Museums Ravenna, mosaics Ravenna
Ravenna is one of the most important historic and cultural cities in Emilia Romagna; it has been regarded as an important city since the Roman Age and for this reason many rulers commissioned there the building of outstanding monuments Ravenna, impressive works of art which still bear witness to the glorious vicissitudes the city experienced. These precious finds are cherished by important museums Ravenna. The most representative works of art in the city are the famous Byzantine mosaics Ravenna.
Archiepiscopal Museum Ravenna | Dante Museum | Marino Marini Museum | National Museum Ravenna | Natural Science Museum Alfredo Brandolini
Apart from museums, the city also cherishes
important historic monuments or
remains of them.
Archiepiscopal Museum Ravenna: this museum cherishes most finds belonging to the Curia; it is staged in the first floor of the Archbishop's Palace where even the remains of the cathedrals which were destroyed in past ages are displayed. The most important works of art it cherishes are the ivory altar of Maximian and the famous VIth-century Byzantine mosaics Ravenna.
Dante Museum: built to commemorate Dante Alighieri 600 years after his death, it displays the documents and items which belonged to Dante and bear witness to the vicissitudes the great poet from Florence experienced. The museum is situated near his tomb and the Church of Saint Francis.
Marino Marini Museum: it is dedicated to Marino Marini, who once collected mechanical music instruments. It is situated few kilometres far from Ravenna and displays Marini's collection, made up of pianos, organs and gramophones. Marini also restored many pianos, the same which are currently displayed in the halls of the exhibition. The museum has been closed since 1999, but it is still possible to visit it prior previous booking.
National Museum Ravenna: it is one of the oldest museums Ravenna. It cherishes many finds which were unearthed during the archaeological excavations carried out near Classe and Villa Romana; following the transfer to the former Church of San Vitale, the museum was enlarged, thus beginning to host even smaller collections or works of art dating back to the Vth century and built making use of different materials: ceramic, majolica, graphite and ivory. The museum also cherishes historical finds dating back to the Roman and Barbaric Ages.
Natural Science Museum Alfredo Brandolini: one of the most important museums Ravenna, this does not cherish archaeological finds or evidences bearing witness to the history of the Papal States but deals with the animal kingdom. It is named after a famous naturalist from Ravenna, Alfredo Brandolini, and was established thanks to the ornithological research his sisters gave the municipality; the exhibition features a collection of stuffed birds from Romagna divided according to their age and species. Apart from birds, the museum also hosts collections of both Italian and exotic butterflies, reptiles, mammals and shells from the Adriatic Sea. The museum also hosts an important library cherishing scientific books dating back to 1500.