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Diocesan Museum, Catania

Diocesan Museum, Catania

The Diocesan Museum is one of the most interesting and unusual museums in Catania, that holds many Christian relics and other valuable exhibits. The museum is located in the ancient building of the Palazzo del Seminario dei Chierici, on one of the central streets of the city – Via Etna.

History of the Diocesan Museum of Catania

The Diocesan Museum is located in an old mansion built after the famous earthquake of 1693. In 1965 the palace was carefully restored, without damaging its interiors and exterior decoration, but also having built everything in accordance with the requirements of the museum.

Thanks to the excellent state of the furniture, the visitor is immersed in the atmosphere of the ancient Catania.

Museum's collection

The collection of the museum is divided into two thematic expositions:

  • The first is devoted to the improvement of the cathedral and is located on the second floor of the museum.
  • The second collection holds exhibits from the churches, dioceses of the city, and other religious sites of Catania.

The excursion in the museum shows how the fashion changed, as well as the views and traditions in the decoration of the temples of the city. In addition to the museum, the building hosts exhibitions and concerts, as well as conferences.

You can enjoy a magnificent panoramic view in the cozy café-museum.

How to get there

The Diocesan Museum is located on the main street of the city – Via Etna. The nearest metro stop is Porto. Also you can take other transport: №429, 431N. The railway station is a 20-minute walk away from the museum.

Opening hours:

  • from 09:00 to 14:00 (Monday to Friday), of which Tuesday and Thursday – also from 15:00 to 18:00;
  • from 09:00 to 13:00 (Saturday).


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