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The Murano Glass Museum was founded in 1861 by the Abbot Vincenzo Zanetti and the First Deputy of the Municipality, Antonio Colleoni. The project aimed to establish an archive in which all the examples illustrating the history and life of the island could be kept.

However, due to the high number of donations, the simple archive became a real exhibition of works of art; the collection contained not just antique pieces belonging to private or museum collections but also donations from the furnaces of the island.

Today there are numerous glass pieces arranged chronologically in the museum, starting from the Roman finds of the first three centuries after Christ in to the archaeological section, up to the 20th century.

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