Museums in Rome Tourist Guide
Museums in Rome are plentiful! You could make an entire Rome Vacation focusing your sightseeing in Rome on museums and art.
This guide to Rome Museums will give you the most important museums in Rome to see, especially on your first vacation to Rome.
Links will take you to seperate pages on some of the museums.
I will provide current museum hours and cost, but please verify these when you arrive.
Top Museums in Rome
- Vatican Museum Rome - This huge museum is overwhelming in size and filled with treasures, but the quality and beauty of its art is spectacular! The highlight, of course, is Michaelangelo Sistine Chapel - it's beautiful!
Hours: Monday to Saturday Ticket Office open 9 am to 4 pm, Museums close at 6 pm, Museum closed holidays and some holy days.
Cost: adults 15 euros, ages 6-18 & students 8 euros, school children through high school 4 euros, FREE last Sunday of month, disabled visitors. Purchase tickets now and avoid the lines. A magical evening visit to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel is also available.
If you would like to see the Michelangelo and Raphael masterpieces at the Vatican Museums, private apartment of Pope Julius II, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica, check out this guided Vatican Museums tour.
- Capitoline Museum or Musei Capitolini on Capitoline Hill above the Roman Forum - Two buildings of pilazza make up the museums Capitoline, the one on the right is quite a bit larger. They are the oldest public collection in the world including some valuable ancient sculptures.
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 9.00 am - 8.00 pm, closed some holidays.
Cost: adults 12 euros, some discounts available for students, Rome Citizens and more.
- The Borghese Gallery - The Galleria Borghese was created in 1613 by Cardinal Scipione. The Borghese Museum is in a beautiful setting, the Villa Borghese Gardens and Park. The Villa itself is quite lovely. Museum Borghese includes beautiful sculptures, many by Bernini, great collection of Carvaggio paintings, second and third century floor mosaics and much more. Highlights include "Pauline Bonaparte as Venus", "David", "Aeneas" and "Apollos & Daphne" by Bernini, "Pinacoteca" Painting Gallery and "Deposition" by Raphael.
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 8:30am - 7:30pm, Closed Monday, Dec. 25 & Jan. 1.
Cost: adults 8.50 euros, Euro Union citizens 18-25 years & full time public school teachers 5.25 euros, Euro citizens under 18 and over 65 years 2 euros, some other discounts. Tickets need to be reserved ahead of time. Purchase tickets for the Borhese Museum now and avoid the hassle of getting them when you arrive in Rome.
- Castel Sant' Angelo Museum - Massive fortress now a museum began in AD139 as Emperor Hadrian's Mausoleum. it was also a medieval citadel and prison and an escape for the popes in times of political unrest. Make sure and see the Sala Paolina with its 1546-8 frescoes by Perin del Vaga and Pellegrino Tibaldi, the Sala del Tesoro - Treasury - that held the treasures of the Vatican and one of the most beautiful views of Rome from the Terrace.
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 9:00-6:30pm, closed Monday, Christmas & New Years.
Cost: adults 8 euros, EU citizens 18-25 years 5.50 euros, Children under 18 and over 65 years Free.
- Museum of Roman Civilization - located in EUR (Eposizione Universale di Roma) suburb, the Museo della Civilta Romana depicts Rome's history from its beginning to the 4th century. One of the Highlights include a scale plaster model of Rome at the time of Constantine. The scale is 1:250 and it was begun in 1935 and took 36 years to complete. There are also casts of reliefs of Trajans' Column, the 12 historical rooms of Rome's different periods, the 13 theme rooms including such topics as music, school, medicine, literature, art and much more.
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 9:00-2:00 (ticket office closes 1 hour before), closed Mondays and some holidays.
Cost: adults 7.50 euros, 6-25 years and over 65 years - 5.50 euros, reduced for Rome residents
- National Museum of Rome - Museo Nazionale Romano has 3 branches - Palazzo Altemps with its great collection of Classical Sculpture, Palazzo Massimo has originals from the 2nd century BC to the end of the 4th century AD and the Baths of Diocletian where you will see ancient coffins, sculpture, terracotta and mosaics.
