Diocesan Museum and San Rufino Crypt

Museum in Assisi

Diocesan Museum And San Rufino Crypt
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The Diocesan Museum of Assisi has been located inside the Palazzo dei Canonici, in front of the Cathedral of San Rufino, since 2006. Visitors can explore the evocative basement of the palace, which features the remains of a Romanesque cloister and the crypt of the “Ugonian Basilica” from the 11th century. This crypt is adorned with very rare contemporary frescoes and contains a Roman sarcophagus depicting the myth of Selene and Endymion, which once housed the coffin of Saint Rufinus, the patron saint.

The museum’s collection includes a large lapidary found during the excavations of the Romanesque cathedral and a group of frescoes and panel paintings from the 13th to 17th centuries. Additionally, it features frescoes and processional banners from various brotherhoods in Assisi and an important collection of Sienese “Primitives” donated by the American art historian Frederick Mason Perkins (†1955).

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Visiting Diocesan Museum and San Rufino Crypt


Diocesan Museum and Crypt of San Rufino open from 10.00 to 18.00

Closed: Wednesday, December 25th, January 1st

Bell tower of San Rufino open from 10.00 to 11.30 and from 15.00 to 17.00 closed on Wednesdays and cannot be visited in case of rain or strong winds – ticket €1.50



Address: Cathedral of San Rufino, Piazza San Rufino, Assisi, Province of Perugia, Italy
Duration: 20 minutes

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