Covers 11 civic museums and sights. Worth it.
The Venice Museums Pass costs €24 ($27) (€18 ($20) for students under 29; families of two adults and at last one child can get one pass at full price and the rest at the reduced price) is valid for six months, and good for entry to each of the following 11 municipal museums (Visitmuve.it — to book it: Selectitaly.com):
- The four Museums of Piazza San Marco—Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace), Museo Civico Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale, and Sale Monumentali della Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana. [These four are otherwise all covered by a single admission ticket, called the I Musei di Piazza San Marco, that costs €20 ($22)].
- Ca' Rezzonico (museum of the 18th century; €10 ($11))
- Ca’ Pesaro (museums of modern and Asian art; €14 ($15))
- Museo del Vetro (Glass Museum on Murano; €12 ($13))
- Museo del Merletto (Lace Museum on Burano; €5 ($6))
- Casa di Carlo Goldoni (author's home; €5 ($6))
- Museo di Palazzo Mocenigo (costume museum; €8 ($9))
- Museo di Storia Naturale (natural history musem; €8 ($9))
Coverage: Covers one can't-miss sight (Doge's Palace) and three excellent secondary sights (Ca' Rezzonico, Ca' Pesaro, and the Museo Correr). The others, frankly, are more of specialized interest, or if you happen to be right there and have some extra time (though if you plan to go to Murano or Burano, those two indigenous craft museums are worthwhile).
Savings: If you use it to visit just the Palazzo Ducale plus any one significant non-Piazza San Marco sight (such as the Ca' Rezzonico or Ca’ Pesaro) and you've already saved money. After that, everything else on the list is, essentially, free. It also lets you skip any ticketing lines, which is nice.
Should I get the Venice Museum Pass?: If you plan to do a lot of sightseeing and are staying for two or more days, get the pass.
Note: If you use the official ticket-booking site for Venice civic museums (www.vivaticket.it), don;t let it steer you toward to much, much more expensive "MUVE Friend Card" annual membership (which costs €45 ($50)). You can still buy the regular Museum Pass there, in person at a museum, or ahead of time at Selectitaly.com.
Book it: Select Italy.