The Pigorini Museum has one of the world's notable collections of Oceanic [Pacific] artefacts. I went for that specific purpose.
For those interested in art, craft, sculpture or design, the Oceanic exhibition is a "must see". It deserves to be better known and promoted. The Oceanic gallery is small in size, but the quality of the artefacts, and the stylish displays are world class. While small, it is at the same quality level as the Quai Branly in Paris, Pitt Rivers in Oxford, and the South Australian Museum, which I have also visited. Having lived for ten years in PNG, I know this is treasure. The lighting of some of the displays could be better, especially the superb tambuan dance mask at the entry. I know light is bad, but...
The African Gallery is also very good, displaying works from Italy's former colonies.
The Central American and Prehistory Galleries suffer from poor signage, but contain interesting exhibits. The Museum also has an Asian collection of 15,000 objects, which have been in storage since the 1960's, when it moved to the present site. The financial scandals of Italy have sadly deprived the world of seeing such cultural treasures. The other reason to visit is that the Pigorini Museum is located in one of the EUR buildings, part of the new EUR City district, designed for Mussolini for the 1942 World's Fair, which never happened. It is worth visiting to see 1930's architecture and town planning, plus the Pigorini Museum, only a 30 minute bus ride from the centre of Rome. The crowds of Rome will not bother you here - there were only four visitors in the whole museum. One of the highlights of my recent trip!
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