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Rome tourism - Museums & Galleries

Rome Museums & Galleries

All you need to know about the Eternal City

Rome is not like any other city. It’s a big museum, a living room that shall be crossed on one’s toes. Alberto Sordi

Borghese Museum and Gallery

Commissioned by Cardinal Scipio Borghese between 1613 and 1615, the Borghese Gallery is placed in the summer house of Villa Borghese, built at the beginning of the seventeenth century outside the Aurelian walls, between Porta Pinciana and Porta Salaria in an area once occupied by orchards and vineyards. It today hosts some of most famous collections of classical and baroque art.
The Museum includes works of Raffaello, Canova, Romano, Caravaggio, Tiziano, Rubens, Bassano, Dossi, Antonello da Messina, Pinturicchio and Domenichino. The sculptures count several pieces by Bernini and Canova.
We advice you to book your visit in advance.

Opening hours: Tuesdays - Saturdays 9am - 7pm (October - April 9am - 2pm) Sundays 9am - 1pm
Transports: Buses 52, 53, 910 (to Via Pinciana), 3, 4, 57 (to Via Po)

Gallery of Modern Art

The Gallery was established in 1883, as a response to the ever-growing interest of the public in contemporary art. In 1883 the Exhibitation Palace, expressely built for the occasion by Pio Piacentini, housed the first exhibition held in Rome as Capital City. The exhibition became subsequently a permanent one, to which donations and new acquisitions were added. An additional floor was added in 1934 to celebrate the decennial of the Fascist regime. Anew enlargement, designed by Luigi Cosenza, was started in the 1970s and it isstill under way.
Originally intended only to house art works by Italian artists (Balla, Boccioni, De Chirico, Modigliani and Severini, among the others), it today hosts several works by European artists such as Cezanne, Degas, Van Gogh, Klee, Kandinsky, Jackson Pollock, Max Ernst amd Henry Moore.

Opening hours: Tuesdays - Saturdays 9am - 7pm and Sundays and holidays 9am - 1pm (in summer time); Tuesdays - Saturdays 9am - 2pm and Sundays 9am - 1pm (other seasons)
Transports: Tram: 19, 19b

Musei Capitolini (Capitolino Museum) and Picture Gallery

The Museums house some of the greatest pieces of classical sculpture.

Among the classical statuary you'll find the Etruscan she-wolf in bronze while in the Picture Gallery you'll admire paintings by famous painters, such as Paolo Veronese, Caravaggio, and Pietro da Cortona.

Opening hours: Tuesdays - Saturdays 9am - 1.30pm and 5pm - 8pm and Sundays 9am -1pm (April to September: Saturdays 8am-11pm); October - March: Saturdays 5pm - 8pm Closed Monday year round. Free on the last Sunday of the month.
Transports: Buses 44, 94, 710, 718, 719

Doria Pamphili Gallery

The recently refurbished Gallery is placed in the majestic Palazzo Doria Pamphili, dating from the fifteenth century and still owned by the Doria Pamphili family. It houses one of the most distinguished private art collections, including works by Raphael, Bronzino, Caravaggio, Pietro de Cortona, Claude, Titian, Longhi and Bernini. A beautiful collection of ancient Roman marbles, baroque furniture, and Gobelin tapestries can also be admired inside the Gallery.

Opening hours: Tuesdays, Fridays ,Saturdays, Sundays. 10am - 1pm
Transports: Buses: 56, 60, 85, 90, 95

Museo della Civilt Romana (Museum of Roman Culture)

The Museum is housed in Palazzo della Civilt del Lavoro, in the EUR area.
It was conceived to trace the history of Rome from its origins to Justinian era.
Two fascinating scale models of Rome at the time of Constantine and in the early Republican times are showed in the Museum.

Opening hours: Tuesdays - Saturdays 9am - 1pm and Sundays: 9 am - 1pm also Tuesdays and Thursdays. 4pm - 7pm
Transports: Buses: 93, 97, 197, 293, 493, 765. Metro: EUR Fermi; EUR Palasport