The Cathedral Museum contains an interesting collection of precious gold artworks, such as a reliquary of San Jacopo by Lorenzo Ghiberti, along with other rare sacred ornaments and liturgical decoration A visit to this museum, with its secret hidden spaces and mysterious atmosphere, is really like taking a step back in time. To the right of Palazzo Comunale is the sixteenth-century Palazzo Rospigliosi della Ripa, which is home to the Clemente Rospigliosi Museum, the Nuovo Museo Diocesano and the Museo del Ricamo. The Rospigliosi Museum is particularly fascinating, not only on account of its beautiful seventeenth-century paintings belonging to the Rospigliosi family, but also for its precious original furniture. The neighbouring rooms contain the Nuovo Museo Diocesano, which is home to liturgical objects, goldwork, devotional sculptures and sacred items originating from parishes all over the territory. The Museo del Ricamo, which celebrates the local craft tradition of needlework, is found on the ground floor of the same building. Embroidery is a local skill which for centuries has been passed down from father to son and which has played a fundamental part in the local economy.
Just a few minutes’ walk from Piazza del Duomo, in Corso Silvano Fedi, you can visit the Museo della Fondazione Marino Marini. This museum is dedicated to the life and works of Marino Marini, a famous sculptor and artist from Pistoia.