Museums in Rome

The Definitive List (2019)

Rome museums are among the best in the world, and include Vatican Museums, Borghese Gallery and Museum, and dozens more institutions.

Below, we've researched and compiled a list of museums in Rome, plus categories like:

And everything in-between. How many museums are there in Rome? As of 2019, our list includes 59 awesome museums.

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Vatican Museums

Art Museum

The Vatican Museums are Christian art museums in the Vatican City. The museums houses a large collection of art, most of which has been gathered by popes throughout history. About 20,000 of the museums' 70,000-piece collection is on display at any given time. The Vatican Museums date back to the 1500s when they were created by Pope Julius II. These museums are among the most visited in the world. The Sistine Chapel is part of the Vatican Museums. Artists housed in the museum include the best in history, ranging from Leonardo da Vinci to Raphael to Caravaggio to Giovanni Bellini.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Vatican Museums.

  • Stanze di Raffaello
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Leonardo da Vinci's St. Jerome in Wilderness
Vatican Museums
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €17 per person
  • πŸ“ Viale Vaticano, 00165 Roma RM, Italy

Art Museum

The Borghese Gallery and Museum is home to the bulk of the Borghese collection of paintings, sculpture and antiquities, which Cardinal Scipione Borghese is credited with starting. Artists included in the collection include Caravaggio, Titian, Raphael, Peter Paul Rubens, and Federico Barocci. The architecture of the museum itself is considered noteworthy, with a trompe l'oeil ceiling fresco.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Borghese Gallery and Museum.

  • Caravaggio's Boy with a Basket of Fruit
  • Caravaggio's Sick Bacchus
  • Titian's Sacred and Profane Love
Borghese Gallery and Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €22 per person
  • πŸ“ Piazzale Scipione Borghese, 5, 00197 Roma RM, Italy

Capitoline Museums

Archaeological Museum

The Capitoline Museums in Rome is actually a single museum that houses a collection dedicated to both art and archaeology. The museum's origins date back to the 15th century and Pope Sixtus IV, who donated ancient bronzes and set them upon Capitoline Hill, which is how the museum came to be. The Capitoline Museums were opened to the public in 1734 by Clement XII. As a result, the Capitoline Museums now own the honor of being the world's first-ever museum.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Capitoline Museums.

  • Colossal statue of Constantine
  • Bust of Commodus as Hercules
  • Cavalier d'Arpino's Battle between Horatii and Curiatii
Capitoline Museums
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €16 per person
  • πŸ“ Piazza del Campidoglio, 1, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

Sistine Chapel

Religious Museum

The Sistine Chapel can be visited as part of the Vatican Museums, but it is such a popular museum in Rome that we thought it merited its own blurb. The Sistine Chapel, located in the Apostolic Palace, is named after the man who restored in during the late 15th century: Pope Sixtus IV. Originally, the Sistine Chapel was known as Cappella Magna before Pope Sixtus IV began his work. It is most famous for two things: 1) it is the current site of the papal conclave, where the new pope is chosen, and 2) Michelangelo's famous ceiling.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Sistine Chapel.

  • The Sistine Chapel ceiling
  • Sandro Botticelli's The Trials of Moses
  • Michelangelo's Last Judgment
Sistine Chapel
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €17 per person
  • πŸ“ Viale Vaticano, 00165 Roma RM, Italy

Castel Sant'Angelo

Archaeological Museum

Castel Sant'Angelo, which is also known as the Mausoleum of Hadrian, is a Roman tower built by Roman Emperor Hadrian. The tower was meant to serve as a mausoleum for Hadrian and for his family, though it has had many historical and modern uses, ranging from use by the popes as a fortress and a prison to its purpose today as a museum. More than one million people visit Castel Sant'Angelo each year.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Castel Sant'Angelo.

  • Peter Anton von Verschaffelt's Michael the Archangel
  • Views of the Tiber River
  • Ponte Sant'Angelos Angel figures
Castel Sant'Angelo
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €20 per person
  • πŸ“ Lungotevere Castello, 50, 00193 Roma RM, Italy

Pantheon

Religious Museum

The Pantheon is an Ancient Roman building, considered to be one of the best preserved examples of early Roman architecture in the world. The Pantheon of Agrippa is thought to have been completed in 126 AD by Emperor Hadrian. The Pantheon has been in use throughout much of its history; it has served as a church since at least the seventh century. More than six million people visit the Pantheon annually.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Pantheon.

  • Santa Maria Rotonda
  • Descent of the Holy Ghost (1790) by Pietro Labruz
  • A 15th century wooden crucifix attached to the altar
Pantheon
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €0 per person
  • πŸ“ Piazza della Rotonda, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

Art Museum

The Doria Pamphilj Gallery is a Roman art museum contained in the Palazzo Doria Pamphilj. The palace and the adjoining church to this day are privately owned by the Doria Pamphilj family, though the public is welcome to visit the museum and enjoy tours of the state rooms. The Doria Pamphilj collection is thought to be the largest private collection in the city.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Doria Pamphilj Gallery.

