Diocesan Museum at the Bishop’s Palace

The Diocesan Museum, located since 1976 in the Bressanone Bishop’s Palace, called Hofburg, also comprises a crib collection.

The Bressanone Bishop's Palace harkens back on a long history. Constructed as residence for the Prince-Bishops of Bressanone in 1250 AD, it used to be the seat of the bishops up to the year 1964. The inner courtyard with the yard gate, the Renaissance loggias and the Baroque façade alone are worth a visit. Today it also houses the Diocesan Museum - "Diözesanmuseum Hofburg Brixen" in German, "Museo Diocesano nel Palazzo Vescovile di Bressanone" in Italian -, the Cathedral Treasure and a Nativity Scene Collection. Actually the purpose of the museum, opened in 1901, was the collection of endangered pieces of art of the Romanesque and Gothic periods.

The exhibits are varied and comprise Romanesque ecclesiastical pieces of art and Gothic statuaries, wall paintings and panel paintings as well as late Gothic artworks of the master painter Leonhard from Bressanone and Hans Klocker. Moreover there are pieces of arts of the Baroque period, e.g. by Paul Troger, classicism and Romanesque period. Fitments, textiles, cards and documents illustrate the history of the Bressanone Bishop's Palace itself. Some years ago, the Diocesan Museum has been amplified by a collection of Tyrolean artists of the 19th century, the Siegfried Unterberger Collection. Part of the museum are also the Baroque Court Church, the Cathedral Treasure and the Nativity Scene Collection on the ground floor of the palace.

In the latter you can visit a comprehensive crib of about 5,000 figurines as well as Christmas cribs from Bressanone, Tyrol, Naples and Sicily. The Cathedral Treasure, however, comprises precious gold crosses and ivory artworks, e.g. the "Albuinkasel" dating back to 1000 AD, a Liturgical cloth of Byzantine silk, which was a present by Henry II or Conrad II, both Holy Roman Emperors, to the bishop Albuin of Bressanone. And how to reach the Diocesan Museum? It can be found at the Piazza Palazzo Vescovile (Bishop's Palace Square) in the centre of Bressanone, close to the Bressanone Cathedral. From the Bressanone parking garage or the Aquarena parking space (both subject to charge) as well as the bus stop, the museum is a 5 - 10-minute walk away.

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Opening times

  • Sun 29 Jan 10:00 - 17:00
  • Mon 30 Jan 10:00 - 17:00
  • Tue 31 Jan 10:00 - 17:00
  • Wed 01 Feb 10:00 - 17:00
  • Thu 02 Feb 10:00 - 17:00
  • Fri 03 Feb 10:00 - 17:00
  • Sat 04 Feb 10:00 - 17:00

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Autumn 2022 (10/01/2022 - 11/06/2022)

  • Mon 10:00 - 17:00
  • Tue 10:00 - 17:00
  • Wed 10:00 - 17:00
  • Thu 10:00 - 17:00
  • Fri 10:00 - 17:00
  • Sat 10:00 - 17:00
  • Sun 10:00 - 17:00

All Saints 2022 (11/01/2022) 10:00 - 17:00

Season closure 2022 (11/07/2022 - 11/25/2022)

  • Mon closed
  • Tue closed
  • Wed closed
  • Thu closed
  • Fri closed
  • Sat closed
  • Sun closed

Winter 2022/23 (11/26/2022 - 04/30/2023)

  • Mon 10:00 - 17:00
  • Tue 10:00 - 17:00
  • Wed 10:00 - 17:00
  • Thu 10:00 - 17:00
  • Fri 10:00 - 17:00
  • Sat 10:00 - 17:00
  • Sun 10:00 - 17:00

Immaculate Conception 2022 (12/08/2022) 10:00 - 17:00

Christmas' Eve 2022 (12/24/2022) closed

Christmas 2022 (12/25/2022) closed

Boxing Day 2022 (12/26/2022) 10:00 - 17:00

New Year's Eve 2022 (12/31/2022) 10:00 - 17:00

New Year 2023 (01/01/2023) 10:00 - 17:00

Epiphany 2023 (01/06/2023) 10:00 - 17:00

Easter 2023 (04/09/2023) closed

Easter Monday 2023 (04/10/2023) 10:00 - 17:00

Liberation Day 2023 (04/25/2023) 10:00 - 17:00

Admission

€ 10.00 adults
€ 8.00 seniors 65+
€ 8.00 students
€ 8.00 groups (more than 10 people)
€ 5.00 children and young people (6-18 years)

free for children under 6 years
free with the BressanoneCard
free with the museumcard and museumobil Card

€ 5.00 guided tour (per person)

More information

The museum stays open all year round, season closure from November 7 to 25, 2022. The archive of the Bishop's Palace is accessible from Monday to Friday from 10 am to 5 pm (on request).

Guided tours at the Bishop's Palace (approx. 1.5 hours) all year round on request, guided tours at the Cathedral Complex (Bressanone Cathedral, cloister and baptistery, approx. 1.5 hours) all year round on request, combined guided tours at the Diocesan Museum and the Cathedral Complex (2 hours) every Tuesday and Thursday at 3 pm in German language, every Wednesday and Friday at 3 pm in Italian language, or on request. For requests: info@hofburg.it or +39 0472 830505.

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