The eighteenth century Palazzo Braschi, situated in the heart of Renaissance and Baroque Rome, between Piazza Navona and Piazza Campo dei Fiori, is the home of the Museum of Rome. The building, designed by the architect Cosimo Morelli (1732-1812), has recently undergone complex structural work and restoration works to return its majestic architecture, atmospheric courtyard, delicate stuccowork and painted rooms to their original splendour. A distinctive element of the palace's architecture is its monumental staircase, in the creation of which architect Giuseppe Valadier (1762-1839) was involved. Many of the halls still have their original tempera decoration from the turn of the eighteenth century.
Due to its extremely rich and extensive collection, the Museum of Rome offers the a most illuminating understanding of the social history and artistic activity of the city from medieval times to the early nineteenth century. The collection consists of more than a hundred thousand objects, including paintings, drawings, sculptures, engravings, photographs, furniture, clothing, ceramics, coaches and sedan chairs and pieces of architecture and frescos saved from demolition, selections from which are exhibited in rotation.
The entire collection can also be accessed through the database in the museum's multimedia centre. Objects of particular interest include: a series of paintings made between the sixteenth and the nineteenth century celebrating religious ceremonies and festivals; a notable sculpture collection illustrating the work of some of the most important Roman artists and a collection of drawings, watercolours, antique books and historic photographs, which both narrate the history of graphic art in Rome and describe the topography and the social life of the city.
Piazza Navona, 2 and Piazza San Pantaleo, 10 - 00186 Roma
Tuesday-Sunday 9.00am-7.00pm, 24th and 31st December 9.00am-2.00pm (the ticket office closes an hour in advance)
Monday, 1st January, 1st May and 25th December