European Night Of Museums 2018: 3 Museums To Visit in Rome

Saturday, May 19, 2018 will take place in Rome “The Night of Museums”, an initiative in conjunction with 30 other European countries. More than 50 museums, monumental complexes, exhibitions and shows will be opened exceptionally from 8 p.m. until 2 a.m. (last admission at 1 a.m.). For a Saturday dedicated to art and culture without spending a dizzying amount of money. In some cases the entrance ticket will be 1 €, in others completely free. Some of the most beautiful exhibitions currently taking place in the capital (such as Turner’s at the Cloister of Bramante can instead be visited with a discount. You will pay, in fact, the reduced ticket.
All you have to do, then, is choose your favourite museum/site (take a look at the list of places and institutions participating in the initiative here: and prepare for this special evening in which art remains on!

Personally, I am undecided among these three. On Saturday I will tell you live which museum I have chosen to visit again. And you?

1) Capitoline Museums

They were born in 1471, when Pope Sixtus IV gave a group of bronze statues to the Roman people. Their historical headquarters is in Piazza del Campidoglio (near Piazza Venezia) and consists of Palazzo dei Conservatori and Palazzo Nuovo. Many works that will leave you speechless: from the famous She-Wolf, symbol of the city of Rome, to the Statue of Marcus Aurelius (the one in the square is a copy), from the colossal head of Constantine, the first Christian emperor, to the hall of emperors in the Palazzo dei Conservatori, where you can look into the eyes some of the faces of men who have written the history of Rome. And then goddesses, philosophers, athletes. A real room of wonders that, with the night light will certainly not fail to give you unique emotions.

And if you’re not tired yet, walk to the Colosseum, take the B line of the subway and get off at Garbatella. A few steps from the metro, you will find the Central Montemartini, the new seat of the Capitoline Museums. Inaugurated in 1997, it offers a unique mix of industrial machines and the beauty of the ancient world.

Addresses: Piazza del Campidoglio (Palazzo dei Conservatori and Palazzo Nuovo), Via Ostiense 106 (Centrale Montemartini).



The Museum of XXI Century Arts in Rome. Designed by Zaha Hadid, the “container” itself can be considered a true work of art. Born from the ashes of the workshops and pavilions of the Caserma Montello, in the Flaminio district, it is a great architectural work with innovative and spectacular forms. The campus is organized into 4 departments (MAXXI Architecture, MAXXI Art, MAXXI Research, Education, Training and MAXXI Development) whose visit offers an unprecedented experience: permanent collections, but also temporary exhibitions, conferences, shows and workshops in search of the aesthetic sense of our time.

Address: Via Guido Reni 4/A


3) National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art

It is the only museum in Italy dedicated entirely to modern art. It houses artistic creations, mainly Italian, from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. There are many masterpieces of sculpture and painting that you can admire in its rooms: the Hercules and Lica by Antonio Canova, but also the Sicilian Vespers by Francesco Hayez, the Three Ages of the Woman by Klimt, the Lying Nude by Modigliani. And again Duchamp’s bicycle wheel and the famous Urinarium, De Chirico’s Ettore ed Andromaca and the works of Pino Pascali. A real journey to discover the largest collection of contemporary Italian art.

Address: Viale delle Belle Arti 131



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