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“A beautiful Neoclassical palace full of history” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Museo di Roma

Museo di Roma
Piazza San Pantaleo, 10 | Palazzo Braschi, 00186 Rome, Italy
+39 060608
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Ranked #414 of 686 Attractions in Rome
Type: History Museums, Museums
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Owner description: The Palazzo Braschi, built in the 18th century in the heart of Renaissance and Baroque Rome, is now the seat of the Museum of Rome. It is home to the most significant collection of exhibits to document the social history and artistic life in Rome between the Middle Ages and the early 20th century.
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“A beautiful Neoclassical palace full of history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

The Museo di Roma is housed in the beautiful neoclassical Palazzo Braschi, located between the Piazza Navona, the Campo de Fiori, the Corso Vittorio Emanuele II and the Piazza Pasquino. This is the civic museum of Rome. The reason of my visit was the fine exhibition "Canova The Mark of Glory", in which were on display 79 drawings by the famous Italian sculptor, "one of the largest existing collections of drawings in the world, donated by Giovan Battista Sartori Canova, the artist's stepbrother, between 1849 and 1857 to the Civic Museum of Bassano." It was a remarkable experience!

Visited March 2013
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“No history”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013 via mobile

I wish I had read the prior reviews before wasting my euros here. I am not a painting expert, so I cannot comment on the quality of the artwork. Howver, there is NO history here. This is not the Museum of the City of New York, which while small, is at least focused on the City itself. If you want history of the City, find it elsewhere

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“So much potential......”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

This is a lovely building in a prime location but is somewhat a missed opportunity. I found the special exhibition of British views of Rome more interesting than the actual museum which is static and pretty basic. The price of entry is way too much for what it is but is was a cool way to kill some time before heading to the airport. The cafe downstairs is also expensive and not great coffe.

Visited July 2013
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“Not great, for art lovers”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

I thought it was a museum but it was just art, not a lot there cost 10euros which is not worth it. The piazza outside is much moves and more interesting. Great for art lovers but still not really worth 10euros

Visited August 2013
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“Missed Opportunity”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012 via mobile

It's not clear what the creators of this museum were thinking.

Th museum is housed in a very handsome baroque mansion with scores of lovely architectural details. Possibly the most impressive is a kind of domed ceiling over the grand central stairway, with massive sculpted medallions of flower arrangements, each one different from the other. But there is almost no attempt to present itself as an architectural museum.

Or, they could have aimed to show the history of Rome as a city, with models, dioramas, wax figures, videos, and whatever, to show how Rome evolved over the years from, say, 1000 AD to present. This idea didn't occur to them.

So what we have in this actual museum is a quite nice picture gallery of mostly Italian oil paintings, some Dutch works, and a series of impressive busts. This makes it a worthwhile way to pass an hour or so, but one leaves feeling sad that it could have been a knockout but instead is just okay.

If you will be in Rome for several weeks or more, pass by. If you are on limited time, there are better places to spend it.

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