The museums

The Museum of the Abbay

Museo della città di Bobbio - foto © Enrico MingardoMuseo dell'abbazia di San Colombano - foto © Enrico Mingardo

Set in the premises facing the open gallery of the 16th century was exactly where the famous Scriptorium udes to be, the Museum of the Abbey of San Colombano has been restructured since 1997.
The interesting findings concern the period between Roman times and Renaissance and are evidence of art, the culture and the devotion related to the history of Bobbio.
The most considerable unit concern some magnificent Longobard and Carolingian stones, which are richly decorated with flower and geometrical patterns which belong to the liturgical equipment of the ancient basilica. They show true historical documents about presence and permanence of Longobard’s culture in the northern Italy.
Amoung the most important finding of the Museum, there are: the Cumiano’s tombstone (VIII century), donated by Longobard’s king Liutprando to the abbot; the big alabaster hydria (III-IV), donated probably by Pope Onorius I to the abbey; the precious ivory shrine representing Orpheus (III-IV century); the Palestinian ampullae (IV century) richly decorated and the typical “eulogiae” (VI-IX century), founded with the mosaic in the Basilica of San Colombano in 1911. The picture gallery includes a beautiful polyptych by Luini dated 1522 and a canvas by Lanzani which represents the Nativi.

Open Time

November-March
Saturday 15:00-17:00
Sunday 10:30-12:30 15:00-17:00
April, May, June, September, October
Saturday 16:30-18:30
Sunday 10:30-12:30 16:30-18:30
July-August
From Wednesday to Saturday 16:30-18:30
Sunday 10:30-12:30 16:30-18:30

The City Museum

It’s placed in the San Colombano cloister. Over the entrance portal of the 13th century, a fresco representing Pope Gregorius Magnus welcomes the visitors, inside, we can admire a beautiful brickwork decoration of the 12th century, the beautiful and almost intact restored floor and a fresco of the 15th century representing the Crucifixion.
The different sections show the themes related to the life and facts of San Colombano, from the Irish prelude to his arrival in bobbio, the history of monasticism and a hall is completely dedicated to the activity of the Scriptorium.
The recoveryof the Irish refectory and of the underground spaces allows for restoring the unity of the abbey’s complex, with may therefore be walked through without any interruptions.

Open Time

November-March
Saturday 15:00-17:00
Sunday 10:30-12:30 15:00-17:00
April, May, June, September, October
Saturday 16:30-18:30
Sunday 10:30-12:30 16:30-18:30
July-August
From Wednesday to Saturday 16:30-18:30
Sunday 10:30-12:30 16:30-18:30