Established in the late 19th century by a group of eminent and cultured Venetian collectors, the Torcello Museum houses two permanent sections, the Archaeological and the Medieval and Modern. The exhibits illustrate the thousand-year-long history of the island and its relations with the mainland and with Venice, evoking the past of a place suspended between water and earth and the sea-changes it went through along the centuries owing to natural causes or the action of man. The permanent displays present finds that testify to the intense trade involving the lagoon and its inhabitants starting from the Mycenaean period (2nd millennium B.C.), and gather various material from the early-Veneto, pre-Roman, Roman, Byzantine, and early medieval periods. The glorious days of the Serenissima are given ample testimony up till the 19th century.