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Museums in Rome

Rome houses some of the most renowned museums and art galleries worldwide. Apart from the Vatican Museums, these are the top museums in the city:

Rome’s best museums

  • Borghese Gallery Located in the gardens of the Villa Borghese, the Borghese Gallery is one of the most famous and prestigious museums in the world. It features sculptures by Bernini and Canova, among many other remarkable artists.
  • Capitoline Museums The Capitoline Museums are found on the Piazza del Campidoglio, in the Palazzo dei Conservatori and Palazzo Nuovo. They make up one only museum and are owned by the municipality of Rome.

National Museum of Rome

The Museo Nazionale Romano is divided into four main collections, all found in different palazzos. The National Museum of Rome offers visitors a combined admissions ticket for the four buildings that make up the museum and the price-quality ratio is excellent.

  • Palazzo Massimo Called Palazzo Massimo alle Terme due to its proximity to the Baths of Diocletian, this nineteenth century Renaissance-style palace houses the best preserved Roman frescoes in the world.
  • Palazzo Altemps The Palazzo Altemps, a fifteenth century villa designed for the Riario family, features an important collection of Greek and Roman sculpture in a spectacular setting.
  • Baths of Diocletian With a capacity for 3,000 people, the Baths of Diocletian were the largest bath complex in Ancient Rome. Nowadays, it houses part of the National Museum of Rome.
  • Balbi Crypt Crypta Balbi is very special. Housing an excavation site and part of the National Museum of Rome, it is the ideal location for visitors to discover the city since the Roman Empire and up until this day.

Other top museums

  • National Gallery of Modern Art Rome’s Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna features works of art by renowned artists such as Paul Cezanne, Antonio Canova, Claude Monet and Vincent van Gogh, among many others. It is one of Rome's best art museums. 
  • Palazzo Barberini The Palazzo Barberini is a splendid Baroque construction that houses the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. In addition to the collection, the building itself is worth a visit.
  • Palazzo Doria Pamphilj The Palazzo Doria Pamphilj is the best-known private art gallery in Rome. It houses works of art by artists such as Raphael, Tiziano, Caravaggio, Velazquez and Bernini.
  • Villa Giulia The National Etruscan Museum of Villa Giulia (Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia) features works from pre-Roman Italian antiquity. It was opened in 1899.
  • Villa Farnesina The Villa Farnesina is a mansion built between 1505 and 1511. It is one of the most magnificent Renaissance buildings still standing in Rome.

Less noteworthy museums

  • Museo di Roma The Museo di Roma, housed in the Palazzo Braschi, exposes the social panorama and the artistic activities from the Middle Ages until the twentieth century in Rome.
  • Palazzo Venezia The Palazzo Venezia is a Renaissance style palace that features the National Museum of Palazzo Venezia with works of art from the beginning of the Common Era through to the Renaissance.
  • Galleria Spada The Galleria Spada displays a collection of art from the sixteenth- and seventeenth century. One of the most impressive parts of the museum is the forced perspective gallery by Francesco Borromini.
  • Keats-Shelley House The Keats-Shelley House is a house-museum dedicated to the romantic poets John Keats and Percy Bysshe Shelley.