Built in 1780 by Cosimo Morelli, for the nephews of Pope Pius VI, it was the last of the ornate Papal family homes.
Trapezoidal in shape, the entrance lies on its shorter side, which faces Piazza San Pantaleo, while the longer side faces Via Pasquino.
Here to greet the visitor, is the Hellenistic era (3rd century B.C.) mutilated torso of Menelaus supporting the body of Patroclus. This is the famous 'Mastro Pasquino', made famous during the time of the Papal States, for the satirical 'pasquinate' or notes attached to it. Recently restored, and reopened to the public, this museum documents Roman history, art, culture and social life from the Medieval era to the first half of the 20th century. It also houses the 'Gabinetto Comunale delle Stampe', the communal photographic archive of scenery, archaeology and portraits. Built around 18 red granite columns, The coats of arms of the Braschi and Onesti families are carved atop the column's capitals. A notable design feature of the palazzo, is its enormous entrance stairway. The Palazzo's oval shaped, main atrium is decorated with cipolline marble columns, with white marble bases and Doric capitols.
Piazza di San Pantaleo, 10 (Piazza Navona)
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 9:00 A.M- 7:00 P.M. closed Mondays, Christmas day, New Year's day, May 1st
Entrance fee charged
Tel: 06 67108350
Internet site: www.museodiroma.comune.roma.it
How to get there: buses 75, 75D
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