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Museums in Rome: List of all the most important museums in Rome
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Barracco Museum - Corso V. Emanuele II, 168 - Historical centre - Ph. +39.06.68806848 -

Note: Series of original Assirian, Egiptian, Greek, Roman sculptures, an axtraordinary collection which belonged to Lord Giovanni Barracco. Noteworthy the sphinx of Hatshepsut and the ruins of an ancient Roman house in the basement
9,00/19,00 Sundays Holidays: 9,00-13,00 Closed: monday
Free entrance under 18 and over 65 y.o.
General Info: museum shop
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Borghese Museum and Gallery - Piazza Scipione Borghese, 5 Casino Borghese - Downtown - Ph+39.06.8417645

Note: TThe little palace was built in 1613 to hold Cardinal Scipione borghese's collection of art. It is siege of the Museum (on the ground floor) and the Borghese Gallery(on the first floor). Inside are some of the most famous sculptures by G.L.Bernini such as "David", "Apollo and Daphne" "Pluto and Proserpina", Canova's masterpiece, the reclining statue of Pauline Borghese, and a rich picture gallery plenty of masterpieces of absolute value amogn the others the famous "Danae" by Correggio, Raphael's "Deposition", Caravaggio's paintings, Titian's "Sacred and Profane love"
Hours: 9,00/19,00 Sundays: 9,00-20,00 Closed: mon.
Free entrance under 18 and over 65 y.o.
General Info: Specialized bookshop- audio guide- coffee shop - Booking mandatory, entrance granted to a limited number of persons every two hours
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Capitoline Museums - Piazza del Campidoglio - Historical centre - Ph.+39.06.67102071

Note: Realized according to Michelangelo's design the Conservators' Palace and the New palace house two museums. After a long restoration the oldest public collection in the world opens to the public. Inside treasures of ancient sculpture and paintings from the XIV to the XVII cent. by Caravaggio, Titian, Domenichino...Noteworthy are the Capitoline she-wolf- the symbol of Rome- the Capitoline Venus, the Satyr of Praxiteles. A further highlight is the new Caffé Capitolino, a coffee which offers one of the most enchanting views in the world
Hours: 10,00/21,00 Closed: mon
Free entrance under 18 and over 65 y.o., students
General Info: museum shop - info reservations 06-39746221

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Centrale Montemartini - Art Center Acea - via Ostiense, 106 Centrale Montemartini Ph. +39.06.5748030

Note: 450 Greek and Roman sculptures coming from the Musei Capitolini exhibited close to old machines used in the former electric power station of Rome. A unique combination of classical art and industrial machinery. Worth a visit because the juxtaposition of ancient art and industrial archeology is truly spectacular.
Hours: 10,00/18,00 sat 19,00 Sundays Holidays: 10,00-19,00 Closed: monday
Free entrance under 18 and over 60 y.o.
General Info: museum shop, bar - Free entrance for disabled and under 65 y.o. - Sun morning artistic sessions for children


Colonna Gallery, Palazzo Colonna - Via della Pilotta, 17 - Historical centre -Ph. +39.06.6784350

Note: One of the most beautiful noble palaces which house collections. It consists of richly furnished rooms, a salon resplendent with gilt, mirrors, crystal chandeliers and paintings by Bronzino, Guercino, Dosso Dossi, Carracci, Tintoretto, Van Dyck…It is still a private residence and that's why it is open only one morning a week. It contains one of the longest halls in the world, characterized by a cannonball left in the stairs of its marble floor after an attack by the French from the Janiculum Hill.
Hours: 9,00/13,30 saturday - Closed: all the other days
Free entrance under 18 and over 65 y.o.
General Info: Museum shop - Closed in August. By written reservation, tours of the gallery and private apartments everyday, even in August


Doria Pamphilj Gallery - Piazza del Collegio Romano, 2 Palazzo Doria - Historical centre -Ph. +39.06.6797323

Note: Private collection of the Doria-Pamphily family. This Noble family still lives in the Palace and boasts an art collection that has been built up over the centuries.Works by Caravaggio, Velasquez, Carracci, Rubens, Bernini, Tiziano, Raffaello and others. The ceilings of the rooms are decorated in gold.
Hours: 10,00/17,00 Closed: thursday
General Info: guided visits, bookshop - guided tour of apartments lit. 6.000
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Exhibition Palace for Modern and Contemporary Art - Via Nazionale, 194 - Historical centre - Ph. +39.06.4745903

Note: Projected by Piacentini in 1878 it was one of the building realized after the Unification of Italy in the new capital. Neo-classic style. The space has been dedicated for exhibitions of modern and contemporary art.
Hours: 10,00/21,00 Closed: tue
Genera Info: bar

Gallery of the National Academy of San Luca - P.zza dell’Accademia di San Luca, 77 - Historical centre - Ph. +39.06.6798850

Note: Paintings from the XVI to the XIX cent. Particularly interesting are the "Roman Ruins" by Pannini
Hours: 10,00/13,00 - last sun of the month 10,00-13,00 tue, thur, sat and sun
General Info: Bookstore




