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Cathedral Museum (Dommuseum)
Kapitelplatz 6, Salzburg, Austria
NileGuide Expert tip:
If your time and energy are likely to be limited, go directly to the exhibits on the upper floor first, bypassing the Cabinets of Curiosity and Long Gallery.
Opened relatively recently, the Dommuseum exhibits add to the picture of the lives and interests of the Prince-Archbishops who ruled Salzburg. The museum's Cabinets of Curiosities exhibits minerals and stones, fossils and stuffed birds and animals, metals and coins, drawing and engravings and a host of items from the 17th century. The Long Gallery with its collection of large religious paintings extends into the building adjacent to the cathedral in the south façade of Domplatz. The floor above contains perhaps more interesting items including liturgical utensils and vestments from the 12th to 18th centuries. Its treasures include the magnificent St Rupert's cross. Sculpture, goldwork and painting from the medieval period through the 14th century is particularly well represented. This gallery leads to the organ loft from where visitors will find a spectacular view of the cathedral interior.