Every day we were in Venice, we ventured out with the kids to a museum and finished off the day with bread + pigeons in St. Marks Square. We lucked out with the weather with only one day of rain and more importantly low tides. Venice is prone to flooding in the winter months due to high tides which could certainly put a damper on your vacation if you hadn't thought to pack your rain boots. Traveling in the low season can be especially beneficial when it comes to crowds at the museums. We did not experience any line whatsoever at any of them, including the popular Palazzo Ducale. The Palazzo proved to be a great fit for the younger ones with it's grand size = plenty of places to run around, a complementary coat check area where we could ditch our essential but very pain-in-the-ass strollers, kind security guards who gently asked that the boys not to treat the velvet ropes as monkey bars in the grand ballroom, quickly followed by a friendly rub on their heads, and most precious paintings on the ceilings- far from reach.
Ca'Pesaro, a modern art museum housed Picasso and Calder and many more that dated back to the 17th and 18th centuries. "This isn't modern art?" I wondered, only to be schooled by the intern conducting surveys in the lobby who told me modern art can date back to the 15th century and perhaps I was confusing modern art with contemporary art. Indeed I was.
Museo di Storia Naturale, nominated for European Museum of the Year last year, is certainly worth a visit.
As is, Museo Storico Navale di Venezia, especially if your child is into model ships. As it turns out, mine are not, but I was still quite impressed with the viking and pirate ship replicas.
I saved the best for last... The Peggy Guggenheim Museum. It was a beautiful collection and fun to venture over the Accademia bridge over to the island of Dosoduro to visit the museum. Afterwards, we enjoyed lunch at a nearby restaurant and ate the best spaghetti I've ever had in my whole life.