking profit of the wonderful view on the Canal di San Marco and the island of San Giorgio. The Punta de la Dogana is indeed one of the best scenic places of Venice.
The museum had put a statue outside (made of a white synthetic material) of a young naked boy keeping a frog in his hands. I don't know for what reason this statue was guarded by an armed police man (one of the very few I saw in Venice).
Completed by 1772, Palazzo Grassi was the last major palace to be built in Venice before the fall of the Republic. It was commissioned by the Grassi family (from Bologna) and designed by the architect Giorgio Massari in a Neoclassical style. The palazzo changed ownership and functions numerous times during its history until it was purchased in 1983 by the Fiat Group and turned into one of Venice's most important art exhibition halls. In 2005, the Fiat Group sold it to the François Pinault Foundation, but it continues to function as an art hall with various world-class exhibitions.
It was designed by Giorgio Massari architect and the palace was built over 1748-72. It has a white marble facing and entry is into a great hall. Ownership changed in 1840 from the Grazzi family and into many parties until it now is owned by a French artist who presents his collection
Palazzo Grassi was designed by Giorgio Massari in the middle of 18th century and it was the last palace built in Venice before the end of the Repubblic of Venice. In the years 1950 it was built by FIAT and now the Grassi Foundation offers great exhibitions of art and history.
There aren't too many palaces open to the public in Venice, but this is one of them. If you have the time, try to catch an exhibit here. On one occasion there was a comprehensive exhibit on the art of the Western Greek civilization, called "I Greci in Occidente". It was a great exhibit, quite comparable to a major show at the Met in NYC. When I went the following year, I was thrilled to find a current exhibit on Flemish and Dutch painting, including works by Van Gogh, Magritte, and other contemporary artists. I recommend going just to see the inside, even if there isn't an exhibit!