We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Very interesting and hauntingly beautiful”

Museo delle Anime del Purgatorio
Ranked #554 of 1,874 things to do in Rome
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: Located in a small room next to a church, this eerie museum displays objects and photos of objects said to show traces of apparitions who reside in Purgatory.
Reviewed 12 November 2013

To think that our prayers can help a soul to heaven makes sense, I loved that the scorch marks left as a reminder to people on earth to be good and to pray to help these souls is a wonderful concept. Amazingly these fiery proofs did not alight the whole page or clothing just the print itself was left. And from all ages and places. HELLO!!!!!. Anyhow there is also a striking statue of Jesus in the 3 days after death when he was in hell, with angels crying and Mary distraught, really something to see... This church is beautiful and a real subject to ponder over . It does need a cash injection but other than that an incredible church and a place to pray for the dead .

3  Thank Llydwina
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a ReviewReviews (44)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language

18 - 22 of 44 reviews

Reviewed 16 October 2013

This is definitely worth the look for the church itself. Both the outside and inside are absolutely stunning!! The purgatory museum was small and a little eery...It is in the back right corner of the church and essentially are pictures or bibles behind a glass window with a matching story. Definitely worth checking out when you're in the Vatican City area. It is right by the Piazza dei Tribounali.

1  Thank BrittaXC
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 16 May 2013

The church of Sacro Cuore del Suffragio is home to a very unusual museum, surely the only one of its kind in the world. To describe it as a museum is, perhaps, a misnomer, for the collection amounts to no more than a single display case. But the contents of that display case are very, very unusual.

In 1897, a priest by the name of Victor Jouet, began to make a curious collection of objects, ranging from skullcaps, breviaries and bibles to nightshirts and pillowcases. What all of the objects had in common were traces of fire, which, it was believed, had been made by people who were dead. Yes, dead. The scorched fingerprints and burnt hand marks were signs sent from beyond the grave, signs made by souls in Purgatory, imploring people to say more masses on their behalf and thus hasten their entry to paradise.

A few years ago the Museum was in danger of closing, as it seemed to be attracting the wrong kind of clientele. Most of the visitors, it transpired, were not Christians at all, but people interested in the paranormal, the supernatural and even the devil. However, the decision was taken to keep it open and it continues to attract in the region of 4,000 people a year. A few months ago, one of them was me.

8  Thank AGuidetoRome
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 31 March 2013

We went looking for this after seeing the Pope's first mass in march , but although it's a marvellous building from the outside, it was under a swathe of scaffolding.
Despite this, it's worth a 4* just for the architecture.
Some day we'll get a look inside too!

1  Thank HubbleBubbleTrouble
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile
Google Translation

Thank tilborulez
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Been to Museo delle Anime del Purgatorio? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing