The ground and first floors of the Palazzo Zuckermann contain collections of Applied and Decorative Arts - more than 2,000 objects belonging to the collections of the Art Museum: glassware, intaglio work, ceramics, silverware, ivory, jewellery, textiles and furniture.
Within the chronologically arranged itinerary, some interiors have been reconstructed, so that visitors can enter into the spirit of people's lives at various moments in time and appreciate the development of taste and of the many artistic techniques used to create such objects. In addition, the display of several objects belonging to the same period demonstrates how the working methods of artists in their studios and craftsmen in their workshops, differed, but at the same time enhanced each other.
On the second floor is the Bottacin Museum, comprising the entire collection of Nicola Bottacin, the wealthy merchant who donated all his art works and coins to the city of Padova in 1865. In an ideal reconstruction of the furniture and furnishings of his villa in Trieste are exhibited paintings, furniture, sculpture, Chinese ceramics, ancient weapons, and other works acquired to decorate Bottacin's enormous home. A second itinerary is devoted to the more specific collection on the history of money, which makes the Bottacin Museum one of the most prestigious numismatic institutions in Europe, thanks also to later donations. The 19thcentury showcases contain some of the most important exhibits of the collection: Greek coins, Roman coins from both Republican and Imperial times, Byzantine coins, medals and seals