The Museum of the Diocese is situated inside the episcopal palace, residence of the bishop of Mallorca. Inaugurated in 1916, the museum exhibits pieces related to religion and Christianity on Mallorca. The exhibition is divided into seven thematic sections: religious sculptures, archaeology, modern ceramics, the Seguier legacy, religious art and numismatics, Gothic paintings and a book collection.
The permanent exposition consists of 200 pieces coming from convents, monasteries, churches, and private donations. The circuit is in chronological order to show the history of the church and the eclectic art from the 15th century up to now. This is accompanied by the temporal exhibition showing pieces from the collection which are not present in the permanent exhibition and restaurated pieces and objects. The objective of the museum is the conservation of the Christian heritage and to show the importance of the church as promoter of the arts and inspiring force.
The most known pieces are the retable of Saint Jordi de Pere Niçard (15th century) and some of the paintings by the renaissance artist Juan de Juanes. Another famous artefact is the Drac de na Coca, an embalmed crocodile which gave room for one of the most famous local legends. Around 1776 there was the rumour that a dragon walks abroad in Palma’s streets. One night the knight Coc heard the noises of the beast and killed it, and thus it was found out that the dragon was in reality a crocodile. You will also find various pieces from Antonio Gaudi which were designed to decorate the cathedral.
The museum is located right behind the cathedral, so it is within easy walking distance from the historic centre of Palma.