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Bishop's Museum, Trier

General view of 3rd-century Roman fresco, the museum's star attraction. View all images in our Bishop's Museum Photo Gallery.
Detail of Roman fresco.
A lady admires her reflection in the Roman fresco.
Carolingian fresco of St. John.
Early Christian epitaph.
General view of an upper room in the museum.

The Bischöfliches Museum (Bishop's Museum) is housed in a 19th-century building near Trier Cathedral. Once a Prussian prison, the building now houses the art collection of the Diocese of Trier, including much early Christian art.

The museum easy to miss due to its out-of-the-way location and minimal signage, but it is an excellent museum and one of the most interesting attractions in Trier.

What to See

The museum's prize possession is a 3rd-century ceiling fresco from the imperial palace over which Trier Cathedral was built. The fresco was rediscovered in 1945, and some 70,000 pieces were painstakingly reassembled over the following decades.

Another highlight is the reconstructed crypt of the Benedictine church of St. Maximin, which has important 9th-century Carolingian wall paintings.

The sepulcher of Bishop Karl von Metternich, who represented the archbishopric during the Thirty Years' War, is also worth a look.

A collection of Roman textiles and medieval church vestments, original Early Gothic statues from the Liebfrauenkirche, as well as the creations of sculptors, ivory carvers, and goldsmiths over the centuries complete the exhibits.

Quick Facts on Bishop's Museum

Site Information
Names:Bischöfliches Dom- und Diözesanmuseum Trier; Bishop's Museum; Bishop's Museum, Trier
Styles:Roman; Paleochristian
Visitor and Contact Information
Location:Trier, Germany
Coordinates:49.756540° N, 6.645039° E  (view on Google Maps)
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Note: This information was accurate when first published and we do our best to keep it updated, but details such as opening hours can change without notice. To avoid disappointment, please check with the site directly before making a special trip.

Map of Bishop's Museum

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  1. Personal visit (January 2, 2008).
  2. "Trier Attractions." Frommer's Germany 2006.
  3. Official Website (German)
  4. Video of the Bishop's Museum - CityGuide Trier

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Title:Bishop's Museum, Trier
Author:Holly Hayes
Last updated:10/27/2009
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