Christianity and Art
Museums Christian/religious art worldwide
Museums of Christian and religious art worldwide
List of museums that specialize in the work of one or more artists who are/were Christians or in religious art
- Museum for old and contemporary art, Benedictine monastery Admont, www.stiftadmont.at (D, E)
- Artworks in the monastery of Altenburg from the 12th century and on. Manuscripts, paintings, sculptures and liturgical objects. Also exhibitions.
(Brixen lies in the middle of South-Tirol, but it is an autonomous province that belongs to Italy)
- Diocesal museum Eisenstadt in the Franciscan monastery. Old and modern Christian art.
- Graphic collection and art collection of the monastery of Göttweig. Many manuscripts and prints, treasury, textiles, weapons and coins. Also exhibitions.
- Minoriten Galerien, Mariahilferplatz 3, Graz. The Minoriten Galerien Graz show contemporary art, international, with a focus on religion and spirituality. Under the leadership of Johannes Rauchenberger several big international exhibitions were realised. http://alt.kultum.at/galerien/Galerien1.htm (D)
- Art collection of the monastery of Heiligenkreuz.
- Art collection of the monastery of Herzogenburg.
- Diocesal museum, Mariannengasse 2, Klagenfurt.
- Museum of the monastery of Klosterneuburg. This Augustinian monastery is one of the most important historical sites close to Vienna. With an altar by Nicolas of Verdun. Paintings and sculptures from the Middle Ages till now. Objects of bronze and ivory.
- Art collection of the Benedictine monastery of Kremsmünster in the monastery.
- Benedictine monastery of Lambach with a collection of manuscripts, paintings and a large collection of graphic art. With exhibitions.
- Diocesal museum, Petrinumstraße 12, Linz.
- Basilika Mariazell. Treasury with 3200 gifts by pilgrims. With relics, textiles and contemporary art.
- Museum of the monastery of Mattsee with sacred art, historical library and paintings. With exhibitions.
- Museum of the monastery of Melk, Dietmayrstraße 1.
- Augustinian Museum, Pfarrgasse 8, Rattenberg.
- Stift Rein, the oldest Cistercian monastery in the world (1129), has regular exhibtions. www.stift-rein.at (D)
- Cathedral Museum, Domplatz, Salzburg. The Salzburg Cathedral Museum is devoted to the art and the culture of one of the oldest Archbishoprics in German-speaking territories. The exhibition rooms in the upper story of the Cathedral, the so-called oratories, are well worth seeing even by themselves. The Cathedral Museum is also the Museum of the Archdiocese and displays valuable sacral works of art from various Salzburg parishes. www.kirchen.net/dommuseum (D, E)
- Collection of the monastery of Schlägl with paintings from the Gothic era till the 20th century, library with many manuscripts, textiles and liturgical objects from the 15th century. With exhibitions.
- Augustinian monastery St. Florian with a rich collection of paintings with Works by Altdorfer and Lucas Cranach, many works from the Baroque and by the Austrian artist Hans Fronius (1903 - 1988). With exhibitions. www.stift-st-florian.at/en.html (D, E)
- Museum of the Benedictine monastery St. Lambrecht, Hauptstraße 1, St. Lambrecht has an art-historical collection and regular exhibitions. www.stift-stlambrecht.at (D)
St. Paul im Lavanttal:
- Art collection of the Benediktine monastery of St. Paul.
- Diocesal museum St. Pölten. Founded in 1888, situated close to the Dom. With paintings and sculptures from the Middle Ages to 18th century. With two libraries.
- Dommuseum Stephansdom, founded in 1933, is considered to be one of best museums of Vienna. Covers 1000 years of Christian art, from the Stephansdom and the rest of Austria. Paintings, sculptures, windows, reliquaries, and gold and silver objects. Due to the collector’s work of Monsignore Otto Mauer (1907 – 1973) the 20th century is also well represented. Between others works by Alfred Kubin and Hans Fronius, but also by Arnulf Rainer and Josef Mikl.
-Treasury of the German Order (order of crusaders). This treasury, close to the Stephansdom, is one of the oldest art collections in Vienna. From Gothic art to the 20th century. Also coins and weapons.
- Ernst Fuchs Museum. In 1972 the catholic Austrian artist Ernst Fuchs, acquired the derelict Otto Wagner Villa in Hütteldorf (Vienna), which he restored and transformed. The villa was inaugurated as the in 1988.
Candle Museum, Kerkplein, Baarle-Hertog. This museum is dedicated to the art candles of the Friesian artist Frits Spies. The candles have diverse religious themes: from Archangel Michael fighting with the devil to Spies’ replica of Michelangelo. Everything carried out in beeswax. http://www.kaarsenmuseum.nl/
Bastogne (in province Luxembourg):
- Musée en Piconrue – Religious art and popular faith practices in Ardenne and Luxemburg, Place en Piconrue 2, Bastogne.
- Cathedral’s treasury: Paintings by, among others, Dirk Bouts, Hugo van der Goes, manuscripts, copper memorial plaques and silver and gold artefacts.
- The 12th-century Saint John’s hospital with Memling Museum famous for its works by Flemish primitive painter Hans Memling.
- At the Nationale Basiliek van het Heilig-Hart in Koekelberg (near Brussels, started in 2007): Museum for Modern Religious Art. In this museum: Ronald Devolder, Thomas Lange, Geneviève Asse, Antoni Tàpies, Luc Hoenraet and Ton Frenken. www.basilicakoekelberg.be (NL, F, E, D)
- At the Nationale Basiliek van het Heilig-Hart in Koekelberg also the Museum Zwartzusters with paintings, sculpture, silverware, furniture and lacework from the 14th – 19th century. www.basilicakoekelberg.be (NL, F, E, D)
- La Maison du Marais, Rue du Pavillon 3, Cuesmes (Mons), the house were Vincent van Gogh lived between 1879 and 1880, invites visitors to follow Van Gogh's footsteps. Worth seeing: the original work "Les Bêcheurs" (1880). Here you can discover a complete scenography, an audiovisual show, Vincent's letters, faxes of his letters, etc.
The Open Air Bruegelmuseum Dilbeek shows 12 reproductions of Bruegel paintings, placed along a signposted walking path starting at the church of Sint-Anna-Pede (Herdebeekstraat, Dilbeek). These reproductions are larger than the originals: the finest details become well visible. The museum is freely accessible at any time equaling a virtual visit to several museums within a few hours. http://www.toerismedilbeek.be
- FeliXart Museum, Kuikenstraat 6, Drogenbos (south side of Brussels). With work by Felix De Boeck (1898 – 1995) and exhibitions. Felix de Boeck belonged to the first modernistic artists of Belgium. The work of this catholic artist is described as deeply religious. www.felixart.org (NL, F)
- HUGE - Museum Hunnegem-Geraardsbergen. In 2018 opened museum in the Romanesque church and the Paxzaal about the history of the church and the city of Geraardsbergen. http://www.MuseaHunnegem.be
- Saint Bavo Cathedral and The Ghent Altarpiece or Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, completed 1432. The Ghent Altarpiece by Jan van Eyck is a very large and complex Early Netherlandish polyptych panel painting which was once in the Joost Vijdt chapel at Saint Bavo Cathedral, but was later moved for security reasons to the chapel of the cathedral.
