The museum exhibits an important collection of ancient sculptures donated to the City of Rome by baron Giovanni Barracco in 1902. He had set up the collection in his home in Via del Corso, it was subsequently transferred to a small building situated at the end of Corso Vittorio, near San Giovanni dei Fiorentini which was later torn down during the demolition of the historical centre carried out for the construction of the Corso itself. In 1947 the collection was moved to the premises of its current site which had been altered for the occasion.
The small building, called Le Roy, was also called Farnesina ai Baullari, because the lilies that adorn the facades were wrongly attributed to the Farnesi. It was built in accordance with the design made by Antonio da Sangallo the Younger in the XVI century, it underwent various works that also led to the addition of more floors during the 1800s, it was the object of a restoration project in the early twentieth century conducted by architect E. Guj, who transformed the structure and brought it back to its original style.
The Barracco collection includes about 380 works of Egyptian,Assyrian, Cypriot, Greek, Etruscan and Roman art which was supposed to offer, as intended by the collector, an exhaustive panorama of the development of sculpture from the cultures that flourished in the Mediterranean area. The first two rooms exhibit the Egyptian collection with works arranged in chronological order that span a period of time between the start of the III millennium and the era of Roman rule. One of the most important finds is the funeral stele of Nefer, some finds from the Iseo campense of the Campo Marzio: the sphinx said to be from Hatshepsut, a Leonine protome in wood and a clepsydra in basalt, which is one of the most beautiful examples of its kind; Assyrian art is illustrated through several slabs decorated in relief from Ninive and Nimrud, these date from IX-VIII centuries B.C. The Greek-Roman section is displayed on the second floor and comprises both original attics from V and IV centuries B.C. and Roman copies of Greek works of art, in particular a head of ephebe and a head of Athena from a Magna-Greek background, three fragments of works by Myron, copies of works by Polyclitus, etc.; for the Roman period one can admire the fragment of mosaic from the Villa di Livia at Prima Porta, representing two partridges sipping water.
Information and Addresses
Address Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 166/a; room on ground floor
where disabled may perform a virtual tour of the museum
Visiting Hours Every day from 9.00 am to 7.00 pm; Dec. 24 and 31
9.00 am – 2.00 pm
Closed Monday, Dec. 25, Jan. 1, May 1
Telephone 06 82059127;
Price € 3,00; concessions € 1,50