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Canonical Museum – Verona

Piazza Duomo / Corte Sant’Elena 29
– 37100 Verona (VR)

The canonical Museum of Verona is located in the Romanesque cloister of the city Cathedral in an area situated around the ruins of the two ancient early Christian basilicas dating back to the 4th and 5th century A.D. The collections kept inside come both from the archaeological excavations carried out in the area of the buildings surrounding the cloister and from important donations made by the canons of the Cathedral and by private citizens. The archaeological collection is displayed in the basement rooms.


This room contains Roman-aged objects found in the cloister of the Duomo mainly between the 19th and the second half of the 20th century. The museum starts with a display case which contains two glass unguentaria (1st century A.D.), a beautiful glass dating back to the late Ancient Age (4th century A.D.) probably coming from the Rhine area illustrating three people, four bronze coins of emperors (Augustus, Hadrian and Aurelius), a fragment of a decorative slab with vine elements (1st century B.C. – 1st century A.D.), a stone fragment with a male figure (possibly a philosopher) and four samples of stamps printed on ceramic material. The second display case contains a nineteenth-century set of mosaic tiles (coming from the Giardini Scaligeri), a fragment of an inscription with a moulded frame, an architectural element with a plant decoration (1st century B.C. – 1st century A.D.), a fragment of a Greek inscription (from the Canonical Cloister), two antefixes with palmette decorations (1st century B.C. – 2nd cent. A.D.) and two fragments of Dressel 6-type and Gallic amphorae (1st century B.C. – 1st century A.D.).
In the second part of the room, there is a series of epigraphic items found in the city centre, excepted an inscription found in the province of Verona. The first stone finds that can be seen are a fragment of a column shaft and a piece of a round structure dating back to the late 1st century A.D., subsequently a capital of the 4th century A.D. is displayed, together with a stone fragment with a Gorgon head (1st century B.C. – 1st century A.D.) and an inscribed funerary altar. Along the right wall, other three stone items are arranged: a fragment of a public inscription, a fragment of a decorative slab and an Aquileian cinerary urn (1st century A.D.).
Noteworthy are also the field remains of a large Roman containment wall witnessing to the existence of an ancient commercial port of call on the Adige.
The museum exhibition goes on with a room containing two display cases with a fragment of a late imperial inscription, a fragment of a relief decorated on both sides, a fragment of a decorative frieze with a plant volute and a flower (1st century B.C – 1st century A.D.) a fragment of a public inscription, three architectural fragments of the 7th century A.D. and a philosopher’s portrait dating back to the Middle Imperial Age. In the same room, there is also a fragment of a funerary inscription from Sommacampagna and a fragment of a column shaft.


Admission: Su prenotazione
Negli orari di apertura

Ticket: Si

Price: Full Fare: 2.50 €; school classes 1.00 €; free admission: children aged up to 6.

School access

Opening Times

Opening Days
Tipology When Specs
Summer/Winter Monday Upon reservation, only in the morning for guided tours
Summer/Winter Tuesday Upon reservation, only in the morning for guided tours
Summer/Winter Thursday 09.00 – 12.30
Summer/Winter Friday 09.00 – 12.30
Summer/Winter Saturday 09.00 – 12.30

Recommended tour time (minutes): 15

Services for visitors


Rest points

Educational Services

Brochures available in Italian, English and German.

Information boards
Italian and English

Captions under exhibits
Italian and English

Multilingual ads: Inglese
Brochures, panels, information sheets and captions about the works

Guided Tours

Educational activities

Educational workshops

Library and documentation centre

Other activities


Moratello C. 2004, La catalogazione della collezione archeologica: prime riflessioni , in Museo Canonicale: restauri, acquisizioni, studi, a cura di Guzzo E.M., Verona, pp. 27-34.
Bonetto J. 2009, Veneto (Archeologia delle Regioni d’Italia), Roma, pp. 358.

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