Capitoline Museums (Musei Capitolini) and Palazzo Nuovo (New Palace)

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Palazzo Nuovo (New Palace)

Palazzo Nuovo (New Palace) is on the left of the Piazza del Campidoglio. It was built according to a project of Michelangelo in 1603-1655 (Clement VIII - Alexander VII, who's coat-of-arms is above the entrance by Girolamo and Carlo Rainaldi. Palazzo Nuovo contains the Museo Capitolino, an extremely interesting collection of ancient sculpture, begun by Clement XII and added to by later popes until creation of the Vatican Museums. In 1734 it became the first museum in the world open to the public by the wish of Clement XII.

Capitoline Museums (Musei Capitolini) and Palazzo Nuovo (New Palace), Piazza del Campidoglio
Its slanting orientation, which imitates that of Palazzo dei Conservatori opposite, was influenced by a pre-existing retaining wall on the heights of S. Maria in Aracoeli, in the centre of which was a fountain with a statue known as "Marforio", later moved to the courtyard of the Capitoline Museum. Externally, the new building is identical to Palazzo dei Conservatori, while the well-conserved decoration of the symmetrically-planned interior features gilded wooden coffering on the first floor.

It keeps the collections of ancient marble and bronze sculptures, including the busts of Roman philosophers and emperors and famous statues, such as the Dying Galatian, the Esquiline Venus, Marforius, and Marcus Aurelius, the group of statues of the temple of Apollo Sosianus (fifth century BC). The Greek and Etruscan vases from the Castellani collection and an epigraphic collection are also exhibited.

Capitoline Museums (Musei Capitolini)

Capitoline Museums (Musei Capitolini/ Capitolino) are a group of art and archeological museums in Piazza del Campidoglio, on top of the famous Campidoglio (Capitoline Hill) in Rome, Italy. The Capitoline Museums are composed of three main buildings surrounding the Piazza del Campidoglio and interlinked by an underground gallery beneath the piazza. The Museums' collections are displayed in the two of the three buildings that together enclose the Piazza del Campidoglio: Palazzo dei Conservatori and Palazzo Nuovo, the third being the Palazzo Senatorio. These two buildings are linked by an underground tunnel, which contains the Galleria Lapidaria and leads to the ancient Tabularium, whose monumental arches overlook the Forum.
Capitoline Museums - The bronze statues donated by Pope Sixtus IV
The Museum consists of numerous rooms on two floors and contains, apart from worldly famous collections, like the one with the 65 busts of Roman emperors and 79 busts of philosophers, poets, historians, medical doctors and speakers, some illustrious masterpieces such as the equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius (original from Piazza del Campidoglio); three colossal statues of Minerva (5th century b.C.), Mars (1st century b.C.) and Diana (4th century b.C.); Dying Gaul (figure of a Celtic warrior lying mortally wounded, discovered in the 16th century, a Roman copy of a 3rd century b.C. bronze statue); Capitoline Venus (admirable marble statue found in the 17th century in a house near San Vitale, a roman copy of the Greek original); Wounded Amazon (a copy from the 5th century original), and etc.

The Centrale Montemartini (Museo della Centrale Montemartini): an extension to the Capitoline Museums

It is an extension to the Capitoline Museums housed in a former power station of (active as a power-station between the 1890s and 1930s) in southern Rome, between Piramide and the basilica of San Paolo Fuori le Mura, close to the Metro station Garbatella on Via Ostiense on the left bank of the Tiber, opposite the former General markets. Its permanent collection comprises 400 ancient statues, moved here during the reorganisation of the Capitoline Museums in 1997, along with tombs, busts, and mosaics. Many of them were excavated in the ancient Roman horti (eg the Gardens of Sallust) between the 1890s and 1930s, a fruitful period for Roman archaeology. They are displayed there along the lines of Tate Modern, except that (unlike there) the machinery has not been moved out. Gleaming classical statues stand amongst rows of machinery, and although the contrast is bizarre it is also memorable and effective. The museum's habitual emptiness makes it all the more atmospheric.

In 1999 during the closure of the Musei Capitolini for restoration, conservation work on the two statues of the wounded Amazons was carried out in the exhibition spaces of the Centrale Montemartini. These statues are copies of the original Greek sculptures, on display in the Hall of the Gladiators and in the Hall of the Palazzo Nuovo on the Campidoglio. The installation of an “open workshop” during the opening hours of the Museum allowed the public directly to follow the various phases of the works and the techniques used in the restoration, which was illustrated by comprehensive educational panels.

