Our magnificent capital is rich in history and culture, this is undoubted. What not everyone knows is that it offers many attractions that can be visited for free, including several museums.
All the Capitoline museums can be visited for free every first Sunday of the month, unlike the Vatican museums which instead are open to the public the last Sunday of the month.
But if you happen to visit the Eternal City in a different period, do not despair ... there are many other opportunities often forgotten by the main tourist routes and therefore even more enjoyable because of their tranquility.
Let's find out together an alternative way to visit Rome: here is thelist of museums always free!
- San Luca National Gallery
- Historical Museum of Liberation
- Numismatic Museum of the Italian Mint
- Barracco Museum
- Napoleonic Museum of Rome
- Museum of the Roman Republic and Garibaldi history
- Carlo Bilotti Museum
- Hendrik Christian Andersen Museum
- Boncompagni Ludovisi Museum
- Mario Praz Museum
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1 - National Gallery of San Luca
- Where it is: Piazza dell'Accademia di San Luca 77, Get directions
- Hours of visits: Mon - Sat, 10am - 00pm
Art gallery built in the sixteenth century, it houses artistic works of the members of the academy, included Baroque works by the famous Guido Reni. The gallery is located inside the Carpegna Palace, and a visit to the Academic Library, the Sarti Library and the Historical Archive, all managed by the Accademia di San Luca, is also recommended.
2 - Historical Museum of Liberation
- Where it is: Via Tasso 145, Get directions
- Hours of visits: Tuesday to Sunday: 9:30 - 12:30, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 15:30 - 19:30. Closed on Mondays.
The museum recounts events that occurred in Rome during the Nazi occupation, as well as the premises where Nazi leaders were imprisoned and tortured: the cells are still left as they were left by the fleeing Germans. There are also numerous relics and collections of documents, photographs, artistic artifacts, as well as the audiovisuals with over 400 original recordings. The museum is housed in the building used between 1943 and 1944 as a prison by the Command of the Security Police.
3 - Numismatic Museum of the Italian Mint
- Where it is: Via Salaria, 712. Get directions
- Hours of visits: open by reservation only, from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 14:00 to 17:00
It includes alarge collection of over 20.000 coins, medals, wax models.
To visit it for free, just book at least two days in advance.
4 - Barracco Museum
- Where it is: Corso Vittorio Emanuele II 166A, Get directions
- Hours of visits: October - May: Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 - 16:00 (admission allowed until 15:30), 24 and 31 December 10:00 - 14:00 (admission is allowed until 13:30 ). June - September: from Tuesday to Sunday 13:00 - 19:00 (admission allowed until 18:30).
Located near Campo de 'Fiori, the Barracco museum hosts several works of classical and Near Eastern art: these are works that were donated to the Municipality of Rome in 1904 by Baron Giovanni Barracco, from whom the museum takes its name. Among the exhibitions we remember those of Egyptian artart, cypriot art, cyprus and assyrian art, Hellenistic art.
5 - Napoleonic Museum of Rome
- Where it is: Piazza di Ponte Umberto I, 1 - Get directions
- Hours of visits: From Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 - 18:00, 24 and 31 December 10:00 - 14:00
The Napoleonic Museum in Rome boasts important Napoleonic relics, such as the Pair of five-branched candelabra with bacchante and thyrsus or painting "Napoleon on the battlefield of Wagram" by Joseph Chabord. The collections are divided into 3 sections: Napoleonic Period, Roman Period, Second Empire Period.
6 - Museum of the Roman Republic and Garibaldi history
- Where it is: Largo di Porta San Pancrazio - Get directions
- Hours of visits: From Tuesday to Friday 10:00 am - 14:00 pm (limited admission every 45 minutes), last admission at 13:00 pm. Saturday, Sunday and holidays 10:00 - 18:00 (admission not contingent) 24 and 31 December 10: 00-14: 00
The museum is housed in a beautiful monumental complex at the Porta di San Pancrazio, and develops along all 4 floors of the building. Alongside the historical-artistic materials there are numerous multimedia and didactic insights related to the history of the Roman Republic and Garibaldi history, such as i uprisings of '48 and reforming policy of Pius IX.
7 - Carlo Bilotti Museum
- Where it is: Viale Fiorello La Guardia, 6 - Get directions
- Hours of visits: October - May: Tuesday to Friday 10:00 - 16:00 (admission allowed until 15:30. Saturday and Sunday 10:00 - 19:00 (admission allowed until 18:30), 24 and 31 December 10: 00-14: 00. June - September: Tuesday to Friday 13:00 - 19:00 (admission until 18:30). Saturday and Sunday 10:00 - 19:00 (admission allowed until at 18:30).
The Carlo Bilotti Museum is located inancient orangery of Villa Borghese and houses works by Giorgio de Chirico, Andy Warhol, Larry Rivers, Gino Severini, Giacomo Manzù. The works were donated by Carlo Bilotti, a passionate collector, to the Municipality of Rome, and were born from many years of friendship with the artists.
8 - Hendrik Christian Andersen Museum
- Where it is: Via Pasquale Stanislao Mancini, 20 - Get directions
- Hours of visits: Tuesday - Sunday: 9:00 am - 19:30 pm.
Hendrik Christian Andersen was a Norwegian - American sculptor who lived in Rome for almost 50 years. Among the works collected we remember over 200 sculptures of any size and more than 200 paintings, all centered around the theme so dear to the artist of the great "World City".
9 - Boncompagni Ludovisi Museum
- Where it is: Via Boncompagni, 18 - Get directions
- Hours of visits: from Tuesday to Sunday with guided tours of one hour: 9:30 - 11:00 - 12:30 - 14:30 - 16:00 - 17:30.
The Boncompagni Ludovisi Museum for Decorative Arts, Costume and Fashion of the th and th centuries is housed in an ancient villa and houses paintings, furnishings, clothes, sculptures, art objects. Very suggestive.
10 - Mario Praz Museum
- Where it is: Via Zanardelli Giuseppe, 2 - Get directions
- Hours of visits: Thursday and Friday accompanied visits at 14pm, 30pm, 15pm, 30pm and 16pm;
On Saturday accompanied visits at 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00 and 13:00.
This very important house museum houses over 1.200 objects collected by Mario Praz, Italian essayist, literary critic and writer, during his life. It is possible to view the objects that belonged to Praz in the order he wanted them.