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The Museums

The Palatine Museum



The Palatine Museum is housed in the former Monastery of the Visitation, built in 1868 on the remains of Domitian’s palace. Here the archaeologist Alfonso Bartoli, in the 1930s, established the new Antiquario Palatino. To allow the extension of the archaeological excavations then in progress on the hill, Bartoli demolished the building in neo-Gothic style that the Scot Charles Andrew Mills had built on the hilltop.

In 1882 and then during World War II, many of the materials found in the numerous excavations on the Palatine from the second half of the 19th century were placed in the Museo delle Terme (di Diocleziano). At the end of the war, only a small part of the collection returned permanently to the Palatine Hill.

In the 1990s the museum was reorganised and rebuilt on the occasion of the Bimillennium of Augustus, making it more user-friendly with multimedia installations.

The layout is divided into two floors.

The ground floor, in rooms preserving the original structures of the pre-existing domus, narrates the history of the hill ever since the origins of Rome until the advent of the Principate (1st century BCE).

On the first floor, among the many works on display, take care not to miss, in Room VI, the finds from the age of Augustus, the emperor who first modified the appearance of the Palatine, and, in Room VII, the mosaics and exquisite paintings from the Neronian Domus Transitoria.


Full Experience

Valid for two consecutive days, it allows only one access to the Colosseum and one access to the archaeological area of the Roman Forum, Imperial Fora and Palatine, including ongoing exhibitions.

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Forum Pass SUPER ticket

Roman Forum-Palatine and Imperial Fora in a single itinerary. One ticket (€16) gives you access to the new route, which allows you to visit the archaeological heart of Rome in about two hours: the Roman Forum, the Imperial Fora and the Palatine.

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Accessibility and services

Accessible area
Lift - Hoist

How to get here

Roma, Via di San Gregorio 30

Metro: Line B stop Colosseo
Bus: n. 75, 81, 87, 673, 175, 204
Tram: n. 3