Launched in 1985, the Church Museum, together with the Holy Chamber, contains the largest collection of religious art in Asturias. Access to both spaces is from inside Oviedo Cathedral, and they form a collection of art that reflects the history of Asturias, including some of the most outstanding Asturian emblems.
The internal layout of the Church Museum pedagogically guides the viewer towards a better understanding of the Christian message.
This project is developed along a foyer and seven rooms, each of which has a biblical text that tries to highlight the fundamental message of the exhibits.
Foyer: ''In the beginning...''.
It presents a very succinct summary of the mystery of salvation.
Room I: ''Call and the way''.
An invitation to the Christian to follow in the footsteps of Christ.
Room II: ''Under the sign of the Cross''.
Representation of the martyrs of the Church.
Room III: ''With Mary, the Mother of Jesus''.
Aims to highlight the role of Mary associated with the work of redemption.
Room IV: ''The Bread that gives life''.
The mystery of the Eucharist is highlighted.
Room V: "In Ecclesia sancta".
It highlights the mystery of the Church and in it the note of holiness partaken of that of Christ the Redeemer.
Room VI: ''Participating in the Passion of Christ''.
All the objects emphasise the meaning of the Passion.
Room VII: ''Praise the Lord, heavens and earth''.
Through sacred vestments, reliquaries and various objects of divine worship and popular piety, the idea of praise and sacred rites celebrated by the Church in its earthly stage is highlighted.
In short, the message of the Museum is as follows: Man, redeemed by Christ, walks under the sign of the Cross, with Mary the Mother of the Saviour, nourished with the Bread that gives life, in the Holy Church, sharing the Passion of the Lord and proclaiming the praises of God.
In the Holy Chamber are kept very valuable treasures such as: the Cross of the Angels, the Cross of Victory, the Box of Agates, the Holy Ark and the Holy Shroud, among others.Built in: 1990
Last admission to the complete visit (Museum and Holy Chamber) 45 minutes before closing time.
There are special rates for groups (+ 20 pax), schoolchildren and the over 65s.
Guided tours only for the Holy Chamber.
Wheelchair access to the central nave from the door of the Romanesque Tower.