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.
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.
Tickets Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
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.
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
Colosseum – 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
16.3.-last saturday in march 8:30-17:30
Last sunday in March-31.8. 8:30-19:15
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.
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
16.3.-last saturday in march 9-17:30
Last sunday in March-31.8. 9-19:15
1.10.-last saturday in october 9-19
Last entrance one hour before closure
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
9-19:45 Monday closed
Thermen des Diokletian Viale Enrico de Nicola 78 Termini Tickets
Palazzo Massimo Largo di Villa Peretti 2 Termini Tickets
Palazzo Altemps Piazza di Sant’Apollinare 46, near Piazza Navona Bus 30, 70, 81, 87, 492 (Zanardelli) Tickets
Crypta Balbi Via delle Botteghe Oscure 31 Tram 8 (Venezia) Bus 30, 40, 46, 62, 64, 70, 81, 87, 492, 916 (Torre Argentina) Tickets
9-19 by reservation only. Closed on Mondays.
Palazzo Barberini Via delle Quattro Fontane 13 Bus 52, 53, 62, 63, 83, 85, n5, n46, n201, n543 (Tritone/Barberini) Tickets
Palazzo Corsini Via della Lungara 10 Bus 23, 280 (Lungotevere Farnesina – Lungotevere Tebaldi/Perosi) Tickets
8:30-19 Monday closed
Piazzale di Villa Giulia 9 Tram 3 (Valle Giulia), Tram 19 (Museo Etrusco Villa Giulia) Tickets
8:30-19:30 Monday closed
Piazza Capo di Ferro, 13 near Piazza Campo de’ Fiori Tickets
8:30-19:30 Tuesday closed
Piazza Santa Croce in Gerusalemme 9A Tram 3 (P.za S. Croce In Gerusalemme) Tickets
Excavations of Ostia Antica – the commercial city just outside Rome
Last sunday in october-end of February 8:30-16:30
April – September 8:30-19
1.10.-last saturday in october 8:30-18:30
Last entrance one hour before closure. 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.
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
- 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
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.
- Musei Capitolini 9:30am-7:30pm
- Centrale Montemartini 9am-7pm Closed on Mondays
- Mercati di Traiano 9:30am-7:30pm
- Museo dell’Ara Pacis 9:30am-7:30pm
- Museo di scultura antica Giovanni Barracco X-III 10am-4pm IV-IX 1pm-7pm Closed on Mondays
- Museo della Civiltà Romana (currently closed)
- Museo delle Mura 9am-2pm Closed on Mondays
- Museo di Casal de ‘Pazzi Only by reservation Tel .: +39 060608
- Villa, Circo di Massenzio e Mausoleo di Romolo 10am – 4pm Closed on Mondays
- The Museum of the Roman Republic and the Memoria Garibaldina Tue-Fri 10am-2pm Sat + Sun + holiday 10am-6pm Closed on Mondays
- Museo di Roma 10am-7pm Closed on Mondays
- Museo Napoleonico 10am-6pm Closed on Mondays
- Galleria d’Arte Moderna 10am-16:30pm Closed on Mondays
- MACRO Tue-Sun 10:30am-7:30pm MACRO Testaccio Tue-Sun 2-8pm
- 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
- Museo Pietro Canonica in Villa Borghese XV 10am-4pm VI-IX 1-7pm Closed on Mondays
- Museo di Roma in Trastevere 10am-8pm Closed on Mondays
- Musei di Villa Torlonia 9am-7pm Closed on Mondays
- Planetario e Museo Astronomico currently closed
- 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.