Housing the oldest public art collection in the world, the Capitoline Museums are especially famed for their Roman sculptures.

Facts & Stats on the Capitoline Museums

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Capitoline Museums
Musei Capitolini
World Heritage Site#91; since 1980

Visitor & Contact Information

Piazza del Campidoglio 1
Rome, Italy

Essays on the Capitoline Museums

Description of the Capitoline Museums

The Capitoline Museums are believed to contain the oldest public art collection in the world, founded in 1471 when Pope Sixtus IV donated a group of Roman bronzes to the people of Rome (including the Spinario and She-Wolf of Rome, both of which are still on display). The donations were placed in the Palazzo dei Conservatori, which still forms the heart of the Capitoline Museums.

The collections of the Capitoline Museums are displayed in three buildings on the Capitoline Hill: the Palazzo dei Conservatori, the Tabularium and the Palazzo Nuovo... view full text »

Resources for the Capitoline Museums

  1. Blue Guide Rome, 10th ed.
  2. Official Website of the Capitoline Museums Official website.

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About This Listing

Last Updated
February 4, 2015
First Published
October 8, 2013
Submitted by
Holly Hayes
Capitoline Museums - Rome, Italy