Art and culture

Benedectine museum of Nonantola and museum of dioceses sacred art

via Marconi, 3 - Nonantola - MO - 41015

Phone: +39(0)59/549025

Fax: +39(0)59/544242



from Monday to Tuesday: from 9.00am to 12.30 pm; on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays: from 9.00am to 12.30 pm and from 2.00 pm to 6.00 pm. The ticket office closes half an hour before the closing time given.


Full price: € 5.00, Groups € 4.00, schools € 2.00.
For further informations please call the Museum tel. 0039 059 549025.

The Museum is located on the second floor of the Nonantola Palace of the Abbey. Here, visitors can admire ancient documents and the Abbey's treasures as well as explore the diocese's singular historical-artistic heritage.
The oldest collection on display at the museum is the Abbey's treasures, which include an outstanding relic of the Holy Cross - a unique artistic and religious treasure of Eastern Christianity - a reliquary cross, with a double, embossed crosspiece containing the effigies of the Emperor Constantine and his mother Helena (11-12th century), a reliquary cross with a Greek cross (13th - 14th century), the reliquary of Saints Synesius and Theopompus (end of the 12th century - beginning of the 13th century); the reliquary containing the arm of Saint Sylvester (1372) and a small ivory reliquary (end of the 11th century - start of the 12th century). The Cantatorio or Gradual (end of the 11th century - beginning of the 12th century), the "Matilde" Gospels (12th century) and the Acta Sanctorum must be added to these.

The Nonantola section also contains an exhibit which includes a wide array of parchments from the Abbey Archives, some of which bear the monogram of the Emperor Charlemagne and the Countess Matilde of Canossa in addition to the Polittico di Michele by Matteo Lambertini (beginning of the 15th century), the Ascension altarpiece of the Ferrara school and other unique treasures, paraments and liturgical furnishing from the diocese.

The "La Fabbrica del Codice" (The Codex Lab) Teaching Laboratory is available during the school year and provides children with basic information on how a medieval codex manuscripts were prepared.