The Diocesan Museum, located in the Hofburg Palace since 1976, also comprises a crib collection.
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The Hofburg Palace of Bressanone 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 the Hofburg Palace also houses the Diocesan Museum, the Cathedral Treasure and a crib 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, Romanesque period and unique art handicrafts. Fitments, textiles, cards and documents illustrate the history of the Hofburg Palace itself. In 2004 the Diocesan Museum was amplified by a collection of Tyrolean artists of the 19th century. A visit of the Baroque chapel is a must in a museum tour.
Part of the Diocesan Museum are also the Cathedral Treasure and the crib collection. 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 crib collection can be visited on the ground floor of the Hofburg Palace. The Cathedral Treasure, however, comprises precious gold crosses and ivory artworks. The highlight is the so-called “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.
Summer opening hours:
from March 15 to October 31, 2017
from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm
Good Friday open from 10 am to 2 pm
closed on Mondays
Winter opening hours:
from November 24, 2017, to January 7, 2018
daily from 10 am to 5 pm
closed on December 24 and 25
summer (Hofburg Palace with crib collection):
8.00 Euros (adults), free for kids under 12 years
2.50 Euros (from 13 years), 6.00 Euros (students, seniors over 65)
summer (only crib collection) and winter:
5.00 Euros (adults), free for kids under 12 years
2.00 Euros (from 13 years), 4.00 Euros (students, in winter also seniors over 65)
free with the BrixenCard, Museumcard, museumobil Card
phone: +39 0472 830505, firstname.lastname@example.org