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Museum and Crypt of Capuchins, Rome

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Museum and Crypt of Capuchins houses the remains of 3,700 friars of the Capuchin order. Explore the themed chapels, decorated with bones and skeletons from 1631 onward. Observe the many intricate patterns and images created from the remains. Learn more about the Capuchin religious order, and view a painting by Carvaggio, at the museum. Young children and the squeamish may want to skip this attraction. By using our Rome tour itinerary builder, you can arrange your visit to Museum and Crypt of Capuchins and other attractions in Rome.
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  • Very interesting tour, pretty creepy in the actual crypt but you've never seen anything like it before. The actual museum part beforehand was interesting and had lots of information, was laid out... 
    Very interesting tour, pretty creepy in the actual crypt but you've never seen anything like it before. The actual museum part beforehand was interesting and had lots of information, was laid out...  more »
  • Something a bit different and slightly uncomfortable. The museum was very interesting and lots to learn without the need for an audio guide. The crypt was so unique and something you’ll remember... 
    Something a bit different and slightly uncomfortable. The museum was very interesting and lots to learn without the need for an audio guide. The crypt was so unique and something you’ll remember...  more »
  • Interesting tour. Pretty creepy. The tour guide my group had was really knowledgeable and up beat. If you like creepy cool things then this is the place for you. If not, pass this tour up. The museum....  more
    Interesting tour. Pretty creepy. The tour guide my group had was really knowledgeable and up beat. If you like creepy cool things then this is the place for you. If not, pass this tour up. The museum....  more »
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  • This was truly a unique experience and I highly recommend. You will never see anything like this anywhere. The admission cost is very reasonable, and the staff are very friendly. Thank you to Alba for helping us navigate to another attraction.
  • Most metal thing I've seen in my life. Beautiful arrangements of human bones. Please for the love of God be quiet and respectful when in the crypts. I about lost my mind when a tour guide came through talking loudly and would not stop talking for 20 minutes straight. Bring earplugs.
  • We never actually made it inside due to the sexism exhibited by the female employee on the ticket desk. She deemed our shorts too inappropriate as they were (about an inch) above the knee. We were informed that to enter we must purchase a 1€ cloak to cover up. We were a little aghast at this and queried whether the men and children in our group were acceptable. Despite all knees being on view they were deemed appropriate. We then pointed out that the cloak was only slightly longer than one of our shorts and the same as the other. The response was "this is not the place to discuss it'. Our of principal we could not continue our visit and pay to enter and so decided to leave. We are both in our forties, I am a church attending Catholic myself, and we've brought our children on a trip to Italy to enrich them educationally and culturally. We absolutely do not dress inappropriately and are very respectable on both clothing and actions. Had there been a universal enforced rule about knee exposure, we would have been entirely understanding. However, what happened here was pure sexism and unfortunately our children therefore received an extra education yesterday in feminism and church sexism. My advice to anyone who feels that equality is important is to avoid this attraction until they standardise the rules for all genders.
  • Visited in May 2022. Despite what online information says, the crypts and museum are open, and there were no lines or limitations to entry on a weekday afternoon. Tickets were about 10 euro for entry and 2 euro for an audio tour which I recommend. You will first travel through a museum which contains art and artifacts about the Capuchin friars. This was really enlightening especially with the audio tour, and put the crypts into context. There was even an entirely unexpected and beautiful Caravaggio painting on display. After the museum, you visit the crypts. There is really no fair way to describe them; just a dark, beautiful, and quiet meditation on life and death which is quite transformational. No photography or speaking is allowed (highly enforced) which heightens the experience. The space is beautiful, quiet, and you have as much time as you like to take it all in. Less crypt-like than expected as this is above ground with windows. Definitely an unexpected and unique highlight of a trip to Rome; highly recommended. I was very satisfied with a self guided audio tour and wouldn’t recommend paying a 4x markup for a guide as is recommended online.
  • I really enjoyed the actual crypts that has the bone artworks. Fascinating. As I’m not into religion , I found the museum uninteresting. It only took 30 mins to complete. I would say not a must see compared to the other stuff in Rome but the actual crypts are worth a look if you have a bit more time.

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