Special Exhibitions

Rome, the Eternal City: Masterpieces from the Capitoline Museums’ Collection

September 16 (Sat) – December 10 (Sun), 2023

Rome, the Eternal City—Its over 2,000 years of glorious history and unparalleled culture have revolved around the Capitoline Hill, where temples dedicated to supreme deities stood and Rome’s city hall is currently located. Perched on that hill, the Capitoline Museums are one of the oldest museums in the world, having begun with the Renaissance Pope Sixtus IV’s donation of four ancient sculptures to the citizens of Rome. The museums’ extensive collection, which rests on the glory of the Roman Empire and holds antiquities and sculptures from the Vatican and paintings from famous Roman families, mirrors Rome’s development as a political, religious, and cultural center of Europe.
This exhibition will trace the history and art of Rome—“the Eternal City”—from the birth of the Republic to its ancient glory, and from the age of popes to modern times through some 70 sculptures, paintings, and prints primarily from the collection of the Capitoline Museums.
This year, 2023, marks the 150th anniversary of the Iwakura Mission’s visit to the Capitoline Museums. Dispatched by Japan’s Meiji government, the delegation’s European tour would have a major impact on Japan’s museum policy. In this milestone year, Rome’s sister city of Tokyo, along with Fukuoka, will host the first comprehensive exhibition of the Capitoline Museums’ collection in Japan.

  1. 1. The Eternal City—Its 2,000 years of beauty
    From the birth of the Republic to the triumph of the Empire, and from Rome’s splendor in the Renaissance and the Baroque to its allure for artists in the 17th century and beyond, this exhibition will trace the epic history of art created in and under the influence of Rome—“the Eternal City.”
  2. 2. A must see! The collection of the Capitoline Museums
    Founded on the collection of a pope and opened to public viewing in 1734, the Capitoline Museums are one of the world’s oldest art museums. Visitors will encounter artworks carefully selected from the collection of the Capitoline Museums, one of Rome’s most popular tourist destinations.
  3. 3. A colossal, breathtaking statue—The head alone is some 1.8 meters high!
    The Bronze colossus of Constantine serves to symbolize the glory of the ancient Roman Empire. This exhibition will display full-scale replicas of fragments of the colossal statue. Visitors will have opportunity to view the statue from close up and experience the breathtaking power of an ancient artwork created to honor a roman emperor.
  4. 4. Capitoline Venus—A closely guarded masterpiece in its miraculous first Japanese showing!
    Arriving in Japan—Capitoline Venus, a masterpiece of ancient Roman sculpture rarely displayed outside the Capitoline Museums.




September 16 (Sat) – December 10 (Sun), 2023
Exhibition Rooms
Mondays, September 19, October 10 (Open the Mondays of September 18, October 9)
9:30 – 17:30 (Last admission 17:00), Fridays 9:30 – 20:00 (Last admission 19:30)

Advance tickets | General ¥2,000 / College students ¥1,100 / Seniors 65+ ¥1,300

Tickets at the door | General ¥2,200 / College students ¥1,300 / Seniors 65+ ¥1,500

※Visitors of high-school age and younger will be admitted free
※Admission free for visitors (and one accompanying person) with a Physical Disability Certificate, Intellectual Disability Certificate, Rehabilitation Certificate, Mental Disability Certificate or Atomic Bomb Survivor’s Certificate.
※High-school and university students, seniors 65 and older, and visitors with certificates are asked to show identification.

※Timed-entry reservation required for weekends and holidays.
※To purchase tickets, please click here.

Resale of admission tickets for this exhibition is strictly prohibited. The museum accepts no responsibility for any inconvenience or loss caused by the illegal resale of tickets.
Organized by
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum operated by Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture, The Mainichi Newspapers, NHK, NHK Promotions Inc.
Co-organized by
Roma Capitale, Assessorato alla Cultura, Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali
Supported by
Embassy of Italy in Japan
Sponsored by
East Japan Railway Company, Daiwa House Industry Co., Ltd., Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. (DNP)
In Cooperation with
ITA Airways, Nippon Cargo Airlines Co., Ltd.
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