Online museum

Special appointments to visit the museum from home and learn more about its history and heritage. These are virtual tours and video stories enriched by audio and image testimony to tell the story of the museum and its masterpieces.



The virtual tour of the Museo Napoleonico, accessible from all devices, offers a fascinating tour to discover the beauty of the heritage through a digital experience that goes beyond the space limits of almost the entire museum space. Thanks to special controls, it is possible to move virtually around the museum, read the explanatory panels of the rooms and works, zoom and rotate images 360°, browse through photo galleries and videos and enjoy other contextual content. The Don't miss section, which contains a practical visual list of selected works or rooms, is a useful tool for those who are not familiar with the museum and are visiting it for the first time: by clicking on a work represented (for example the painting "Elisa Bonaparte Baciocchi with her daughter Napoleona Elisa") the user is virtually transported to the room that houses it. The tour is also enhanced by intelligent maps that follow the visitor as he or she moves from one room to another, indicating rooms or works not yet displayed. Lastly, thanks to the latest generation of drones, it is possible to take flight and see rooms and works from above, enjoying an additional, unprecedented perspective on the visit.

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Web series that describes the history of the Museo Napoleonico and the Bonaparte family, which has always been linked to Rome and is strongly rooted in the historical fabric of the city.

Il Museo Napoleonico e Giuseppe Primoli
The first episode is dedicated to the birth of the museum and the story of its founder Giuseppe Napoleone Primoli, animator of a lively Roman literary salon and skilled photographer of the city of Rome and the Umbertine gentry.

Imperatrice Joséphine nel dipinto di Robert Lefèvre
In the second episode, the Empress Joséphine in Robert Lefèvre's painting explains...

Madame Mère​
The third episode is entirely dedicated to the figure of Letizia Ramolino Bonaparte, Napoleon's mother.

Luciano Bonaparte, l'intellettuale​
The "Album di famiglia" section continues to learn about the history of the Museo Napoleonico and the Bonaparte family. Fourth episode entitled: "Luciano Bonaparte, l'intellettuale".


Four female video stories capture, as narrative snapshots, the fascinating profiles of four Bonaparte women: Mathilde, Charlotte, Eugenia and Ortensia. Strong and fragile personalities, charismatic and controversial women, wives, mothers, daughters, artists, collectors, fascinating figures of the Napoleonic era between the First and Second Empires.

Mathilde. Nostra Signora delle Arti
First episode curated by Giorgia Basili, Emanuela Di Vivona, Elena Fratini, Giulia Mattioni (project "Una casa museo nel cuore di Roma", Museo Napoleonico, S.C.U.). Coordinated by Laura Panarese.

Charlotte. Principessa Romantica
In the second episode, we discover Carlotta Bonaparte, Napoleon's granddaughter, a " dama di molto spirito", as Leopardi called her, a woman with a sensitive character, a stormy life and tormented loves, a faithful maid of painting, balm for her soul, a lover of nature and affection.

Hortense. Regina Compositrice
Daughter of Joséphine, Napoleon's first beloved wife, wife of Napoleon's brother Louis, Queen of the Netherlands, caring and determined mother, farsighted stateswoman, with a passion for engaging in political affairs, Hortense is a woman with a flexible and versatile character, who in life successfully faced various difficulties and sensitive and complex situations. She is a leading woman of her time, who knows how to ride the rough waves of her time with dexterity and determination. A lover of the arts, a fascinating dancer and painter for pleasure, her true passion was music: she wrote the famous romance Partant pour la Syrie, the French anthem during the Second Empire.

Imperatrice Eugenia
"I remember very well when they told me, while talking about politics, that a woman's job is to make stockings, but I knew that such would not be my fate." The Empress Eugenie is the protagonist of this last appointment of the cycle "Vis-à-vis with the Bonapartes. Profiles of women to be rediscovered". A beautiful Spanish noblewoman, a devout Catholic, a fervent Bonapartist, passionate and intelligent, sporty and intense, Eugenie married Napoleon III, becoming the absolute main character of the period of the Second French Empire, and not only. The Empress influenced the fashion and style of the nineteenth century in a decisive and far-sighted way, drawing inspiration from Marie Antoinette, her obsession, and lived a long life, often going through the changes and innovations of her time in a surprising way.