  • The mummified remains of the Doria Pamphilj family saint
  • Mary Magdalene by Carracci
  • Caravaggio's Penitent Magdalene
Doria Pamphilj Gallery
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €12 per person
  • πŸ“ Via del Corso, 305, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

The National Roman Museum

Archaeological Museum

The National Roman Museum is made up of four different museums and locations within the city: the Baths of Diocletain, the Palazzo Altemps, the Crypta Balbi, and the Palazzo Massimo. The National Roman Museum, or Museo Nazionale Romano, highlights exhibits and collections from Rome's earliest periods with a particular emphasis on archaeology.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at The National Roman Museum.

  • The Baths of Diocletain
  • Palazzo Altemps
  • Crypta Balbi
  • Palazzo Massimo
The National Roman Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €13 per person
  • πŸ“ Rome, Italy

Palazzo Massimo alle Terme

Encyclopedic Museum

The Palazzo Massimo alle Terme is one of four museums that comprises the National Roman Museum. The Palazzo Massimo alle Terme's collections focus on Greek and Roman art and sculptures, jewels, coins, frescoes, and mosaics. The museum is best known -- and most visited -- for its impressive collection of Roman frescoes, with some large enough they encompass an entire room in the museum.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Palazzo Massimo alle Terme.

  • A mummy found in 1964 on the Via Cassia
  • Dionysus with a panther and satyr
  • The frescoes
Palazzo Massimo alle Terme
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €13 per person
  • πŸ“ Largo di Villa Peretti, 2, 00185 Roma RM, Italy

Baths of Diocletian

History Museum

The Baths of Diocletian are one of the four branches of the National Roman Museum. The Baths of Diocletian are a famed piece of ancient Roman history dating back the late 200s and early 200s. The construction including public baths, a library, and a gym for the Romans. The baths have an ugly history; thousands of Christian slaves died during their construction. Almost 1200 years after their construction, Pope Pius IV commissioned Michelangelo to build the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli on the site of the baths in tribute to the slaves who were killed.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Baths of Diocletian.

  • Cloister of Michelangelo
  • Aula of Saint Isidore
  • Octagonal Aula
Baths of Diocletian
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €13 per person
  • πŸ“ Via delle Terme di Diocleziano, 00185 Roma RM, Italy

Crypta Balbi

Archaeological Museum

The Crypta Balbi was a theater and crypt built before 20 BC under the order of Lucius Cornelius Balbus. The theater ended up buried over the course of history until it was excavated in the 1980s. About two decades following its discovery, Crypta Balbi opened as one of the four branches of the National Roman Museum. The Crypta Balbi exhibits are dedicated to the excavation of the theater as well as collections that highlight Roman life from the fifth through 10th centuries. Visitors can even tour the Crypta's basement, where the extremely old remains of the theater can be walked.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Crypta Balbi.

  • The theater remains
  • Early Roman life exhibits
Crypta Balbi
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €13 per person
  • πŸ“ Via delle Botteghe Oscure, 31, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

Palazzo Altemps

Archaeological Museum

The Palazzo Altemps is a museum that is one of four connected to the National Roman Museum. The Palazzo Altemps' collection dates back to the 1500 and 1600s and is primarily comprised of Greek and Roman sculptures that once belonged to prominent noble Roman families. The museum is also home to a large assortment of Egyptian art that once belonged to the Del Drago and Mattei families.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Palazzo Altemps.

  • The Galatian Suicide
  • The Grande Ludovisi sarcophagus
  • Church of San Aniceto
Palazzo Altemps
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €13 per person
  • πŸ“ Piazza di Sant'Apollinare, 46, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

National Etruscan Museum

Encyclopedic Museum

The National Etruscan Museum in Rome is housed in a building that was originally built for Pope Julius III. The museum itself came to be during the 19th century, when Italy went through a wave of nationalism. The goal of the museum was to house together as many pre-Roman items as possible. Today, the National Etruscan Museum's collection includes the Sarcophagus of the Spouses, the Etruscan-Phoenician Pyrgi tablets, and the Apollo of Veii.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at National Etruscan Museum.

  • Sarcophagus of the Spouses
  • Etruscan-Phoenician Pyrgi tablets
  • Apollo of Veii
National Etruscan Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €10 per person
  • πŸ“ Piazzale di Villa Giulia 9, 00196 Roma RM, Italy

Centrale Montemartini

Archaeological Museum

The Centrale Montemartini is a sculpture museum housed in a former power plant that is dedicated to collecting ancient sculptures, statues, and busts from Greek and Roman history.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Centrale Montemartini.

  • Portrait of Cleopatra
  • Statue of a Muse: Polymnia
  • Statua di Marsia
Centrale Montemartini
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €11 per person
  • πŸ“ Via Ostiense, 106, 00154 Roma RM, Italy

MAXXI (National Museum of the 21st Century Arts)

Art Museum

The MAXXI (National Museum of the 21st Century Arts) museum is a contemporary art and architecture museum in Rome. The museum is notable as it held an international design contest for the building's structure. Architect Zaha Hadid's submission was chosen and the MAXXI was built at the Caserma Montello, a former military barracks.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at MAXXI (National Museum of the 21st Century Arts).

  • On the Spiritual Matter of Art
  • At Home
  • Alberto Garutti: Al Nati Oggi
MAXXI (National Museum of the 21st Century Arts)
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €12 per person
  • πŸ“ Via Guido Reni, 4A, 00196 Roma RM, Italy

Museum of Rome

Art Museum

The Museum of Rome, or Museo di Roma, is a Roman museum was built during fascist times with the main mission to preserve "old Rome" and its history, traditions, and cultures. Today, however, the Museum of Rome is predominantly an art museum with works by artists to include Pompeo Batoni, Giuseppe Bottani, Ippolito Caffi, Antonio Canova, and Giovanni Battista Piranesi.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Museum of Rome.

