The Epigraphic Museum

Map of the Epigraphic Museum

Inscriptions accompanied the long course of the Roman civilization from the birth of the City of Rome to the fall of the Empire and today represent a powerful instrument to illustrate the social, political-administrative, economic and religious aspects of the Ancient World.

The Roman National Museum boasts one of the most important and rich epigraphic collection of the world with a holding of some 10.000 inscriptions; such a collection, consisting of historical collections (as those of the Museum Kircherianum) as well as of the finds unearthed during the grand urban interventions aimed at transforming Rome into the Capital of the newborn Kingdom of Italy, is still today constantly enriched by the materials discovered in the territory of the Municipal Area of Rome.
On the three floors of the exhibition space of the Museum, in the Cloister and in the Giardino dei Cinquecento (Garden of the Five Hundreds) are on display more than one thousand artifacts, including not only inscriptions of various typology, but also sculptures, bas-reliefs as well as other items, both votive and pertaining to daily life.

The Exhibition Hall of the Epigraphic Museum
Room I "Written communication: the epigraphs"
Exhibition path of the Museum