National Museum of Ravenna

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


Opening hours
Tuesday - Sunday: 8.30am - 7.30pm. Closed on Mondays.
Last admission: 30 minutes before closing time


Wheelchair accessible Contact Details
Phone +39 0544 215618, +39 0544 543724


Via San Vitale, 17


There are two parking possibilities:
1. Piazza Baracca car park: short stop pay and display parking for coaches and cars (200 metres away from the Museum);
2. Largo Giustiniano car park: secured pay and display parking (for cars only) next to the entrance of the Museum.


The Museum is situated in the controlled traffic zone of the city centre. 
Bus stop n. 10 – 11 (Piazza Baracca).
In the surroundings of Basilica of S. Vitale and Mausoleum of Galla Placidia.