The month before you arrive, you will receive a list of potential rooms and apartments with the landlord’s contact information to help you find accommodation in Venice.

Due to the constant rotation of students and short-term agreements, it is not possible to share this list sooner. The museum undertakes house inspections of the rooms on the housing list, and these options are regularly rented by students at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

Once you receive the list, you will be able to request images of the apartments and contact the landlords directly. We will also provide suggestions for hotels and hostels.

Rent prices vary depending on the size, type, and features of the rooms and the apartments (e.g. single or double room, private apartment, studio, etc.) but prices range from €400 to €1000 per month per person. The average cost for a single room is €600.

This may or may not include bills. Be sure to clarify this with the landlord beforehand.

Some accomodation requires a deposit that is returned at the end of the rental period. In such cases, the deposit is usually the equivalent of one month’s rent, but this may vary. Be sure to clarify this with the landlord beforehand.

Accommodation throughout the city of Venice varies considerably.

Those on the housing list are inspected by the museum, and they range from single rooms to three-bedroom apartments, to individual studios, and differ in terms of furnishings. Apartments may be shared with other students or with local residents (e.g., students, young professionals, landlords).

Bed linen and towels are usually provided, and most places are equipped with a washing machine and WiFi.

You should clarify all queries and doubts regarding individual apartments with the landlord.

You can also choose to look for accommodation independent of the list shared by the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. In this case, we urge you to exercise caution and be mindful of rental scams before transferring any money.

Seminars should be near completion upon your arrival in Venice. It will be presented to your fellow interns at the end of your last month of internship, so you will have time to make edits and fine-tune details. You will also have full access to the museum library for further research. As the internship can be demanding, we strongly recommend against leaving the preparation of seminars to the last minute.

The seminar does not have to focus on artists or works of art in the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and can address any aspect of art, art theory, art criticism, museology, curatorial studies, or specific exhibitions. Ongoing creative projects or theses are welcome. It should last approximately 30 minutes.

You can be creative with the delivery of your seminar: it does not have to be a traditional paper or PowerPoint presentation. Given that you will deliver the seminar to the internship cohort, topics and presentations that foster discussion are encouraged.

There is no uniform, but the museum operates a semi-casual dress code. We suggest you dress comfortably but remember that you are representing the museum and should therefore be dressed appropriately. Please bring at least one formal outfit for exhibition openings or special institutional events. Note that comfortable and practical shoes are essential for working in the museum, as well as for navigating the city of Venice!

Laptops are available to use in the student room. WiFi is available throughout the museum.

You will receive your fellowship on the first day of each month in the form of a cheque for €1000 (should this fall on a weekend, you will receive this the following Monday).

Cheques can be cashed at the Banca Nazionale del Lavoro, close to Piazza San Marco. There is no need to open an Italian bank account: all you need is your passport or legal ID to cash the cheque.

Personal mail from family and friends can be sent to the museum to the following address:

Your Name
c/o Internship Program
Peggy Guggenheim Collection
Palazzo Vernier dei Leoni
Dorsoduro 701
30123 Venezia

The Peggy Guggenheim Collection does not subsidize postage expenses. Please do not have large packages sent to the museum; should this be necessary please let the Intern Coordinators know in advance.

1 - By bus to Piazzale Roma:

  • ACTV public bus number 5. Approx. 25 minutes. Tickets can be purchased at the bus stop, some tobacco shops, or from the ticket machines.
  • ATVO shuttle bus. Approx. 20 minutes. Tickets can be purchased online or from the designated ATVO ticket machine at the airport.

Once you arrive to Piazzale Roma, you might be in walking distance of your destination. Alternatively, you can take a vaporetto (public boat) to the closest stop. Tickets can be purchased at the ACTV ticket booth at Piazzale Roma or from the ticket machines. It is also possible to buy a ticket once you are on board, but you must notify the staff straightaway.

2 - By ALILAGUNA shuttle boat to Venice. Please note that the ALILAGUNA stop is not at the terminal exit. There are various lines depending on your destination, and different prices. Please consult the website in advance:

Venice is a pedestrian city often described as a labyrinth of narrow paths, bridges, and canals. It can, at first, be a tricky city to navigate, so we recommend that you travel with backpacks and/or wheeled suitcases and have exact directions to follow.

