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Thanks to its 2,500-year-long history, Rome is one of the most diverse and culturally rich cities in the world. Despite its being one of the largest European capitals, The Eternal City is rather simple to visit, since most museums and cultural attractions are located in its central neighborhoods.
Our suggestion is to move across the city by foot (if you are a good walker), by taxi, or by the underground network, since the road traffic is notoriously cluttered in Rome and the public bus and tram system is often unreliable and overcrowded.
In a nutshell, there are three main groups of museums and cultural sites in Rome (and the Vatican City): of archaeology, of old master’s and Renaissance art, and of modern and contemporary art. Overall, they hold a number of stunning art masterpieces second to none in the world. Furthermore, artworks in Rome are often surrounded by buildings which are architectural masterpieces in themselves.
A final advice, don’t hurry in Rome, the city has its own, rather relaxed, pace and requires you to adapt to it to fully enjoy its unique personality.

museums in Rome

Baths of Diocletian – Rome

Baths of Diocletian – Rome

Roma - Viale Enrico de Nicola, 79
closed on: Mondays, January 1 and December 25
The Baths of Diocletian are an archaeological site in Rome, restored and modified by Michelangelo in the 16th century, and a museum of classical antiquities
Centrale Montemartini

Centrale Montemartini

Roma - Via Ostiense, 106
closed on: Monday
The Centrale Montemartini is an archaeology museum in Rome, focused on Classical sculpture, housed in a former power station built in the early 20th century
Cloister of Bramante – Rome

Cloister of Bramante – Rome

Roma - Arco della Pace, 5
closed on: open daily
The Chiostro del Bramante in Rome is a 16th century building and gallery, part of the Santa Maria della Pace complex, famous for its frescoes by Raphael
Colosseum – Flavian Amphitheater – Rome

Colosseum – Flavian Amphitheater – Rome

Roma - Piazza del Colosseo
closed on: open daily, except January 1 and December 25
The Colosseum or Flavian Amphitheater in Rome is a monumental building dating to the 1st century AD and one of the world's most visited archaeological sites
Doria Pamphilj Gallery – Rome

Doria Pamphilj Gallery – Rome

Roma - via del Corso, 305
closed on: Open daily, except January 1, Easter, and December 25
The Doria Pamphilj Gallery in Rome features a collection of old masters' paintings and sculptures, including the portrait of Pope Innocent X by Velázquez
Galleria Borghese

Galleria Borghese

Roma - Piazzale del Museo Borghese
closed on: Mondays; January 1, December 25
The Galleria Borghese is an art museum in Rome, in the middle of the Villa Borghese Gardens, with a collection of works from Antiquity to the 18th century
Imperial Forums Museum and Trajan’s Markets

Imperial Forums Museum and Trajan’s Markets

Roma - Via IV Novembre, 94
closed on: Monday
The Museo dei Fori Imperiali (Museum of Imperial Forums) in Rome is perfect for understanding the archaeological site of the Roman Forum and Trajan markets
MACRO – Museum of contemporary art

MACRO – Museum of contemporary art

Roma - via Nizza, 138
closed on: Monday
The MACRO is a contemporary art museum in Rome. Designed by architect Odile Decq on the site of a disused brewery, it mostly features special exhibitions
MAXXI

MAXXI

Roma - via Via Guido Reni, 4/A
closed on: Mondays
The MAXXI is the main museum in Rome focused on modern and contemporary art and architecture, it is housed in a futuristic building by Zaha Hadid
Musei Capitolini – Capitoline Museums

Musei Capitolini – Capitoline Museums

Roma - Piazza del Campidoglio, 1
closed on: Open daily, except January 1 ; May 1; and December 25
The Musei Capitolini (Capitoline Museums) in Rome, located on Michelangelo's Campidoglio square, are one of the largest and oldest fine art museums in Italy
Museo dell’Ara Pacis – Rome

Museo dell’Ara Pacis – Rome

Roma - Lungotevere in Augusta
closed on: Open daily, except January 1 ; May 1; and December 25
The archaeological museum of the Ara Pacis in Rome, designed by Richard Meier, houses a Roman monumental altar dedicated to the Roman Peace goddess
Museo delle Terme di Caracalla

Museo delle Terme di Caracalla

Roma - Viale delle Terme di Caracalla n° 52
closed on: Monday afternoon
In the basement of the Baths of Caracalla (Terme di Caracalla) one most fascinating archaeological sites in Rome is housed since 2012 a new museum
Museo di Roma in Trastevere

