The Museo della Cattedrale (Cathedral Museum) contains an interesting collection of precious gold works of art such as the reliquary of San Jacopo by Lorenzo Ghiberti and other rare sacred hangings and liturgical furnishings. 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 Museo Clemente Rospigliosi, the Nuovo Museo Diocesano (the New Diocesan Museum) and the Museo del Ricamo (the Needlework Museum). The Museo Rospigliosi is particularly interesting because it contains not only beautiful seventeenth century paintings belonging to the Rospigliosi family, but also precious original furnishings.
The neighbouring rooms contain the Nuovo Museo Deiocesano which is home to liturgical objects, gold work, devotional sculptures and sacred items that come from parishes all over the territory. Some of the rooms on the ground floor of the same building house the Museo del Ricamo which pays homage to the local artisan tradition of needlework. Embroidery is a local skill which for centuries has been passed down from father to son and which has been a fundamental part of the local economy.
Just a few minutes walk from Piazza del Duomo, in Corso Silvano Fedi, it’s possible to visit the Museo della Fondazione Marino Marini. This museum is dedicated to the life and works of Marino Marini, famous sculptor and artist from Pistoia.