Museums in RomeRome as itself is the greatist open-air museum in Europe. However, besides ancient ruins and stunning architecture it offers a wide choice of museums and art galleries filled with paintings and sculptures of the Renaissance and the Baroque.
The Vatican Museums have superb collections of both, as do, on a smaller scale, the Capitoline Museums.
Fine paintings can also be found scattered throughout Rome in museums, galleries and churches.
There are several museum cards and combined tickets to visit the most important museums and sights in Rome at an affordable price.
Vatican Museums house their fabulous masterpieces in palaces originally built for Renaissance popes such as Julius II, Innocent VIII and Sixtus IV. Most of the later addition were made in the 18th century, when priceless works of art accumulated by earlier popes were firts put on show.
Vatican Museum is home to the Sistine Chapel and Raphael Rooms as well as to one of the world's most important art collections.
- Sistine Chapel
- Raphael Rooms
- Etruscan Museum
Splendid copies of Greek and Roman sculptures has been kept on the Capitoline Hill since 15th century.
All master pieces are now housed in two palaces designed by Michelangelo:
- The Palazzo Nouvo
- Palazzo dei Conservatori
National Roman Museums:- Crypta Balbi
Via delle Botteghe Oscure 31
- Palazzo Altemps
Piazza Sant'Apollinare 44
Phone 06/6833566 (Ticket-Office) 39967700 (Information and advance sale)
- The Baths of Diocletian and the Octagonal Hall
v.le Enrico De Nicola 78
Phone 06/4882298 (museum) 39967700 (information and advance sale)
Etruscan National Museum of Villa Giulia
Piazzale di Villa Giulia 9, Rome
The Palatine Museums
Via di San Gregorio, Rome
Museo Nazionale del
Palazzo di Venezia (National Museum of Palazzo Venezia)
Via del Plebiscito, 118 00186 - Roma
various permanent collections + temporary exhibitions (contemporary Art)
Villa Borghese, piazza Scipione Borghese 5
Phone 06/8417645 (Museum) 32810-1 (Information and Booking Office)
Complesso del Vittoriano - Museum of Risorgimento (Renaissance)
Via S. pietro in Carcere
open: 9.30am-7.30pm, fri-sat open until 11pm
National Museum of Castel Sant'Angelo
lungotevere Castello 50
National Gallery of Antique Art
Palazzo Barberini, via Barberini 18
Phone: 06/4824184(Gallery) 32810-1 (Information and booking)
Museum of Rome in Trastevere
piazza Sant'Egidio 1/b
Phone 06/5816563 (Porter's) 5813717 (Offices)
Piazza Venezia 67 (on side of SS. Apostoli)
Phone 67976482. open: 9am-8pm every day
National Museum of Pasta
Palazzo Scanderbeg, piazza Scanderbeg 114/120
Numismatic Museum of the Italian Mint
Ministero del Tesoro, via XX Settembre 97
The Rome Jewish Community Museum
Sinagoga, lungotevere Cenci