Musei Capitolini

Musei Capitolini, Rome: Hours, Address, Musei Capitolini Reviews: 4.5/5

Musei Capitolini
4.5
Art Museums • History Museums
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9:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 6:30 PM
About
The creation of the Capitoline Museums has been traced back to 1471, when Pope Sixtus IV donated a group of bronze statues of great symbolic value to the People of Rome. The collections are closely linked to the city of Rome, and most of the exhibits come from the city itself.
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Address
Neighbourhood: Campitelli
How to get there
  • Fori Imperiali-Colosseo • 10 min walk
  • Colosseo • 10 min walk
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Paul J
1 contribution
May 2022
Wonderful museum. Staff at the cafè, however, look tired and can be curt. Unfortunately, moreover, there was a very rude bathroom janitor on the 1st floor, impersonating a bouncer or doorman, I suppose. Wouldn't let two ladies from my group to enter the ladies' room.
Written 17 May 2022
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fabinico
Paris, France317 contributions
May 2022
I'm not usually very interested in sculpture, it's the part I generally skip in large museums. But the Musei Capitolini are quite delightful, it's masterpiece after masterpiece, mostly antique sculpture, and the setting is worth the visit for itself. Some rooms you can pass quickly, I also found the painting section wasn't nearly at the level of the sculpture one, but we very much enjoyed our visit with our 3 children. Don't miss the Palazzo Nuovo (which you access through an underground tunnel).
Written 16 May 2022
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MVM
15 contributions
Apr. 2022
Very rude guards that make you leave 30 minutes before closing. They tell you to "go now!" and slam doors as you exit. I was not able to see some of the last rooms because they close early. I have never encountered such rude guards that make museums visitors feel unwelcomed. I regret visiting and don't recommend going there. Thankfully I was able to dispute the entrance fee on my credit card and received a full refund. A real waste of my time.
Written 4 May 2022
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Robert L
Amherst, MA1,497 contributions
Mar. 2022 • Couples
World class museum but expect to make an effort. This museum is split into 2 parts, connected by a tunnel. It is on top of a hill. You can walk up the winding road OR walk up the stairs designed by Michaelangelo.
Once inside, the various levels are confusing but there are priceless sculptures and statues.
Written 22 March 2022
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Brett
29 contributions
Jan. 2022
In short, this is an amazing museum overflowing with history. What I really want to review is why you should hire a tour guide.

It’s difficult to appreciate everything inside the Capitoline Museums as many objects are strewn about with little signage or explanation. This is a shame as some of the most fascinating objects are hung on the wall with no indication of the meaning. For example, there is a marble plaque with a fish on it near a staircase that we casually walked by until our tour guide stopped us and explained this plaque was placed in a fish market signaling the maximum size fish that could be sold, or else the head had to be chopped off and given to local papal authorities who made fish soup for the Pope.

If you watched Mary Beard’s “The Cruelty of Emperor Caligula” documentary on YouTube, at the 31:44 mins mark she analyzes a staff record from Caligula’s palaces. It’s fascinating and yet completely unmarked on the wall. I mention these two objects as proof a tour guide is a necessity for anything more than the most basic understanding of a few famous pieces. Even objects that we understood the basics, like Etruscan sculpture and the Roman tombstones, were given much more depth and meaning by our tour guide.

For comparison’s sake, I compared the brisk Rick Steves tour of Capitoline Museums and the more extensive tour in Rome (Oxford Archaeological Guides) by Amanda Claridge with the private tour we received. There was no comparison. We saw at least double the amount of items than either tour, plus with a greater understanding by our tour guide versus the other options on items covered by all three.

If you’re short on funds, I would honestly recommend a self-tour through the Colosseum and spending money on a guided tour for Capitoline Museums. The Colosseum has informational panels everywhere and several online guides exist to fill in the gaps; that same cannot be said for Capitoline Museums, whose best bits are often invisible to tourists.

If you're interested in a specific tour guide, we hired Marle Robinson (you can find her on Instagram easily and message her for tours). We loved a previous tour by her and reached out for a private tour of Capitoline. She was phenomenal and taught us so much in just a few hours. If you're a history or art nerd, you will love her passion and the depth of her knowledge.
Written 2 February 2022
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kwiewiorowski
Poznan, Poland2,144 contributions
Jul. 2021
Can’t visit Rome without visiting the Museums. They house predominantly an impressive collection of ancient sculpture and other artifacts but also fantastic frescoes, tapestries, paintings and furniture. They are located on top on Capitoline Hill. Details you will find in guidebooks. The tickets we bought on line- it was a combined, two-day ticket: Colosseum, the Forum and the Museums. The visitors were few due to the recently only lifted restrictions so we enjoyed our visit a lot. We were there in July and the cool of the museum was a welcome bonus. Sulla terrazza there is a caffe, where we had a light lunch with a couple of glasses of Prosecco enjoying a wonderful view of Rome at the same time. A great day we loved!
Written 1 January 2022
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The Spanish Steps Apartment
Rome, Italy22,942 contributions
Oct. 2021
Went to the Capitoline Museums today to see the exhibition "The Torlonia Marbles: Collecting Masterpieces." Had wanted to see it in April 2020, when I had a trip planned to Rome ... and then COVID hit. Fast forward to October 2021, I am finally back in Rome and this was at the top of my list, and it did not disappoint. Small but marvelous exhibition, the first room with the busts of various emperors and members of their families was marvelous.
Written 21 October 2021
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Peter C
San Jose, CA59 contributions
Sep. 2021
They won't let you in without a photo ID . We had all the vaccination information, all the forms etc. with QR codes, you name it. But my wife didn't have a photo ID so after waiting in line for 15 minutes we had to be humiliated by some lady with red dyed
hair. The beauty of this is that their web site would not let me book in advance because the call-back-with-a special code feature doesn't work for international calls. And nowhere does it say photo ID required. Be warned.
Written 8 September 2021
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kgkjgkjg
Washington DC, DC187 contributions
Aug. 2021
Most modern presentation of any museum I visited in Rome in terms of lighting and organization and presentation, and amazing art both ancient and Renaissance. Audio guide is worthwhile. Would have stayed longer but it was closing time.
Written 14 August 2021
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Liekehanna
Rotterdam, The Netherlands144 contributions
Aug. 2021 • Solo
Stunning museum with a fantastic collection! From paintings by Caravaggio to the famous she-wolf: they have it all. The first part of the museum was very clearly organised, I had some navigation troubles with the second part but that did not really matter as it was all so beautiful.

I had some trouble booking the tickets online - make sure to do this in time (COVID-19) and to take your time.
Written 9 August 2021
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  • Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 6:30 pm
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