Rome museums · Museums in Rome · Opening hours · Free entry

Here you will learn about the opening hours of the National Museums and the museums of the municipality of Rome, about the reductions for children, young people and students, as well as the days with free admission.

The main museums in Rome, beside the Vatican Museums, are either under state administration or owned by the municipality of Rome. In addition, there are several institutions that can be visited, such as the Quirinal Palace, as well as numerous private museums.

The three major museum organizations Vatican, State and Municipality differ mainly in the entry rules.

The following applies to all museums:

  • Body temperature is measured at the entrance and you cannot get in at 37.5 ° C / 99,5 ° F or more
  • You must have a face mask with you

Reservations are required for the Colosseum, the Borghese Gallery, the Vatican Museums and all museums of the municipality of Rome.

The Vatican Museums

In addition to the normal visit to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, visits are offered to the closed sections, the Vatican Gardens, as well as visits to the papal residence and gardens in Castel Gandolfo.

Opening hours of the Vatican Museums

The Vatican Museums are open from Monday-Thursday 10am to 8pm with last admission at 6pm, Friday and Saturday to 10pm. There are also offers outside the official opening hours.

More details can be found on our page about the Vatican Museums.

Entrance Vatican Museums

For children up to the age of 6, entrance is free. Adolescents up to the age of 18, students up to the age of 25, priests and religious pay reduced entrance fee.

Reductions are also available for groups of pilgrims and families with at least two children.

Tickets Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

National museums

Among the state museums in Rome are the complex of the Colosseum with Palatine and Forum Romanum, the excavations in Ostia Antica, the Castel Sant’Angelo and the Borghese Gallery.

Opening hours

Bath of Diocletian Cypress of Michelangelo 1562
Baths of Diocletian – on the left the cypress planted by Michelangelo in 1562

The main national museums are open year-round and close only on January 1st and December 25th. Shorter entry times are available on the 24th and 31st of December.

The open-air museums have staggered opening times depending on the season. For the Coliseum with Palatine and Roman Forum, an evening opening is offered in summer.

Most of the smaller museums in Rome are closed on Mondays.

A list of all opening times can be found below.


Until the age of 18 admission to the National Museums is free. EU citizens up to the age of 25 pay reduced admission.

The museum complex Colosseum, Palatine and Roman Forum counts as a museum. The standard ticket is valid for one day.

The four sites of the Roman National Museum Palazzo Massimo, Palazzo Altemps, Crypta Balbi and Baths of Diocletian count as a museum, the ticket is valid for three days.

The mausoleum of Cecilia Metella and the Villa dei Quintili count as a museum. The ticket is valid for two days.

Tickets and opening hours

ColosseumColosseum – the most visited museum in Italy

Piazza del Colosseo Metro B Colosseo, Tram 3, Bus 51, 75, 85, 87, 118

Last sunday in october-15.2. 8:30-16:30
16.2.-15.3. 8:30-17
16.3.-last saturday in march 8:30-17:30
Last sunday in March-31.8. 8:30-19:15
1.9.-30.9. 8:30-19
1.10.-last saturday in october 8:30-18:30
Last entrance one hour before closure.

Due to the Corona precautionary measures, the opening times may vary in 2020 at short notice. You can find current information in our monthly overview.

Rome museums · Museums in Rome · Opening hours · Free entry 1Baths of Caracalla – The imposing sports and bathing center near the Colosseum

Via delle Terme di Caracalla 52 Bus 118, 628, 671, 714, 792 (Terme di Caracalla) Tickets

Last sunday in october-15.2. 9-16:30
16.2.-15.3. 9-17
16.3.-last saturday in march 9-17:30
Last sunday in March-31.8. 9-19:15
1.9.-30.9. 9-19
1.10.-last saturday in october 9-19
Monday 9-14
Last entrance one hour before closure

Rome museums · Museums in Rome · Opening hours · Free entry 2Castel Sant’Angelo – The Mausoleum of Emperor Hadrian

Lungotevere Castello 50 Bus 23, 34, 40, 982 (Transpontina/Conciliazione) – 23, 34, 46, 62, 64, 115, 280, 870, 916 (Lgt Sassia/S. Spirito) – 98, 881, 916, 982 (Piazza della Rovere) Tickets

9-19:30 Last admission one hour before closing

Roman National Museums TicketsRoman National Museums – Baths of Diocletian – Palazzo Massimo – Palazzo Altemps – Crypta Balbi

9-19:45 Monday closed

Thermen des Diokletian Viale Enrico de Nicola 78 Terme di Diocleziano Termini Tickets

Palazzo Massimo Largo di Villa Peretti 2 Palazzo Massimo Termini Tickets

Palazzo Altemps Piazza di Sant’Apollinare 46, near Piazza Navona Palazzo Altemps Bus 30, 70, 81, 87, 492 (Zanardelli) Tickets

Crypta Balbi Via delle Botteghe Oscure 31 Crypta Balbi Tram 8 (Venezia) Bus 30, 40, 46, 62, 64, 70, 81, 87, 492, 916 (Torre Argentina) Tickets

Borghese Gallery ticketsBorghese Gallery – the famous gallery in the park of Villa Borghese

Piazzale Scipione Borghese 5 Galerie Borghese Tram 3, 19 (Bioparco), Bus 61, 89, 160, 490, 495, 590, nMA, 120, 150F (S. Paolo del Brasile)


9-19 by reservation only. Closed on Mondays.

