Rome Museums, Great for You and the Kids

Packed with things to do for all ages, Rome is a super family friendly city. In fact, Italians love children and it's not uncommon for a cute kid to stop them in their tracks on the street.  The eternal city is abundant with art, history and culture and museums are on the list of top attractions for just about any visitor guide. 

Rome even has its own kids museum. Explora Children's Museum is the perfect place in Rome for kids offering a range of hands-on activities and a mini life-like city featuring a post office, bank and supermarket where children (12 and under) can live like a grown up for the day. The museum organises reading activities and group fun for babies and toddlers focussed on art and science. 

Take the kids back in time with a history lesson on Ancient Rome at the Capitoline Museum where they'll see the famous she-wolf sculpture inspired by the legend of the founding of Rome.  Or treat them to a feast for the eyes with Caravaggio and Bernini masterpieces of Villa Borghese Gallery, perfectly located for a picnic and outdoor fun. 

The kids will love exploring the old secret passage at Castel Sant Angelo. For a contemporary feel, head to MACRO or MAXXI, complete with a children's outdoor courtyard. 

Whatever museum you decide to include on your Rome visit with the kids, be sure to visit the websites first for information on any upcoming children's activities like dedicated play zones, exhibitions or reading sessions. 

National Etruscan Museum of Villa Giulia

Fanatics of ancient relics and artifacts will definitely want to check out the National Etruscan Museum of Villa Giulia. On display, one can marvel at ancient Etruscan jewelry, pottery and bronze and marble sculptures excavated at Cerveteri. The...  Read More

Piazza Venezia

Visiting the Eternal City and not making a stop at the Vatican Museums is almost like breaking one of the ten commandments. It's where some of the world's greatest art collection is stored. The Vatican Museums are actually a part of the Vatican...  Read More

Castel Sant'Angelo National Museum

With its dominant presence looming over the Tiber River, it's hard not to marvel at the immense landmark, Castel Sant'Angelo. The castle was originally built to serve as a mausoleum for Emperor Hadrian but in the 6th century, was turned into a...  Read More

Palazzo Barberini – Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica

The Palazzo Barberini is truly one of Rome's most precious palaces and a pioneer of Baroque style. Three great masterminds were commissioned by Barberini Pope Urban VIII to create the lavish 17th century palace: Carlo Maderno, Francesco...  Read More

Palazzo Massimo alle Terme – Museo Nazionale Romano
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The Baths of Diocletian (the largest imperial baths) was once the exclusive home of the Museo Nazionale Romano when it opened its doors in 1889. Throughout the years, the museum expanded so much that in 2000, it spread itself out over four...  Read More

Airport - Fco

When Cardinal Scipione Borghese (1579�1633), a lucrative art collector, decided to build a palace in Rome, his plans were big. His vision for the perfect palace was an abode that exuded over-the-top luxury and a fabulous park to go along...  Read More

Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo  (MAXXI)
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The new kid on the block in Rome is the MAXXI museum (Museo di Arte del XXI Secolo) which opened in 2010 in the Flaminio area. The museum has the famous Iraqi-born architect Zaha Hadid to thank for its stunning �60 million creation. The...  Read More

Museo d'Arte Contemporanea di Roma (MACRO)

What was once the location of the brewery of famed Italian beer Peroni, is now the industrial space where Rome's uber sleek contemporary art museum, the MACRO is located. The museum recently underwent a massive makeover, giving it a stylish and...  Read More

Piazza Venezia

Perched atop the Campidoglio hill, is one of Rome's most prominent museums, the Capitoline Museums. What makes this museum so famous is the vast amount of ancient sculptures, relics and archeological finds uncovered in and around Rome, all on...  Read More

Explora Il Museo dei Bambini di Roma
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Explora Children's Museum is the perfect place to allow kids to be just that, kids. The museum is located near Piazza del Popolo and offers a variety of hands-on activities for kids, as many children's museums do in America. A big hit with the...  Read More


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