Palazzo Caffarelli

This space is dedicated to temporary exhibitions. The Palazzo Caffarelli-Clementino holds the numismatic collection, known as the Medagliere Capitolino. On display are many rare coins, medals, gems and jewels, as well as an area dedicated to temporary exhibitions. More details: Palazzo Caffarelli

Capitoline Museums (Musei Capitolini) and Palazzo Nuovo (New Palace)
Piazza del Campidoglio, 1 (Via del Tempio di Giove)
00186 , Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Campitelli (Foro Romano- Campidoglio-P.Venezia) (Roma centro)
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Via del Teatro di Marcello: 44, 63, 81, 95, 160, 170, 175, 204, 628, 715, 716, 780, 781.
Via dei Fori Imperiali: 84, 85, 87, 175, 186, 810, 850.
Via del Plebiscito: 46, 62, 63, 64, 70, 80, 81, 87, 186, 492, 628, 640, 810.
Underground Metro: Line B - Colosseo stop.
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 9.00 am - 8.00 pm. Closed: Monday, January 1, December 25. December 24 and 31: 9.00 am - 2.00 pm. Last admission 1 hour before closing time.


(Museum + Exhibition) Combined Ticket:
Adults: € 12,00; Concessions: € 10,00; Special “Ridottissimo” Ticket: € 2,00. Roman citizens only (by showing a valid ID): Adults: € 11,00; Concessions: € 9,00; Special “Ridottissimo” Ticket: € 2,00. According to the Municipal by-law n. 32 of 26/03/2009 and due to the exceptionality of the exhibition “Ritratti. Le tante facce del potere” no free entry to visitors who usually are entitled to gratuity is available. However, they are entitled to a reduced € 2.00 ticket. Free admission is granted only to: children under 6 years of age, elementary and intermediate school groups, disabled people and a carer and Roma Pass and Roma&Più Pass card holders if used to claim one of the first two free admissions. Audioguide single: € 5,00. Radioguide: € 1,50.
Regular Fees:
Adults: € 8.50, Concessions: € 6.50, Roman Citizens only (by showing a vaild ID): € 7.50 (Adults) - € 5.50 (Concessions).
Centrale Montemartini + Musei Capitolini Combined Ticket: Adults: € 10.50, Concessions: € 8.50, Roman Citizens only (by showing a vaild ID): € 9,50 (Adults) - € 7,50 (Concessions).
Centrale Montemartini + Musei Capitolini + Exhibition Combined Ticket: Adults: € 14.00, Concessions: € 12.000, Roman Citizens only (by showing a vaild ID): € 13.00 (Adults) - € 11.00 (Concessions).
Group Visit or Guided Tours:
Visits for groups on request to the museum and/or the exhibition: Hours: On Request. Languages: English, Italian, French, German, Spanish. Persons: Max 30. Duration: 1 Hour And 15 Minutes. Price: € 90,00 + € 10,00 Mandatory Radioguide® (In Collaboration With Vox Tours). Booking: Required.

PLEASE NOTE: fees refer to the regular tickets of the museum; during cultural events and exhibitions these fees may vary. Some temporary exhibitions and/or cultural events may require an additional fee, even for visitors entitled to free admission. Always check, at the time of your visit, the fee of the museum you wish to visit on its official website.

Booking and Contact:

Telephone booking: For groups: 0039 060608 9:00 to 21:00 every day. For schools: 0039 06 42888888 (Mon-Fri 9.00-18.00, Sat 9.00-13.00). With the booking you can avoid the line by going directly to the checkout.
Individuals, Groups: +39 060608 Daily 9.00 Am - 9.00 Pm. Schools: +39 064288888 Monday-Friday: 9.00 Am - 6.00 Pm; Saturday: 9.00 Am -1 .00 Pm.
Guided tours for blind or visually impaired visitors: . For further info, please call tel. +39 060608, daily 9.00 am - 9.00 pm.
The Capitoline Café and the Caffarelli Terrace follow the same opening times as the museum, info and reservations: +39 06 69190564.
Fax: 0039 06 6785488
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