The Water Museum of Venice aims to assemble the most significant attributes of the rich but often fragmented heritage of the Water Civilizations’ of the Tre Venezie (“three Venices”): this rich “liquid heritage” is now made available through an innovative platform, which is aiming to facilitate the mapping and the visit of a number of valuable sites related to the Venetian history of water.
Water Museum of Venice, Civiltà dell’Acqua International Centre, Italy
The Water Museum of Venice aims to assemble the most significant attributes of the rich but fragmented heritage of Water Civilizations’ “liquid universe” of the Tre Venezie through an innovative online platform, which will facilitate the localization of, and visit to, a number of sites.
Once connected you can go on a virtual tour and find information and useful news about the unique features of the “liquid civilization” which developed in the Tre Venezie region. But the Water Museum of Venice is also an open air museum, or eco museum, which aims to create, starting from Padua, a network of institutions and people who manage the tangible and intangible heritage shaped by humans in places where water is the dominant element.
From elegant stately homes to imposing castles which arose, not by chance, along the territory’s “liquid roads”, from navigation basins to river ports and moorings, from mills to water museums: some of the heritage connected to the use of water which, historically, was a propeller of progress and civilization, is today the subject of important leisure and tourist activities.
The Water Museum of Venice also incorporates a section on good current practices (projects to revitalize water ecosystems, regenerate aquifers, etc.) as an expression of a more enlightened contemporary “Culture of Water”. This type of Museum, therefore, is a challenge towards building a better future: it is addressed to citizens and authorities who believe wholeheartedly in preserving the quality of all water, whether surface or underground, as well as the historical heritage which still evocatively narrates its special and unique relationship with this most precious life source.