Hours: 9:00-6:45 Sundays Holidays: 9:00-7:45 Closed Monday, Saturdays from June 1st to September 30th also open 9:00pm- 11:45pm
- Etruscan Museum - The National Etruscan Museum Villa Giulia or Museo Nazionale Etrusco was founded in 1889 in the Villa Giulia which was built by the Popes. The collection includes pre-Roman antiquities from Etruscan Latium, Eturia and Umbria. Make sure and see the famous late 6th century BC Terracotta funerary monument "Sarcofago degli Sposi" (Bride and Groom) and the "Apollon".
Hours: 8:30 am- 7:30 pm, closed Mondays and some holidays.
Cost: adults - 8 euros, EU citizens 18-25 years - 4 euros, EU citizens under 18 and over 65 years - Free.
- Historical Museum of the Liberation of Rome - The small, relatively unknown Museo Storico della Liberazione di Roma is located at 145 Via Tasso near San Giovanni Laterano in the original detention cells used by the Germans during their occupation of Rome from Sept. 1943-June 1944. You can still see the messages etched on the cell walls. There are photographs, documents and exhibits on the persecution of the Jews and the Italian resistance.
Hours: Varied, Call 06-7003866 for current hours.
Map of Museums in Rome
This Rome Museums Map includes the location and address of the museums in Rome that are featured on this page. The blue markers are the top museums in Rome listed above and the yellow markers are the smaller, unique museums in Rome detailed below. Click on the marker to find out the museum name, address and phone number. You can zoom in and out on the map by clicking + or -.
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There are many other small, unique museums in Rome to consider visiting on your Rome Italy vacation.
Jewish Museum and Synagogue, Museo Ebraico, the Torahs and artifacts tell the history of Rome's Jewish community
Corsini Gallery Galleria Corsini is located on the first floor of Palazzo Corsini in the Trastevere Neighborhood of Rome. The museum showcases Italian art from early Renaissance to late 18th century including religious, historical, landscapes and more.
Galleria Doria Pamphilj is a large private collection of art in the Palazzo Doria Pamphilj. It holds paintings and furnishings from Innocent's Palazzo Pamphilj in Piazza Navona, the family chapel with mummified corpse, 4 main galleries set around the courtyard and plus added rooms over time. The family still lives in the palace and the audioguide available to visitors is narrated by Prince Johnathan Doria Pamphilij. This collection includes works by Raphael, Caravaggio and more.
Museum of Musical Instruments, Museo Nazionale degli Strumenti Musicali, collection includes many instuments of Western music, including the Barberini enharmonic harp, from the early 17th century and a piano by Bartolomeo Cristofori. The 3000 piece collection also includes instruments of ancient cultures - Egyptian, Greek, Roman - and instruments of non-European countries in Asia, Middle East, Africa and Oceania.
Burcardo Theater Museum, Museo Teatrale del Burcardo, which features 500 years of theatre history including marionettes from around the world, harlequin costumes, etching from th 1600s and more
Keats-Shelley Memorial House includes paintings, sculpture, manuscripts, etc. of the English poet John Keats and along with Percy Shelley and Lord Byron.
Antiquarium Forense in the convent of Santa Maria Nova discover remains of animal bones, household furnishings, 9th century BC, from the forum excavations. Also, funerary trousseaus found in the tombs, children's tombs carved in tree trunks, sculptures from Juthurnas spring, portraits of emperors and more.
Museo Napoleonico, Napoleon Museum - Count Giuseppe Primoli's (1851-1927) donated this collection of art, relics, sculptures and furniture from the Napoleon period in Rome's history to the city of Rome.
Museo di Roma in Trastevere depicts popular traditions in the life of Romans between the 18th and the 19th century with a variety of art.
Spada Gallery, Galleria Spada, is housed in the Palazzo Spada which was purchased by Cardinal Spada in 1632. This collection showcases 16th and 17th century paintings including works by Rubens and Guercino. Check out the Spada Palace's "forced perspective" corrider by Francesco Borromini in which the corridor appears much longer and sculpture at the end much smaller.
Roma Pass Saves Money
Check out the Roma Pass for discounts to make cheaper Rome museum admission prices. The Rome Pass includes free admission to the first two museums or achaelogical sites, discounts on other museums and free travel on public transportation. The pass is valid for 3 days from the date of validation. It includes many of the museums on this page.
The variety and number of museums in Rome is impressive. I hope this Rome Museum Guide and these places to visit in Rome help with your Rome Italy travel plans.
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