The idea of establishing a Diocesan Museum in Brescia is relatively recent.
The initiative was monsignor Angelo Pietrobelli load in the second half of the seventies of the twentieth century; He in the convent of St Joseph, once home of the Franciscan Observants, the proper venue to welcome the first group of works coming mostly from churches no longer officiate and therefore hardly accessible. In 1978, the Bishop of Brescia Luigi Maloney established canonically the "establishment of religion" called "Museo Diocesano di Arte Sacra".
The Museum was inaugurated on 23 December of the same year and was based in the first two cloisters of the convent. The April 21, 1988, Bishop Bruno Foresti, replaced the previous statute with a new one, in which it stated that, in addition to the recovery and preservation of works of art and materials of the diocese threatened with ruin and dispersion, are aims of the Museum restoration, cultural and educational activities.
Meanwhile reached its completion the acquisition of major cloister of San Giuseppe, of State-owned property, long and complex process which led, in the late 1980s, to place the collections of the Museo Diocesano in a most appropriate and prestigious venue.
In 2007 Bishop Julius Sanguineti started the Diocesan Museum of a new statute, by starting the process simultaneously for civil recognition of the Canonical Foundation.
The February 3, 2010 the Ministry of the Interior (PD 5435) recognized the Diocesan Museum as Foundation of Religion and worship.
Notes: the Diocesan Museum will remain closed from Friday 10 January to Friday January 31, 2014 for the usual winter shutdown.
Opens Saturday February 1, 2014.