The Archbishop's Museum is the greatest cultural center. It occupies a beautiful ancient palace. The exposition of the museum is made up of ancient works of art, which decorated destroyed churches previously. Among them are valuable paintings of the 6th century, created by Byzantine masters. One of the most precious antiques is a carved archbishop's throne, made of ivory.
The National Museum of Ravenna is located in the building of an ancient Benedictine monastery. Its opening was held in 1804. For more than 200 years, the museum's collection has been filled up with a variety of exhibits. Nowadays, it has old church items, collections of ancient Roman coins, and antique weapons. The museum features a rich collection of archaeological finds discovered in the city.
Ravenna has preserved many historic houses, where outstanding artists formerly lived. In the Palazzo Guiccioli square, there is a house where Lord Byron used to live. It will be of interest to all admirers of his talents. Not so long ago, the historic mansion was restored. Today, it houses a small historical museum, and a museum dedicated to the poet's work. Despite the fact that Byron lived just about two years there, the house contains a rich collection of his personal belongings and manuscripts.