Museums in Rome
The Vatican Museums
Address: Viale Vaticano
Hours: 08:45 – 16:00 & Saturdays 08:45 – 13:45 Nov – March closes at 13:00
Closed Sundays and religous holidays apart from the last Sunday in each month when entrance is free.
The must see in Rome is the world renowned Vatican Museums housing without a doubt some of the worlds most significant artefacts, paintings and frescoes. The Vatican museums take you along a cicuit that is over 7km long although you do have the chance to relax and refresh along the way making a pit stop at the restaurant. The museums contain the following:
- The Pinacoteca Vaticana (17 rooms full of paintings from some of the workds greatest masters including Leonardo Da Vinci, Caravaggio, Fra Angelico, Bellini, Raphael & Titian).
- The Museo Gregoriano Egizio (10 halls full of Egyptian originals).
- The Museo Pio-Clementino.
- The Museo Gregoriano Etrusco.
- Stanze & Loggia by Raphael.
- The Borgia apartment (with the famous fresco by Pinturicchio).
- The Sistine Chapel.
- The Gallery of the Maps, Tapestries and Candelabra.
- The Vatican Library. The Museo Gregoriano Profano.
- The Museo Missionario Etnologico.
- The Museo Storico (includes arms and uniforms of the former military corps of the vatican).
It is recommended to get there early especially in high tourist season when queues could accumulate, and in order to spend as much time as possible inside which is necessary with all that needs to be visited!
National Museum of Castel Sant'Angelo
Address : Lungotevere Castello, 50
Hours: 09:00 – 20:00 Closed on Mondays
Located just up the road from the Vatican on the river you will find the Castel Sant'Angelo in all it's glory.
The castle was originally built for the Emperor Hadrian in the IIc A.D being used as both a fortress and prison during the middle ages. This castle actually had some pretty famopus prisoners including Cola di Rienzo, and Beatrice Cenci.
In 1925 the life of the castle settled down as it became a museum. Today you can visit this museum enjoying great views of Rome from the upper floor, and observe sculptures, furnitures and weapons of different weapons.
Roman National Museum
Address : Palazzo Massimo alle terme – Largo di Villa Peretti , 2
Hours: 09:00 – 18:45 Closed on MondaysFrom June 1st to 30th September on Saturdays also 21:00 – 23:45
Free entrance for university students
This museum exhibits the archeological collections that have been retrieved from Rome and it's surrounding areas over the years. The art has been derived from greek, roman and christian origin.
National Gallery of modern and contemporary art
Address : Via delle Belle Arti, 131
Hours:09:00 – 19:00 Sundays Holidays
Rome may be steeped in ancient artefacts and artwork but there is also options for those appreciating a more modern take on this city.
The Capitoline Museums
Address: Piazza del Campidoglio, 1
Hours: 9am until 8pm. Mondays closed
The museum in itself is a story of great history dating way back to 1471 when it was inaugurated by Pope Sixtus V as the worlds first ever public museum. The building is spectacular and the main piazza which makes up the Capitol offers stunning views over the Roman Forum.
Today the museum offers precious artefacts such as the ‘Galata Morente’, (a magnificent statue of Marcus Aurelius on horseback), the Lupa Capitolina which dates back from the 5th century BC, not to mention a stunning collection of portraits dating back to the middle ages. Located near the colosseum it is well worth the visit.
Galleria Dora Pamphili
Address: Via del Corso, 305
Hours: 10am until 5pm.
Located on Rome’s main shopping street in the heart of the historic city centre, Gallery Doria Pamphili is a delight of ove 400 paintings, not just originating in Italy but also from further afield. Officially opened way back in 1651 you will find Bernini sculptures and paintings by Velasquez and Caracci among it’s many treasures.
Shelley and Keats Memorial Museum
Address: Piazza di Spagna, 26
Hours: Mon – Fri 9am – 1pm, 3pm – 6pm and Saturdays 11am – 2pm, 3pm – 6pm.
Located to the right hand side of the famous spanish steps you will find a small but fascinating museum that was once home to Shelley and Keats. The house today has been transformed into a few small rooms open to the public containing a a lot of the work of these great poets, as well as revealing the story and tragic end of life that became of both men.
The bedroom where Keats took his last breath at an early age has been well preserved.
Borghese Museum and Gallery
Address: Piazzale Scipione Borghese, 5
Hours: 9am – 7pm.
Closed on Mondays.
Reservation is required.
Well worth the visit although a reservation is compulsory as numbers of visitors are restricted to a certain amount per day. The villa in itself is a beautiful sight to see, set in the lush greenery of the surrounding Villa Borghese park.
The collections are a mix between sculptures and paintings ranging from the renaissance and baroque periods up to the more recent 19th century. Here you will find work by the greatest of the greats including the likes of Bellini, Rubens, Carracci, Bernini, Botticelli and Raphael.
The National Gallery of Ancient Art
Address: Via delle Quattro Fontane, 13
Hours: 8.30am – 7.30pm. Closed on Mondays.
Very centrally located at the bottom of Via Veneto and near Metro A Barberini, the National Gallery of Ancient Art haschosen the historic Palazzo Barberini as it’s host.
The building was constructed initially by Carlo Maderno and later completed with a stunning facade by Bernini. The gallery offers a selection of work originating from the 13th to the 18th century of both Italian and oversease design.
Address: The Museum of Roman Civilisation P iazza G.Agnelli, 10
Hours: 9am – 2pm.
Closed on Mondays.
Ticket office closes one hour in advance.
A little bit further afield but still easily reached by bus and metro (Line B) is the district of EUR. This could not be more in contrcat with the antique world of historic Rome. EUR is located in the far south of the city and boasts and architecture of a very modern design. The buildings in this area are a result of the fascist regime whom designed this whole area to celebrate it’s 20th anniversary.
Very minimalistic, exceptionally linear the buildings are immense in their size but extremely ‘no fuss’ in their approach. Museums located in this district include The Museum of Roman Civilisation, housing numerous reconstructions and maps of the city back in the 4th century.
The National Museum of Luigi Pigorini, dealing largely with the pre-history of Italy and displaying some of the greatest ethnographic collections of Europe and The Museum of the Late Middle Ages, guiding the visitor to a better understanding of the history and art of the period dating from the 4th to the 10th century.