Archiepiscopal Museum
Archiepiscopal Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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Archiepiscopal Museum and the Chapel of St. Andrew The Archbishop's Chapel of St. Andrew is guarded as a gemstone inside the Bishop's Palace. It was the private chapel of the bishops of Ravenna and it was built and decorated with mosaics from 494 till 519. Set up inside the rooms of the Bishop's Palace, the collection of the Archiepiscopal Museum contains epigraphs, the Cathedral treasure, remains of mosaics from the ancient Basilica of Ursus and above all the ivory throne of the bishop Maximian (6th century).
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PavlaPavla
Chrudim, Czech Republic6,879 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
This museum is very small. You can see there exhibits of early Christian Ravenna. I think the rarest and most interesting exhibit here is the Throne of Archbishop Maximian, which is richly decorated with ivory.

I found interesting the marble rosette which is a Paschal calendar of the 6th century. Its purpose was to fix the movable feast of Easter in such a way that it might be celebrated everywhere in Christendom on the same day.
Written July 27, 2022
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KatrinaMolini
Corciano, Italy11,109 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
The museum itself was not entirely our thing. We loved the ivory throne of Maximian, the silver cross of Bishop Agnellus and a few other things, but the chapel of Sant’Andrea with the mosaics was wow and what we came for. It’s tiny and beautiful and classed by UNESCO as a world heritage site. Don’t miss it.
Written October 17, 2022
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wil r
Tacoma, WA142 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
There is considerable staff guarding unspectacular holdings. A wing was closed, supposed to open at 11 AM. Still closed well after that. Unpleasant staffer offered no further info, Restrooms closed. For maintenance during my entire visit.
Written October 19, 2022
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK185,071 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
The Archiepiscopal Museum contains a collection of religious sculptures and other church artefacts. Most of the stone sculptures aren’t all that interesting, apart from the Bishop’s throne carved from ivory, an early christian sarcophagus and a tower pulpit. The standout exhibit is the Archiepiscopal Chapel of St. Andrew. Once a private oratory for the Catholic bishops, it became an Orthodox chapel after the city was conquered by the Byzantines in the 6th century. Now it’s the only extant Orthodox monument in Ravenna. The chapel is part of the UNESCO ensemble of early christian monuments in the city, and rightly so. The mosaics in the chapel are stunning, The lunette over the entrance depicts Christ as a warrior trampling on a wild beast and a snake. The barrel vaulted ceiling has a representation of heaven as skies filled with wondrous birds. Wall to ceiling to wall of the chapel interiors are covered in high quality mosaic. The best of the mosaics is on the dome, honouring the four evangelists.
Written July 18, 2023
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Mihaela J
Bucharest, Romania107 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Friends
The Chapel is the smallest of Ravenna’s UNESCO sites and the only Early Christian private oratory preserved to our days, now part of the Archbishop Museum. A rare depiction of a warrior Christ presides over the entrance door (in the vestibule of the chapel), while the same symbol of the golden cross over a starry night (inspired from the mausoleum of Galla Placidia) catches the eye on the apse of the altar.
The dome of the chapel is home to four angels who, alternating with the symbols of the four evangelists, hold the Monogram of Christ. While three of them are observing the solemnity of their function, the fourth greets the visitor with a cute smile on his face.
No pictures are allowed to be taken inside the Archbishop Museum, but one can buy postcards at the museum shop.
Written May 15, 2016
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trooper92
St. Gallen539 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
There is a reason that the palace/museum is on the 5-site visitor’s ticket. The small chapel has nice mosaics (though not as impressive as in the other 4 sites) - but our highlights were the ivory bishops throne and the +/- 1000 year old ceremonial artifacts exhibited in the museum. Not a big museum and a small chapel -> can be experienced in 30-60 minutes depending on your historic curiosity.
Written October 24, 2020
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g w
52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Don't miss the Paschal calendar, the magnificent Ivory Cathedra and, of course, the Chapel of Sant'Andrea
Written March 6, 2020
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greenmind0428
College Park, MD398 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
While it's included in the UNESCO combo ticket, this is the one stop of the five not devoted to mosaics. The museum is devoted to a collection of the remains of churches that did not make it through like the more famous ones in Ravenna, and that are even older. I found myself reminded of the Capitoline Museum in Rome with the fragments of the Roman settlement in the area.

They say there is no photography of the mosaics in a small chapel that is part of the museum but I snapped a shot or two and nobody said anything.

This is a massive collection and I only wish I had not done it last. It might have been better to go out of the "recommended" order of the UNESCO combo ticket and see this one with more energy.
Written December 7, 2019
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AllanJGJ
Wellington, New Zealand4,204 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
This is a smallish museum just behind the Duomo and the Neonian Baptistry and is well worth visiting, particularly as it is part of the Ravenna multiticket. The St Andrews Chapel is a particular highlight but there are a number of interesting artifacts including the ivory throne of Maximian from the 6th century. Definitely worth a stop.
Written September 30, 2019
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manic_curls
Abingdon, UK25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
This is one of the 5 attractions covered by the same ticket in Ravenna. It is well worth a visit. There are many ancient carvings and inscriptions which are lovely, the Ivory throne which is so intricate, and of course St Andrews chapel which is glorious. The bird ceiling mosaics were my absolute favourite of all the mosaics we saw in Ravenna. The museum had information boards in English as well as Italian which was good, this city has so much history! Recommended.
Written September 25, 2019
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