  • Pompeo Batoni's Portrait of John Staples
  • Felice Giani's Patriot altar in St. Peter's Square for the Federation party
  • Ippolito Caffi's Festival of artists at Tor de 'Schiavi
Museum of Rome
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €13 per person
  • πŸ“ Piazza di San Pantaleo, 10, Piazza Navona, 2, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

Art Museum

The National Gallery of Ancient Art in Barberini Palace, or Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica, is a Roman art Museum that houses the country's top collection of pre-19th century paintings. Located at both the Palazzo Barberini and the Palazzo Corisini, the National Gallery of Ancient Art houses a large number of paintings by Caravaggio, among others. The palazzos themselves are also historical works of art; both were constructed during the 1500s.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at National Gallery of Ancient Art in Barberini Palace.

  • Caravaggio's Narcissus
  • Portrait of Stefano Colonna
  • Andrea del Sarto's Holy Family
National Gallery of Ancient Art in Barberini Palace
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €12 per person
  • πŸ“ Via delle Quattro Fontane, 13, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

Art Museum

The National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, or La Galleria Nazionale, or Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, is a modern and contemporary art museum in Rome. Housed in the Palazzo delle Belle Arti, the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art showcases more than 1100 paintings and works of art dating back to the 19th and 20th centuries. The museum has the biggest collection of art from this time period in all of Italy. Artists on display include Giacomo Balla, Umberto Boccioni, Antonio Canova, Giorgio de Chirico, Lucio Fontana, Calder, CΓ©zanne, Duchamp, Monet, Jackson Pollock, Rodin, and Van Gogh. Fun fact: The museum's nickname is "The Teeth" thanks to its columns.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art.

  • Paul CΓ©zanne
  • Jason Pollock
  • Vincent van Gogh
National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €10 per person
  • πŸ“ Viale delle Belle Arti, 131, 00197 Roma RM, Italy

Villa Farnesina

Historic Site

Villa Farnesina is a Renaissance-era villa in Rome's Trastevere district. The 16th-century villa was originally constructed for Pope Julius II's treasuer, Agostino Chigi. The villa has a long history of belonging to affluent, famous, and prominent families in Italy and is most notable for its architectural design. Artists who worked on the design of the villa include Peruzzi, Sebastiano del Piombo, Raphael and Sodoma.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Villa Farnesina.

  • The Loggia
  • The work of Raphael, including his Sala di Galatea
  • The work of Peruzzi
Villa Farnesina
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €15 per person
  • πŸ“ Via della Lungara, 230, 00165 Roma RM, Italy

Geological Museum Rome

Natural History Museum

The Geological Museum Rome is operates in a 16th century hospice, the Ospitale Santo Spirito. The museum is dedicated to natural history, geology, and science, with exhibits focused on evolution, mammas of the Po Valley, and sea life. The museum's best known piece is Giorgio Rastelli's whale sculpture is the largest wooden sculpture in all of Europe.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Geological Museum Rome.

  • Giorgio Rastelli's whale sculpture
  • Piacenzian Geological Nature Reserve
Geological Museum Rome
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €0 per person
  • πŸ“ Via Sforza Caolzio, 57, 29014 Castell'Arquato PC, Italy

Museum of Roman Civilization

History Museum

The Museum of Roman Civilization, or Museo della CiviltΓ  Roman, is a museum in Rome that is dedicated to the history of Ancient Roman civilization. The museum traces the history of ancient Rome from its earliest period through the fourth century. Museum-goers can engage with ancient Roman life, ranging from scale models of the oldest periods of the civilization to a reconstructed library.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Museum of Roman Civilization.

  • A model of Archaic Rome
  • Rome Reborn 1.0
  • A reconstructed Roman library
Museum of Roman Civilization
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €0 per person
  • πŸ“ Piazza Giovanni Agnelli, 10, 00144 Roma RM, Italy

The Keats-Shelley House

History Museum

The Keats-Shelley House is a museum in Rome dedicated to poets John Keats and Percy Bysshe Shelley. The museum is home to one of the world's best collections of items from Keats and Shelley. In addition to documents, manuscripts, and paintings from these two poets, the museum also houses a collection of items from poets such as Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Oscar Wilde, Robert Browning, and Lord Byron. The museum today is located in the house where Keats once lived -- and died in -- after he moved to Italy.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at The Keats-Shelley House.

  • Keats’s Poems of 1817, First Edition
  • Shelley’s Adonais, First Edition
  • Early Italian translations of Lord Byron's work
The Keats-Shelley House
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €6 per person
  • πŸ“ Piazza di Spagna, 26, 00187 Roma RM, Italy

Mausoleum of Augustus

Historic Site

The Mausoleum of Augustus is a historic site in Rome that houses the remains of dozens of well-known ancient Romans. The mausoleum was one of Augustus' first construction projects in Rome once he rose to power. The mausoleum stands more than 130 feet tall. Famed inhabitants of the mausoleum include Marcus Claudius Marcellus (the first to be laid to rest in the tomb in 23 BC), Tiberius' son Drusus Julius Caesar, Agrippina the Elder, Nero Julius Caesar, Caligula, Claudius, and Nerva, who was the last emperor for whom the tomb was opened.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Mausoleum of Augustus.

