Rome’s museums and libraries gradually reopen from May 18th

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The reopening calendar of Rome’s museums and archeological sites

From May 18th, Rome’s museums, galleries and libraries start to reopen after being closed for more than two months due to the coronavirus pandemic. Some new rules are in place, including limited access to sites; wearing face masks at all times; and mandatory advanced bookings for visitors. Museums, on the other hand, will have to sanitize the sites on a daily basis, place hand sanitizer dispensers throughout the sites and extend opening hours to allow more time slots for visits. Here’s the complete guide to the museums and galleries reopening in Rome.

18 May


The Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea is the first museum to reopen with its permanent exhibition Time Is Out of Joint; with the Gregorio Botta, Maria Elisabetta Novello and Attilio Cassinelli exhibitions; and with the new exhibition in the Salone Centrale entitled “A distanza ravvicinata”


Daily, 9am – 7pm (last entrance at 6.15pm)


The photography exhibition with some of the most iconic photographs of Elliott Erwitt will also reopen on May 18th at We Gil. The exhibition has been extended till July 12th.


Daily, 10am – 7pm

19 May

Museo di Roma Palazzo Braschi

On May 19th, the Museo di Roma Palazzo Braschi will reopen its doors with the stunning exhibition “Canova. Eterna Bellezza. That’s right, for another month you’ll have the chance to admire the 170 works by Canova and contemporary artists. The works on display arrived to Rome from some of the largest collections in the world and the owners accepted to renew the loans of their works.


Monday – Friday, 10am – 7pm (ticket office closes at 6pm)
Saturday – Sunday, 10am – 10pm (ticket office closes at 9pm)

Capitoline Museums

The Capitoline Museums reopen on May 19th as well. From May 19th to 21st, access is reserved only for holders of the MIC Card; while from May 22nd, the oldest public museum complex in the world will reopen its rooms to all visitors.


Monday – Sunday, 9.30am – 7.30pm (ticket office closes at 6.30pm)

Palazzo delle Esposizioni

From May 19th, Palazzo delle Esposizioni also reopens to the public: all the exhibitions have been extended, from the great anthology on the American artist Jim Dine, to the exhibition Metropoli by Gabriele Basilico (open till June 2nd), dedicated to one of the major protagonists of Italian and international photography.


Tuesday – Thursday, 10am – 8pm
Friday –Saturday, 10am – 10.30pm
Sunday, 10am – 8pm

Borghese Gallery

Galleria Borghese also reopens its doors on May 19th: the museum has reorganized the services and spaces and has applied the necessary measures to make the experience pleasant and safe. As usual, visits at the Borghese Gallery will last 120 minutes, allowing only 80 visitors per slot, meaning you’ll get the possibility to view hundreds of masterpieces practically on your own. The ticket office, cloakroom and bookshop will be located on the stands along the external avenue. During their stay in the museum, visitors are required to comply with the emergency measures, wearing face masks, staying 1.5 meters away and often washing their hands with the sanitizing devices that the museum makes available.


Tuesday – Sunday, 9am – 7pm.
*Tickets may be purchased online from Monday May 18th


The MAXXI museum is also preparing to reopen its spaces: on May 19th the Library, the Art Archive, the Architecture Archive and the new Z Community space will reopen upon reservation. The exhibitions will gradually reopen starting with Gio Ponti. Amare l’Architettura (May 22), Real_Italy (June 2) and At Home (June 18). It is mandatory to pre-purchase your ticket online. Until the end of May, the exhibitions can only be visited from Friday to Sunday.

30 May

Palazzo Bonaparte

Palazzo Bonaparte with the exhibition Impressionisti Segreti, a collection of 50 masterpieces of French Impressionist art that ranges from the works of Camille Pissarro to Claude Monet, reopens its doors on May 30th until June 7th.


9am – 8pm

1 June

The Vatican Museums

From June 1st the Vatican Museums and Vatican Gardens will reopen to the public. Online booking will be mandatory to enter the museums, you must always wear your face mask and your temperature will be checked at the entrance.

The Colosseum Archeological Park

From June 1st the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill will reopen to the public. Online booking will be mandatory to enter the archeological park, you must always wear your face mask and your temperature will be checked at the entrance.

2 June

From 2 June, the following museums will reopen: Ara Pacis, Mercati di Traiano, Fori Imperiali, Centrale Montemartini, Museo di Roma in Trastevere, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Musei di Villa Torlonia, Civico Museo di Zoologia, Museo Bilotti, Museo Barracco, Museo Napoleonico, Museo Canonica, Museo della Repubblica Romana, Casal de’ Pazzi, Museo delle Mura, plus the archaeological areas open to the public.

Scuderie del Quirinale

The Scuderie del Quirinale with “Raffaello, 1520 – 1483“, the biggest exhibition ever devoted to Raphael, reopens from June 2nd and has been extended till August 30th. The exhibition will be open every day from 9:00 to 22:00.


Everyday, 9am – 10pm

The opening of Palazzo Barberini and Galleria Corsini, seat of the National Galleries of Ancient Art, is scheduled for early June.

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