Located in Palazzo Brancaccio, in Rome’s Via Merulana, “G. Tucci” National Museum of Oriental Art houses one of the most important collections of Tibetan art in the world, as well as a number of relics from Nepal, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and other regions of the Far and Middle East and South East Asia.
The most important collection of all is that of Giuseppe Tucci, the Roman Orientalist and Tibetologist after whom the museum is named. Relics from the archaeological digs conducted by the Italian Institute for the Far and Middle East (now known as the Institute of Africa and the Orient) have been added to the collection over time, while other objects have been donated or purchased.
The museum winds its way through 15 themed rooms where bronzes, ceramics, metal alloy statues, paintings, jewellery and ceremonial objects are on display.
Of particular interest are the Tibet and Nepal rooms and the so-called Gandhara room, which houses a selection of Buddhist relics unearthed in Pakistan.