Type: HISTORICAL MUSEUM
address: Palazzo Primoli, p.zza di Ponte Umberto I
From Tuesday to Sunday: from 10.00 to 18.00
December 24th and 31st: from 10.00 to 14.00
The ticket office closes half and hous before.
Closing days: Mondays, December 25th, January 1st adn May 1st.
During exhibitions and cultural events the price of tickets may vary.
The Napoleonic Museum in Rome is a historical museum dedicated to the Napoleonic momorias, derived mainly from the collection of Count Giuseppe Primoli, donated to the city of Rome in 1927.
Giuseppe Primoli (1851-1927) was the son of Carlotta Bonaparte and, therefore, come down from the Bonaparte family: Carlotta Bonaparte (1832-1901) was actually the daughter of Carlo Luciano Bonaparte, Prince of Canino (1803-1857), and Zenaida Bonaparte (1801-1854), including his cousins and children of two brothers of Napoleon I, respectively Luciano Bonaparte (1775-1840) and Joseph Bonaparte (1768-1844).
She was married in 1848 Pietro Primoli, Earl of Foglia (1820-1883).
His collection includes works of art and family memories, which was intended more as a guide for family history than as a private collection of historical relics.
Along with the donation collection was the ground floor of the palace of the family, still houses the museum.
The Primoli Palace was built in the sixteenth century and was owned by the family Gottifredi until the late eighteenth century, when it became to Filonardi.
It was purchased by Count Luigi Primoli, father of Peter, between 1820 and 1828.
Joseph Primoli, in 1901, decided to make a major refurbishment, necessary for the construction of the Tiber and the Umberto I Bridge, which reaches the Via Nicola Zanardelli.
The project was commissioned by the architect Raffaele Ojetti, the work lasted until 1911.
It was demolished the old facade, replaced by a loggia, the building was erected and a new monumental entrance was created on the Via Zanardelli.
The Palace is the home of the Primoli Foundation, created by Giuseppe Primoli, and the Primoli Library houses about 30.000 volumes.
The museum's collections are divided into three distinct sections covering:
- The Napoleonic Period: presents great paintings and busts of the greatest artists of the period, representing a stately conventional poses of numerous members of the imperial family.
- The period called "Romano", since the fall of Napoleon I to the rise of Napoleon III.
- The period of the Second Empire, with paintings, sculptures, prints, furniture, art, all referable to this time.
The current distribution of the museum, as the result of the recent renovation of the rooms, accurately reflects the instructions left by Giuseppe Primoli.
Sets preserved in several rooms with painted beams eighteenth century, while the friezes found along the walls of rooms VIII, IX, X dating from the early nineteenth century, when the palace was already owned by Primoli.
The friezes of the room III and V, as indicated by the "rampant lion" of Primoli and the "eagle" of Bonaparte, are after the marriage of Pietro Primoli and Carlotta Bonaparte.