Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna Rome

The Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna (National Gallery of Modern Art) in Rome, like the Galleria Borghese and the Etruscan Museum, is located in the Villa Borghese. It has a great permanent collection of 19th and 20th century, especially Italian art, but also hosts temporary exhibitions, often several at the same time. Continue reading “Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna Rome”

Scuderie del Quirinale Rome

The Palazzo delle Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome was built between the years 1722 and 1732, but was not turned into a museum until 1999. It does not have a permanent collection, but only hosts (usually extremely prestigious) temporary exhibitions. Continue reading “Scuderie del Quirinale Rome”

Amphitheatrum Castrense Rome

There is unfortunately not much left to see of what used to be the Anfiteatro Castrense in Rome. The ruins of this amphitheatre can be found at the Via Nola, between the Aurelian Walls and the Basilica of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme. Continue reading “Amphitheatrum Castrense Rome”

Museo Missionario di Propaganda Fide Rome

The Palazzo di Propaganda Fide, a 17th century Baroque architectural masterpiece in Rome designed by Bernini (Gianlorenzo) and Francesco Borromini, has opened its doors to the public in the form of a museum, called the Museo Missionario di Propaganda Fide. Continue reading “Museo Missionario di Propaganda Fide Rome”

Galleria Corsini Rome

The Galleria Corsini is located across the road from the Villa Farnesina, in the Via della Lungara in the Trastevere district in Rome and for a while, after she had abdicated, served as the residence of Queen Christina of Sweden.

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National Gallery of Ancient Art Rome

The National Gallery of Ancient Art (Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica), which is located in the Palazzo Barberini in Rome,  houses a wonderful collection of Renaissance and Baroque paintings, as well as the Italian Institute of Numismatics. Apart from the permanent collection there are often special exhibitions.

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Museo Nazionale Romano

The National Roman Museum (Museo Nazionale Romano) was founded in 1889 in order to find housing for Rome‘s ancient art collections. The museum, which is housed in a number of separate locations, can boast one of the most important archaeological collections in the world.

The collection is divided according to place of origin and can be found in the following institutes:

  • Palazzo Altemps: 15th century building, containing the ancient art collections of Roman families like the Boncompagni and the Altemps.
  • At the Terme di Diocleziano location the birth of the Latin language and the earliest history of Rome are illustrated.
  • The Crypta Balbi highlights the transition from the Roman times to the Middle Ages in a specific part of the city.
  • Palazzo Massimo alle Terme
  • Octagonal Hall (Aula Ottagona)

Crypta Balbi Museum Rome

The Museo della Crypta Balbi is located in a building between the Via delle Botteghe Oscure and the Via Castani. The complex consists of two medieval buildings on the Via delle Botteghe Oscure and the “Dormitorio Barberiano” on the Via Caetini. It is one of the four seats of the Museo Nazionale Romano.

Crypta Balbi Museum Rome

Address, opening hours and admission

Address: Via delle Botteghe Oscure, 31 – Rome (tel. +39 06 6780167). Opening hours: 09.00 till 19.45. Closed: Monday, January 1, December 25. Admission: 10 Euros (EU citizens age 18-25: 5 Euros; any nationality age 0-17: free). Combi-ticket Palazzo Massimo, Palazzo Altemps, Crypta Balbi, Terme di Diocleziano: 12 Euros (discount: 6 Euros). There can be a surcharge of 3 Euros in case of special exhibitions.

History and desciption

The original connections and hallways between the buildings were kept intact.

Thanks to the archeological excavations that started in the 80’s and took about 20 years it has been possible to get a good idea of the different building methods through the centuries.

In the Roman times there was a big courtyard with a portico around it, which was connected to the Theater of Balbo. During the middle ages and the Renaissance this courtyard was transformed and became part of the 8th century Monastero di Santa Maria Domine Rose, the 11th century patricians’ houses  behind the walls of the Crypta and the 16th century Conservatorio di Santa Caterina dei Funari.

The ground floor of the museum shows the developments in the historical center of Rome, as understood from the excavations, while the 1st floor highlights Roman culture between the 5th and 10th centuries, by showcasing tools used by the artisans of the time.

Except for the artifacts found in the Crypt itself there are also objects found in the Fori Imperiali and on the Colle Oppio and Celio hills.

The important coin collection comprises the Gnecchi and the Vittorio Emanuele III collections.

Via delle Botteghe Oscure, 31 – Rome

Palazzo delle Esposizioni Rome

The Palazzo delle Esposizioni (“Palace of the Exhibitions”) in the Via Nazionale is the largest interdisciplinary exhibition venue in the center of Rome. Usually there are several temporary exhibitions going on at the same time. Continue reading “Palazzo delle Esposizioni Rome”