Events at the Astronomical and Copernican Museum of the Astronomical Observatory of Rome

The Astronomical and Copernican Museum of the INAF - Rome Astronomical Observatory (OAR), along with the Ancient Library, is located at Villa Mellini in Monte Mario, which is also the Headquarters of the National Institute of Astrophysics (INAF). It possesses a heritage spanning a historical period from the 11th century to the present day. The new exhibit inaugurated this year on the occasion of the 550th anniversary of Copernicus' birth will allow visitors to move through a journey that will take them from the origins of astronomical thought to the present day, touching on the major milestones that have marked the understanding of our universe. The historical tour runs through four rooms-Pre-Galilean Instruments and Ancient Spyglasses; Evolution of Optics; Geodesy, Topography and Computation of Time; and Earth and Celestial Globes-that lead to the larger Copernican Room reserved for temporary exhibits and a final room that illustrates the present and future of the Institution's astrophysical research.


Parco Mellini Avenue, 84, 00136 Rome
GROUP SIZE: up to 20 people
RESERVATIONS: 06/94286425 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Monday-Friday
At present, there are still barriers for the disabled inside Villa Mellini, so visiting is not recommended for people with disabilities.
Visits are possible only by reservation, which must be made by noon on April 18.