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Palazzo Braschi, Rome

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Palazzo Braschi is a large Neoclassical palace in Rome, Italy and is located between the Piazza Navona, the Campo de' Fiori, the Corso Vittorio Emanuele II and the Piazza di Pasquino. It presently houses the Museo di Roma, the "museum of Rome", covering the history of the city in the period from the Middle Ages through the nineteenth century.
It was built by the papal nephew Duke Luigi Braschi Onesti, to designs by Cosimo Morelli. The site was purchased in 1790 by Braschi, supported by funds from Pope Pius VI; Braschi demolished the 16th-century palace that Giuliano da Sangallo the Younger had built for Francesco Orsini in order to erect his own from the ground up. Construction was suspended in February 1798 during the Napoleonic occupation of the city, when the French temporarily took possession of it until 1802 and confiscated the recently acquired collection of antiquities it contained (though Braschi was reimbursed for them). In 1809, when Rome was declared an Imperial city by Napoleon, Duke Luigi moved into the palace and was declared mayor.
On his death in 1816 the palace remained unfinished and the family funds depleted. In 1871 the Braschi Onesti heirs sold the building to the Italian State, who made it the seat of the Ministry of Interior (now moved into Palazzo del Viminale). During the Italian fascist period, it was used as the political headquarters of Benito Mussolini, and was adorned with a giant sculpture of the dictator's face. After the war, it housed 300 refugee families and many of the interior frescoes were seriously damaged by the fires they lit to keep warm. In 1949 the palace passed to the civic authorities and, following extensive conservation in 1952, the present installation of the museum was effected.
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  • The Renaissance Palazzo Braschi is certainly worth a visit both for its enviable location (Navona Square) and for its beauty and history. Disappointing, however, was the exhibition dedicated to Canova both for how it was conceived and structured and for the sculptures, all in casts and plasters. The Canova, in its neoclassical greatness comes out battered and certainly belittled. A small (and unique) reproduction of Love and Psyche placed at the entrance of the courtyard can make good the idea of deception. Poor brightness in some rooms used for the exhibition. There is very little art, on the other hand a lot of incompetence and marketing that does not honor Rome. More indicated a study of the artist and a visualization of his wonderful works directly on wikipedia. Cost of the entrance fee of .13.00 (of the exhibition only and not of the Palace) totally exaggerated and out of place.
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  • Another missed opportunity: the works on display might have had some interest, but the exhibition is very bad. Of each work it is not clear whether it is the original or a copy; and in this second case it does not say where the original is. The illustrative signs and labels with the names of the works are written so small that they are not readable and are often not even understandable in the content. I would suggest for the future to avoid giving additional assignments to the people who have curated this exhibition.
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  • Nice the Braschi palace, nice the exhibition but the price of .14 (online) is really excessive. You also can't take photos of the works on display! We have been explained that unlike all museums (where it has been allowed for some time now) this is a "private" exhibition and therefore is not allowed. A disappointment, it was at least written somewhere at the time of booking. They advertise the particular lighting of the statues - it was actually very beautiful - but then you can't even take two shots. The end of the exhibition with enlarged photos of the details of the statues only increases regret.
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  • Wow. This place is so beautiful. The ornate carved ceilings and like wow. The Fresco's are incredible. So are all of the wildly famous paintings and sculptures. Everything here is so old. It's very pretty and there isn't a ton of people in every room because it is so big it's awesome sauce Just go you can thank me later.
  • It's a nice museum, though I would've found it more interesting if it were structured in a different way, I believe. The museum is made up of two routes, one where you learn about Romes history and the other where you learn about all kinds of people, that lived in Rome and their stories. I personally would've preferred the people and their stories to be sprinkled all throughout the other historical paintings, stories and artefacts, that you can see on the first route.
  • Found this by accident while waiting for my hotel room to be ready. Left my camera behind but truly a great museum. Fabulous coin collection of ancient history of Rome. Would go again.
  • A poorly run museum staffed by lazy people. You stand a decent chance of wasting your money on the wrong ticket. No refunds. Not worth your time.
  • Fairly boring and uninspiring. Better places to spend your time.
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