The largest collection of armor in the world in the palace named after Francesco Gonzaga
Dedicated to Francesco Gonzaga the museum is on the first floor of the gothic monastery of S. Agnese. It collects the `treasures` from the Mantuan diocesi, some precious objects and jewels from the Gonzagas that had been preserved from the plundering of the town, and also the famous collection of armour from the Sanctuary in Grazie that is considered the most important collection of the XVth century Italian weapons in the world.
Visitors can admire the excellent missal that belonged to Barbara di Brandeburgo, wife of Ludovico II Gonzaga, and that is one of the best illuminated books still existing.
There are also famous paintings that had been commissioned to equally famous artists such as Mantegna, Correggio, Cellini and Fetti.
Timetable: opening time: from 9:30 a.m. to 12 a.m. and from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m..
From March to Octuber it is open all days except Monday.
From November to February it is open just on Sunday.
Price: admission ticket: € 3;
School groups and people who
are over 60: € 1
Goups of more than 25 people: € 2
On Tuesday for people
who are over 60 the admission is free
Guided tours: they are allowed and free. They must be booked in advance.