MUDAS Diocesan Museum

MUDAS Museo Diocesano

Expression of the religious and cultural vitality of the Aretine territory, a rich treasure trove of precious artistic testimonies.

Young by birth, the MUDAS Museum boasts the presence of works by great artists dear to the people of Arezzo, as well as liturgical and venerative objects tied to the religious sentiment of the Aretine Diocese. The Museum showcases its collection in the new location: the five rooms of the old Diocesan Archive at the Bishop’s Palace. The exhibition offers a small but profound excursion into the history of art from the 12th century to the present day, including works by Andrea di Nerio, Rossellino, Bartolomeo della Gatta, Giorgio Vasari, and Giuliano Vangi.
Its collection began to take shape in 1950 within the corpus of works exhibited in the renowned Exhibition of Sacred Art of the Diocese from the 11th to the 18th century at the Municipal Palace of Arezzo. The creators and promoters of this undertaking were Roberto Longhi and Mario Salmi, distinguished art historians. It was on that occasion that Bishop Emanuele Mignone decided to establish a museum with works from the Cathedral, the Chapter, and the Bishop’s Palace, as well as others from churches that were no longer in use or not well supervised.
On April 21, 2011, with the exhibition “Giorgio Vasari Santo è Bello,” the Museum took up residence at the Episcopal Palace, by decision of Archbishop Riccardo Fontana. The museum houses some notable works by Vasari himself. Among the works of the Aretine artist are the banner of the Compagnia di San Giovanni de’ Peducci from 1548, featuring the “Preaching of Saint John the Baptist” on one side and the “Baptism of Christ” on the other, and the “Madonna della Misericordia” from 1557, a silk work commissioned by the Fraternity of the Laity as part of a processional canopy. Also within the Vasari scope, perhaps executed by a collaborator, are the “Mysteries of the Rosary” from the second half of the sixteenth century, originating from the sacristy of the Basilica of San Domenico.
The life of the collection continues to unfold through bequests and gifts from artists revolving around the city.


Regular / € 6,00
Reduced / € 4,00
Free admission


• Reduced price admission for children aged between 6 and 18 and groups of more than 15 people.
• Free admission for children up to 6 years of age, residents of the municipality of Arezzo, disabled people and their companions, teachers accompanying schools or groups, authorized tourist guides, journalists.




1st April – 31st October
Every day from 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM and from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
(last entry at 5:30 PM)


1st November – 31st March
(excluding the Christmas period)
Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM and from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
(last entry at 4:30 PM)


26th December – 6th January
Open daily from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
(last entry at 5:30 PM)


Palazzo Vescovile
Piazza del Duomo, 1


See everything, avoid the queue, and save money.


• Closed on December 25th


Ticket office contacts:
(+39) 0575 4027268

Giorgio Vasari, Madonna of Mercy (1557; oil on canvas, ⌀ 192 cm)