It is located in the domestic and noble rooms of the old Episcopal Palace and is accessed through the main stairway leading to the Cathedral, right across the cloister.
The Museum is, first of all, of great historical and architectural interest. Since it occupies the original rooms of the old palace, a walk through the premises provides an accurate picture of the Diocesan way of life of the period. Its restoration received the Europa Nostra award and the building was inaugurated by the Queen of Spain in 1995.
The Diocese’s most outstanding pieces of religious art are displayed in these unique rooms. The servants’ room provides a proper introduction to history and contains such exquisite pieces as the 16th-century rock crystal fish, among others. The antechamber and throne chamber are found next: an impressive 16th-century Flemish tapestry collection hangs on their walls. A small oratory, where a rich textile collection is exhibited, is accessed through the antechamber, while the main chamber leads into the Baroque Bishop’s chapel, ante-chapel and library-bedroom, where the oldest paintings and a carefully chosen collection of gold and silver work are on display. The paintings take up the private bedroom and original office. In the other rooms (dining room, cutlery room and kitchen) several sculptures are exhibited, together with the remainders of a glorious music past, of which several recordings are provided.
The historic moment when the Muslim taifa (independent Muslim-ruled principality) of Albarracín fell under the rule of Pedro Ruiz de Azagra and became an independent Christian feudal estate is especially enlightening: it provides insight into the remarkable historic position of Albarracín in the Middle Ages, when the Diocese was founded. The ups and downs the town has gone through during its peculiar history find an echo in the town’s landmarks, especially in its Cathedral and Diocesan palace-museum.