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“One of Rome's many hidden gems”

Museo di Scultura Antica Giovanni Barracco
Ranked #252 of 1,735 things to do in Rome
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Owner description: The collection, carefully arranged to set up “a museum of comparative antique sculpture” includes works of Egyptian, Assyrian, Phoenician, Cypriot, Etruscan, Greek, Roman and medieval art.
Reviewed 9 May 2013

A stone's throw away from the Piazza Navona sits one of the most charming, yet least visited, museums in Rome. The Museo Barracco, a beautifully curated and choice collection of Assyrian, Babylonian, Egyptian, Greek and Roman sculpture, is housed in the so-called Piccola Farnesina or Farnesina ai Baullari. The collection was amassed over the course of half a century by Baron Giovanni Barracco, who, in 1902, bequeathed it to the city of Rome.

The palace in which the collection is housed has nothing to do with the Baron, but was built in 1523 for Thomas Le Roy, a French prelate and an official at the papal court. For his services to the court, he was ennobled and also entitled to augment his coat of arms with the royal lilies of France. This heraldic privilege is recorded in architectural details throughout the palace.

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Reviewed 4 July 2010

Museo Barracco, just off Campo dei Fiori, seems to have recently been renovated as the displays are clean, well-lit, and include descriptions in both Italian and English, and braille for the more important pieces. The Egyptian collection includes a very intact sphinx, said to possibly be Hapshetsut [most icons of her likeness were purposely destroyed]. Of additional interest are the canopic jars, mummy masks, and several sarcophagi lids. The third floor contains several beautifully carved busts, most of them Roman copies of Greek originals, and a gilt mosaic.
The museum is small and uncrowded, and well worth the 3 euro entrance [July 2010]. The building itself is also lovely and features a few interesting ceiling frescos.

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