- PARCUM offers temporary thematic exhibitions at the crossroads of religion, art and culture, often based around never shown before heritage from churches, abbeys and monasteries. Attention is paid in particular to the significance of these themes and this heritage in today's multi-religious and superdiverse society. As a museum for dialogue, PARCUM deliberately focuses on the interaction between contemporary (global) themes and religious heritage, between believers and non-believers, between different denominations and philosophies, between young people and the elderly, ... With this approach, PARCUM desires to stimulate engagement in visitors of various philosophical and cultural backgrounds. The museum positions itself as an open meeting place, a place for critical and creative thinking, for wonderment and development, for reflection and dialogue. PARCUM addresses issues of identity and creates new forms and contents to alleviate social tensions, for instance, by focusing on questions about interreligiousness and interculturalism, citizenship and personal development. https://www.parcum.be/en/about-parcum
Latem (Sint-Martens Latem en Deurle):
- Sint Pieterskerk; the choir of the church is a Museum for Religious Art. In this museum you can find The Last Supper by Dirk Bouts.
- Museum for Religious Art and Art from the Meuse Area, Ilot Saint-George Quai de la Batte, Liège.
- Treasury of the Cathedral, Rue Bonne-Fortune, Liège.
- Church treasury of the Sint-Catharinakerk. With the Codex Eyckensis, the oldest gospel manuscript of the Benelux, dating from the Carolingian period (750-900 AD) and the oldest remaining European carpets (Anglo-Saxon) from the early 8th century.
Jakob Smitsmuseum, Sluis 155a, Mol with a collection that consists primarily of works by Jakob Smits and the Molse School. http://www.jakobsmits.be (NL, F, E, D)
- Provincial Museum for Religious Art, Capucienessenstraat 1-3. Paintings (16th-19th century), sculptures (14th-19th century), icons, graphic works, liturgical silver and textiles, devotionalia and relics. www.museum-minderbroeders.be (NL, F, E, D)
- Teseum, the treasury museum of the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwe basilica of Tongeren, which has an extensive and rich collection. http://teseum.be/
The Bulgarian province Macedonia:
- The convent of Rila, which lies 1147 meters high. With its 500 cells for monks and 1000 rooms for pelgrims this is the largest convent of the Balkan peninsula. The convent was founded in the 9th century by Ivan Rilski. The walls of the church are covered with beautiful murals.
- Close to the border with Greece: the Rozjen convent with its murals with the famous staircase of Johannes Klimakos.
- The Alexander Nevski Cathedral. The choir of this cathedral is very famous. In the old crypt you can see a great collection of icons.
- Diecézni museum (Diocesal Museum), Turanské Námestiz, Brno.
- St Agnes Convent, U Milosrdných 17, Prague shows Medieval Art in Bohemia and Central Europe.
- Moravian Brethren Museum, Nørregade 16, Christiansfeld. With exhibitions about missions in Greenland, Africa, Suriname and Labrador. Also temporary exhibitions and the Jeppe-room in memory of the famous painter Jeppe Madsen Ohlsen, who was born in Christiansfeld in 1891.
- The Museum for religious art. The roots for a Museum of Religious Art in Lemvig were planted when Bodil Kaalund made her decoration of Lemvig Church in 1976-81. The artist's cooperation with the local population led to many conversations about the being of art and about art's relation to the church and to religion. The Museum in Lemvig sees it as its object to show how the religious dimension finds expression in today's art. Thus the conversations and debates that started when Bodil Kaalund decorated Lemvig Church continue. www.lemvigmuseum.dk (Dan, E, D)
- Jens Nielsen og Olivia Holm-Møller Museet Holsterbro: museum with works by Jens Nielsen (1891-1978) and Olivia Holm-Møller. With changing exhibitions.
Cookham (40 miles west of London, close to Maidenhead):
- Stanley Spencer Gallery. Spencer (1891–1959) was born and lived in the Thames-side village of Cookham in Berkshire. The Methodist Chapel in Cookham, which he attended, is now the Stanley Spencer Gallery, a gallery dedicated to his art. Many of his works depict villagers and village life and his religious paintings often had Cookham as their backdrop. Not far from the gallery is "Fernlea", the cottage where Spencer was born and lived in Cookham High Street. http://stanleyspencer.org.uk (E)
- Niguliste Museum, Niguliste 3, Tallinn. Housed in the St. Nicholas Church, the museum is dedicated to church art. Here you will find medieval gravestones, unique altars and Tallinn’s most famous work of art: a fragment of Bernt Notke’s painting The Dance of Death. In addition, a silver chamber with the silverware that belonged to the guilds and church is opened to the public in the vestry.
- Dominican Monastery Museum, Venetn 16, Tallinn. The Dominican Monastery is an architectural monument that is unique in Northern Europe. The monastery was founded by Dominican monks in 1246. In the interior courtyard visitors can see the hewn stones displayed in processions, representing the art of the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque periods. www.kloostri.ee
- Oili Mäki Museum Gallery, Äyräpääntie 14, Laajalahti, FI-02140 Espoo. Oili Mäki's museum foundation. The museum exhibits Oili Mäki's works from her 30-year career as an artist: tapestries, altarpieces, paintings and rya rugs. The museum has one of the most extensive collections of Christian art in Finland.
- Musée d'Allauch: Symbole et Sacré, Place Pierre Bellot. With Christian art from the 12th-19th century, an archaeological collection and art from the Provence from the 17th-20th century. Also about the influence of faith on popular culture. www.musee.allauch.com (F)
- The Museum of Christian Art (Musée d'Art Chrétien) lies just northwest of the Museum of Pagan Art on Rue Balze in Arles. Housed in the chapel of a former Jesuit college (built 1652), the museum contains one of the most important collections of early Christian sarcophagi. Mostly dating from the 4th century AD, the sarcophagi are decorated with scenes from the Old and New Testaments.
Musée Rolin in Autun displays a variety of interesting religious artworks, both ancient Roman and medieval. It is located next to the cathedral in a Renaissance hotel built by Nicholas Rolin, chancellor of Philippe le Bon. The collections of the Musée Rolin include several interesting Gallo-Roman artifacts, but the star attraction is a carving rescued from the north door of Autun Cathedral known as the Temptation of Eve. Carved by the sculptor Gislebertus at the same time as his magnificent tympanum, it is a huge work and a notably sensuous depiction of Eve. Also notable is the brilliantly coloured Nativity painting by the Maître de Moulins and a lovely painted sculpture of the Virgin of Autun.
- 15th-century hospital with the Last Judgment by Rogier van der Weyden.
- Musée du Poitou Protestant about the history of Protestantism in the region. With a Huguenot walking path.
- Diocesal Museum of Religious Art, in the old convent, 2 rue Anne de Bretagne.
- Maison du Protestantisme Charentais, Canton de la Tremblade (close to ile d'Arvert). Museum about the history of Protestantism in Aunis and Saintonge.
Chartreuse, 30 km from Grenoble:
- Unterlinden Museum with the Isenheim Altar by Matthias Grünewald.
- Museum of Sacred Art Dijon – Located in the church of the Monastery of the Bernardines the museum presents sculptures, paintings and textiles from the 12th - 20th century. Works by artists Jean Dubois (sculptor), Corneille (painter), Armand Calliat (goldsmith), Poussielgue-Rusand (goldsmith).
- Musée du Protestantisme de la Réforme de la laicité, about Protestant history from the 16th century till now. Objects, books, engravings. Open: Easter to September 20. www.mprl.fr/fr/ (F, E, Nl, D, I, Sp)
- Musée Rochelais d'Histoire Protestante, 2 Rue Saint-Michel, with a rich collection of documents, engravings and diverse objects dealing with the history of Protestantism in Aunis and Saintonge.
- Church museum about the history of the Reformation and its impact on the region. Open Saturday and Sunday 2.30-6 p.m. from July to the third week of September.
- In het Centre d’Art Sacré Contemporain, Place Gilleson (in the modern crypt of the cathedral Notre-Dame de la Treille), the 130 works of the collection of Gilbert Delaine called La Passion de Dunkerque are exhibited in alternating exhibitions. Works of e.g. Sergio Ferro, Ladislas Kijno, Jean Roulland and Andy Warhol.
