Within the complex of S. Vitale there are the halls of the National Museum, which preserves important examples of Roman and Byzantine times, such as some funeral steles and epigraphs, various archaeological fragments, a collection of textiles (from Coptic to Renaissance period), an important collection of ivory pieces, a rich collection of icons, a coin and medal section and a fascinating collection of ancient weapons. In particular we can see some milestones found in Ravenna area, the remains of the Porta Aurea and the equipments of Classe necropolis.
Further works on display are the cycle of 14th-century frescoes of Santa Chiara that decorated the church of the Poor Clare Sisters in Ravenna, today Luigi Rasi Theatre, and the mosaics of the archaeological complex of Via d'Azeglio. Discovered in 1993 during the renovation works of a building, these mosaics have been carefully restored and then exhibited in 1995.
The National Museum of Ravenna is part of Route III - Via Popilia