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Free Museum Admission in Rome Every First Sunday of the Month!

Rome is a city that’s rich in culture and history, and it’s no secret that its museums are among the best in the world. If you’re looking to explore the city’s museums without breaking the bank, then you’re in luck! Every first Sunday of the month, many of Rome’s state and civic museums offer free admission. In this guide, we’ll provide you with a comprehensive list of the free state and civic museums in Rome and what you can expect from your visit.

Before you plan your visit to any of the museums, it’s important to call ahead and make sure they’re open. Additionally, not all exhibitions may be included in the free admission offer, so it’s always best to check beforehand.

Here is a list of free state museums offering free entrance on the first Sunday of every month:

Museums and State Archaeological Sites

  • Colosseo e Foro Romano / Palatino (with limited entry)
  • Museo Nazionale Romano (Palazzo Massimo, Palazzo Altemps, Crypta Balbi, Terme di Diocleziano)
  • Galleria Borghese (advance booking is always mandatory)
  • Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia
  • Galleria Nazionale Arte Moderna
  • Museo Boncompagni Ludovisi
  • Museo H.C. Andersen
  • Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica Palazzo Barberini
  • Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica Palazzo Corsini
  • Galleria Spada
  • Museo Nazionale di Palazzo Venezia
  • Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant’Angelo (with limited entry)
  • Museo Nazionale d’Arte Orientale “G. Tucci”
  • Museo Nazionale Preistorico Etnografico “L. Pigorini”
  • Museo Nazionale delle Arti e Tradizioni Popolari
  • Museo Nazionale dell’Alto Medioevo
  • Museo Nazionale degli Strumenti Musicali
  • Terme di Caracalla
  • Mausoleo di Cecilia Metella
  • Villa dei Quintili
  • Santa Maria Nova sull’Appia Antica
  • Villa di Livia a Prima Porta
  • Area Archeologica di Veio
  • Scavi di Ostia Antica
  • Museo Ostiense
  • Castello di Giulio II
  • Area Archeologica del Porto di Traiano
  • Villa Adriana a Tivoli
  • Villa d’Este a Tivoli

The ‘Musei Gratuiti a Roma’ event does not always include a visit to the exhibitions in progress, for which the special charge may remain in force. 

Visiting these museums can be a great way to immerse yourself in Rome’s rich history and culture without spending a dime. It’s also an excellent opportunity to learn more about the city’s artistic heritage and its influence on the world.

Don’t forget, the Vatican Museums are also free on the last Sunday of every month, which can be another great way to explore Rome’s art and history. With a little bit of planning, you can take advantage of these free admission offers and experience all that Rome’s museums have to offer.

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Capitoline Museum Saturday November 4th only €1 1On Saturday November 4th an extraordinary opening of the Capitoline Museum and tickets cost only €1!  The public will be able to admire the extraordinary sculptural and pictorial works of the Capitoline Museum and attend the shows.

It will be the Italian music and the countless nuances of the Mediterranean sounds to inaugurate the first opening of the Capitoline Museums in November.  After crossing the cloister and corridors of the Rome Museum in Trastevere, the initiative starts this weekend, the art of soul moves to Piazza del Campidoglio on Saturday, November 4 from 20:00 to 24:00  (last hour 23 – a symbolic ticket of one euro), a two-way show organized in collaboration with the Musical Foundation for Rome and the Embassy of Israel.

The protagonists will be the Middle Eastern sounds of Turkish-Israeli composer Yinon Muallem and his two Italian accompanying actors Andrea Piccioni and Simone Pulvano.  The rhythm of the rhythm will stage a genuine musical journey through which you will discover rhythms, sounds and cultural instruments from far.  Simone Alessandrini and the group of musicians formed by Antonello Sorrentino, Federico Pascucci, Riccardo Gola and Riccardo Gambatesa will also be protagonists. Saturday’s performance will be the occasion for the preview of Storytellers, the album debut of Alessandrini, released on November 17 for the Parco della Musica Records, the record label of the Fondazione Musica per Roma.

On Sunday November 5 at 11.30 am the weekend in music will continue with the free concert ritual. At the Carlo Bilotti Museum – Villa Borghese’s Orange will resound the oboe and pianoforte by Alberto Signorile and Giuseppe Barile in the concert of classical music organized with the collaboration of Roma Tre Orchestra entitled L’oboe, a protagonist of music from the eighteenth century to today.

The first weekend of November will host one of the events at the start of MIX Meet the Museum, the new project of activities aimed at enhancing the museum’s artistic heritage and the aggregation of the public. On Sunday, November 5, at 11.30 am the Napoleonic Museum inaugurates the theme meeting with writers. The author Silvia Bencivelli will focus his attention on the opera The Urania pendulum and to this will dedicate, in front of the audience, an unpublished script called Time Speech.

The two days are part of the initiative “In the weekend the art animates” promoted by Roma Capitale, Department of Cultural Growth – Provincial Capitol of Cultural Heritage with the organization of Zètema Progetto Cultura. Collaboration with important cultural institutions such as: Casa del Jazz, Rome Music Foundation, Rome Theater, Fondazione Teatro dell’Opera, National Academy of Santa Cecilia and Orchestras of the Roma Tre University and Sapienza University From Rome.

The thematic path “Meeting with the Writers” is part of the project “MIX – Meet the Museum” (promoted by Roma Capitale, Department of Cultural Growth – Provincial Capitol Building with the organization of Zètema Progetto Cultura, financed by the Lazio Region Law No 26 of October 23, 2009 – Public Notice for the Development of Cultural Services Systems) and the “Contemporaneamente Roma 2017” program promoted by Rome Capital, Department of Cultural Growth.

CAPITOLINE MUSEUM   – Saturday, November 4th 

Change the museum but the winning formula remains the same. The symbol of a symbolic cost of one euro will allow the public to admire the extraordinary sculptural and pictorial works of the Capitoline Museums and attend the following show program:


Embassy of Israel – 21.00 and 22.30 hours Sala Pietro da Cortona

With: Yinon Muallem (oud or lute turkish, voice, riqq, darbouka, bendir), Andrea Piccioni (tambourine, bendir, oval), Simone Pulvano (riqq, bendir, darbouka)

The Turkish composer and poly-instrumentalist of Turkish-Israeli Yinon Muallem, specializing in frame, calico and turkish drums, will perform in the capital accompanied by an exceptional duo with the melody of the rhythm: Andrea Piccioni, artist who boasts important collaborations (Bobby McFerrin, Paul McCandless, Wu Man, Homayun Sakhi), and has been defined by the magazine Musica Jazz as an absolute master of frame drums; Simone Pulvano, the capital’s reference point for the Arab percussion and director of the Takadum Orchestra.

The program will be composed of compositions for lute, vocals and percussion from the repertoire for ensemble of Muallem, in addition alternating moments of compositions for solo drums framed by Piccioni.


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