Venice is a unique and fascinating city. If you have not visited before, it is worth doing some research on its history and culture. If you have any specific questions, do not hesitate to get in touch with the Intern Coordinators.

The following websites may be of interest:

The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is a comprehensive collection of modern art exemplifying some of the major art movements of the first half of the 20th century: Cubism, Futurism, European Abstraction, Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism. The collection is housed in Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, a 17th-century palace located on the Grand Canal. This wide, low-rise building, which only features a basement and a ground floor, was Peggy Guggenheim’s home from 1949 until the year of her death in 1979. The museum also houses works of art from the Hannelore B. and Rudolph B. Schulhof Collection, which was bequeathed to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in 2012. Numerous sculptures are also exhibited in the museum’s outdoor spaces as well as on the Grand Canal terrace. Please explore the museum website to familiarize yourself with the institution and its collection.

We strongly recommend you spend some time preparing for the internship by doing some reading or research on the collection and the art movements represented, especially if you are not already familiar with them.

During your period at the museum, you will have a fundamental role supporting the educational programs of the museum. You will deliver short talks on the life of Peggy Guggenheim, on specific works in the permanent collection and on the temporary exhibitions, and you may also have the opportunity to give tours.

You will receive a resource package the month before your arrival.

Peggy Guggenheim, ed., Art of This Century, New York, 1942. Facsimile edition, New York (Arno Press) 1968. Rare.

Peggy Guggenheim, Out of This Century, New York (Universe Books) and London (André Deutsch), 1979. This incorporates earlier autobiographies, as well as her essay on Venice. Italian edition: Una vita per l’arte, Milan (Rizzoli Editore), 1982. Also in French, German and Spanish.

Aline B. Saarinen, The Proud Possessors, New York (Random House), 1958, esp. 'Appassionata of the Avant-Garde. Peggy Guggenheim,' pp.326-43.

Angelica Zander Rudenstine, The Peggy Guggenheim Collection, New York (Abrams), 1985. The catalogue riasonné of Peggy Guggenheim’s Collection.

John H. Davis, The Guggenheims. An American Epic, 1st edition, New York (William Morrow and Co., Inc.), 1978. 2nd edition, updated, New York (Shapolsky Publishers Inc.), 1988.

Lucy Flint and Elizabeth C. Childs, Masterpieces from the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, New York (Guggenheim Museum). Currently in print. (Also Italian, German and French editions). This is the standard collection handbook for the Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

Virginia Dortch, Peggy Guggenheim and Her Friends, Milan (Berenice Art Books), 1994. An anthology of short memoirs by Peggy Guggenheim’s friends.

Laurence Tacou-Rumney, Peggy Guggenheim. A Collector’s Album, Paris, New York (Flammarion), 1996. English, French, German and Italian editions. Rich in photographs.

Karole P. B. Vail, Thomas M Messer, Peggy Guggenheim. A Celebration, New York (Guggenheim Museum and Harry N. Abrams), 1998. Centenary exhibition catalogue.

Mary V. Dearborn, Peggy Guggenheim Mistress of Modernism, New York (Houghton Mifflin), 2004, and London (Virago Press), 2005. An excellent biography. Also in German, Ich bereue Nichts, Bergish Gladabch (Bastei Lübbe), 2004.

Peggy Guggenheim & Frederick Kiesler, The Story of Art of This Century, ed. Susan Davidson and Philip Rylands, New York (Guggenheim Publications), 2004. The most important source for the formation of Peggy Guggenheim’s collection and for her New York sojourn, 1941-47.

Irwin Unger and Debi Unger, The Guggenheims. A Family History, New York (Harper Collins), 2005.

Peggy Guggenheim: The Last Dogaressa, ed. Vivien Greene and Karole P.B. Vail, Venice (Marsilio), 2019. Catalogue of the exhibition held at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in 2019–2020. It explores all aspects of Peggy Guggenheim’s career as a collector and patron of the arts .

Migrating Objects: Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas in the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, ed. Vivien Greene, Venice (Marsilio), 2020. Catalogue of the exhibition held at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in 2020. Explores Peggy Guggenheim’s interest in art from Africa, Oceania and the Americas starting in the 1950s.

Hannelore B. and Rudolph B. Schulhof Collection, ed. Philip Rylands, New York (Guggenheim Museum Publications), 2011.

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