  • The bronze statue of Augustus
Mausoleum of Augustus
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €0 per person
  • πŸ“ Piazza Augusto Imperatore, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

Explora Children's Museum in Rome

Children's Museum

The Explora Children's Museum in Rome, or Museo dei Bambini, is a children's museum in Italy with fun, interactive, and hands-on exhibits. The museum is not so much focused on Rome as it is on typical children's exhibits, like a play-based supermarket, garden, and driveable train.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Explora Children's Museum in Rome.

  • Free Your Mind – an interactive journey focused on nutrition and healthy eating
  • Step inside the Bionic – a giant contraption that looks at nature
  • Next Stop Explora – drive the Explora β€˜train’ and learn about the history of train travel
Explora Children's Museum in Rome
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €9 per person
  • πŸ“ Via Flaminia, 82, 00196 Roma RM, Italy

Museums of the Walls

Archaeological Museum

The Museum of the Walls, or Museo delle Mura, in Rome is an archaeological museum in the Porta San Sebastiano at the beginning of the Appian Way. The museum is focused on telling the story of Rome and ancient Rome's walls and how they were built. The exhibits date back to the construction of the first ever Roman wall, which was built by Rome's sixth king, Servius Tullius in the 300s. Visitors can even walk along the inside of the Aurelian Wall.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Museums of the Walls.

  • Walk the Aurelian Wall
  • Learn how wall construction changed after the Gauls invaded
  • How the walls changed in the 20th century
Museums of the Walls
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €0 per person
  • πŸ“ Via di Porta San Sebastiano, 18, 00179 Roma RM, Italy

National Museum of the Middle Ages

Archaeological Museum

The National Museum of the Middle Ages, or Museo dell'Alto Medioevo, is a museum in Rome focused on the history of the Middle Ages and medieval times. The museum's exhibits range in time from the late fourth through the 10th centuries. All items pertain to Rome and Italy, as everything on display in the museum was excavated from archaeological sites in Italy.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at National Museum of the Middle Ages.

  • The opus sectile of Porta Marina
  • The late antique Rome collection
  • Marble reliefs from the Carolingian period
National Museum of the Middle Ages
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €4 per person
  • πŸ“ Viale Lincoln, 3, 00144 Roma RM, Italy

Palazzo Colonna

Art Museum

The Palazzo Colonna is a Roman palace near Quirinal Hill and the Church of Santi Apostoli. The palace, which dates back to the 13th century, was built over the remains of an ancient Roman serapeum. Today, it is home to the Colonna Art Gallery, which showcases the Colonna family's private art collection. Artists in the collection include Lorenzo Monaco, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Palma the Elder, Salviati, Bronzino, Tintoretto, Pietro da Cortona, Annibale Carracci, and Guido Reni. The palace is also full of frescoes completed by famed artists.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Palazzo Colonna.

  • Annibale Carracci's The Bean-eater
  • Hall of the Apotheosis of Martino V
  • Hall of Landscapes
Palazzo Colonna
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €12 per person
  • πŸ“ Via della Pilotta, 17, 00187 Roma RM, Italy

Ara Pacis

Historic Site

Ara Pacis is an altar built in 13 BC that was dedicated to Pax, who is the Roman goddess of peace. The altar, which rested on the banks of the Tiber River, was eventually buried under silt. The altar was excavated, moved, and reassembled at the Museum of the Ara Pacis during the 1930s, where it remains today.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Ara Pacis.

  • The processional frieze
  • A sacrifice performed by Aeneas or Numa Pompilius
  • The Tellus Panel
Ara Pacis
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €13 per person
  • πŸ“ Via di Ripetta, 190-180, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

Museum Leonardo da Vinci Experience

Art Museum

The Museum Leonardo da Vinci Experience, or Museo Leonardo da Vinci, is a museum in Rome dedicated to the art and life of Leonardo da Vinci. The museum not only tells the story of da Vinci's greatest paintings, but also focuses on da Vinci's life outside of art. da Vinci, often considered one of the most brilliant minds of the Italian Renaissance, was, in addition to being a painter, a sculpture, scientist, and engineer. The museum houses not only his art work, but more than 50 of his inventions. It's worth noting the museum only showcases reproductions of da Vinci's paintings.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Museum Leonardo da Vinci Experience.

  • The story behind The Last Supper
  • The story behind Vitruvian Man
  • The story behind the Sforza equestrian sculpture
Museum Leonardo da Vinci Experience
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €12 per person
  • πŸ“ Via della Conciliazione, 19, 00193 Roma RM, Italy

Trajan's Market

Archaeological Museum

Trajan's Market is an assembly of ruins on Rome's Via dei Fori Imperiali. The buildings were once part of Trajan's Forum during ancient Roman times, thought to have been built around 100 AD. Historians have thought the marketplace is the world's oldest shopping mall, along with Emperor Trajan's offices. Some of the levels of the shops are still standing, and open to the public, today.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Trajan's Market.

