After spending three days in Rome with three small boys, they were keen to do something other than go and visit another church or Roman ruin, so the Crime Museum was a great alternative. It's really low key with a small entrance on a side road and very cheap to enter (kids go free). The museum starts with the history of crime and punishment in Rome, particularly focusing on the more gruesome aspects of medieval punishments. It then travels forward through to more modern times and touches on a variety of different crimes with examples and exhibitions of many of them, such as a large collection of confiscated guns, fake money, and pornography (for the prudish North Americans out there travelling with children, they may well be exposed to pictures of naked boobs, but given the preponderance of naked boobs in Roman architecture, I think they will be fine)
You could probably easily kill an hour or two in here and my boys actually rated it as one of the best things they did in Rome (kids, hey? *tsck*!) The place was practically empty when we were there (February), but I can't imagine it ever gets that busy given the proximity to sights like the Pantheon and the Piazza Navona
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