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“Pleasant small museum”
Review of Museo Napoleonico

Museo Napoleonico
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The Omnia Vatican and Rome Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Ranked #205 of 1,967 things to do in Rome
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Owner description: The vast number of exhibits here takes visitors on a journey through the Napoleonic age and the opportunity to get to know various members of the Bonaparte family and their role in history, in a setting, the Palazzo Primoli, where the characteristic atmosphere of a historic aristocratic home remains intact.
Reviewed 22 February 2014

A pleasant small museum in a jewel box of a palazzo, the museum focuses on Napoleon (who never came to Rome), members of his family (including his mother and sister Pauline, whom later came to live in Rome after Napoleon was exiled), his empresses and son (the so-called "King of Rome"), and descendants of the imperial family. There are works of art (including particularly lovely watercolors of Pauline Bonaparte's Roman villa), furniture and decorative arts, Napoleonic relics, and family mementos. And, of course, lots of regal portraits and busts of Napoleon himself. It's a pretty and interesting museum if you have an interest in the subject. Note that as of this writing it was free to enter on the Roma Pass (after your first two choices).

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Reviewed 6 July 2013 via mobile

We were the only visitors and the guards outnumbered us 3/1. No £50 notes accepted and no credit cards accepted at this museum. Every display plaque was in Italian, so you must pay for audio tour; required if you want to learn anything in English, and there is no audio tour app available to download so you can listen on your smartphone. Not a kid-friendly museum. Unless you know Bonaparte 101 and his family line, this is just a bunch of beautiful old stuff. The thread of who did what and when was broken, in the way things were displayed in this museum and the organization of displays. No visual family tree to tie it all together, and the audio guide didn't either, so we went to the gift shop to see if there was a book with the family tree depicted, but they were all in Italian. The audio tour only really told you lots of details on each individual piece. Only two rooms dedicated to the man himself, and very little to tell you of his personality or what made him a great leader. And nothing told us what made his successors poor (or good) leaders. No books in gift shop in English.


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Reviewed 15 May 2013

The Museo Napoleonico is never going to knock the Vatican Museums off its top spot in terms of the annual number of visitors; when I popped in there were actually more guards than visitors. And I have to confess that I only dropped in to avoid the rain. However, I was pleasantly surprised by what I discovered. The museum houses a diverse range of mementoes and memorabilia relating to Napoleon Bonaparte and his extensive family, which was put together by Count Giuseppe Primoli, the son of Princess Carlotta Bonaparte.

While the collection possesses no major works of art, there are plenty of entertaining items to look at. There is even a room dedicated to Pauline Bonaparte, Napoleon's sister, who married into Rome's Borghese family. Pauline was immortalised by Antonio Canova, whose sculpture of her is one of the highlights of the Villa Borghese. We see here Canova's plaster cast of one of her breasts and the model of her head.

One of my favourite items was a delightful portrait of Napoleon's mother, Letizia, who died in Rome in 1836.

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Reviewed 10 March 2013

I found this Museum in a copy of Select Rome, which is a natty little guide book for interesting aspects of Rome.

It was really worth the visit. The staff were falling over themselves to assist with ticketing, cloakroom etc. I would suggest the audio guide, as the explanations are very detailed.

I came away from my experience realising that I know very little about Napoleon, and that I should perhaps read up a little bit on this amazing man who conquered, pillaged and plundered a huge chunk of Europe and then proceeded to put all his family members into "kingly" positions... what a guy!

I'm really glad that I came here on this rainy Roman day :)

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Reviewed 19 November 2012 via mobile

Nice 12 room museum dedicated to Napoleon and his family. A lot of old furniture and paintings. Most rooms do have a explination in English, French and Italian. Entrance ?6.50 audioguide ?4 Try the Napoleon toilets, you will be surprised!

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