The Capitoline Museums

Official museum website

Opening hours Open 9am-8pm Tuesday-Sunday. Closed Mondays, 1st January, 1st May & 25th December. Open 9am-2pm 24th and 31st December. The ticket office closes an hour earlier.

Ticket prices The Museums cost €12/€10 including entry to exhibitions. The Capitolini Card costs a little more and includes entrance to Museo Centrale Montemartini.

Aside from the Vatican Museum, the Capitoline Museums are the most visited of Rome's museums. Despite the plural name, it's effectively one museum, occupying several buildings arranged elegantly around the Piazza del Campidoglio at the top of the Capitoline Hill, at the far end of the Forums from the Colosseum. The collection includes a variety of statues and other artwork.

The plan for the piazza and buildings was set out by Michelangelo Buonarroti in 1536, originally intended to house a collection of bronze statues that had been donated to the Roman people in 1471 by Pope Sixtus IV.

Things to See

Campidoglio, home to the Capitoline Museums The Capitoline Museums are arranged around Piazza del Campidoglio.

The treasures of the Capitoline Museums include the original version of the equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius (the one in the middle of the Piazza is a copy). The famous bronze statue of a she-wolf suckling Romulus and Remus is here, as is Bernini's Bust of Medusa.

The Dying Gaul

One of The Capitoline's best-known residents is The Dying Gaul. It's is a much-copied statue, although it is itself a Roman copy of a lost Greek original. First created in the third century BC, it was discovered in the 17th century, taken to Paris by Napoleon in the 18th century, and finally returned to Rome in 1815.

Visiting the Capitoline Museums

Thanks to their central location, its easy to reach the Capitoline Museums. The closest metro stops are Cavour and Colosseo, both on Linea B. From the Colosseum it's just a short work along Via dei Fori Imperiali.