  • Marble floors
  • The library ruins
Trajan's Market
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €12 per person
  • πŸ“ Via Quattro Novembre, 94, 00187 Roma RM, Italy

Imperial Forums Museum

Archaeological Museum

The Imperial Forums Museum, or Museo dei fori imperiali, is part of Trajan's Market. The museum is a sculpture, frienze, and bust gallery in rooms that were once considered the Market's Great Hall. It also contains exhibits showcasing what the Trajan Markets would have looked like during its prime. A visit to the Imperial Forums Museum is an opportunity to wander one of the best-preserved ancient Roman structures.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Imperial Forums Museum.

  • Sculptures
  • Frienzes
Imperial Forums Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €12 per person
  • πŸ“ 00187 Roma RM, Italy

Art Museum

The Spada Gallery, or Galleria Spada, is a museum in Rome inside the Palazzo Spada. The gallery holds a variety of paintings dating back to the 1500 and 1600s, while the Palazzo is also famous in its own right for its architectural style and Francesco Borromini's forced perspective gallery.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Spada Gallery.

  • Giuseppe Chiari's Ovidian mythologic scenes
  • Titian's Portrait of Violinist
  • Michelangelo Cerquozzi's Revolt of Masaniello
Spada Gallery
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €5 per person
  • πŸ“ Piazza Capo di Ferro, 13, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

Napoleonic Museum

History Museum

The Napoleonic Museum, or Museo Napoleonico, houses the collection of Count Giuseppe Primoli, who began to gather objects regarding the Bonaparte family (his great-grandparents were Joseph and Lucien Bonaparte). His collection came to include family souvenirs, items from antique shops, and items that were donated by Empress Eugenie and Princess Mathilda. When Primoli died in the early 1900s, the collection was passed on to the city of Rome and a museum was created, as per his final wishes.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Napoleonic Museum .

  • Louis XVIII's snuffbox that Napoleon found
  • The King of Rome Room
  • The Second Empire Collection
Napoleonic Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €0 per person
  • πŸ“ Piazza di Ponte Umberto I, 1, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

Circus of Maxentius

Historic Site

The Circus of Maxentius, or the Villa di Massenzio, is a Roman structure dating back to the 300s. Formerly known as the Circus of Caracalla, the structure is second in size to just the Circus Maximus. Historians are only aware of one set of games ever held at the Circus of Maxentius, likely the funerary games of Maxentius' young son. Historians also speculate that the entire nature of the arena changed following the child's death.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Circus of Maxentius.

    Circus of Maxentius
    • 🌐 Website
    • 🎟️ €0 per person
    • πŸ“ Via Appia Antica, 153, 00179 Roma RM, Italy

    Venanzo Crocetti Museum

    Art Museum

    The Venanzo Crocetti Museum is an art museum in Rome that highlights the work of Italian artist and sculptor Venanzo Crocetti. The museum's collection contains more than one hundred different marbles, bronzes, paintings, documents, and paper work that spans a 68-year period from 1930 through 1998. The museum also houses temporary traveling exhibits.

    Highlights

    Here are some of the "must see" items at Venanzo Crocetti Museum.

    • The sculpture garden
    Venanzo Crocetti Museum
    • 🌐 Website
    • 🎟️ €0 per person
    • πŸ“ Via Cassia, 492, 00189 Roma RM, Italy

    The Carlo Bilotti Museum

    Art Museum

    The Carlo Bilotti Museum, or Museo Carlo Bilotti, is a museum made possible by the donation of Carlo Bilotti, who gifted the city of Rome with 23 pieces from his personal collection. The bulk of the collection includes 18 pieces by Giorgio de Chirico. The museum also showcases work from artists to include Andy Warhol, Gino Severini, and Giacomo Manzu.

    Highlights

    Here are some of the "must see" items at The Carlo Bilotti Museum.

    • Giorgio de Chirico's Horses by the sea
    • Andy Warhol’s Tina and Lisa Bilotti
    • Gino Severini's The Summer
    The Carlo Bilotti Museum
    • 🌐 Website
    • 🎟️ €0 per person
    • πŸ“ Viale Fiorello La Guardia, 6, 00197 Roma RM, Italy

    Museum of the Liberation of Rome

    History Museum

    The Museum of the Liberation of Rome, or Museo storico della Liberazione - Roma, holds a collection pertaining to Germany's occupation of Rome during World War II and Rome's subsequent liberation from German control. The museum's building itself is significant to the story, as it was used as a torture chamber for members of the Italian Resistance during 1944.

    Highlights

    Here are some of the "must see" items at Museum of the Liberation of Rome.

    • The Ardeatine Massacre Exhibit
    • The actual Italian flag that was raised on Capitoline Hill on the day of liberation
    • Prison graffiti
    Museum of the Liberation of Rome
    • 🌐 Website
    • 🎟️ €0 per person
    • πŸ“ Via Tasso, 145, 00185 Roma RM, Italy

    Civic Museum of Zoology

    Natural History Museum

    The Civic Museum of Zoology, or Museo Civico di Zoologia, is a natural history museum in Rome. The museum is home to a collection with more than five million different specimens, ranging from mammals to birds to insects to mollusks to skeletons. The Civic Museum of Zoology is perhaps best known for its mounted skeleton collection, which is considered one of the continent's best.