- Musée d'Art Sacré (Museum of Sacred Art), also known as the Musée de l'Oeuvre de Fourvìère, 8 Place de Fourvière, Lyon. This modest museum exhibits religious artifacts mostly from Lyon. A veritable treasure house of religious relics, it contains a large collection of works by goldsmith Armand Caillat. There are also permanent exhibitions of commemorative plaques, mosaics, religious paintings and ceremonial vestments. At different times each year there are exhibitions of religious significance. Opening hours: 10-12 and 2-6. www.fourviere.org/fr_FR/actualites-du-musee-6,1.htm (F, E)
- Diocesal Museum, 13, Rue Marchant, Metz.
- Le musée d'art sacré du Monêtier-les-Bains, 20 Rue École, Chapelle St Pierre. One of the best collections of sacred art of the Hautes-Alpes.
- Musée de la France Protestante de l'Ouest, Le Bois Tiffrais, Monsireigne, Chantonnay. About Protestant history. Books, manuscripts, objects.
- Le Musée diocésain d'Art Sacré. Three km. north of Romans in the church. Collection of more than 25.000 objects from the 14th-20th century. Sculptures, paintings, altars, books, relics, vestments and religious folk art. http://museeartsacre.free.fr/main.html (F)
- Musée National Message Biblique Marc Chagall.
- John Calvin Museum (Musée Jean Calvin), Place Aristide Briand, Noyon. This is a modern museum dedicated to the French reformer, located on the site of his birth house in Noyon. The museum's collections include Reformation-era propaganda posters, works of Calvin, and paintings. www.sacred-destinations.com/france/noyon-museum-calvin.htm (E)
Paray le Monial:
- Permanent exposition of works by Georges Rouault in MNAM, Centre Pompidou.
- In Église Saint-Séverin a permanent exposition of works by Rouault in the Chapelle Mansart.
- Musée Delacroix.
- Musée Rodin, 77 Rue de Varenne.
- Musée du Protestantisme Dauphinois, Temple du vieux village, about the history of Protestantism in the region of Dauphiné. Also a collection of contemporary mosaics with biblical themes. Open April – October. http://cluster014.ovh.net/~museedupp/joomla (F)
- Musée d'Art Sacre & Tresor Francis Poulenc, Parvis du Sanctuaire, Rocamadour. The artistic highlight of the religious complex at Rocamadour, the museum contains a collection of reliquaries, statues, paintings, enamels, cloths and many other religious works of art plus various historic documents.
- Musée départemental Maurice Denis, 2 bis, rue Maurice Denis, Saint-Germain-en-Laye with works by Maurice Denis, Symbolist artists, the Nabis and others artists who influenced the history of modern art like Gauguin, Sérusier, Filiger, Vallotton, Bonnard, Vuillard, Verkade, Ranson, Lacombe, Redon, Mucha, Anquetin. www.musee-mauricedenis.fr (F)
- Musée de l’Oeuvre de Notre-Dame: with works that come out of the cathedral and its surrounding regions from the medieval and renaissance periods (sculptures, windows, paintings by Hans Baldung Grien and Conrad Witz).
- Museum of church conservation of the cathedral, Boulevard de la Victoire 5, Strasbourg.
- Treasury of the Hl. Kapelle / Pilgrim- and regional museum, Kapellplatz 4b, Altötting.
- Pope Benedict XVI House. New Treasury and Pelgrimage Museum, Kapellplatz 4, Altötting.
- Jerusalem Panorama of the crucifixion of Christ, Gebhard-Fugel-Weg 10, Altötting.
- Stiftsmuseum with art from the Roman time till the Baroque. With exhibitions.
- Carthusian Museum Astheim. The museum tells about the history of the religious use of images. More than 600 artworks from the 14th – 19th century, also folk art.
- Deutsche Hugenotten-Museum. About the history of the Hugenotes in France and Germany. www.hugenottenmuseum.de (D)
- Bamberg Diocese Museum, Domkapitelhaus, Bamberg.
- Dom Treasury St. Petri. Religious art from the late Middle Ages, liturgical objects, paintings, sculptures and devotional objects. With exhibitions.
- Huguenote Museum. Museum about the French Protestants in France. In a chronological order the history of the Protestants is told and shown through paintings, documents and artefacts.
- Käthe-Kollwitz-Museum. This small but unique museum is dedicated to the life and work of Berlin’s best-known woman painter Käthe Kollwitz (1967-1945). Käthe Kollwitz is known above all for her haunting Expressionist character studies and harrowing images of human torment. The collection consists of over 200 prints, lithographs, drawings, woodcuts and sculptures. www.kaethe-kollwitz.de (D, E, F)
- Emil Nolde Museum, Nolde Stiftung Seebüll Dependance Berlijn, Jägerstrasse 55, with changing exhibitions of Nolde’s work. www.nolde-stiftung.de (D, E, Dan)
Brandenburg an der Havel:
- Dom Museum Brandenburg. Extensive collection of robes, altars, books and sculptures from the 13th – 16th century. Also about the history of the diocese.
- Dom Museum. Art objects from the St. Petri Dom, sculptures, paintings, books. With exhibitions.
- Kolumba Art museum of the Archbishopric of Cologne, Roncalliplatz 2, Cologne. With works from Late Antiquity till now. Paintings and sculptures. With exhibitions. www.kolumba.de (D, E)
- Museum Schnütgen, one of the most important museums for medieval art in Europe. The basis of the collection Christian art from the 5th - 9th century was formed by the chaplain of the Dom Alexander Schnütgen (1843-1918). www.museenkoeln.de/museum-schnuetgen/default.asp (D, E)
- Treasury of the Dom, Domkloster 4, Cologne. Reliquaries, liturgical objects and robes from the 4th – 20th century, manuscripts and medieval sculptures. www.dombau-koeln.de (D)
- Käthe Kollwitz Museum, Neumarkt 14-18, Neumarkt Passage. After more than 20 years of enthusiastic collecting, the museum's exhibits now comprise 270 drawings, about 500 prints, and all her posters and sculptures. Among the drawings - a focal point of the collection - there are some of her most impressive works, many from her later phase when she was predominantly preoccupied with the theme of death. www.kollwitz.de (D, E, F)
- Dom Treasure and Diocesal Museum. With paintings and sculptures from the late Middle Ages to the Baroque, golden objects from the 12th – 20th century, religious folk art. With exhibitions. www.dioezesanmuseum-eichstaett.de (D)
- Johannes A Lasco Bibliothek, Grosse Kirche Emden, Kirchstrasse 22, with small museum with painting and portraits and information about the history of the Reformed church. www.jalb.de (D)
- Treasury at the St. Martini Kirche.
- Dom Treasure Essen. More than 100 liturgical objects and artworks from the 9th – 18th century. Also goldsmith work. With exhibitions. www.domschatz-essen.de (D)
- Treasury of the congregation of St. Ludgerus. Around 90 artworks, Early Christian - the 19th century. Especially medieval art.
- Dom Museum. Liturgical robes and goldsmith objects from the 14th – 20th century. With exhibitions. www.dommuseum-frankfurt.de (D)
Freiburg im Breisgau:
- Augustinian Museum, Gerberau 15, Freiburg im Breisgau.
- Diocesal Museum. Focus on art and history in relationship to society, science and religion. www.dimu-freising.de (D)
- Dom Treasure and Museum of the St. Petri Dom, Dr.-Jestädt-Platz 11, Fritzlar.
- Birthplace of Friedrich with a Caspar David Friedrich Centre.
- Museum with Gertrude Chapel, studio, exhibition space and print room with works by Barlach of the Ernst Barlach Stiftung Güstrow.
