Unique in Italy and in Europe for the exhibition concept and location, the City Museum, arranged in a monastic complex of Longobardian origin, allows a trip through the history, art and spirituality of Brescia from the prehistoric era to today in a exhibition area of approximately 14,000 square meters.
A place of historic memories stratified over the centuries and a continuous source of surprising discoveries, the monastic complex is a visible interweaving of the eras.
Built on an area already occupied in the Roman age by important Domus, it includes the Longobardian basilica of San Salvatore and its crypt, the Roman oratory of Santa Maria in Solario, the Nuns’ Choir, the 16th century church of Santa Giulia, and the cloisters. This area appears destined by vocation to house the City Museum that has earned its reputation as the fulcrum of the itinerary for visits to Brescia.
The element that characterizes and makes the museum so special is the very close connection between the "container" and the objects on display. Currently the "inventory" of Santa Giulia consists of approximately 11,000 pieces: Celtic artifacts such as helmets and phalere, paintings and Roman bronzes, Longobardian finds, funerary art, frescos, and collections of applied art and crafts from the Medieval age to the 18th century.