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Museums in Rome

Visiting Rome is like stepping into the world’s greatest open-air museum. Rich in ancient history and tradition, the city has much to offer in the way of cultural entertainment. A must on any tourist’s list is the Vatican Museum, which houses magnificent masterpieces and precious works of art amass by many of the earlier Popes. Another “must see” are the Capitoline Museums, which consists of two palaces; the Palazzo Nuovo, which contains exquisite collections of Roman and Greek sculptures and the Palazzo dei Conservatori, whose halls are adorned with vibrant frescos and whose rooms contain sculptures such as the one of Constantine, Bernini's 'Medusa' and amazing paintings by celebrated masters like Van Dyck. Other notable museums include the Wax Museum, the National Museum of Pasta, the Numismatic Museum of the Italian Mint and the Rome Jewish Community Museum.


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Barracco Museum
Address: Corso V. Emanuele II, 168
  Phone: +39 06 68806848
  e-mail: info@argiletumtour.com  
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The Barracco Museum exhibits a tremendous amount of ancient treasures. The museum features long chambers showcasing original Assyrian, Egyptian, Greek and Roman pieces of art. Abundant in figurines, tools, sculptures, preserved pieces of clothing and religious paraphernalia, Barracco Museum represents medieval Italy. The collection once belonged to Lord Giovanni Barracco, who eventually bequeathed it to the museum. Of particular note is the sphinx of Hatshepsut, as well as the ruins of an ancient Roman house, located in the basement.
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Borghese Museum and Gallery
Address: Piazza Scipione Borghese, 5
  Phone: +39 06 8417645
  e-mail: info@ticketeria.it  
Price: 2 - 10 EUR  
Website: http://www.galleriaborghese.it/  
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The Borghese Museum and Gallery is among the most significant museum institutions in the Eternal City, serving as the epitome of culture and art. The small palace, erected in 1613, holds Cardinal Scipione Borghese's vast ensembles of art, with the Museum located on the ground floor and the Gallery occupying the first floor. The site displays some of the best known sculptures by Bernini, including his masterpieces 'Apollo and Daphne', 'Pluto and Proserpina' and 'David'. Antonio Canova is also well represented, especially with his reclining sculpture of Pauline Bonaparte as Venus Victrix. The chambers are laden with pure masterpieces in lavish frames on the entire walls. The museum also boasts the famous 'Danae' by Correggio, as well as the 'Deposition' by Raphael, and some classic examples of Caravaggio's work, Titian's 'Sacred and Profane Love'.
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The Capitoline Museums
Address: Piazza del Campidoglio
  Phone: +39 06 67102071
  e-mail: info.museicapitolini@comune.roma.it  
Price: 5 - 8 EUR  
Website: http://en.museicapitolini.org/  
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The Capitoline Museums are installed in the 15th-century Palace of the Conservators, designed by Michelangelo, and the 17th-century New Palace. The museums house an entire era of classic painting and high art. These two buildings host the world's oldest public collection, featuring ancient sculptures and paintings from the 14th to 17th Century.
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Centrale Montemartini
Address: Art Center Acea - via Ostiense, 106
  Phone: +39 06 5748030
  e-mail: museo.centrale.montemartini@comune.roma.it  
Price: 5 - 8 EUR  
Website: http://www.centralemontemartini.org/  
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The Centrale Montemartini museum features a display of 450 Greek and Roman sculptures, which are borrowed from the extensive collection of the Capitoline Museums. The museum's exhibits are showcased along with several old machines, which were part of the former electric power station of Rome. The Montemartini offers an evocative combination of Classic and Industrial Art, with marble pieces of art contrasted against old iron structures.
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L. Pigorini National Museum of Prehistory and Ethn
Address: Piazza Marconi,14
  Phone: +39 06 549521
 
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The Pigorini National Museum of Prehistory and Ethnography houses large displays of prehistoric objects showcased in chronological order and offering a comprehensive overview of Rome's most ancient history. The ethnographic collection itself features some 60,000 pieces, which is limited to artifacts belonging to European autochthonic cultures. The site also boasts its own Italian prehistoric and proto-historic section, providing a well-appointed showcase of the cultural evolution that took place on the peninsula from the Paleolithic epoch to the Iron Age. Pigorini also comprises displays of ancient tools, jewellery, clay figurines, bronze and iron weapons, pottery and many other artifacts, as well as full-scale recreations of ancient dwelling places.
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Museo del Corso, Palazzo Cipolla
Address: Via del Corso, 320
  Phone: +39 06 6786209
  e-mail: info@museodelcorso.it  
Website: http://www.museodelcorso.it/  
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The Museo del Corso, Palazzo Cipolla traces the history of the ancient Roman road of Via Lata, or the Corso. The museum showcases many articacts related to this road, including its structures and various events that took place on and around it.
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Museum of Palazzo Venezia
Address: Via del Plebiscito, 118
  Phone: +39 06 6798865
 
Price: 4 - 4 EUR  
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The Museum of Palazzo Venezia, taking up a large part of Palazzo Venezia, was once home to the Venetian Pope Paul II Barbo (1464 – 71). The site was primarily a papal residence until 1564, and later delivered to the Republic of Venice to house its ambassadors. The palazzo was property of Austria between 1797 and 1916. While Italy was experiencing its Fascist Era, Mussolini used the palace as his principal headquartes, adressing crowds from a balcony facing the piazza.
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Museum of Rome
Address: Piazza S. Pantaleo, 10
  Phone: +39 6 6875880
  e-mail: info@museumrome.com  
Website: http://www.museumrome.com/  
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The Museum of Rome is a traditional institution which houses a vast array of artifacts ordered in comprehensive showcases. The museum's displays include sculptures, paintings, marble pieces and altar stones, as well as mosaics and various objects of significance to the history of Rome from the Middle Ages to 1870. Of particular note, is the throne of Pope Pius IX.
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