Although there's plenty of pleasure to be had simply walking around the city and taking in the sights, Rome has a great many museums and galleries that deserve some of your time.
In the city centre, your first port of call should probably be the Capitoline Museums, which also have a more unusual and less visited annexe, the Museo Centrale Montemartini, based in an old power station on the Via Ostiense. Elsewhere, the Villa Giulia houses a collection of Etruscan artefacts.
Art lovers are well catered for by Rome's galleries, which include the Borghese Gallery and the remarkable collection assembled by the various branches of the Doria Pamphilj family. Fans of contemporary art should check out the Museum of Modern Art.
A few minutes' walk from the city centre (plus an hour or so hanging around in the long queue) is the huge collection at the Vatican Museums, which are covered in our section on the Vatican City.
The lines between museums, monuments and even churches are often blurred in Rome, so if you don't see what you're looking for in the menu on the right, try our sections dedicated to sightseeing and churches, or use the search box at the top right.
Entry fees to Rome's museums
There was a time when Rome's museums were good value. Sadly, the prices have been increasing steadily: every time we update this site, ticket prices have risen, and some have doubled over the last five years. There are concessions available, however, and many museums allow free entry to EU citizens under 18, or have free days. It's always worth checking.
If you plan to visit several museums over the course of your trip, you'll find that they're often grouped in such a way that a ticket to one will grant you free entry to another. Examples of this are the ticket for entry to the various sites of the National Roman Museum, and the Capitolini Card and Roma Pass (see below).
The Capitolini Card
If you plan on visiting both the Capitoline Museums and Centrale Montemartini, it's worth investing in a Capitolini card. This card lasts for one week, and is good for one entrance to each of the museums. It costs €14 / €12, including any temporary exhibitions. The Capitolini card is available from the ticket office at the Capitoline Museums.
Another option is the Roma Pass, which costs €30 and grants free entrance to two museums, and reduced entry rate at others, from a specific list of museums. It also includes three days' unlimited travel on Rome's public transport. For more information about how to use the Roma Pass, where to get it, and which museums are included, see the Roma Pass website (in English).