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

Museo di Roma
Ranked #246 of 1,536 things to do in Rome
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Owner description: The Museum of Rome was inaugurated in 1930 and was first located in the former Pantanella Pasta Factory near the Church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin. In 1952 it was moved to the eighteenth century Palazzo Braschi, former seat of the Fascist Federation of Rome. The collections of the museum consist of 40,000 pieces that document the different moments of the life, work, and customs of the city of Rome from the Middle Ages up to our days. Sculptures and paintings, many of which representing feasts, ceremonies, and various historical events are exhibited, in addition to sixteenth century and Medieval mosaics, frescoes, and ceramics, discovered during the excavations and demolitions that affected the city.
Brasilia, DF
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“A beautiful Neoclassical palace full of history”
Reviewed September 23, 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”
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......”
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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Penrhyndeudreath, null, United Kingdom
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“Not great, for art lovers”
Reviewed August 17, 2013 via mobile

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”
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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