Rome has as many museums as it has restaurants. Walking around its streets and avenues is to feel inside a huge museum that contains much of the history of Europe and the world.
There are several history and art museums; some of them are simply unmissable. Here is a list of the five museums you should visit if you come to the “birthplace of the Western Culture”.
Some of the most important as well as the most visited museums in Rome are the Vatican Museums. There you’ll find among others: classical archeology collections, a pinacotheca, fresco cycles of the Renaissance masters, a collection of ancient art, as well as historical documents, furniture and contemporary art objects.
The building itself is a work of art. It has spaces designed by leading artists such as Raphael and Pirro Liborio, in an area of 7 km.
Vatican Museums admission fees can vary. If you do not want to stand in line, you can buy the online tickets for 19 € (Regular) or 12 € (Discounted). If you buy them on the spot, you’ll pay 15 € or 8 €. Their opening hours are: from Monday to Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
You can’t miss the Capitoline Museums in Rome. Located in Piazza del Campidoglio, these museums comprise three interconnected palaces built on the remains of the Antiquity and the Middle Ages. It is the oldest public museum in the world and it was created in 1471 and since 1870, with the establishment of Rome as capital of Italy, it contains the archaeological finds in the city.
Here you’ll be able to see the ruins of the Temple of Jupiter, the collection of portraits of some Roman philosophers and emperors, the remains of the statue of Constantine and the Capitoline Venus.
Admission prices are € 8.50 for regular tickets and € 6.50 for discounted tickets. Those under 18 or over 65, students of Architecture or History of Arts have a free-of-charge- admission.
If you like classical art, you can’t miss the Galleria Borghese. This museum houses sculptures, ancient mosaics and paintings ranging from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century. Within this exquisite collection, you can find paintings by artists such as Correggio, Raphael, Tiziano, Giovanni Bellini and Caravaggio as well as sculptures by Canova and Gian Lorenzo Bernini. It is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 8.30 am to 19.00.
If you enjoy admiring contemporary art, we recommend you the MAXXI and MACRO museums.
The National Museum of the 21st Century Arts was created with the idea of opening a space for interdisciplinary research for innovation and experimentation in art and architecture. This spectacular and unusual building by architect Zaha Hadid is dedicated to experimentation and innovation in arts.
In its 13,500 square meters you’ll find the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Museum of Architecture. It also has an auditorium, a library, educational spaces, a gallery for temporary exhibitions and a café.
The MAXXI is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 11.00 to 19.00 and on Saturdays until 22.00 hrs. Admission prices are € 11 for the regular ticket, € 8 for discounted tickets and € 4 for students up to 14 years.
MACRO Museum consists of two exhibitions venues: one located in the Nomentano District, which is the one that hosts the permanent collection and the mattatoio MACRO, located in the Testaccio district and which hosts the temporary exhibitions.
Museum admission prices are € 6.00 for regular tickets and € 4.00 for discounted tickets. MACRO is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 16:00 to 22:00 hours.
The Italian capital is definitively the birthplace of the Western Culture. Look for an apartment for rent in Rome and enjoy your cultural visit.