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Archiepiscopal Museum

Piazza Arcivescovado, 1 - Ravenna

Located near the Cathedral and the Neonian Baptistery, the original building of the ARCHIEPISCOPAL MUSEUM dates back to the 5th century AD and underwent several restoration works over the years.

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.

The Archiepiscopal Museum’s collection

The exhibition displayed in the museum is very fascinating. To the museum’s collection belong some objects of extreme beauty, such as the silver Cross of archbishop Agnello (6th century), a marble plate depicting the Easter calendar (6th century) and a headless statue from the Byzantine era (6th century), which maybe portrayed Emperor Justinian.

A small picture gallery – the so-called “Sala delle Pianete” (Hall of the Planets) – also hosts works dating back between 1500 and 1800, a collection of sacred vestments datable to the 11th or 12th century and the Sala della Torre Salustra (Room of the Salustra Tower), which once was the final section of the Aqua Traiana aqueduct and the starting point of the pipes for the urban distribution of water.

The museum is also home to the pulpit of Maximian, one of the most famous ivory works made by Byzantine artists in the 6th century.



St. Andrew Chapel – Unesco World Heritage

The Archiepiscopal Museum has an exciting surprise in store for visitors, as it is mainly known as the site of one of the eight monuments composing the UNESCO World Heritage of Ravenna.

The museum hosts the Archiepiscopal Chapel, a private oratorio ordered by Pietro II, bishop of Ravenna between 494 and 519 AD, embellished with extraordinary mosaics datable to the beginning of the 5th century.

It is the only early-Christian chapel still preserved today.

Further information

Opening times

Until 3rd November
Every day: 9 am – 7 pm

Last admission: 30 minutes before closing time.

Closing time

The museum is closed on December 25th.

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 online or by contacting the Reservations Center.

In addition, tickets can also be purchased on the day of visit at the ticket offices located in each monumental complex.

For further information:

Free of charge

Children up to 10 years, citizens of Ravenna (with a valid document), disabled people with certified disability over 74% or “Carta Bianca” holders, ecclesiastics, soldiers, tourist guides of Region Emilia-Romagna at work. Journalists must request free admission in advance to the Opera di Religione by writing to

For groups: 1 free tour leader every 20 paying visitors. For schools: 1 free teacher every 10 paying students.


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

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.

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

A cura della Redazione Locale

Last edit:2 April 2024

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