Address: Piazza Duomo, Palazzi papali and Palazzo Soliano – Orvieto (TR)
Piazza San Giovenale 7 (ex Sant’Agostino church)
Telephone: (+39) 0763.343592
Hours and Tickets
November-February (closed Mondays) 9:30 – 17:00
March-October 9:30 – 18:00
April-September 9:30 – 19:00
Duomo + cappella di San Brizio tickets: € 4.00
Duomo + cappella di San Brizio + Museum tickets: € 5.00
Free entrance: disabled people, companions and teachers, journalists, residents of the diocese of Orvieto-Todi
The Museo dell’Opera del Duomo di Orvieto (M.O.D.O) is located in the ancient papal palaces alongside the Duomo of Orvieto. The museum displays sculptures and pictorial works of great value, some of which are part of the “kit” of the Duomo. Of great importance are also precious objects of goldsmith’s art and sacred furnishings also from the cathedral.
The museum gives an in-depth knowledge of the history of the city and the Duomo. The most important collection is located inside the Papal Palaces adjacent to the cathedral. The museum itinerary inside the papal palaces is composed on the ground floor of the Galleria degli Affreschi with mural paintings from the 14th and 15th centuries; on the first floor are the Hall of Majesty and the Stanze delle Meraviglie. Here is the original 14th century sculptural group of the Madonna enthroned with Child and Angels with valuable works by the most authoritative artists of the past by Coppo di Marcovaldo, Arnolfo di Cambio, Simone Martini, Luca Signorelli and Niccolò Circignani. The Sala delle Sinopie it is possible to admire preparatory sketches of the frescoes of the Corporal Chapel, precious goldsmiths and sculptures of various kinds.
Located between the Cathedral and the Papal Palaces, the Albèri Library is worth a visit, a prestigious refined environment with frescoed walls built in 1499 to house the precious library equipment of Bishop Antonio Albèri (c. 1423 – 1505) which consisted of manuscripts and documents for a total of over 300 volumes, which the bishop inherited from the Opera del Duomo.
Also in Piazza del Duomo on the ground floor of the noble Palazzo Soliano, the modern art museum Emilio Greco houses a collection of 32 bronze sculptures and 60 graphic works (lithographs, drawings and etchings) of the Sicilian artist Emilio Greco to whom the sculptures of the bronze doors of the Cathedral are also due.