the best MUSEUMS
There’s no shortage of museums in Rome. Some of them are even world-famous – including the likes of the Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese. And it’s no surprise, really. During the renaissance and baroque periods, lots of Italian artists moved to the capital, where they were supported and funded by cardinals and rich Roman citizens. And that’s how Raphael, Michelangelo and Caravaggio came to be global household names.
But these museums are home to ancient art too. The Vatican Museums have been stocked with priceless masterpieces by a long line of popes with a passion for collecting art. And the Capitoline Museums have a trick or two up their sleeves too ;).
But which of Rome’s museums are heading straight to the top your itinerary? Have a read of the descriptions here and get your list ready!
An oasis of calm in the centre of town. The art collection housed here is small but mighty – there’s even a Bernini!Translation in progress
For ancient sculptures in a stunning setting, the Palazzo Altemps is the place to go.find out more
Did you know that the Galleria Corsini is part of the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte antica along with the Palazzo Barberini?find out more
There’s contemporary art and architecture to be found in Rome too, you know! This museum is a bit off the beaten track but it’s well worth a visit!find out more
A real treat for art lovers, this spectacular palace build for Pope Urban VIII., now houses an impressive collection of artwork.find out more
The Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea is the place to go for inspiration from contemporary art.Translation in progress
An outstanding collection, including the enormous head of Constantine and the Capitoline She-wolf.find out more
The Palazzo Massimo is part of the National Roman Museum and home to the incredible ‘Boxer at Rest’.find out more
A breathtaking collection: Bernini's sculptures and Caravaggio's paintings are the highlights.find out more
EXHIBITIONS IN ROME
Keen to find out which exhibitions are going to be running while you’re in Rome? We’ve got you covered!
Just head to the ‘Exhibitions’ page and click on a month to see what’s planned.
MUSEUMS IN ROME
- Galleria Doria Pamphilj
- Palazzo Spada
- Museo di Roma
- Palazzo Farnese
- Macro (Museo D'Arte Contemporanea di Roma)
- Museo dell'Ara Pacis
- Nationaldenkmal für Vittorio Emanuel II. = Vittoriano
- Museo Palatino
- Museo Carlo Bilotti
- Museo delle Mura
- Museo Napoleonico