- Dom Treasure. Christian art from the 9th – 16th century, robes, goldsmith objects, ivory, manuscripts and paintings.
- The Barlach Museum in the Jenisch park.
- Monastery Museum (Klosterkammer), Eichstraße 4, Hannover.
- Art collection of the Ev. Lutheran Landeskirche of Hannover. Materials about in this church province executed cycles about the apocalypse, the Old and New Testaments, Genesis etc. With exhibitions.
- Museum for Sacred Art and Liturgy, Mozartstraße 33, Heidelberg.
- Museum of the Episcopal Generalvikariat, Domhof 18-21, Hildesheim.
- Monastery Museum Jerichow. About brick architecture, cultural history and medieval artworks. With exhibitions.
- Museum für Niederrheinische Sakralkunst in the Paterskirche.
- German Textiles Museum, Andreasmarkt 8, Krefeld, also with liturgical robes.
- Staurothek, Dom Treasure and Diocese Museum. The most important art collection between Cologne and Frankfurt. Christian artworks from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. Also Hans Holbein. Paintings, reliquaries and liturgical objects. With exhibitions. www.staurothek.de (D)
- St. Annen-Museum with sacred art of the Middle Ages. The museum has the largest collection of retables in Germany.
- Landeskirchliches Museum, Friedenskriche, Stuttgarterstr. 42, Ludwigsburg.
- Museum of the Evangelische (Lutheran) church province Saxony.
- Episcopal Dom and Diocese Museum. Paintings and sculpture from the 14th – 20th century, Ottonian manuscripts, medieval goldsmith work. With exhibitions. www.dommuseum-mainz.de (D)
- Museum Draiflessen, Georgstr. 18, Mettingen. Museum with medieval manuscripts and miniatures, books from the period after 1500 and 15th - 17th-century prints and drawings.
- Dom Treasury, Kleiner Domhof 300, Minden.
- Art-historical collection of the bishopric Aachen. Works from the 20th century.
- Minster Treasury, St. Mariä Himmelfahrt, Abteistraße 37, Mönchengladbach.
- Dom Museum of the St. Paul Cathedral. Artworks from the Carolingian period – 20th century. Liturgical objects. Treasury of international stature. Paintings, sculptures, reliquaries, robes.
- Monastery Museum Ottobeuren. Artworks from the Gothic – Baroque periods. With a Baroque library, an abbey chapel from 1724, a theatre from 1725 and the special Emperor’s Hall from 1725. With exhibitions.
- Diocesal Museum of the Archbishopric and Treasury of the Dom. Large museum with Christian art from the 10th – 20th century, paintings, sculptures, paraments and goldsmith work. With exhibitions. www.dioezesanmuseum-paderborn.de (D, E, F)
- Dom Treasure and Diocesal Museum.
- Museum at the monastery church St. Servatius, Schlossberg 9, Quedlinburg.
- Diocesal Museum St. Ulrich. With Gothic sculpture and a graphical collection from the 16th century – now. With exhibitions.
- Dom Treasure Museum with 16th-century frescoes and goldsmith work and paraments from the 11th – 20th century. With exhibitions. www.bistumsmuseen-regensburg.de (D)
- Museum Bentlage Monastery, Bentlager Weg 130, Rheine: About the cultural and artistic history of Westfalen from the Middle Ages till now, with artworks and documents from the monastery and the castle. Reliquaries, sculptures by Heinrich Brabender of ca.1500. www.kloster-bentlage.de (D)
- Diocesal Museum, Karmeliterstr. 9, Rottenburg.
- Museum in the Grafschaft monastery.
- Close to Denmark in Seebüll there is a museum devoted to the Catholic expressionistic artist Emil Nolde. This was the house he designed himself and lived and worked in from 1927 till his death. www.nolde-stiftung.de (D, E, Dan)
- Treasury of the Catholic parish church St. Servatius, Mühlenstr. 6, Siegburg.
- RELíGIO - Westfälisches Museum für religiöse Kultur, Herrenstraße 1-2, Telgte.
- Carthusian Museum. About the life of the Carthusian monks and with religious art from this area from 1945. the painter Karl Clobes worked here. Beside his paintings work is shown by Lothar Forster, Björn Hauschild, Curd Lessig, Otto Sonnleitner, Polykarp Uehlein, Helmut Weber, Franz Wilz and Jürgen Wolf.
- Barlach House. The house in which Ernst Barlach was born is now a museum with good information about the artist.
- Stiftung Christliche Kunst Wittenberg, Altes Rathaus, Markt 26, Wittenberg. Exhibits 20th-century art with biblical and religious themes. Mainly German, expressionistic artists. www.christlichekunst-wb.de (D, E)
- The Georg-Meistermann-Museum. With paintings, graphic works, drawings and designs for windows by Georg Meistermann, who was one of the most important glass artists of the 20th century. He created more than 1000 windows in ca. 250 churches and other buildings all over Europe.
- Bibelmuseum Wuppertal, Museum for biblical history, Wolkenburg 106. www.bibelmuseum.de (D)
- Dom Treasure. With liturgical objects.
- Museum at the Dom. With artworks of the 10th – 21st century, with a focus on the 16th and 20th centuries. Also contemporary art. With exhibitions. www.museum-am-dom.de (D)
- Museum of the monastery of Xanten. With art from the 6th - 19th century. Paraments, reliquaries, sculpture and graphic work. With exhibitions.
- Benaki Museum. Artefacts from Greek history that are connected with the Greek Orthodox church. Also Coptic art.
- Byzantine and Christian Museum is situated at Vassilissis Sofias Avenue 22 in Athens, Greece. It was founded in 1914 and houses more than 25,000 exhibits with rare collections of pictures, scriptures, frescoes, pottery, fabrics, manuscripts and copies of artifacts from the 3rd century AD to the late medieval era. It is one of the most important museums in the world in Byzantine Art. www.byzantinemuseum.gr
- Chios Museum of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Art.
- Antivouniotissa Byzantine Museum, a church converted into a museum featuring rare Byzantine art.
- Archeological Museum of Chania,Saint Francis Monastery, Chania.
- Byzantine & Postbyzantine Museum of Crete, Chania.
- Museum of the Monastery of Aghia Triada Tzaghaloron, Sfakia.
- Museum of the Monastery of Gonia, Rodopos.
- Museum of The Saint Catherine's Monastery, Iraklion.
- Museum of The Aghios Matheos Monastery, Iraklion.
- Ecclesiastic and Byzantine Museum of Rethymnon.
- Museum of the Arkadi Monastery.
- Museum of the Preveli Monastery.
- Monastery with mosaics.
- Florina Byzantine Museum.
- Byzantine Museum of Ioannina, old castle.
- Ecclesiastic Museum of Aghia Marina.
- Komotini Byzantine Museum.
- Byzantine & Ethnographic Museum of Servia.
- Archaeological & Byzantine Museum of Larissa.
- Archaeological & Byzantine Museum of Agia.
- Museum of the Olympiotissa Monastery, Elassona.
- Ecclesiastic Museum of Anatoli.
- Museum of The Sparmos Monastery.
- Is a centre of Eastern Christian Orthodox Monasticism. Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty, it is a treasury which houses and guards many artefacts and monuments of religious, national and artistic value. It is also a "workshop" where religious arts and crafts are still practised to this day, and where deep and genuine spirituality is allowed to flourish and bear fruit. As an institution Mount Athos is, and has been, the chief standard bearer of Orthodox Christianity. Mount Athos is situated in the entire third, eastern and most beautiful peninsula of Halkidiki, called the peninsula of Athos. It is the only place in Greece that is completely dedicated to prayer and worship of God. Has 20 monasteries. www.inathos.gr/athos/en/ (Gr, E)
- Historical Museum of The Aghia Lavra Monastery.
