The Ravenna National Museum (Museo Nazionale di Ravenna) is situated in the monumental complex of San Vitale and contains many important archaeological fragments, such as funeral steles and Roman epigraphs, and some collections of minor arts. The original part of the Museum's heritage was collected during the 18th century, thanks to the patient research and care of the erudite monks of the big abbeys of the city. Graceful Renaissance bronze statuettes, an important collection of ivory pieces, a rich collection of icons, a section of ceramic works and a fascinating collection of ancient weapons are on display on the first floor, surrounded by an elegant Benedictine architecture.
Oriental marble capitals, decorated sarcophagi and other manufacts dating back to the 5th and 6th centuries are among the most prestigious finds of the Museum. The most famous manufacts are those belonging to the Early Christian and Byzantine monuments listed by Unesco as World Heritage sites, such as the transennae and the cross of San Vitale or the preparatory cartoon to the mosaic of Sant’Apollinare in Classe.
The Museum also hosts an important series of frescoes dating back to the 14th century, a masterpiece by Pietro da Rimini that was taken from the Church of Santa Chiara in Ravenna.
From Tuesday to Sunday: 8.30am - 7.30pm
Last admission: 30 minutes before closing time
The National Museum is closed on Mondays, except for Monday, 26th December
The National Museum is closed on December 25th and January 1st
Ticket price: 6€
Basilica Sant'Apollinare in Classe + Ravenna National Museum + Mausoleum of Theodoric: 10€; 5€ concession.
The combined ticket "three sites" can be purchased at the ticket office of the National Museum or at the Basilica in Classe and is valid for three days from the issue date.
Free admission on the first Sunday of the month; during special events by MIBACT (Italian Ministry of Cultural heritage and Activities); Romagna Visit Card holders; EU citizens aged less than 18 years; non-EU citizens under age; disabled and carers; non-EU citizens with conditions of reciprocity; EU guides and interpreters; MIBACT's staff; I.C.O.M. members; students of EU public and private schools accompanied by teachers; students of Higher Education courses organized by MIBACT; teachers and students of the Academy of Fine Arts and corresponding institutes of the European Union; high school teachers of art history; professors and graduate or post-graduate students of Art and Architecture; journalists with card.
Fully accessible for disabled people
The Museum is situated in the controlled traffic zone of the city centre. Bus stop n. 10 – 11 (Piazza Baracca). There are two parking possibilities: 1. Piazza Baracca car park: short stop pay and display parking for coaches and cars (200 metres away from the Museum); 2. Largo Giustiniano car park: secured pay and display parking (for cars only) next to the entrance of the Museum. In the surroundings of Basilica of S. Vitale and Mausoleum of Galla Placidia. Wheelchair accessible
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Last modified date: 27/11/2017