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    • The Osteology Gallery
    • Insect specimens
    • The Barrier Reef
    Civic Museum of Zoology
    • 🌐 Website
    • 🎟️ €7 per person
    • πŸ“ Via Ulisse Aldrovandi, 18, 00197 Roma RM, Italy

    Museum of the Near East, Egypt and the Mediterranean

    Archaeological Museum

    The Museum of the Near East, Egypt and the Mediterranean, or Museo del Vicino Oriente Egitto e Mediterraneo, is an archaeological museum in Rome housed inside the Rectorate of Sapienza at the University of Rome. The collection is primarily made up of ancient Egyptian artifacts, ranging from funerary objects to ceramics to lamps to coins to frescoes. It is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, collection in Rome dedicated to the study of ancient Egyptian artifacts.

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    Here are some of the "must see" items at Museum of the Near East, Egypt and the Mediterranean.

    • The axes of Batrawy (2400 BC)
    • An unfinished bust of Nefertiti
    • The first bricks from Jericho Neolithic (8500-7000 BC)
    Museum of the Near East, Egypt and the Mediterranean
    • 🌐 Website
    • 🎟️ €0 per person
    • πŸ“ Piazzale della Minerva 00185 Rome Italy

    The Museum of the Ostian Way

    Archaeological Museum

    The Museum of the Ostian Way, or Museo della Via Ostiense, is dedicated to a gateway and paved highway within the Aurelian Wall. The Aurelian Wall was a defensive fortress around Rome, which ran for 12 miles around the city's boundaries. The Via Ostiense is famous for linking Rome and Ostia (today, this is Porta San Paolo); guests can go through the gateway to Ostia and find the Museo della Via Ostiense, a small museum that's a hidden gem of Rome. The museum's collection includes maps, models, archaeological finds, and various photographs and documents.

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    • Views of Gais Cestius' pyramidal tomb
    • The Protestant Cemetary
    • St. Paul's Gate
    The Museum of the Ostian Way
    • 🌐 Website
    • 🎟️ €0 per person
    • πŸ“ Via Raffaele Persichetti, 3, 00153 Roma RM, Italy

    Enrico Fermi Center

    Science Museum

    The Enrico Fermi Center, or Museo Storico della Fisica e Centro Studi e Ricerche Enrico Fermi, is dedicated to the scientific advancements made by Enrico Fermi. The goal of the center is to one day transform into a Museum of Physics, partially dedicated to Fermi's biography and his scientific research conducted in the 1930s, as well as an interactive exhibit where guests can run through Fermi's famed experiments. Today, the Enrico Fermi Center promotes highlights the discoveries and advancements made by Fermi and his colleagues.

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    • Enrico Fermi Splits The Atom
    • The Chicago Pile
    Enrico Fermi Center
    • 🌐 Website
    • 🎟️ €0 per person
    • πŸ“ Piazza del Viminale, 1, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

    Art Museum

    The Gallery of the Academy of Saint Luke, or Accademia di San Luca as it is known in Italy, traces its roots back to the 16th century when it was established to boost the work of artists to new heights. Named after the patron saint of painters' guilds, Saint Luke, the Academy has more than 500 paintings on display to guests. Notable artists included in the collection are Raffaello, Canova, and Van Dyk.

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    • Guercino's St. Luke Displaying a Painting of the Virgin
    • The Borromini frieze
    • Rafaello's San Luca Che Dipinge la Vergine
    Gallery of the Academy of Saint Luke
    • 🌐 Website
    • 🎟️ €0 per person
    • πŸ“ Piazza dell'Accademia di S. Luca, 77, 00187 Roma, Italy

    The Museum of Origins

    Archaeological Museum

    The Museum of Origins, or Museo delle Origini, was founded in the mid-1900s by Ugo Rellini at the Department of Sciences of Antiquity at Sapienza University of Rome. The museum's mission is to teach about the history of artifacts and the world. The collections date back to prehistoric times with items found on archaeological digs and excavations from Europe and other continents. Much of the museum's collection focuses on artifacts from central and southern Italy.

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    • Prehistoric hunting tools
    • Prehistoric ceramics
    The Museum of Origins
    • 🌐 Website
    • 🎟️ €0 per person
    • πŸ“ Piazzale Aldo Moro, 500185 Roma RM, Italy

    National Museum of Venezia Palace

    Art Museum

    The National Museum of Venezia Palace, or Il Museo nazionale di Palazzo Venezia, is a museum in Rome inside Palazzo Venezia. The National Museum of Venezia Palace hosts a collection of art, paintings, sculptures, gold, silver, medals, glass, tapestries, terracotta, and enamels. The museum also showcases the Wurts Collection, which had been amassed by George Washington Wurts and Henrietta Tower, and left to Italy following their passing. Artists represented in the museum's collection include Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Guido Reni, Girogione, Giotto, and Carlo Maratta.

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    Here are some of the "must see" items at National Museum of Venezia Palace.

    • The Wurts Collection
    • Paintings by Gian Lorenzo Bernini
    National Museum of Venezia Palace
    • 🌐 Website
    • 🎟️ €10 per person
    • πŸ“ Piazza di S. Marco, 49, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

    Museum of Pietro Canonica

    Archaeological Museum

    The Museum of Pietro Canonica, or Museo Pietro Canonica, in Villa Borghese is an artist's house museum and one of the best in the country. The museum's collection is largely focused on Pietro Canonica's works, ranging from models to sketches to replicas to marbles to bronzes. The museum is lauded for taking visitors on a complete journey through the artistic process of creating sculpture, from sketching to models to casting and so on. The museum also showcases items that were part of Canonica's collection, including Piedmontese canvasses and art by Giovan Battista Quadorne, Vittorio Cavalleri, and others.