- White Tower of Thessaloniki, Historical & Byzantine Art Museum.
- Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki .
- Veroia Byzantine Museum.
Museum of the Reformed College of Debrecen. Permanent exhibition entitled "Calvinist Rome, Christian Respublica, Hungarian Geneva". The historical role of Debrecen was often compared to that of the city of Calvin. Due primarily to its printing house and school, the “Hungarian Geneva” became a great power of significant intellectual influence. http://www.refo500.nl/news/view/1660/museum-of-the-reformed-college-of-debrecen.html
- Keresztény Múzeum (Christian Museum), on the second floor of the Primate’s Palace. The Christian Museum is the largest ecclesiastical collection in Hungary, conserving European and Hungarian works of art of several centuries. On account of its Hungarian, Italian, Dutch, German and Austrian paintings, it is the third most significant picture gallery in Hungary, closely following the Museum of Fine Arts and the Hungarian National Gallery in Budapest. www.christianmuseum.hu/page.php?id=21 (Hun, E, D)
- Colonnades Gallery, on the campus of Trinity College, College Green at Dame St., Dublin: home of The Book of Kells, a one-of-a-kind hand-written and illuminated manuscript of the Four Gospels, dating back to the 9th century or earlier. Open daily except Sunday mornings during October – May. www.bookofkells.ie
- The Treasury of the National Museum of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2 shows the unique treasures of early medieval Ireland, exploring their connections with both the pagan past and the wider Christian culture of the time.
- Treasury in the Crypt of Christ Church Cathedral.
- Saint Brendan's Cathedral Museum, Loughrea, Co Galway. Saint Brendan's Cathedral Museum is a treasure house of Celtic Renaissance Art. The Cathedral is home to the greatest cross section of stained glass in Ireland including work by A.E. Child, Michael Healy and Evie Hone. H McGoldrick and Patrick Pye have also designed single works in the Cathedral. The stations of the cross are a fine example of E Rhind’s work.
- Pro Civitate Museum, Assisi, Osservatorio Cristiana alla Cittadella di Assisi. With ca 2500 works by 20th-century and contamporary artists in the Galleria d'Arte Contemporanea della Pro Civitate Christiana, via degli Ancajani 3, Assisi, the Miserere series by Georges Rouault and ca 1500 works of old art. http://procivitate.assisi.museum (It)
(Brixen lies in the middle of South-Tirol, but it is an autonomous province that belongs to Italy)
- Diocesan Museum.
- Cathedral museum.
Museo delle Icone e della Tradizione Bizantina.
Museo-Pinacoteca del Santuario di Loreto, Diocesan museum, with artworks from the Middle Ages till now.
- Diocesan museum.
- Galleria d’Arte Sacra dei Contemporanei, Villa Clerici, Milano Niguarda. With modern and contemporary sacred art (Giacomo Manzù, Aldo Carpi, Floriano Bodini, Felice Carena, Francesco Messina, Enrico Manfrini, Libero Andreotti, Attilio Selva, Giuseppe Zigaina). http://www.villaclerici.it (It)
- Vatican Museums (Pinacoteca Vaticana). Among others:
* Sistine Chapel decorated by Michelangelo.
* Stanza della Segnatura decorated by Raphael.
* The Vatican Museum of Contemporary Religious Art. Artworks of 250 modern artists, not all Christian, but religious. Artists (among others): Ottone Rosai, Carlo Carrà, Mario Sironi, Aligi Sassu, Renato Guttuso, Maurice Utrillo, Giorgio Morandi, Filippo de Pisis, Umberto Boccioni, Giazomo Balla, Rodin, Chagall, Henry Morre, paul Klee, Kandinsky, Braque, De Chirico, Jacques Villon, Bernard Buffet, Kokoschka, Picasso, Bacon.
* Also the Ethnological Vatican Museum. Objects of above all a religious nature from four geographical areas (Asia, Oceania, Africa, America). This is flanked by a section called Missionary Synthesis which is a collection of works produced following mission.
- Museo Tipologico Internazionale del Presepio, “Angelo Stefanucci”, Via Tor de’ Conti, 31/a – Roma – 00184. Museum with 3000 nativity scenes through the centuries. www.presepio.it (It)
- Cathedral Museum.
- Museo Stauros d’Arte Sacra Contemporanea, 64048 San Gabriele – Isola del Gran Sasso (Teramo). www.stauros.it (It)
Torre Pellice (TO):
- Museo Valdese. Museum about the Waldensians who lived in this part of Italy. It has a historical section about the history of the Waldensians from the Middle Ages till now, an ethnographical section about Waldensian life, a section about the mission in Africa, and one with liturgical objects. Exhibitions about Italian and European Protestantism and about contemporary art. Paintings by Paolo Paschetto and Filippo Scroppo are part of the collection of the museum. http://www.fondazionevaldese.org/en/museo/museo00.php (E, D)
- Museo d’Arte Sacra, Viale Ungherese 2, Udine.
For an elaborate list with many more museums of Christian and religious art in Italy , see Associazione Musei Ecclesiastici Italiani (AMEI), http://www.amei.biz.
- Museum of the Archdiocese Luxembourg, Grand Séminaire, Rue Jules Wilhelm 52, Luxembourg.
- Ohrid Icon Gallery is located within the complex of the church of St. Bogorodica Perivlepta (St. Clement).
- Important icon museum.
- Jewish Historical Museum, Amsterdam. The Jewish Historical Museum collects and shows objects and artworks that reflect the religion, culture and history of Jews in the Netherlands and its former colonies. www.jhm.nl (NL,E)
- Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder. This hidden church 'in the attic' was built during the Reformation, when Catholics were forbidden to hold public services. A unique hidden church, complete with galleries, a large altar and around 150 seats. The museum has a magnificent collection of paintings, sculpture and silver providing an overview of Catholic history in Amsterdam. www.opsolder.nl (NL,E)
- Rembrandthuis. House where Rembrandt lived. With graphic work and paintings by Rembrandt and his contemporaries and predecessors. www.rembrandthuis.nl (NL,E)
- Museum Treasury of the St. Walburgis: some medieval works and relogious liturgical objects from the 17th - 20th century, paraments, paintings and statues of saints. www.museumschatkamerwalburgis.nl
- Breda’s Museum with old Christian art. In the episcopal collection of the Breda's Museum objects of popular devotion are especially well represented. www.breda-museum.org (NL)
- Beguinage Breda museum. Beguine houses, church and herb garden and expositions. It is part of the Breda’s Museum. www.begijnhofbreda.nl (NL)
- The Vermeer Centre Delft gives an overview of all Vermeer’s paintings (reproductions) and tells you about his life and way of working. (in Dutch and English). www.vermeerdelft.nl (NL, E)
- Museum de Wieger about the group of artists that worked in Deurne, a unique collection of works made in the period between the two world wars. In Deurne lived Gerrit van Bakel, Otto van Rees and the medical doctor-painter Hendrik Wiegersma. www.dewieger.nl (NL)
- Gallery/Museum of the St. Adelbertabdij, Vennewatersweg 27 of Abdijlaan 26. Permanent exhibition of archeological finds, work by Vytautas Kaunas and changing expositions. www.abdijvanegmond.nl (NL)
- Sand Sculptures in Elburg with ca 150 lifesize sculptures about social themes, church history and biblical stories made by the world top of sand sculptors. Open seven days a week.
- Kijk-je kerk-kunst is a religious museum housed in the crypt of the Sint-Martinuskerk. With nun’s dolls, a large collection of statues of Mary and tapestries. Open during the summer in the weekends and on Sundays from Advent till January with a Christmas exposition.
