Free Museums in Rome: What to See and When to Visit Them

Knowing where are the free museums in Rome will allow you to “get an education” without putting your hand in the wallet. There are in fact several free museums in Rome: some are always free, others are free only on the first Sunday of the month, others still have free entrance on the last Sunday.

To simplify the task of understanding which museums to see and when to access them for free, we have created a list of some of the free museums in Rome: choose where to go according to your interests and the time you have available.

Museums in Rome That Are Always Free

Napoleonic Museum

In the museum there is a large collection of Napoleonic memorials, inherited from the collection owned by Count Giuseppe Primoli (1851-1927), son of Carlotta Bonaparte and kept inside Palazzo Primoli. Inside the same palace there is the Primoli Library and the Mario Praz Museum, the detached home of the National Gallery of Modern Art.
Address: Piazza di Ponte Umberto I, 1

Timetable: Tuesday – Sunday 10.00 – 18.00; 24 and 31 December 10 am – 2 pm. The ticket office closes half an hour before. Closed on Monday, December 25, January 1, May 1.
Admission: free

Museum of the Roman Republic and Garibaldi Memory

It is located in Porta San Pancrazio, a strategic point for the defense of the French siege of 1849, conducted by Garibaldi. The museum and the Garibaldi’s memorabilia are small but well-kept, and lead through the memories of the heroic resistance in which Goffredo Mameli and Emilio Dandolo died. Among Garibaldi’s memorabilia you’ll find the red shirt worn by Garibaldi.
Address: Largo di Porta San Pancrazio

Timetable: Tuesday – Friday 10.00 – 14.00 (entry every 45 minutes); Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 10.00 – 18.00 (normal entrance); 24, 31 December 10.00-14.00. Closed December 25, January 1, May 1.
Admission: free

Museum Carlo Bilotti

It is a small museum. It contains only 23 works, of which 18 are by Giorgio De Chirico. Temporary exhibitions are often held here.
Address: Viale Fiorello La Guardia

Timetable: Tuesday – Friday 10.00 – 16.00; Saturday and Sunday 10.00 – 19.00. Closed on Mondays.
Admission: free

Historical Museum of Liberation

It is the palace, now converted into a museum, which was used by the SS as a place of imprisonment and torture for so many anti-fascists, many of whom were shot by the same SS. It is a collection of documents, newspapers, posters and flyers about the Nazi-fascist occupation of Rome and the Second World War Italian Resistance.

The structure has been kept as close as possible to its appearance during the war years, so it is not welcoming buiding.
Address: Via Tasso, 145

Timetable: Tuesday – Sunday 9.30 – 12.30; Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 15.30 – 19.30. Monday closed.
Admission: free

Barracco Museum (Giovanni Barracco’s ancient sculpture museum)

It contains a beautiful collection of Greek, Roman, Assyrian and Egyptian sculptures and artefacts, donated to Rome by Senator Giovanni Barracco in 1902.
Address: Corso Vittorio Emanuele 166/A

Timetable: October to May: Tuesday – Sunday 10.00 – 16.00; June to September: Tuesday – Sunday 13.00 – 19.00; 24.31 December 10.00-14.00. Entrance up to half an hour before closing. Closed on Monday, December 25, January 1, May 1
Admission: free

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