Rome, here are all the Christmas events of the Civic Museums

Exceptionally, the Capitoline Museums, the Markets of Trajan, the Ara Pacis Museum, the Museum of Rome, the Giovanni Barracco Museum of Ancient Sculpture, the Napoleonic Museum, and the Museum of Rome in Trastevere open on January 1, 2019 from 2 to 8 p.m. and the archaeological area of Circus Maximus open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Civic Museums all remain closed on December 25 while on December 24 and 31 the Capitoline Museums, Mercati di Traiano, and the Ara Pacis Museum are open from 9:30 am to 2 pm. Ordinary admission fee, free for MIC Card holders.

The many exhibitions to visit in the museums during the holidays add as always to the Museums’ great heritage of permanent collections, starting with the two ongoing exhibitions at the Capitoline Museums, The Rome of Kings. The Tale of Archaeology and The Popes of the Councils of the Modern Era. Art, History, Religion and Culture. Continuing with Balla at Villa Borghese and The Water of Thales. Works by José Molina, the exhibitions at the Carlo Bilotti Museum in Villa Borghese, the first focusing on the works painted by the artist in the villa and the other on the origins of Western thought. At the Museum of Rome Paul VI. The Artists’ Pope, an exhibition to trace the history of the last three councils of the modern age that brought about radical changes in the history of the Church. In the cloister of the Gallery of Modern Art on Via Crispi, Antonio Fraddosio’s ethical installation Le tute e l’acciaio, dedicated toIlva workers and the city of Taranto. At the Casina delle Civette in Villa TorloniaMetamorphosis of the Everyday, the charm of Art Nouveau and Deco materials in the Roman collection of Francesco Principali, a refined collector of 20th-century decorative arts. At the Casino dei PrincipiContinuous Discretion - Alberto Bardi. Paintings 1964/1984, an exhibition that received the Medal of the President of the Republic.

In addition to the extraordinary Lisetta Carmi. The Beauty of Truth, at the Museo di Roma in Trastevere the exhibition Vento, caldo, pioggia, tempesta. Snapshots of life and the environment in the era of climate change with which, through an itinerary of photographs, Greenpeace tells the story of climate change.

At the Jewish Museum of Rome and the Giovanni Barracco Museum of Ancient Sculpture the exhibition on the archaeologist and art dealer Ludwig Pollak(Prague 1868 - Auschwitz 1943), which traces the professional and personal history of the great collector from his origins in the Prague ghetto, to the golden years of international collecting, to the tragic end in the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp.

At the Mercati di Traiano Viaggio nel Colosseo - Magical Fascination of a Monument, a graphic exhibition on the fascination that “the magic” of the Colosseum has always exerted on the Austrian artist Gerhard Gutruf, through a selection of his works created in different techniques and formats. I So(g)no. Views of unaccompanied foreign minors on their reality and dreams is the photographic exhibition at the Museum of the Walls aimed at unaccompanied foreign minors received in Rome.

Until Jan. 6, the Museums also celebrate by offering Shows, concerts and activities for all ages and tastes. With Musei in gioco, the stars of the Christmas festivities will be children and young people of all ages, from December 22, 2018 to Epiphany 2019, who can choose from the many fun and educational activities organized to learn about the history of Rome and its museum collections in an unusual and playful way. The adventures continue in the afternoon with Mystery Rooms to learn about history and art through play. There are two events: on Saturday, Dec. 22 at 3 and 4:30 p.m. at the Napoleonic Museum and on Sunday, Dec. 23 at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Giovanni Barracco Museum of Ancient Sculpture.
With admission at 1 euro, all weekends will as always be enriched by the concerts and educational meetings of the event In the weekend art comes alive.

Throughout the holiday season, there will also be an extraordinary opening every day-excluding December 24, 25, 31 and January 1, 2019-of L’Ara come’era, from 7:30 to 11 p.m. (last admission at 10 p.m.). The first systematic intervention of augmented and virtual reality enhancement of Rome’s cultural heritage, the multimedia project allows visitors to relive the stories and events that the monumental altar of the Ara Pacis has experienced over the centuries. The program may be subject to change. For all information you can call 060608 (daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.) or visit

Rome, here are all the Christmas events of the Civic Museums
Rome, here are all the Christmas events of the Civic Museums

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