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:

Top museums

Galleria Borghese

The Galleria Borghese is one of the most famous and prestigious museums in the world. It houses sculptures by Bernini, Canova and other great artists.

Capitoline Museums

The Capitoline Museums are located in Piazza del Campidoglio. They constitute Rome’s main municipal museum. Find out opening hours, tickets and much more.

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.

National Roman Museum

Known as Palazzo Massimo alle Terme due to its close proximity to the Baths of Diocletian, this palace has the best preserved Roman frescoes in the world.

National Roman Museum

The Palazzo Altemps hosts an important collection of Greek and Roman sculptures in a fifteenth century palace built by the Riario family.

Baths of Diocletian

The Baths of Diocletian were the largest bath complex in Ancient Rome. It currently houses part of the National Museum of Rome.

Crypta Balbi

The Balbi Crypt (Crypt of Balbus) offers a historical trip through the past of Rome thanks to the excavations carried out on its sites.

Other great museums

National Gallery of Modern Art

Paul Cezanne, Antonio Canova, Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh… Rome’s Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna is one of the best art museums in Italy.

Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica

Palazzo Barberini is a splendid Baroque construction that houses the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. The building itself is worth visiting.

Galleria Doria Pamphilj

Palazzo Doria Pamphilj houses the Galleria Doria Pamphilj, the best-known private gallery in Rome, featuring works by artists like Raphael and Velazquez.

National Etruscan Museum

The National Etruscan Museum of Villa Giulia (Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia) features works from pre-Roman Italian antiquity.

Villa Farnesina

Villa Farnesina is a mansion built between 1505 and 1511. It is one of the most magnificent Renaissance buildings still standing in Rome.

Museums that are less noteworthy

Museo di Roma

The Museo di Roma narrates the social context and artistic endeavours that were carried out in the city from the Middle Ages until the 20th century.

Palazzo Venezia

The Palazzo Venezia 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 16th and 17th century. Don't miss visiting 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. Discover the poet's last dwelling.