Diocesan Museum
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Museum and cribs collection: Tue - Sun 10 am - 5 pm, only Cribs collection 26.11.-06.01 every day 10 am - 5 pm, closed on 24th and 25th December


Piazza Vescovile 2, 39042 Bressanone-Brixen Phone +39 0472 830505 info@hofburg.it www.hofburg.it


Diocesan Museum

The medieval Castle of the Bishops of Brixen, built in the 13th century, was rebuilt several times across the centuries. The magnificent courtyard is one of the most impressive examples of Renaissance architecture in Tyrol. In the 18th century baroque elements were added by the Prince-Bishop Kaspar Ignaz of Künigl, who also redesigned the chambers of the bishop and the emperor. In 1973 the episcopal seat was transferred to Bozen. Today Brixen Castle accommodates the Diocesan Museum, the collection of Nativity cribs and the diocesan archives.
The Diocesan Museum shows a representative cross-section of sacral art in South Tyrol, from valuable medieval sculptures and panels to more recent art dating from the baroque, classicist and romantic periods. Arts and crafts objects such as delicate gold work, glass paintings and furniture are on show alongside works of 19th century Tyrolean artists. Parts of the Brixen cathedral treasure, like the famous eagle chasuble, are also displayed. The collection of Nativity cribs includes not only Christmas cribs but also year-round cribs with many interesting details.

Renessaince in the mountains
Bishop's Palace Brixen, 27th May - 31st October 2017

Taking the detour to the south German art centres, shapes and topics of the Renessaince also found their way into South Tyrol in the first half of the 16th century. The sacral panel paintings reflected not only the Reformation of Martin Luther but also the relationship between Christians and Muslims. Becoming the setting of the "invention" of the blue-white faience technique painted tile stove, "the land in the mountains" made its appearance as an area of German-Italian art exchange.

Cribs in the Bishop's Palace
Bishop's Palace Brixen, 01.12.2017 - 07.01.2018

Crib figures of wood and wax, of paper and ceramics, painted or dressed: they brought the Christmas scenes into the houses of aristocrats and bourgeois people. The yearly crib of the Prince Bishop of the time around 1800 represents wite more than 5,000 pieces the entire life of Jesus.