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Musei Capitolini, Rome

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History Museum · Hidden Gem · Art Museum
Musei Capitolini, situated in a piazza designed by Michelangelo in 1536, helps visitors to appreciate the many layers of the city’s cultural heritage. This site is actually a group of art and archaeological museums, housed inside palaces recognized as some of the city’s finest examples of medieval architecture. The history of the museums can be traced to the 15th century, when Pope Sixtus IV donated a collection of ancient bronze sculptures to the people of Rome and installed them here. Since then, the museums’ collection has grown to include a large number of ancient Roman, Greek, and Egyptian statues, as well as inscriptions, jewels, medals, mosaics, and coins. The museums’ extensive compendium of art includes a huge number of medieval and Renaissance works, including masterpieces by Bernini and Caravaggio, among many others. There’s so much to see here, one visit may not be enough. The ticket office is situated in the piazza, but you can also book your tickets online. Using our international travel planner, Rome attractions like Musei Capitolini can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The museum has a great collection of ancient pottery and art, especially the Marcus Aurelius statue. You can head down the to basement to see gravestones of Romans and archaeological finds from the.....  more »
  • There is a lot to see here in this mish-mash of galleries and halls. But good luck seeing it all. I didn't get to see the "Time of Caravaggio" exhibition (that I paid extra for) as it was hidden...  more »
  • The Capitoline Museum was almost empty when I visited it. No pre-booking required: I easily bought my ticket at the ticket office (16€) and started my trip to Ancient Rome. I do not know how it has....  more »
  • Great museum! Try the visit in the morning and you will have a nice and much less crowded experience! I went right at the time it was opening, so I faced no lines at all. In many rooms it was just me and the staff, so it was really great! As the other museums in Rome, it is well preserved and well taken care. It is possible to take pictures inside the museum.
  • Very large, lots of artwork to see, good descriptions explaining many pieces. Half the place is well air-conditioned, and the other half has some A/C but was hot when we were there in August. Cafe has both seated full-service and seated self-service (which was incredibly cheap) and the balcony gives you a great view of Rome.
  • This museum was recommended to us, we queued 1 hour to get in and it was safe to say we didn't spend that long in there. It wasn't our cup of tea (it was literally a museum full of statue heads), but for those who have an appreciation for that type of history then you may enjoy it. It isn't your typical museum.
  • Some beautiful pieces of art and sculpture of which many of mandatory viewing when in Rome, while the self-tour guide goes way beyond the audio and not only enhances your understanding of what you are seeing but in the case of one particular Caravaggio picture actually adds a new perspective (although not literally). A must visit for fans of culture and history.
  • Just came back from the museum and had a great time! Admission is expensive, 16€ for a regular non-Italian adult. Inside are sculptures and paintings, tapestries and other pieces of art. The museum spans 3 floors and also a basement. Remember to take a look outside for a great view of the Roman forum. This can be accessed via a stairway located in the middle of the basement. We nearly skipped this stairwell but were rewarded when we climbed up. Overall, an excellent museum. I would highly recommend!!! Also, many parts of the museum are air conditioned, especially the 3rd floor, so it is a good way to beat the summer heat during midday.

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