7 Best Museums in Rome 2024

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If you are planning a trip or a vacation in Rome, this is a perfect time of the year to do that. Rome is stunning in spring and summer because the city itself is an open-air museum, and on long summer days you can explore the museums with the ice cream in one and with a city map in another hand.

This city is the home of the world’s greatest collections of museums and galleries, and on every corner of the city, you will see some kind of fountain, piazza, statue, or archaeological excavations.

If you want to find out what to visit when you are in Rome, just continue reading this article.

Terme Diocleziano

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These ancient baths are the part of the National Museum of Rome, and they are located near the main city transport hub Termini. Terme is built in the honor of Emperor Diocletian in 306 AD. Do not miss this if you are near the Termini because you can see beautiful sculptures, tombs and sarcophagi, and temporary exhibitions of Henry Moore and Rodin.

Gallery Borghese

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In the garden of the house of Borghese family stand stunning private collection of art. You can go through 20 rooms and enjoy art and architecture. This house is a true gem in Rome and in high season you must be booked your tickets months in advance. There, you can enjoy in Bernini statues or paintings of Caravaggio and his chiaroscuro paint technique.

Centrale Montemartini

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Many tourists said that if you have time just to visit one museum this should be it. In this museum, you can enjoy in Greek’s and Roman’s marble statues in all its glory. The statues are huge and make extraordinary sightseeing. In this museum, you can also see industrial turbines and engines because Rome’s first public electrical plant provides the light for the museum, and makes the time mix with ancient statues.

National Gallery of Modern Art

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This world’s famous gallery is located in the Palace of Fine Arts, and it is also known by its acronym GNAM (yum in Italian). Here you can see the most famous art from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and contemporary collection. If you like the art of Man Ray, Degas, Duchamp this is the perfect museum for you. It has 75 rooms filled with 1100 artworks from the most famous artists in the world. If you want to make a break between the rooms and watching art, you can drink coffee or aperitif at their Caffe Delle Belle Arti.

Scuderie del Quirinale

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In this museum, you can see the artwork of Picasso, Matisse, Frida Kahlo, and Hiroshige, and the museum is located at the former stables of the Quirinale Palace. This palace once was the official home of the King of Italy. Those stables were transformed and made in the gallery in 1999, and if you do not want to wait in a long line for several hours you will buy tickets months in advance.

Police Car Museum

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This museum is located in the art area of the city, in the part of Tor Marancia, near the Domitilla Catacombs. Here you can see former police vehicles from the sixties to the present time. The most Romans does not hear for this place but you should go and see the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTE, Guzzi V7s, or originals Alfa Romeos, Fiats and Lancias.


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If you are a fan of Zaha Hadid artwork or you are a lover of modern architecture this is the perfect place for you. When Zaha Hadid won a competition in 1998, she builds this modern, ground-breaking building with her signature curves. In this building, you also have a café and a bookshop, and Maxxi does the temporary exhibitions in a collaboration with MoMA New York, so it is definitely worth of visit.