Gallerie Barberini Corsini TicketsNational Gallery of Ancient Art – Palazzo Barberini – Palazzo Corsini both galleries with one ticket, valid for 10 days

Palazzo Barberini Via delle Quattro Fontane 13 Palazzo Barberini Bus 52, 53, 62, 63, 83, 85, n5, n46, n201, n543 (Tritone/Barberini) Tickets
Palazzo Corsini Via della Lungara 10 Palazzo Corsini Bus 23, 280 (Lungotevere Farnesina – Lungotevere Tebaldi/Perosi) Tickets

8:30-19 Monday closed

Museo etrusco TicketsEtruscan National Museum Villa Giulia The most important museum of Etruscan civilization

Piazzale di Villa Giulia 9 Tram 3 (Valle Giulia), Tram 19 (Museo Etrusco Villa Giulia) Tickets

8:30-19:30 Monday closed

Galerie Spada TicketsGallery Spada – The collection of Baroque painting by the Cardinals Spada – with an optical illusion of Borromini

Piazza Capo di Ferro, 13 near Piazza Campo de’ Fiori Galleria Spada Tickets

8:30-19:30 Tuesday closed

Museo Strumenti Musicali TicketsMuseum of Musical Instruments – at Santa Croce in Gerusalemme

Piazza Santa Croce in Gerusalemme 9A Museo strumenti musicali Tram 3 ( S. Croce In Gerusalemme) Tickets

Ostia Antica TheaterExcavations of Ostia Antica – the commercial city just outside Rome

Viale dei Romagnoli, 717 Ostia Antica local train Roma – Lido (ab Piramide)

Last sunday in october-end of February 8:30-16:30

March 8:30-17:15

April – September 8:30-19

1.10.-last saturday in october 8:30-18:30

Last entrance one hour before closure. Monday closed

Museums in Rome Cecilia Metella
Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella on the Appian Way
Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella und Villa dei Quintili (one ticket for both, accessible by bus 118) Opening hours like the baths of Caracalla. Monday closed

National museum Palazzo Venezia 8:30-19:30 Monday closed

GNAM – National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, viale delle Belle Arti, 131 8:30am-7:30pm Closed on Mondays

National Museum of Oriental Art, via Merulana, 248 8am-7pm Closed on Mondays

National Museum of the High Middle Ages, viale A. Lincoln, 3 8am-7pm Closed on Mondays

National museum of folklore and traditions, piazza G. Marconi, 8-10 8am-7pm Closed on Mondays July, August also closed on Sundays

Prehistoric and Ethnographical National Museum “Luigi Pigorini”, piazza G. Marconi, 14 8am-7pm Closed on Mondays

Museums of the municipality

The Capitoline Museums and the Markets of Trajan are the most famous museums of the municipality in Rome.

Tickets for the museums of the city of Rome

To order tickets for the Capitoline Museums, Trajan’s Markets and all the other museums in the Municipality of Rome, call the number +39 060608


Children under the age of 6 years are free. Youth up to the age of 25 years of age pay reduced admission.

Other regulations apply to persons resident in Rome.

Museums with free entry

You must also make reservations for the museums with free entry. The reservation is made on the telephone number +39 060608
The following museums in Rome offer free entry:
  • Museo di Scultura Antica Giovanni Barracco
  • Museo delle Mura
  • Villa di Massenzio
  • Museo della Repubblica Romana e della memoria garibaldina
  • Museo Napoleonico
  • Museo Carlo Bilotti
  • Museo Pietro Canonica
  • Museo di Casal de’ Pazzi
You must reserve your visit at +39 060608

Opening hours

The larger museums in Rome in the municipality are open all year except January 1, May 1 and December of December. On 24 and 31 December the opening hours are shortened.

The smaller museums are mostly closed on Mondays. All details can be found in the list below.

  1. Musei Capitolini 9:30am-7:30pm
  2. Centrale Montemartini 9am-7pm Closed on Mondays
  3. Mercati di Traiano 9:30am-7:30pm
  4. Museo dell’Ara Pacis 9:30am-7:30pm
  5. Museo di scultura antica Giovanni Barracco X-III 10am-4pm IV-IX 1pm-7pm Closed on Mondays
  6. Museo della Civiltà Romana (currently closed)
  7. Museo delle Mura 9am-2pm Closed on Mondays
  8. Museo di Casal de ‘Pazzi Only by reservation Tel .: +39 060608
  9. Villa, Circo di Massenzio e Mausoleo di Romolo 10am – 4pm Closed on Mondays
  10. The Museum of the Roman Republic and the Memoria Garibaldina Tue-Fri 10am-2pm Sat + Sun + holiday 10am-6pm Closed on Mondays
  11. Museo di Roma 10am-7pm Closed on Mondays
  12. Museo Napoleonico 10am-6pm Closed on Mondays
  13. Galleria d’Arte Moderna 10am-16:30pm Closed on Mondays
  14. MACRO Tue-Sun 10:30am-7:30pm MACRO Testaccio Tue-Sun 2-8pm
  15. Museo Carlo Bilotti – Aranciera di Villa Borghese XV Tue-Fri + holidays 10am – 4pm, Sat + Sun 10am-7pm; VI-IX Tue-Fri + Holidays 1-7pm Sat + Sun 10am-7pm
  16. Museo Pietro Canonica in Villa Borghese XV 10am-4pm VI-IX 1-7pm Closed on Mondays
  17. Museo di Roma in Trastevere 10am-8pm Closed on Mondays
  18. Musei di Villa Torlonia 9am-7pm Closed on Mondays
  19. Planetario e Museo Astronomico currently closed
  20. Museo Civico di Zoologia 9am-7pm Closed on Mondays

Days with free entrance

Free entry to the museums of the Municipality of Rome is on the first Sunday of each month.

You must reserve by phone on +39 060608.

Free admission to the National Museums on the first Sunday of the month is currently suspended.

Free entry to the Vatican Museums on the last Sunday of the month is suspended.

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