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L. Pigorini National Museum of Prehistory and Ethnography - Piazza Marconi,14 Ph. +39.06.549521

Note: An ethnographic collection containing around 60,000 pieces produced by European indigenous cultures. The Italian prehistoric and protohistoric section documents evolution from the Paleolithic epoch to the Iron Age
Hours: 9,00/14,00 Sundays Holidays: 9,00-20,00 Closed: mon
Genera Info: free entrance for schools - On sundays at 10.30 guided visits


Municipal Gallery of Modern Art – Peroni - Ex Peroni brewery, Via Reggio Emilia, 54 - Downtown - Ph. +39.06.67107900

Note: It collects some of 2000 works which complete the collection. Among the works of value there are important paintings of Roman school realized from the beginning of the XX cent. to the 50's. The entrance ticket allows admission even to the Crispi Gallery
Hours: 10,00/20,00 Closed: monday
Genera Info: Museum shop


Museo del Corso, Palazzo Cipolla - Via del Corso, 320 - Historical centre - Ph. +39.06.6786209

Note: The museum traces the history of the ancient Via Lata from its origins to present times
Hours: 11,00/20,00 Closed: monday


Museum of Palazzo Venezia  -Via del Plebiscito, 118 - Historical centre - Ph. +39.06.6798865

Note: JThe museum occupies a part of the Palazzo Venezia, which was begun in 1455 by the Venetian Pope Paul II and completed in 1465. The palace served as a papal residence until 1564 when it was ceded to the Republic of Venice for its ambassadors. It belonged to Austria from 1797 to 1916. During the Fascist era, Mussolini used the palace as headquartes and spoke to the crowds from the balcony that faces the piazza. It houses today an important collection of paintings, statues, terracotta, reliefs, tapestries and porcelains. Among the most important works are the Barsanti collection of small bronzes; a Byzantine ebony marriage casket of the 10th or 11th century; decoration by Andrea Mantegna in the Sala del Mappamondo.
Hours: 9,00/14,00 Closed: mon., 1st jan, 1st may, 25th dec

Museum of Rome  - Piazza S. Pantaleo, 10 - Historical centre - Ph. +39.6.6875880

Note: Sculptures, pictures, marble pieces, mosaics, objects of the history of Rome dating from the Middle Ages to 1870. Noteworthy is the throne of pope Pius IX
Hours: 9,00/13,00 Closed: monday


National Gallery of Ancient Art at Palazzo Barberini - via Quattro Fontane, 13 - Historical centre - Ph. +39.06.4824184

Note: The palace was begun in 1625 by Carlo Maderno with the help of Borromini and completed eight years later by Bernini. Inside works from the XII to the XVII cent. The museum is the result of collections belonging to noble families. The central hall has a splendid ceiling painted by Pietro da Cortona with the "Triumph of the Divine Providence". Paintings by Caravaggio, Andrea del Sarto, the famous "La Fornarina" by Raphael; a portrait of Henry VIII by Hans Holbein, Lippi, Angelico, Simone Martini and a Bust of Urban VIII by Bernini.
Hours: 9,00/19,00 Closed: mon
Free entrance under 18 and over 65 y.o.
General Info: Guided visits cloack room, bookshop - From june 1st to september 30th on Saturdays entrance also 21,00- 23,45
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National Gallery of Modern and Contemporay Art - Via delle Belle Arti, 131 - Downtown - Ph. +39.06.322981

Note: Works of italian and foreigner art of the XIX and XX cent. of authors belonging to the main modern and contemporary cultural and artistic movements. Works by the Macchiaioli, Manzù, Matisse, Picasso and Modigliani.
Hours: 9,00/19,00 Sundays-Holidays: 9,00-20,00 Closed: mon., 1st jan, 1st may, 25th dec
Free entrance under 18 and over 65 y.o.
General Info: Guided visits, bar, cloackroom, bookshop, museum shop - Coffee-shop restaurant open from 7,30 to 24,30 with indipendent entrance from Via Gramsci, 73


National Gallery of Palazzo Corsini - Via della Lungara, 10 - Downtown - Ph.+39.06.68802323

Note: In the building of the XVIII cent. designed by Fuga are housed works of the XVI and XVII cent.. Among the artists Tiziano, Andrea del Sarto, Giordano, Poussin, Guido Reni, Guercino, Van Dyck, Caravaggio
Hours: 9,00/19,00 sat. 14,00 Sundays-Holidays: 9,00-13,00 Closed: mon.
Free entrance under 18 and over 65 y.o.
General Info: Museum shop


National Museum of Castel Sant'Angelo - Lungotevere Castello, 50 - Historical centre - Ph. +39.6.6819111