- Volkenkundig Museum Gerardus van der Leeuw in Groningen (belongs to the Faculty of theology and religious studies of the University of Groningen). Expositions.
- KathedraalMuseum, Leidsevaart 146, Haarlem belongs to the Nieuwe Bavo (Kathedrale Basiliek St.Bavo). The museum opened in 2016 with the collection of the old treasury and an exhibition of work by Jan Dibbets. http://www.nieuwebavo.nl
Horst aan de Maas:
- Treasury St. Lambertuskerk, St. Lambertusplein 16, Horst aan de Maas. Sculptures, paraments, silver and liturgical objects.
- Wilhelmietenmuseum in West-Brabant with a collection of icons, housed in the former Wilhelmieten convent 'Ste. Marie'.
- Bijbelmuseum Leerdam, Lingedijk 36. Hundreds of old Dutch bibles, Catholic, Lutheran, Reformed and Anabaptist printed between 1538 – 1950. Also illustrated bibles. www.statenbijbelmuseum.nl (NL,E)
- Treasury Onze Lieve Vrouwebasiliek, O.L. Vrouweplein 7, Maastricht.
With art for the church through the ages.
- Treasury Sint Servaasbasiliek, Keizer Karelplein 6, Maastricht. A treasury full of tradition, history, religious culture and architecture.
- Comenius Museum with a permanent exposition about Comenius, changing expositions and the Comenius Mausoleum with his grave. Comenius was a17th-century Czech pedagogue, philosopher and theologian who spent the last years of his life in Amsterdam. www.comeniusmuseum.nl (NL)
- Museum Park Orientalis, Nijmegen. Take a trip through the world of the three holy books by visiting the open-air museum in Heilig Landstichting. After visiting the introductory exhibition 'When God was still a writer' in the indoor museum, you can walk round the outdoor museum, and experience the scents of the Arabian souk and the peace and quiet, or hustle and bustle of the desert Bedouin camp, before moving on to the Roman street to get a taste of what life was like in those days. www.museumparkorientalis.nl (NL, E, D)
- Vincentre and Van Gogh Village. Vincent van Gogh Centre, which shows how Van Gogh lived and worked from 1883-1885 in Nuenen. www.vangoghvillagenuenen.nl (NL,E)
- Museum for plain glass- and enamelart, Marktstraat 22, Ravenstein. The museum gives an overview of glass art (only two-dimensional: leaded windows, glass fusing, applied glass) in the Netherlands. In addition the museum gives an oversight of enamel art (panels, objects, jewellery) in the Netherlands and abroad with changing exhibitions. The museum is unique in the Netherlands and one of the few in this field in Europe. Also about church windows. www.vlakglas-en-emaillekunst.nl/ (NL)
- Ecclesiastical Museum Slenaken, Dorpsstraat 12, Slenaken. Liturgical objects, sculptures, devotional objects. www.parochie-slenaken.nl
- Treasury Helige Amelberga, Basiliek, Salvatorplein, Susteren.
- Museum for monastic and ecclesiastical history and religious art in Ter Apel Domus Novae Lucis (medieval monastery). Also contemporary art. www.kloosterterapel.nl NL)
- Museum for Religious Art. Art from the Middle Ages till now. Also modern and contemporary religious art, e.g. Frans Verhaak, Albert Troost and De Tilburgse School. www.museumvoorreligieuzekunst.nl (NL)
- Museum Catharijneconvent. The permanent collection of Museum Catharijneconvent comprises unique historical and art-historical exhibits ranging from the early mediaeval period to the 21st century. This collection offers an insight into the Christian art and cultural history of the Netherlands and its influence on Dutch society. www.catharijneconvent.nl (NL, E)
- Museum Land van Valkenburg. Has a Charles Eyck room. Regularly expositions about catholic artists living in Limburg. www.museumlandvanvalkenburg.nl (NL)
- Gemeentemuseum (Municipal Museum) Weert, location Jacob van Horne, is housed in the former town hall on the Markt in Weert. Shows religious art with one of the best collections of old art of Limburg. Also about Franciscan art and culture. http://museum.erfgoedhuisweert.nl (NL)
- Museum for Ecclesiastical Art. Liturgical robes, silverware, sculptures, paintings and other liturgical objects. Open in Summer. http://kerkelijkekunst.workum.nl (NL)
- Vincent van Gogh Huis, museum about Van Gogh in the village of his birth. With information about Van Gogh and a growing collection of artworks. With expositions. www.vangoghhuis.com (NL)
Bærum (15 km. from Oslocentre):
- Henie-Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden, owns several important works by Weidemann. Among these are The Capercaillie flies off (a major work from the Woodland-floor period) and the monumental works of the 1960s The Road to Jerusalem, The Crown of Thorns, Fog in Gethsemane and Hommage à El Greco.
- The Vigelandpark in the middle of the big Frognerpark in Oslo is perhaps the best known park in Norway. The park has 212 stones, granite and bronze sculptures, all made from 1907 until 1942 by the sculptor Gustav Vigeland. Many sculptures symbolize the cycle of human life. At the bottom of the bridge the development of an embryo to a toddler, while around the monolith all phases of man’s life are depicted. The Vigelandpark has free access throughout the year. http://vigeland.museum.no/en (N, E)
- Emanuel Vigeland Museum at Slemdal is one of Oslo's best kept secrets. The museum's main attraction is a dark, barrel-vaulted room, completely covered with fresco paintings. The 800 sq.m. fresco Vita depicts human life from conception till death, in dramatic and often explicitly erotic scenes. Emanuel Vigeland (1875-1948), Gustav Vigeland's younger brother, erected the building in 1926, intended as a museum for his sculptures and paintings. He eventually decided that the museum should also serve as a mausoleum. Influenced by Italian prototypes, he named his building Tomba Emmanuelle. www.emanuelvigeland.museum.no/museum.htm (N, E)
- The Nidaros Cathedral and Archbishop's Palace. Today the Archbishop's Palace has become a major museum complex about Trondheim's and Norway's history. The museum features the original sculptures from Nidaros Cathedral as well as an archaeological exhibition. One can also visit the great hall dating from the 1160s where the archbishop would receive his visitors and where he had his private quarters.
- Utstein Abbey (Utstein Kloster) is Norway's best-preserved medieval monastery, located on the island of Mosterøy in Rennesøy municipality, Rogaland county. The premises are now used for a conference centre, museum, concert hall and a variety of educational and leisure purposes. The abbey can be reached from Stavanger in 30 minutes by road through the Rennfast undersea tunnel. Beautiful medieval church with typical Norwegian decoration. www.utstein-kloster.no/index.cfm (N)
- Diocesal museum Gdansk-Oliva, ul. Cystersów 16, Gdansk.
- Diocesal museum, ul. Kolegiaty 14 a, Gniezno.
- Diocesal museum, Krakow with one of the best collections of Gothic art in the country. Highlights include three large fifteenth-century triptychs from St Leonard's Church in Lipnica Murowana; a lovely painting of a white-robed St Catherine of Alexandria from Biecz; and an elegant set of fourteenth- and fifteenth-century wooden pietà. There's also a rich collection of nineteenth-century religious folk art.
- Diocesal museum, ul. Kard. Kominka 1 a, Opole.
- Diocesal museum, Kuria Buskupia, Pelplin has one of the largest collections of medieval sculpture, the only copy in Poland of the Gütenberg Bible and robes, dishes and reliquaries.
- Diocesal Museum PÅ‚ock.
- Diocesal Museum Przemysl.
- Diocesal Museum Rzeszów.
- Diocesal Museum Sandomierz.
- Diocesal Museum Szczecin.
