The Treasure of Antiquity

Il Tesoro di Antichità Winckelmann e il Museo Capitolino nella Roma del Settecento
Winckelmann and the Museo Capitolino in eighteenth-century Rome.
07/12/2017 - 20/05/2018
Musei Capitolini,
Exhibition Halls of Palazzo Caffarelli, the Left Ground Halls of Palazzo Nuovo and the Halls of Palazzo Nuovo

An exhibition to celebrate the anniversaries of the birth and death of the founder of modern archaeology, Johann Joachim Winckelmann (1717-1768).

The exhibition "The Treasure of Antiquity: Winckelmann and the Museo Capitolino in 18th-century Rome" intends to celebrate the important winckelmannian anniversaries of 2017 (300 years since birth) and 2018 (250 years after death) and fits into the context of the European events coordinated by the Winckelmann Gesellschaft of Stendal, by the Germanic Archaeological Institute of Rome and by the Vatican Museums.

The exhibition has a dual purpose: the first, to offer visitors the story of the crucial years that led, in December 1733, to the establishment of the Museo Capitolino, the first public museum in Europe, intended not only for conservation but also to the promotion of the "magnificence and splendour of Rome"; the second, presenting the Capitoline sculptures in a different light, or through the intuitions, often brilliant, of the great Winckelmann.

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Musei Capitolini
, Exhibition Halls of Palazzo Caffarelli, the Left Ground Halls of Palazzo Nuovo and the Halls of Palazzo Nuovo
Opening hours

From December 7, 2017 to May, 1 2018
Open daily, from 9.30 to 19.30.
Last admission 1 hour before closing time
Closed:  December 25, January 1 and May 1

N.B For eventual openings/closures please visit the page dedicated to the announcements

Entrance ticket

Every first Sunday of the month free admission for residents in Rome and in the metropolitan city area. 

Regular Fees including the exhibition: 
Adults: € 15,00 
Concessions: € 13,00 
Ridottissimo special price: € 2,00*
Roman Citizens only (by showing a valid ID): 
Adults: € 13,00;
Concessions: € 11,00;
Ridottissimo special price: € 2,00*
* Please note: According to the Municipal by-law, due to the exceptionality of the exhibition, people usually entitled to free admission must purchase a € 2,00 concessionary ticket.
However, free admission is granted to children under 6 years, groups of elementary and (lower) middle schools, to visitors with disabilities and a family member or a carer who can prove that they belong to social and health care services.  

Capitolini Card (valid 7 days) "Capitoline Museums + Centrale Montemartini” +  exhibitions The Treasure of Antiquity Winckelmann and the Museo Capitolino in eighteenth-century Rome. 07.12.2017-20.05.2018” and “Etruscan Egyptians. From Eugene Berman to the Golden Scarab, 21.12.2017-30.06.2018” combined ticket: 
Adults: € 16,00;
Concessions: € 14,00; 
Roman Citizens only (by showing a vaild ID): 
Adults: € 15,00;
Concessions: € 13,00;

Tickets can be purchased with also credit cards and ATM.


Online tickets no need to go to the ticket office; just show your printed receipt at turnstiles of the Capitoline Museums


Audio and video guides
Video guides in Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, Russian: € 6.00;
Audio guides for children (recommended age: 6-12 years) in Italian and English: € 4,00.



+39 060608 (every day from 9:00 to 19:00)


Promoted by
Roma Capitale, Assessorato alla Crescita culturale - Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali

Organized by
Zètema Progetto Cultura

With the technical support of
Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane

Media partner
Il Messaggero

Security service
Travis Group

Exhibition|Archeology, Exhibition|Documentary
Booking compulsory:
Eloisa Dodero e Claudio Parisi Presicce

Press Room

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Musei in Comune
23 December - 07 January 2018