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    • Samurai armor from the 17th century
    • Canonica's Princess Elisabetta of Greece
    • Canonica's The digger
    Museum of Pietro Canonica
    • 🌐 Website
    • 🎟️ €0 per person
    • πŸ“ Viale Pietro Canonica, 2, 00197 Roma RM, Italy

    Art Museum

    The Gallery of Modern Art, or Galleria Comunale d'Arte Moderna, Rome, is the city's contemporary and modern art museum. Housed in a 17th century monastery, the museum got its start after purchasing a number of works in the late 1800s. The museum was constituted in 1925; in 1931, it was re-titled Galleria Mussolini before closing in 1938 and reopening 11 years later. The museum's collection includes more than 3,000 items, ranging from sculptures to paintings, from artists such as Mario Ceroli, Giacomo Balla, and Carlo CarrΓ .

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    • Amedeo Bocchi's In the park
    • Mario Ceroli's Goldfinger / Miss
    • Giacomo Balla's The doubt
    Gallery of Modern Art
    • 🌐 Website
    • 🎟️ €8 per person
    • πŸ“ Via Francesco Crispi, 24, 00187 Roma RM, Italy

    Jewish Museum of Rome

    Religious Museum

    The Jewish Museum of Rome, or Museo Ebraico di Roma, is housed in the Great Synagogue of Rome. The museum is focused on exhibits dedicated to the history of Jewish people in Rome dating back to the second century. The museum also showcases a collection of art created by Jewish artists.

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    • Treasures of the Cinque Scole
    • Life and Synagogues of the Ghetto
    • The Textile Preservation Center
    Jewish Museum of Rome
    • 🌐 Website
    • 🎟️ €11 per person
    • πŸ“ Via Catalana, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

    Museo del Corso

    Art Museum

    Museo del Corso in Rome's historical center has a prime location, sitting on the ancient road that connects Piazza Venezia with Piazza del Popolo. Museo del Corso highlights ancient and modern art in its collection and is considered one of the country's top cultural centers and resources. In 2003, the museum opted to permanently showcase its own collection.

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    • The famed Via del Corso
    • The history of Via del Corso
    Museo del Corso
    • 🌐 Website
    • 🎟️ €9 per person
    • πŸ“ Via del Corso 320, 00186 Rome, Italy

    Central Museum of the Risorgimento at the Vittoriano

    War Museum

    The Central Museum of the Risorgimento at the Vittoriano, or Museo Centrale del Risorgimento, is a well-exhibited history museum documenting Italy's history dating back to the late 1700s through the first world war. The museum's exhibits range from wartime documents to military uniforms to movie clips to paintings to military artifacts.

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    • The brigandage to Sonnino and the work of Pinelli
    • Pompeii photos of the 19th century
    • The Flag Memorial
    Central Museum of the Risorgimento at the Vittoriano
    • 🌐 Website
    • 🎟️ €5 per person
    • πŸ“ Piazza Venezia, 00187 Roma RM, Italy

    Canova Tadolini Museum

    Art Museum

    The Canova Tadolini Museum is a combo restaurant and museum in one. The restaurant is adorned with sculptures and artwork from Neoclassical sculptors Antonio Canova and Adamo Tadolini in what was Canova's former studio space. The museum's restaurant is known for serving traditional Roman classics, like spaghetti alla carbonara and tonnarelli cacio e pepe. This is a cool experience worth taking advantage of in Rome.

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    • Dine surrounded by larger than life classic sculptures
    • Spaghetti alla carbonara
    Canova Tadolini Museum
    • 🌐 Website
    • 🎟️ €0 per person
    • πŸ“ Via del Babuino, 150/a, 00187 Roma RM, Italy

    Giovanni Barracco Ancient Sculpture Museum

    Art Museum

    The Giovanni Barracco Ancient Sculpture Museum, or Museo Barracco di Scultura Antica, is an art and sculpture museum that houses the once-private collection of art collector Giovanni Barracco. Barracco's collection was gifted to the city in the early 20th century. He had amassed a large collection of art from around the world, ranging from Egyptian to Greek to Assyrian. The museum's collection includes both art and artifacts, making it a fascinating stop on your next trip to Rome.

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    • A funerary relief from Palmyra in Syria
    • A parade float from Cyprus
    • Lysippus' Wounded Bitch
    Giovanni Barracco Ancient Sculpture Museum
    • 🌐 Website
    • 🎟️ €0 per person
    • πŸ“ Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 168, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

    Museum of the Souls of Purgatory

    Archaeological Museum

    The Museum of the Souls of Purgatory, or Museo delle Anime del Purgatorio, is a museum in Rome housed inside the Chiesa del Sacro Cuore del Suffragio. The museum started after a priest saw a sad human face in the flames of a fire burning the Chiesa del Sacro Cuore del Suffragio; the priest believed this to be the soul of a dead man who had been sent to Purgatory and was attempting to make contact with the living world. The priest then dedicated his time to finding documents, artifacts, and instances about others who may have been stuck in Purgatory. Today, the museum is a small collection of documents and photos inside the Chiesa del Sacro Cuore del Suffragio.

