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Municipality of Ravenna

Archiepiscopal Museum

Piazza Arcivescovado, 1 - Ravenna
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Set near the Ravenna Cathedral and the extraordinary Neonian Baptistery is the ARCHIEPISCOPAL MUSEUM.

The museum is  hosted inside the Archiepiscopal Palace, which dates back to the fifth century a.D. and underwent several restoration works. Archbishop Maffeo Niccolò Farsetti strongly wanted this museum to preserve the marbles and stones extracted from the nearby cathedral, after the restoration works carried out during the 16th century.

In 1911, Superintendent Giuseppe Gerola added to the already existing Sala Lapidaria (Lapidary Room) a collection of sacred items gathered over the centuries, which is known as the “Cathedral’s treasure”

The Archiepiscopal Museum’s collection

To the museum’s collection belong some objects of extreme beauty, such as the pulpit of Massimian, one of the most famous ivory works made by Byzantine artists in the sixth century, and the Cross of Agnello.

On the upper floor is a small picture gallery, with works dating back between 1500 and 1800; the so-called “Sala delle Pianete” (Hall of the Planets), a collection of sacred vestments dating from the eleventh to the twelfth century;  the Sala della Torre Sallusta (Room of the Sallusta Tower), a remnant from the Trajan era, with a display of precious processional crosses and mosaic fragments from the Cathedral.

The Archiepiscopal Museum is mainly known as the site of one of the eight monuments composing the UNESCO site of the city: it hosts the Archiepiscopal Chapel, a Late Christian oratorio with a Greek cross vault, ordered by Pietro II, bishop of Ravenna, and it is today the only still extant Late Christian chapel.


Further information

Opening times

Last admission: 30 minutes before closing time

Every day: 9am-7pm

Monday to Thursday: 10am-5pm
Friday to Sunday: 9am-7pm

Monday 1 and Tuesday 2 November: 9am-7pm
From 3 November, every day: 10am-5pm

Due to the health emergency, in order to maintain social distancing the number of visitors is limited, access every 30 minutes, with visits limited to 25 minutes.
It is compulsory to book a time slot ticket in advance.


From 6 August 2021 access to the monument is allowed only on presenting the EU Digital COVID Certificate (Green Pass) or an equivalent certificate issued by the health authorities (or negative test result performed in the last 48 hours), compulsory for everyone over the age of 12.

For further information, see: Covid-19 updates: information for tourists

Closing time

The museum is closed on 25 December and on 1 January

Entrance fee

Combined Ticket: €10.50
Concession: €9.50 (*)
The combined ticket includes the Basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo, the Neonian Baptistery (**), the Basilica of San Vitale, the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia (**), the Archiepiscopal Museum and Chapel.

The ticket is valid for 7 consecutive days from the date of issue and entitles the holder to one entry for each monument

*Valid for Italian and foreign students during the school year, for associations with special agreements and for groups accompanied by authorized tour guides of the Region Emilia Romagna
** There is an additional charge of €2 that applies to access the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia and Neonian Baptistery. Mandatory booking for groups. The charge applies also to children over 6 and residents of Ravenna.


Tickets can be booked up to 30 minutes before arrival. You can book your ticket as follows:

Free of charge

Children up to 10 years, people with disabilities (with 74% certified disability or Carta Bianca owners), residents of the Municipality of Ravenna (with valid ID); ecclesiastics and servicepersons, teachers accompanying school groups (1 free teacher every 10 students); working tourist guides of the Emilia-Romagna Region ; soldiers. For groups: 1 free tour leader every 20 paying people.

Journalists must be registered in advance, submitting a written request of permission to the Directive Board of Opera di Religione:

How to get there

The museum is located in the heart of Ravenna city centre, inside the Archiepiscopal Palace. In the area are the Cathedral and the Neonian Baptistery.

By bus: in Piazza Caduti della Libertà and in Piazza Kennedy are the bus stops where every urban routes stops. Find your bus on:

On foot/by bike: the museum can be easily reached on foot or by bike from the railway station.

Parking: near the museum are several parking areas. Find the nearest parking areas HERE.


The entrance and the halls are completely accessible. Some halls have a tactile tour for blind people, featuring panels with braille texts

A cura della Redazione Locale

Last edit:1 September 2021

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