The massive Bishop’s Palace is adjacent to the cathedral; it dates from the same period as the cathedral and was enlarged and modified over the centuries. Part of this monumental building houses MUDIA, the Diocesan Museum and Museum of the Cathedral. In eight different halls wonderful exhibits tell the story of the Diocese of Agrigento from its rebirth under the Normans after 1087 to modern times: admire medieval frescoes, baroque paintings and magnificent sacred objects and vestments. Particular mention goes to the medieval reliquaries of 12th century and the portable Altar of Saint Gerlando which was allegedly taken on the crusades and used by the crusaders to celebrate Holy Mass prior to a battle when there was no Christian place of worship in the vicinities. Besides this mysterious religious object, you can admire frescoes of the 14th and 15th century which have been discovered during recent restoration of the cathedral, religious articles brought back from Jerusalem by the crusaders, 18th century paintings and rare bejeweled vestments. A stop at the MUDIA Diocesan Museum is a must: a visit to the Cathedral would not be complete without admiring its most precious treasures. Not to be missed
The MUDIA Diocesan Museum (or Cathedral Museum) is located in Palazzo Vescovile, halfway down Via Duomo.
The guided visit of the museum is included in the “Art & Faith” itinerary proposed by the volunteers of the cultural association “Ecclesia Viva”.
April-October: open from Tuesday to Saturday, 10.00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. On Sunday, 10.00 a.m.-1.30 p.m. and 3.30 p.m.-7.00 p.m.
November-March: open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10.00 a.m.-1.00 p.m.
Monday 24 and Monday 31 December will be open from 10:00 to 13:00
Ticket MUDIA Diocesan Museum = € 3 per person
Combo ticket: MUDIA Diocesan Museum + visitable parts of the Cathedral = € 4 per person
MUDIA Diocesan Museum: for further information or to book visits at different times
MUDIA – Museo Diocesano, Via Duomo, 100 – 92100 Agrigento
The following coordinates indicate the point of interest
N 37° 18' 49.15''
E 13° 34' 39.2''