The Capitoline Museums are located in Piazza del Campidoglio and were created by Pope Sixtus IV in the 15th century through the donation of a collection of bronzes. Gradually, the works of art found in the city's excavations and donated by the Popes were brought in.
Some of the best works in the Capitoline Museums are the Capitoline She-wolf, the equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius and the bust of Medusa. To see these and many others you will need to get your tickets to the Capitoline Museums. Below, let's see how much they cost so you can organise your budget in detail.
How much do tickets to the Capitoline Museums cost?
From 34 ¤ you can get a skip the line ticket to the Capitoline Museums at Hellotickets with which you can visit the collections of the main municipal museum of Rome which is also the oldest museum in the world.
This is one of the most famous museums of the city, where there are always long queues. If you buy your tickets to the Capitoline Museums online in advance, you will not only save yourself this waiting time at the ticket office (which can sometimes take forever), but you will also be sure to get in.
What are the opening hours of the Capitoline Museums?
The opening hours of the Capitoline Muse ums are somewhat peculiar. Given the large number of visitors to this tourist attraction, the museum distributes tickets to visitors in different time slots, so you will be assigned a fixed time of access. If you wait to buy tickets at the ticket office until the last minute, there is no guarantee that you will get them at the time you want and you will waste a lot of time waiting in line.
Why buy tickets for the Capitoline Museums?
This type of skip-the-line ticket to the Capitoline Museums is perfect if you know the history of Rome well and you like to do the cultural visits on your own so you can move from one room to another at your leisure or stay as long as you want in the buildings of the Capitoline Museums.
What does this ticket include?
- Admission to the Capitoline Museums (entrance ticket with reservation).
- Guaranteed skip-the-line access.
- Access to temporary exhibitions (if available).
- Digital map of the city included.
- Possibility of cancellation at least 24 hours before the start date of the activity.
And how much do guided tours of the Capitoline Museums cost?
From40 ¤ you can get a ticket at Hellotickets for a guided tour of the Capitoline Museums, where you will walk through the different rooms accompanied by a professional guide who will give you the necessary context about the history of Ancient Rome to help you understand the background of the works of art exhibited there.
After the activity, you will also have time to explore the museum at your own pace if you feel like taking a closer look at any of the collections of the Capitoline Museums.
Why book a guided tour?
Another advantage of this ticket for a guided tour of the Capitoline Museums is that you are guaranteed to be able to skip the entrance queues.
Also, as it is a small group, you will have a closer contact with the guide to ask any questions you may have during the activity. It is also much more comfortable as you won't have a crowd of tourists around you.
What does this ticket include?
- Guaranteed skip-the-line access
- Licensed professional guide with blue badge
- 3-hour guided tour for small groups
How much do tickets to the Capitoline Museums cost at the ticket office?
The general admission ticket costs 15 ¤ at the ticket office while the reduced admission for seniors (over 65 years) or young people (6 to 25 years) costs 13 ¤.
You will find the Capitoline Museums ticket office on the ground floor of the Palazzo dei Conservatori. As I mentioned, the exhibitions at these museums attract a lot of tourists, so to make sure you get your tickets on the day you want them and save time waiting at the ticket office, I recommend you buy them online in advance.
The only advantage of buying tickets at the ticket office is that you can improvise and leave this visit for the time of your trip when you feel like it. But again, there is no guarantee that you will be able to get them at the time you want.
How much does it cost to see the Capitoline Museums with a tourist card?
From £149 you can get the 72 hour Omnia Card which also includes the Roma Pass, two tourist cards in one so you can make the most of your stay in Rome and see the Capitoline Museums, among many other tourist attractions.
Both tourist passes exist separately with their respective advantages which you can read about in the posts about the Roma Pass and the Omnia Card but my advice is to combine both cards as you will get more out of your sightseeing tours:
- You will get more out of your routes around the city.
- It gives you skip-the-line access to several points of interest.
- You can use it for 3 days on the Rome sightseeing bus.
- You will take advantage of the free transport it provides.
How do I use the Rome Sightseeing Cards?
Upon purchase you will receive a code in your email which you will need to redeem for the card at one of the Omnia Card collection points throughout Rome (at the ticket offices of the tourist attractions included in the Omnia Card and at the metro stations).
As there are two cards in one you can activate them separately. That is, use the Omnia Card first to see Vatican City and then the Roma Pass to see Rome.
Are there reduced tickets to visit the Capitoline Museums?
That's right! You can visit the Capitoline Museums by taking advantage of the institution's reduced admission, for which you will need to obtain a special ticket on presentation of the relevant official documentation at the museum's ticket offices. Some of the groups that can benefit from reduced admission are:
- Non-resident citizens between the ages of 6 and 25.
- Holders of the annual ATAC bus pass and the annual Metrebus Card.
- Visitor groups of at least 20 people.
- Every Wednesday, non-residents can enjoy a reduced rate of 50% during the last two hours of museum opening.
Can I enter the Capitoline Museums for free, and do children pay admission?
Yes, it is possible! It is free on the first Sunday of every month for all visitors. And children under the age of 6 can enter free of charge.
The rest of the time some groups can enter the Capitoline Museums free of charge to enjoy their spectacular art collections if they present the relevant official documentation at the ticket office to obtain a special ticket to enter free of charge. These are:
- Tourist guides from the European Union.
- Teachers or students of Fine Arts.
- Disabled persons and their companion.
- Journalists, among others.
How much does it cost to get to the Capitoline Museums?
If you want to take public transport to get to the Capitoline Museums, a single metro or bus ticket in Rome costs only around €1,50- super cheap!
However, if you plan to stay several days in the Eternal City sightseeing, then I recommend buying a week-long transport pass worth about 24€ that you can use on both Rome's metro and bus networks. Children under the age of 10 can use public transport for free if accompanied by an adult.
However, the cheapest option of all to get to Piazza del Campidoglio, where these museums are located, is to take a pleasant stroll through the city centre while taking in the beautiful monuments and squares that have made Rome famous the world over.