Museo di Roma in Trastevere

Roma - Piazza Sant'Egidio 1/b
closed on: Monday
The Museo di Roma in Trastevere is a museum depicting the everyday life of the people of Rome from the 18th to the 20th century by paintings and photos
Museo Ebraico – Jewish museum

Museo Ebraico – Jewish museum

Roma - Lungotevere de' Cenci
closed on: Variable, see the museum website
The Museo Ebraico (Jewish Museum) of Rome, housed in Great Synagogue on the Tevere riverside, depicts the history of the oldest Jewish community in Europe
National Roman Museum – Palazzo Massimo

National Roman Museum – Palazzo Massimo

Roma - Largo Villa Peretti, 2
closed on: Mondays, January 1 and December 25
Palazzo Massimo is a museum in Rome which holds most of the collection of the National Roman Museum, one of the most visited archaeological museums in Italy
Pantheon – Rome

Pantheon – Rome

Roma - Piazza della Rotonda
closed on: open daily, except January 1, May 1, and December 25
The Pantheon in Rome is a monumental building, dating back to the Roman imperial period, a catholic church, and one of Italy's most visited cultural sites
Scuderie del Quirinale

Scuderie del Quirinale

Roma - Via XXIV Maggio, 16
closed on: Monday
The Scuderie del Quirinale exhibition centre hosts prominent art exhibitions. its palace was built in the 18th century on the Roman Temple of Serapis
Vatican Museums – Rome

Vatican Museums – Rome

Roma - Viale Vaticano
closed on: Sundays; January 1 and 6, February 11, March 19 and 28, June 29, August 15, November 1, December 8 and 26
The Vatican Museums is an exceptional ensemble of art galleries in the Vatican Palaces, Rome, which also includes the Sistine Chapel and the Raphael Rooms

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MACRO Museum in Rome by Odile Decq

MACRO Museum in Rome by Odile Decq

The expansion of the MACRO Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome by Odile Decq adds a radically contemporary architecture to an historical industrial edifice

Zaha Hadid – The MAXXI Museum Rome – part 2

Zaha Hadid – The MAXXI Museum Rome – part 2

The MAXXI museum in Rome by ZHA. Part 2: the architecture of the building complex, structural concept, use of concrete, collections and exhibition spaces

Zaha Hadid – The MAXXI Museum Rome – part 1

Zaha Hadid – The MAXXI Museum Rome – part 1

The MAXXI museum in Rome by Zaha Hadid Architects. Part 1: background and site, development of the project, architectural concept, the design competition

Rome – The Museum of Imperial Fora

Rome – The Museum of Imperial Fora

The Museum of Imperial Fora in Rome in the Trajan's Markets, more than a traditional archaeological museum, is a bridge between Antiquity and the present

Rome | Museum of the Baths of Caracalla

Rome | Museum of the Baths of Caracalla

A new archaeological museum was opened in 2012 in the basement of the Baths of Caracalla in Rome, with a permanent exhibition featuring 45 rare findings

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Rome | The World Press Photo 2017 exhibition at Palazzo delle Esposizioni

Rome | The World Press Photo 2017 exhibition at Palazzo delle Esposizioni

The exhibition World Press Photo 2017 takes palce at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome from April 28 through May 28, 2017.

Rome | 4 contemporary “Transformers” at MAXXI

Rome | 4 contemporary “Transformers” at MAXXI

Transformers: visionary installations of contemporary art and designs by Choi Jeong-Hwa, Didier Fiuza Faustino, Martino Gamper and Pedro Reyes at MAXXI Rome

Rome | Bellissima – The legend of Fashion

Rome | Bellissima – The legend of Fashion

The exhibition "Bellissima.Italy and High Fashion 1945-1968" recreates at the MAXXI Museum a period that established the international fame of Italian Style

Rome | OMOC: installations transform MAXXI

Rome | OMOC: installations transform MAXXI

From 24 October 2014, on the occasion of the OMOC (Open Museum Open City), the MAXXI, Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI secolo, changes its face

Rome | “Ultra Ordinaire” at the Maker Faire

Rome | “Ultra Ordinaire” at the Maker Faire

Ultra Ordinaire, a French collective leaded by Nathalie Bruyère and Pierre Duffau, presents its new technology projects and robots at the Maker Faire Rome

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