- Diocesal Museum Tarnow, the oldest diocesan museum in Poland (founded in 1888). Gothic sculpture and paintings from MaÅ‚opolska region, representing the School of Cracow and SÄ…cz. The second part includes the church textiles from the Middle Ages till the 19th century. Also paintings from the 20th century and folk art, e.g. folk paintings on glass. www.muzeum.diecezja.tarnow.pl/index_pl_m.html (D, E, PL)
- Archdiocesal museum, ul. Kanonia 12, Wroclaw.
- Muzeum Ziemi Wschowskiej, plac Zamkowy 2, Wschowa. Permanent exhibition Soli Deo Gloria - Protestant Cultural Heritage in the Wschowa Region in the 16th-18th Century showing the richness of Protestant heritage including customary practices and Protestant art as well as the traditions of Polish dissenting gentry. http://muzeum.wschowa.pl/dotacje
- The Baroque cathedral Sé houses a museum with church treasures, gifts by believers, golden crosses etc.
- Museu de Arte Sacra: The Museum of Sacred Art occupies an old bishop's house in the center of town. Many of its exhibitions came from island churches, some of which are no longer standing. Its most interesting collections are a series of paintings from the Portuguese and Flemish schools of the 15th and 16th centuries. The paintings are on wood (often oak); an outstanding example is the 1518 Adoration of the Magi. A rich merchant commissioned it and paid for it with sugar. A triptych depicts St. Philip and St. James, and there's an exceptional painting called Descent from the Cross. Ivory sculpture, gold and silver plate, and gilded wood ornamentations round out the collection.
- The Catholic Church’s Treasury.
- The Reformed Church Museum.
- Museum at the National Office of the Ev. (Lutheran) Church, Gen. Magheru 4, Sibiu.
- Diocesal Museum, Rodnei 4, Timisoara-Cetate.
- Museum of Modern Christian Art. Private collection of contemporary Christian art of the priest Andrej Jurewitsch. Still has no building, but has a good website and organizes exhibitions in Moscow and other cities in Russia. https://christian-art.ru/
- Andrei Rublyov Museum of Ancient Russian Culture and Art, 10, Andronevskaya Ploshad, Moscow, on the territory of St. Andronicus Monastery of the Savior where presumably the grave of the great icon painter Andrei Rublev is located. Icons of the 14-19th centuries including works of Moscow, Novgorod, Tver and North Russian icon schools. The Museum also represents the fragments of religious monumental painting from the architectural ensembles of the 12-15th centuries as well as Old Russian wooden sculpture and unique works of decorative and applied art. The collection of the Old Russian books features books and manuscripts kept in the library of St. Andronicus Monastery and hand-written books of the 15-20th centuries. The pride of the Museum is the collection of the original frescoes of the 15-19th centuries and copies from church and monastery frescoes preserved in the unique religious architectural monuments of Russia of the 16-18th centuries. www.rublev-museum.ru
- Museum Church of St Nicholas in Tolmachy, 9 M.Tolmachevsky Lane, Moscow. Open daily from 12.00 am to 04.00 pm; the Church is closed on Monday.
- The Museum of Russian Icon, 3, build. 1, Goncharnaya st., Moscow, is one of the largest collections of Eastern Christian art. www.russikona.ru (Ru, E)
- Novgorod State Art Museum, Upper Volgian Embankment, building 3, Nizhny Novgorod. The collection contains old Russian icons to contemporary Russian art. With works by F. S. Rokotov, K. P. Brullov, A. K. Savrasova, I. I. Shishkin, I. E. Repin, I. I. Levitan, F. A. Malyavin, K. A. Korovin, V. A. Serova, N. K. Rerikh, B. N. Kustodiev, M. F. Larionov, N. S. Goncharova, O. V. Rozanova, K. S. Malevich, V. V. Kandinsky. http://www.russianmuseums.info/M1558 (E)
- St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art, 2 Castle Street, Glasgow. The Gallery of Religious Life explores the world's six main religions: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism. In this gallery you can listen to people of all religions talk about their faith and meet the Mexican Day of the Dead skeleton, celebrating the victory of life over death. The aim of the museum is to promote understanding and respect between people of different faiths and none. Displays occupy three floors and are divided into four exhibition areas: the Gallery of Religious Art, the Gallery of Religious Life, the Scottish Gallery and a temporary exhibition space. http://www.glasgowlife.org.uk/museums/st-mungos/Pages/default.aspx (E)
- Museu Diocesà de Barcelona, Av Catedral, 4. Art and liturgical objects from the Middle ages – 20th century.
- Bilbao Diocesan Sacred Art Museum, Plaza Encarnación 9b, Bilbao. The Museum is located in the premises of a former convent, founded by Dominican nuns. Collection: Silver works with religious motifs, Sacred clothing: ornaments from the 16th century onwards, Sculptures, paintings, alabaster figures, pottery and leather items from the Romanesque up to the 21st century.
- Museo de la Catedral de la Almuneda.
- Diocesan Museum.
Palma de Mallorca:
- Museu Diocesa, Palma de Mallorca. This small museum of religious and historical antefacts is based in a wing of the former episcopal palace tucked behind the cathedral. Among the paintings, pulpits and prayer books are splendid Arab tapestries, a collection of ceramics spanning five centuries and a 17th century painting of baby Jesus carrying a cross. Opening hours are 10am to 1.30pm, and 3pm to 6pm.
- El Museu Diocesà i Comarcal de Solsona, Plaça Palau, 1, Solsona with art from the Neolothic period to the 20th century.
- In the Sacristia of the cathedral Works by many great artists, from El Greco, Titian, Rubens to Goya.
- Casa Museo de El Greco, the house where El Greco lived.
- Museo El Greco.
- Museu Episcopal de Vic, Plaça Bisbe Oliba 3, Vic. Conserves a magnificent collection of medieval art with paintings and sculpture from the Catalan Romanesque and Gothic periods. The collections of precious metals, textile, foundry, glass and ceramics offer a complete journey through the history of liturgical and decorative art in Catalonia. www.museuepiscopalvic.com (Cat, F, E)
- The Treasury, housed in the north tower of Uppsala Cathedral, is a museum with one of the world's finest collections of medieval textiles, Queen Christina's golden chalice and King Gustav Vasa's funeral regalia.
- Church Treasure of the monastery of Beromünster in the church of the monastery.
- Dom Treasure. Artworks from the cathedral and monastery St. Luzi stemming from 1500 years of cultural history. At the moment the cathedral museum is being resored and is the collection on view in the Rätische Museum.
- Collection of the Benedictine abbey of Disentis in the abbey.
- Collection of the monastery in Einsiedeln. Paintings, sculptures, religious folk art.
- The Treasury of the Cathedral of St. Nicholas in Fribourg.
- Musée International de la Réforme. Paintings and documents make visible the ideas of the Reformation. www.musee-reforme.ch (F, E)
- Eugène Burnand Museum, Rue du Chateau 48, Moudon. Museum about the Swiss naturalistic painter and graphic artist Eugène Burnand (1850-1921) with among others works about biblical subjects.
- Museum of the monastery in Stift Sankt Gallen.
Diocesan Museum (Musée de l’Evêché), cathedral treasury, Place de la Planta, Sion.
- Dom Treasure in the St. Ursen Cathedral. A Reichenauer manuscript from 983, golden objects and liturgical robes from the Middle Ages till the Baroque, sculptures.
The Israel Bible Museum and international center for Bible art in the beautiful Israeli city of Be'er Sheva. The museum shows work by Phillip Ratner and other contemporary artists that have devoted themselves to biblical subjects. www.israelbiblemuseum.com (E)
- Located in downtown Jerusalem, The Museum of Psalms was founded in 1995, under the auspices of Rabbi Meir Yehuda Getz, z"tl. The Museum features the artwork of Moshe Tzvi Berger on permanent display. In 2007, the Sun Garden was added to the museum’s exhibitions and is now open for public viewing. The Museum is open Sunday through Thursday, 10 am until 5 pm. Closed Fridays, Saturdays, and legal holidays.