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    Here are some of the "must see" items at Museum of the Souls of Purgatory.

    • The imprint of fingers left in 1871 deceased Palmira Rastelli
    • The fire imprint left by a finger of Sister Maria di San Luigi Gonzaga
    • The imprint of a woman's mother-in-law left 30 years after her death
    Museum of the Souls of Purgatory
    • 🌐 Website
    • 🎟️ €0 per person
    • πŸ“ Lungotevere Prati, 12, 00193 Roma RM, Italy

    Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome

    Art Museum

    The Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome, or MACRO, is a contemporary and modern art gallery in Rome. The museum is housed in two separate places: one in a former brewery and one in a former slaughterhouse. The museum's permanent collection is one of the best in Italy for post-1960s work. The museum houses artists to include Giovanni Albanese, Andrea Aquilanti, Gianni Asdrubali, Domenico Bianchi, and Bruno Ceccobelli.

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    • Gioacchino Pontrelli
    • Felice Levini
    • The Arte Povera with Mario Ceroli and Pino Pascali
    Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome
    • 🌐 Website
    • 🎟️ €0 per person
    • πŸ“ Via Nizza, 138, 00198 Roma RM, Italy

    The Museum Of Classical Art

    Art Museum

    The Museum Of Classical Art, or Museo dell'Arte Classica, is a classic art museum on the campus of the Sapienza University of Rome. The museum was founded in the late 19th century by Emanuel LΓΆwy. The museum's collection includes more than 1200 plaster casts of Greek and Roman sculptures.

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    • More than 1200 casts of sculptures
    The Museum Of Classical Art
    • 🌐 Website
    • 🎟️ €0 per person
    • πŸ“ FacoltΓ  di Lettere e Filosofia, Piazzale Aldo Moro, 5, 00185 Roma RM, Italy

    Museum of Rome in Trastevere

    Archaeological Museum

    The Museum of Rome in Trastevere, or Museo di Roma in Trastevere, is a segment of the Museum of Rome. The museum's collection includes exhibits on Rome's recent culture. The exhibits include costumes, paintings, prints, photographs, and film. The Museum of Rome in Trastevere is perhaps best known for housing the Roman Scenes, which are life-sized models showcasing life in Rome.

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    • The Roman Scenes
    • Giuseppe Gioachino Belli manuscripts
    • Ettore Roesler Franz's Via Giulio Romano
    Museum of Rome in Trastevere
    • 🌐 Website
    • 🎟️ €10 per person
    • πŸ“ Piazza di S. Egidio, 1b, 00153 Roma RM, Italy

    Vatican Historical Museum

    Religious Museum

    The Vatican Historical Museum, or Museo Storico Vaticano, is part of the Vatican Museums. Founded in the 1970s by Pope Paul VI, the Vatican Historical Museum contains portraits of the Popes dating back to the 1500s. Other items include artifacts from the papacy, the Papal Military Corps, and the popemobiles.

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    • Papal Portraits
    • Popemobiles
    Vatican Historical Museum
    • 🌐 Website
    • 🎟️ €17 per person
    • πŸ“ Viale Centro del Bosco, 00120 CittΓ  del Vaticano, Vatican City

    Pigorini National Museum of Prehistory and Ethnography

    History Museum

    The Luigi Pigorini National Museum of Prehistory and Ethnography is a museum in Rome that was established in the 1870s. The museum is best known for its Lak eBracciano Neolithic artifact collection, as well as its early ethnographic collection from Athanasius Kircher.

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    Here are some of the "must see" items at Pigorini National Museum of Prehistory and Ethnography.

    • Homer in the Baltic: The northern origins of the Odyssey and the Iliad
    • The fibula prenestina
    • A Circeo Neanderthal skull
    Pigorini National Museum of Prehistory and Ethnography
    • 🌐 Website
    • 🎟️ €10 per person
    • πŸ“ Piazza Guglielmo Marconi, 14, 00144 Rome RM, Italy

    National Museum of Pasta Foods

    Specialty Museum

    The National Museum of Pasta Foods is a fun museum in Rome dedicated to the region's famed dish. The museum's exhibits take guests on a pasta journey, from learning how the food is made from wheat, how pasta is mixed and dried, and how pasta used to be made by hand vs how it's made in modern times.

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    Here are some of the "must see" items at National Museum of Pasta Foods.

    • The first stone pasta grinders
    • Modern pasta technology
    National Museum of Pasta Foods
    • 🌐 Website
    • 🎟️ €5 per person
    • πŸ“ Piazza Guglielmo Marconi, 14, 00144 Roma RM, Italy

    Victor Emmanuel II National Monument

    Historic Site

    The Victor Emmanuel II National Monument (Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II) is a is a national monument that was erected to honor the first king of unified Italy, Victor Emmanuel II. Located between Capitoline Hill and the Piazza Venezia, the monument is often incorrectly referred to as the Altare della Patria. In actuality, the Altare della Patria, or Altar of the Fatherland, is an altar of the goddess Rome that is part of the monument, but does not make up its entirety. The monument also houses the shrine to the Unknown Soldier.

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    • Altare della Patria
    • Shrine of the Unknown Soldier
    Victor Emmanuel II National Monument
    • 🌐 Website
    • 🎟️ €0 per person
    • πŸ“ Piazza Venezia, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

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