Capitoline Museums are considered as the
first museum in the history. The
collection started with a donation of
four of the few bronze statues that we
got from the antiquity by the Pope
Sixtus IV in 1471; the She wolf, the
Spinario (Boy with Thorn), the Camillus.
These served as symbols of the
continuity between the Roman Empire and
the Catholic Church, but Pope Sixtus’
gift ended this association.
Consequently the Capitoline Museums
were born. After having been closed to
the public for a lengthy period of
restoration, the museums now represent
an extraordinary experience.
Included in the museum
complex the Palazzo dei Conservatori,
Palazzo Nuovo, the Tabularium and the
Palazzo Clementino Caffarelli.
All these buildings skirt the Piazza del
Campidoglio, realized by Michelangelo.
Palazzo Clementino Caffarelli, where is
also the Capitoline Medal Collection,
are the museum’s temporary exhibition.
Many famous statues are housed in the
Palazzo Nuovo, among them two Centaurs
and a Dancing satyr, Venus and Galata
Morente. There is also a room which
contains busts of Roman emperors and the
original works of philosophers and
writers from various libraries around
the world. The subterranean passages in
the tunnel which connects the Palazzo
Nuovo with the Palazzo dei Conservatori
bring us to the Galleria Lapidaria, with
a selection of the most important
Capitoline’s epigraphic collection, and
the ruins of the Temple of Veiove inside
republican era the Tabularium served as
an archive, but today is a terrace from
which to admire the wonderful views
across the Foro Romano valley. In the
courtyard of the Palazzo dei
Conservatori fragments of a colossal
marble statue of Constantine have been
preserved while the room inside the
building contain richly decorated
frescoes, the most noted being those of
the Cavalier d’Arpino in the Orazi and
Curiazi room. It is also in this
building the museum’s Picture Gallery.
From December 23 2005 the new Giardino
Romano opens to the public at the Musei
Capitolini. The garden will house the
famous statue of Marcus Aurelius and the
bronze bust of the emperor Constantine
with hand and globe. It will be possible
to see part of the wall of the ancient
Giove Capitolino temple (VI century B.
C.). The new museum’s wing of the
Palazzo dei Conservatori also hosts
statues and sculptures from the Horti
Romani, like the Venere Esquilina, and
the Castellani Collection of Greek and
Tuesday - Sunday 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
24th and 31st December 09 a.m. – 2 p.m.
1st January, 1st May, 25th December
The ticket-office closes one hour before
the closing-time of the Museum
To receive additional information or to
make a reservation for the Capitoline
Ticket-office is situated on the Piazza
del Campidoglio, on the ground floor of
the Palazzo dei Conservatori.
When a temporary exhibition is under way
at Palazzo Caffarelli the price of the
ticket is slightly higher and includes
entrance to the exhibition.