A visit to the oldest museum in the world: the Capitoline Museums

A visit to the oldest museum in the world: the Capitoline Museums

In addition to the wonderful open-air monuments that are scattered through the historical center of Rome, the Eternal City also boasts the oldest public museum in the world: the Capitoline Museums. We owe it to Pope Sixtus IV who, in the late fifteenth century, donated some bronze statues to the city of Rome's Laterano, including the famous Capitoline Wolf with Romulus and Remus, which some believe dates back to Etruscan times, while others give credit to the Middle Ages.

The museum complex consists of four main buildings located on Campidoglio square, which in 1997 was also joined by the Centrale Montemartini  on Via Ostiense, because sectors of the Palace of the Conservatives, one of the four buildings of the Capitoline Museums, was being restructured.

Staying in a Rome Bed and Breakfast, this is a must visit as it is named among the most important museums of Rome. In addition to the original statue of Marcus Aurelius, a copy of which is displayed in Michelangelo’s Piazza del Campidoglio, you will have the opportunity to visit large collections of statues of the Roman era, the famous busts of thr emperors and philosophers of antiquity, remains of temples, bas-reliefs depicting Imperial Rome, frescoes and paintings from the Renaissance and Baroque architecture of the Pinacoteca Capitolina (among many pieces, including many paintings by Caravaggio, Guido Reni and Carracci), and important sculptures such as the Medusa by Bernini. In addition, for fans of Etruscan and Egyptian art, they have special sections and temporary exhibitions, which complement the already large permanent collection.
Hours: Daily 9:30 to 19:30; 24th and 31st December 9:30 to 14:30
Address: Piazza del Campidoglio, 1
Tickets: € 12.50 (online) € 13 at the ticket office; discounts for residents and groups and integrated formulas for temporary exhibitions.

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