Museum of Ecclesiastical Art

The Pilsen Diocese’s Museum of Ecclesiastical Art is featured within the rooms of the former Franciscan Monastery. It has on offer a unique collection of sacred art and liturgical pieces. The most valuable of all is the painting of the Madonna of Poleň from Lucas Cranach the Elder. Additionally, original Gothic frescos can be seen at St. Barbara’s Chapel

Opening hours

Seasonal operation only
(April – October)
Tuesday – Sunday

Admission fee

Permanent expositions:
Adult CZK 80
Children, students and seniors CZK 40
Families CZK 180

Public transport stop

Náměstí Republiky
01 02

13 33 40

Search connection

Františkánská 11
301 00 Pilsen

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Former Franciscan Monastery

A rich exposition of religious art and liturgical pieces may be found in the unique spaces provided by the former Franciscan Monastery, which has survived to this day in its original Gothic form. Guests are able to visit the monastery canteen (summer refectory), the monastery cloisters and the cloister garden. Stunning frescos dating back to the second half of the 15th century are featured at St. Barbara’s Chapel. The monastery holds Gothic-style statues of saints, however, there are also intriguing items from both the Baroque and Renaissance eras found here. Apart from the painting of the Madonna of Poleň, you will also have the chance to see four large canvas pieces, which are the works of Baroque masters such as Brandl and Škréta, among others.

Museum exposition

Next to the unique collection of sacred art, the exposition also offers look into both the liturgical world and religious life. Here you will, for example, familiarize yourself with the attributes of individual saints and their meanings. You will observe the rich collection of priests’ robes, monstrances and other liturgical items. Furniture from the original monastery library is included in the exposition. A rarity can be found in the indisputably oldest surviving cabinet in Bohemia. Thematic, accompanying exhibits are also regularly held in the museum.

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