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Museo Palazzo Pretorio

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Austere and imposing, Palazzo Pretorio has dominated Prato’s Piazza del Comune for more than eight hundred years acting as a silent witness to the political, civil and military history of the city. Today, its appearance evokes its long and troubled history through the changing architectural styles and continuous remodelling of its structure.

The Palace was built as a prison and seat of the municipal and foreign courts at the end of the thirteenth century. Its role radically changed in the eighteenth century, when the halls became administrative offices of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, which required it to adapt to the needs of a modern state. In the mid-nineteenth century, the government offices moved out, and the Palace was left to decay, even being threatened with demolition. Fortunately, it was decided to embark on a long restoration that lasted until the early 1920’s, when the external stone staircase was rebuilt and the façade took its present shape. Meanwhile, in 1912, the new headquarters of the Museum were established in the halls of the Palazzo.

In 1998 the artworks preserved in the Museum temporarily left the building to make room for an overall restoration and functional adaptation. The major exhibition ‘From Donatello to Lippi. Officina Pratese’ in September 2013, celebrated the end of the restoration and inaugurated the long-awaited reopening of the Museum, whose flexible and innovative layout both enhances the beauty of its halls and frescoes and the masterpieces of the city collections.

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Bound by a Girdle
from 8 September 2017 to 14 January 2018

A religious and civic symbol, heart of the artistic experiences of Prato and cornerstone of its identity: the Holy Girdle, the belt of the Virgin kept in the Cathedral, which for centuries was the most precious treasure of Prato, will be the focus of the new exhibition of the Museum. The exhibition Bound by a Girdle – Our Lady of the Assumption by Bernardo Daddi and the identity of a city, have been inaugurated on the 8th September in the spaces recovered in the adjacent building of the pawnshop.

Info and Reservation

Monday to Friday from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm and from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm
Saturday from 9.00 am to 2.00 pm
0574 19 34 996

Museo Palazzo Pretorio



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The exhibition "Bound by a girdle" is not included

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Admission ticket

Full: € 8.00

Reduced: € 6.00

citizens living within the district of Prato, soldiers, over 65 years old, teachers, booked groups from Monday to Friday (special openings not included), Florence Unicoop members

  • € 4.00 7-18 years old
              under 26 years old students
              scuole fuori Prato 
    € 3.00 schools outside Prato

    € 8.00 combined ticket with the Cathedral
    € 20.00 subscription to 4 admission
    € 16.00 family ticket (for 1-2 adults and 1-3 children 6-12 years old)



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  • € 1.50


Museo Palazzo Pretorio



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10.30 - 18.30

Last admission at 6pm



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Last admission 30 minutes before closing time