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Museo Pietro Canonica

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Address: Viale Pietro Canonica 2 | Villa Borghese, 00197 Rome, Italy
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+39 06 0608
10:00 - 15:30
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The Museo Pietro Canonica, hidden in the greenery of the Villa Borghese, is...

The Museo Pietro Canonica, hidden in the greenery of the Villa Borghese, is an important example of the museological model of museums based on artist's houses, and in its integrity is one of very few examples in Italy. The museum collection consists primarily of works by Pietro Canonica: marbles, bronzes and original models, as well as a large number of sketches, studies and replicas which provide a complete journey through the evolution of this artist's works and is therefore an extremely interesting resource for learning about the creative and practical processes involved in creatying sculpture.

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Free museum with a unique glimpse of old living.

One of the free museums in Rome. Worth visiting. I'm not even a big sculpture fan but I really enjoyed learning and seeing his life's work. Also very interesting to see here is... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 7 January 2017
Jordan L
Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

One of the free museums in Rome. Worth visiting. I'm not even a big sculpture fan but I really enjoyed learning and seeing his life's work. Also very interesting to see here is the artists apartment, which they let you into every 30 minutes (for free). You can get a glimpse of how the old apartments were decorated and furnished.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

We stopped off at this small but interesting museum after our tour of the Borghese Gallery. We had no idea who Pietro Canoica was. This modern day early 20th century sculptor has produced some impressive pieces, many of famous statesmen, royalty, mounument pieces of the late 19th early 20th century. The admission is by donation. A very interesting discovery along... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2016 via mobile

An interesting mix of religious and military sculptures. It is located in t the artists house and you can get a feel for how he lived.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2016

Almost hidden away in the Borghese Gardens is this small but very interesting museum. Dedicated to the sculptures of early 20th century artist Pietro Canonica. Some stunning artworks, particularly the larger than life equestrian figure of Tsar Nicolas II and the Kemal Ataturk fresco. Entrance is free (donations accepted). Recommended.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016 via mobile

After not being able to visit galleria Borghese we ended up visiting this museum. Very small compared to galleria Borghese but stacked with sculptures. We were pleasantly surprised at the amount of sculptures on display. Definitely worth a visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2016

We stumbled upon this museum while walking in the Borghese Gardens after visiting the Borghese Gallery and were so pleased! It is a great small museum to see some great sculptures. It was quite interesting to see the works of Pietro Canonica and to see just how far his works made it around the world. The best part is that... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2016 via mobile

the works of Pietro Canonica, an early 20th century Italian sculpture. The museum was his home and workshop. Many of his subjects were historical figures of the early 1900 period. He has done extensive work for the Russian royal family,the Turkish government and also there are religious subjects. Most of the sculptures are his models of his completed works. Nice... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2015 via mobile

They display Pietro Canonica's work along with contemporary art pieces which is really interesting. I specially enjoyed. It's worthy to see and it's free!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2015

We just came across this when wandering around Villa Borghese Park. Its free and you can take a look where Canonica (he of the photography fame) lived etc. In the basement are the original Roman marble statues from around the park which are kept safe from the elements. Copies are dotted around the park to replace them and there are... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2014

A lovely garden with orange trees and a little museum with beautiful sculpures.. but that's not all about it! The most interesting part is the visit to Canonica's house, which is a work of art in itself and easy to miss - just ask at the entrance to let you in. A special thanks to our guide Riccardo, who has... More 

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