Rome - Museums
Here is a list of the top museums to visit on a trip to Rome. The museums in Rome contain everything from ancient sculpture to modern art so there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Villa Giulia National Etruscan Museum
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. Free entrance under 18 and over 65 y.o.
Piazzale Villa Giulia 9
Museum of Rome
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.
Piazza S. Pantaleo 10
National Gallery of Ancient Art at Palazzo Barberini
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. Free entrance under 18 and over 65 y.o.
via Quattro Fontane 13
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. Free entrance under 18 and over 65 y.o.
Corso V. Emanuele II 168
Borghese Museum and Gallery
The 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". Free entrance under 18 and over 65 y.o.
Piazza Scipione Borghese
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. Free entrance under 18 and over 65 y.o., students.
Piazza del Campidoglio
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. Free entrance under 18 and over 60 y.o.
via Ostiense 106
Colonna Gallery, Palazzo Colonna
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. Free entrance under 18 and over 65 y.o.
Via della Pilotta 17
Doria Pamphilj Gallery
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.
Piazza del Collegio Romano
Pigorini National Museum of Prehistory and Ethnography
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.
Piazza Marconi 14
Museum of Palazzo Venezia
The 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.
Via del Plebiscito 118
National Gallery of Modern and Contemporay Art
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. Free entrance under 18 and over 65 y.o.
Via delle Belle Arti 131
National Gallery of Palazzo Corsini
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. Free entrance under 18 and over 65 y.o.
Via della Lungara 10
National Museum of Castel Sant'Angelo
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. Free entrance under 18 and over 65 y.o.
Lungotevere Castello 50
Roman National Museum
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.
Piazza Sant'Apollinare 44
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