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The collection has been kept in St Mark’s Square since 1922, both in the Napoleonic Wing and parts of the Procuratie Nuove; the museum is accessed via the charming portico of the Palazzo.

The museum derives its name from Teodoro Correr, a patrician of the Venetian Correr family and a wise and passionate collector. His art collection and the Palazzo in San Zan Degolà in which it was kept was donated (on his request) to the lagoon city upon his death.

His will contained the process for opening up the house to the public and scholars, as well as the number of people and resources needed to ensure its proper operation. These precise instructions demonstrate his intentions as a donor: to create a place of conservation, exhibition, collection and fruition of objects of various kinds, as well as a place of culture for scholars.

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