- Niagara Falls Art Gallery, 8058 Oakwood Dr., R.R.#2 Niagara Falls. The Gallery houses the William Kurelek Collection and his 160 piece Passion of Christ series as well as Regional and European artworks. Open daily, except Monday. www.niagarafallsartgallery.ca (E)
- Les Musées des Augustines de l’Hôtel-Dieu de Quebec et l'Hôpital Général. The museums, run by the community, have been open to the public since 1958. Its collections include both Canadian and European paintings, furniture of various origins, flatware, magnificent embroidery, medical instruments, and various other objects. www.smq.qc.ca/mad/circuits/circuits/listeinstitut/fiche.php?ID=50-55-1076 (F)
- Russian Orthodox Museum. The Museum features artifacts dating from 18th-century Russian America (now Alaska) until the present day. Among the objects on display are recently restored processional banners (possibly dating to 1794); rare icons believed to have been painted in the Sitka school of iconography (19th century); personal objects of St. Innocent (Veniaminov); a kayak frame used by missionaries travelling along the Nushagak River and beaded priest's vestments designed and sewn by the Tlingit artist, Emma Marks. http://nw.officialsite.com/russian-orthodox-museum-anchorage/museums-and-culture/alaska-160 (E)
- The Dennis & Phillip Ratner Museum, 10001 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD. A permanent collection of the art of Phillip Ratner in sculpting, drawing, painting and graphics. Plus exhibitions. Jewish artists. Among others biblical themes. www.ratnermuseum.com (E)
- LUMA: Loyola University Museum of Art. The Loyola University Museum of Art is dedicated to the exploration, promotion and understanding of art and artistic expression and attempts to illuminate the enduring spiritual questions and concerns of all cultures and societies. The Museum interprets and displays the university's medieval, renaissance and baroque collection, known as the Martin D'Arcy, SJ, Collection, other museum permanent collections and rotating exhibitions. As a museum with an interest in education and educational programming, the Loyola University Museum of Art reflects the university's Jesuit mission and is dedicated to helping men and women of all creeds explore the roots of their own faith and spiritual quest. www.luc.edu/luma (E)
- Museum of Russian Icons, Clinton, MA. Founded in 2006 as a nonprofit educational institution by Massachusetts art collector and industrialist Gordon B. Lankton. Including more than 500 Russian icons and artifacts, the collection is the largest of its kind in North America, spanning six centuries. www.museumofrussianicons.org (E, Ru)
- The Jubilee Museum, Columbus, Ohio. The purpose of this museum is to preserve and restore the Catholic mind in art. There is also a place for art made during the Reformation and art made in the Jewish tradition. http://http://www.jubileemuseum.org/
- The Museum of Biblical Art. The Biblical Arts Center has served people of all faiths and walks of life since the 1960's. Visitors have included those from religious backgrounds including the Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish communities or those that just have an interest in biblically themed art. http://biblicalarts.org (E)
The Knights of Columbus Museum, One State Street, New Haven, CT, USA. Established in 1882, the museum features world-class exhibitions of artwork and history, particularly those representing the heritage of Catholicism. www.kofcmuseum.org (E, F, Sp)
- The Jewish Museum, New York. The Jewish Museum's collection explores the intersection of 4,000 years of art and Jewish culture through 26,000 objects of different media, including fine arts, Judaica, and broadcast media. The museum has taken a broad view of fine arts acquisitions, collecting material that is both specifically and implicitly related to Jewish culture: by virtue of the subject depicted; because of the implicit intent of the artist; or because a work by a Jewish artist represents a significant contribution to the history of art. www.thejewishmuseum.org (E)
- MOCRA: Museum of contemporary religious art. MOCRA is the world’s first museum of interfaith contemporary art. MOCRA is dedicated to the ongoing dialogue between contemporary artists and the world’s faith traditions. Located in a spacious chapel that was used for over 35 years by Jesuits studying philosophy at Saint Louis University, MOCRA offers a unique setting for the display of its permanent collection and changing exhibitions. MOCRA’s exhibitions have demonstrated the range of contemporary religious artistic expression, presenting the work of artists of local, regional, and national stature. http://mocra.slu.edu (E)
- African Art Museum of the S.M.A. Fathers, 23 Bliss Avenue, Tenafly, N.J. The museum is run by the Society of African Missions. The priests spend much of their time in Africa. One of them, the Rev. Kevin Carroll, who was stationed in Nigeria for decades, holds a place in art history books. http://smafathers.org/museum (E)
- The National Museum of Catholic Art and Library (NMCAL). Promotes the collection and preservation and exhibition of Roman Catholic art and art of other faiths. With extensive website.
Museo de Arte Religioso. http://www.everyoneweb.com/museolamercedcolonial
Museo Arquidiocesano de Arte Religioso, Pamplona, Norte de Santander.
Museo Arquidiocesano de Arte Religioso de Popayán. La exhibición abarca diferentes épocas de los siglos XVI al XX, con una muestra representativa de óleos, tallas, orfebrería, mobiliarios y ornamentos, entre otras cosas. Los turistas pueden apreciar aquí una colección de catorce custodias y la sala de arte quiteño.
Santa Fe de Antioquia:
Museo de Arte Religioso Francisco Cristóbal Toro. Está ubicado en el edificio del Seminario Mayor, fue fundado en 1969 y alberga una valiosa colección de arte de los siglos XVII, XVIII, XIX y XX de las escuelas quiteña, española, santafereña (de Bogotá) y antioqueña.
- Religious Art Museum. Convento de las Madres Conceptas. Riobamba.
- Cathedral Museum.
- El Museo de Arte Religioso de la Basílica Catedral de Lima.
- The Museum of Religious Art (Museo de Arte Religioso) is housed in a handsome colonial palace that previously belonged to the Archbishop of Cusco. Before that, it was the site of the palace of Inca Roca and then the home of a Spanish marquis. Inside is a nice collection of colonial religious paintings, notable for the historical detail they convey. There are important pieces of Juan Zapata and other masters of the Andean painting, a collection of pieces from the Academy of Cusco and examples of colonial furniture.
- Xavier Museum. The Xavier Centre of Historical Research (XCHR) located in Alto Porvorim, not far from the Capital City of Panjim, showcases in its Xavier Museum an assembly of religious artefacts selected for symbolic expressiveness and artistic beauty. The 'Indo-Portuguese Christian Art' Section of the exhibit displays statues of ivory and of wood, monochrome and polychrome painted, and oil paintings dating from the mid 18th Century. The 'Indian Christian Art' section of the Museum includes works by an already widely acclaimed Goan painter of religious themes, the late Angelo da Fonseca (1902-1967) and two other large oil paintings, by Sr. Genevieve which present unique symbolism enriched by a display of colours. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xavier_Centre_of_Historical_Research (E)
- Museum of Christian Art. The gallery exhibits wooden statues of various Christian Saints and others including Pieta. There are portraits of Portuguese Governors and prime Minister. It also includes some rare paintings on wood, metal and canvas. some furniture pieces like a carved table and chair of the Portuguese Governor general, a sofa set with ivory inlay work, chest of drawers and few chairs of western style are among the exhibits. A flag to commemorate the Portuguese victory over Dutch and small ivory idols are also on display. www.museumofchristianart.com (E)
- The Yoshii Foundation, with a museum with works by Rouault and a chapel where one can see the windows and the works of the Miserere series. www.yoshiigallery.com (E)
- The Catharina convent. The convent houses a world-famous and unique collection of icons.