Note: Originally built for the emperor Hadrian in the IIc. A.D. possibly by the architect Demetriano, and in whose cells were buried the emperors from Hadrian to Septimius Severus and their families. It became a fortress and prison during the Middle Ages. Some of its famous prisoners included Cola di Rienzo, Cellini, Giordano Bruno, Cagliostro and Beatrice Cenci. The building became a museum in 1925 and contains sculptures, furnitures and weapons of different origins, fragments of floor of the XIV and XV cent. and frescoes by Perin del Vaga and Pellegrino
Hours: 9,00/20,00 Sundays-Holidays: 9,00-20,00 Closed: mon
Free entrance under 18 and over 65 y.o.
General Info: bar, cloackroom, bookshop - From june 1st to september 30th on Saturdays entrance also 21,00- 23,45 - guided visits


Roman National Museum - Palazzo Altemps - Piazza Sant'Apollinare, 44 - Historical centre -Ph. +39.06.6833759

Note: Collection of classic sculpture coming from private collections of Altemps and Ludovisi families. Noteworthy is the painted loggia, the Ludovisi Throne dating back to the V cent b.C., the Ares Ludovisi, the Suicidal Gaul and the Dying Gaul
Hours: 9,00/18,45 Sundays Holidays: 9,00-19,45 Closed: mon
General Info: From june 1st to september 30th on Saturdays entrance also 21,00- 23,45
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Roman National Museum - Palazzo Massimo alle terme - Largo di Villa Peretti, 2 - Historical centre Ph. +39.06.48903500

One of the most important archeological collections in the world, Greek, Roman and Christian art found in Rome and its neighbourhood. Beautiful frescoes coming from the Domus Livia, the Domus Farnesina and the Villa of Nero at Nettuno.
Hours: 9,00/18,45 Sundays - Holidays: 9,00-19,45 Closed: monday - From june 1st to september 30th on Saturdays entrance also 21,00- 23,45
free entrance for university students
General Info: Guided visits cloack room,bookshop
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Spada Gallery - Piazza Capo di Ferro, 13 Palazzo Spada - Historical centre -Ph. +39.06.6861158

Note: The gallery is part of the Palazzo Spada begun in 1540 by the architect Giulio Merisi. Paintings by Rubens, Durer, Caravaggio, Guercino, Domenichino, Guido Reni, Carracci, Andrea del Sarto, , Salvator Rosa, Passarotti, Parmigianino, Solimena. Particularly interesting, is Borromini gallery for the optical illusion created by the artist.
Hours: 9,00/19,00 Sundays Holidays: 9,00-20,00 Closed: mon.
Free entrance under 18 and over 60 y.o.


Vatican Museums - Viale Vaticano - Downtown - Ph.+39.06.69884947

Note: The vast complex of museums, along a circuit of over 7km, which contains one of the largest collections in the world, includes the Pinacoteca Vaticana (comprising 17 rooms with paintings by Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio, Fra Angelico, Bellini, Raphael, Titian; the Museo Gregoriano egizio (consisting of 10 halls with Egyptian originals); the Museo Pio-Clementino (with the famous Apollo Belvedere, the Laoocon); museo Gregoriano etrusco, Stanze and Loggia by Raphael; the Borgia Apartment (with the famous fresco by Pinturicchio); the Sistine Chapel; the gallery of the Maps, Tapestries and Candelabra; Biblioteca Vaticana; Museo Gregoriano Profano (with the Chiaramonti Niobid of the 4th-3rd cwntury B.C.) the Sala delle Nozze Aldobrandini (with the famous fresco of the Marriage of Alexander the Great and Roxana); Museo Missionario Etnologico (on the history of the Roman Catholic missions); and the museo storico (includes antique carriages, arms and uniforms of the former military corps of the Vatican).
Hours: 8,45/16,00 nov /mar 13,00 sab 8,45-13,45 Closed: sun and religious holidays
General Info: Museum shops, bar, restaurant, audio guide - free of charge on the last Sunday of each month -
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Villa Farnesina - Via della Lungara, 230 - Downtown - Ph.+39.06.68801767

Note: Splendid residence of the XVI cent. of the rich banker Agostino Chigi, decorated by Raphael, not to miss the Galatea's Room, the Loggia of Cupid and Psyche by Raphael and the Salon of Perspective by Peruzzi
Hours: 9,00/13,00 Closed: sunday
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Villa Giulia National Etruscan Museum - Piazzale Villa Giulia, 9 - Downtown - Ph. +39.06.3201951

Note: The museum was originally built as a villa in 1551-53 for Pope Julius III by Vignola, Ammannati and Vasari; it was established as a mseum in 1889. Contains the most important Etruscan collection in the worls, including the famous Pollo of Vejo, the sarcophagus of the Bride and Groom, sculpture, bronzes, furniture, ivory and other objects from burial grounds. Noteworthy also is the reproduction of the tomb from Cerveteri and the Castellani collection of jewellery from the 18th cent. B.C. to the 19th cent. in gold, silver etc.
Hours: 9,00/19,00 Sundays Holidays: 9,00-20,00 Closed: mon., 1st jan, 1st may, 25th dec
Free entrance under 18 and over 65 y.o.
General Info: bar, cloackroom, bookshop, museum shop - From june 1st to september 30th on Saturdays entrance also 21,00- 23,45
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