The Museum of the Naples Diocese opened in 2007 in the carefully restored 17th century church of Santa Maria Donnaregina Nuova. An extraordinary specimen of the Neapolitan Baroque, the church sits just a few steps away from the Archbishop’s Palace and was once connected to its matriarch, the 13th century Santa Maria Donnaregina Vecchia. A visit to the museum usually includes a tour of this ancient Gothic church.
The museum boasts a stunning collection of several hundred religious works, many from defunct churches, centred around the themes of the Virgin Mary and San Gennaro, by masters such as Luca Giordano, Massimo Stanzione, and Andrea Vaccaro, as well as unknown Neapolitan artists. In addition to its collection of works, its innovative programming – exhibits, sacred music, and performances like the 21 Tableaux Vivants from the work of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, Donnaregina Nuova has made it one of the most vital cultural centres in the city.