Museo Nazionale Romano - Palazzo Massimo alle Terme

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Museo Nazionale Romano - Palazzo Massimo alle Terme

Museo Nazionale Romano - Palazzo Massimo alle Terme
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About
Palazzo Massimo alle Terme was built between 1883 and 1887 by the architect Camillo Pistrucci in a sober neo-Renaissance style. He was born as a Jesuit college and remained so until 1960. In 1981 it was acquired by the Italian State and became one of the four National Roman Museum places. The collections are distributed in the four floors of the building according to a chronological and thematic criterion: the ground floor, the first and second floors are dedicated to the ancient art section; the basement houses the numismatic and goldsmith sections.
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Neighbourhood: Esquilino
Old school vibe from the very beginning is the only way to describe the Esquilino neighbourhood. The Esquilino takes pride in being one of the oldest areas in Rome for its key location on one of the city’s famous seven hills. From an ancient neighbourhood to its modern incarnation as a multicultural hub, Esquilino always has something going on—polyglot vendors debate street artists while kids play pick-up basketball games. Look around you: this area isn’t like the historic centre. Liberty architecture, large piazzas, and long boulevards mix with archaic arches, secret side alleys, and beautiful churches like Santa Maria Maggiore.
How to get there
  • Termini • 3 min walk
  • Repubblica - Teatro dell'Opera • 3 min walk
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Robert L
Amherst, MA1,499 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
Fabulous museum. Not overloaded with objects but world class items. Sculptures and statues that I will never forget.
The pugilist.
The discus thrower.
Etc.
Written 22 March 2022
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David E
Dover, NH135 contributions
Jan 2022
We visited on Saturday, Jan 8. Floors 0, 1, and 2 were open. Some galleries were roped off and empty, presumably in preparation for a new exhibit. So whatever issues there were about opening selected floors seems to have been resolved.

For me, the 2nd story was the best. I've seen a lot of Roman sculpture (although the collection of Republican heads on the 0th floor was outstanding). But complete rooms of frescoes are unusual.

The one negative was there were no towels in the washrooms. The washrooms themselves were very well taken care of. I fail to see how paper towels constitute a major health hazard. (This was true for both male and female washrooms.)
Written 8 January 2022
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The Spanish Steps Apartment
Rome, Italy23,023 contributions
Nov 2021
Wonderful museum, it had been a long time since I was there. Went on November 1, a holiday, but the museum was open. Green Pass or equivalent required to enter; they need to refill hand sanitizer stations, however, as several I tried were empty. All three floors were open (did not check if the basement level was open). Maybe a total of 20 people in the entire museum. Absolutely packed with wonderful antiquities, with description in both Italian and English. Some major pieces you instantly recognize from art or history books, from the Boxer to the Wounded Niobe to the frescoes from Livia's Gardens, and some amazing mosaics.
Written 2 November 2021
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bikegringa
San Francisco, CA2 contributions
Oct 2021 • Friends
As recommended by the website we bought our tickets online and we were looking forward to the frescos and the coins.
We checked in and started exploring floor 0 and 1, however the 2nd floor(Frescos) and basement (coins) were both closed on Tuesday but are open 3 other days of the week because “ofCovid” No one bothered to tell us on the website or when we checked in.
Also, with the tickets we had they would not allow us to come back on the day the other floors were open, even though we bought a full price ticket for the whole museum.
Staff working there could care less, so disappointing,would not recommend,
Written 19 October 2021
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Sage & Butter
Malmö, Sweden161 contributions
Oct 2021
A unique collection that might not be as accessible to non-classicists as it should, which unfortunately is a problem many Italian museums need to address. Note that the ticket is valid also for the collection at Palazzo Altemps, the Diocletian baths and Crypta Balbi.
Written 12 October 2021
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kgkjgkjg
Washington DC, DC187 contributions
Aug 2021
A good museum of antiquities. Some parts closed, but still a bargain as part of the combo ticket with the other MNR sites.
For some reason, TripAdvisor says a lot of things that really are open are closed.
Written 14 August 2021
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Blue Heeler
Atlanta, GA695 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
Was rather disappointing as many of the exhibits were closed due to COVID and small rooms they were in in. Compared to the museum we went to in Napoli this one pales by comparison which is strange given that it is in the national capital and part of their national museums. As one someone else noted back in 2020, why are they charging full price when all the exhibits cannot be seen, particularly as they have reduced the amount of staff needed. Note that a €14 entry fee gives you access to all four museums. For a single fee price to visit this museum alone come and it would not have been worth it.
Written 14 July 2021
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Noraatc
Sudbury, MA29,586 contributions
Dec 2019 • Solo
This is one of those museums completely ignored by hordes of tourists. It is already good. My visit was in December and there were at the most ten people on the four floors of this spectacular museum. The greatest masterpieces of the Roman world: sarcophagi of Roman noblemen, magnificent sculptures, elaborate reliefs, amazingly preserved frescos, mosaics, and stuccoes are on display in the museum galleries. They are beautifully organized, not cluttered together, and masterfully done signing boards provide all required information to visitors.

The exhibits mostly came to the museum from the excavations undertaken in Rome and the vicinities.

Practical tip: If you are feeling hungry, there is a cafe and a restaurant.
Written 30 November 2020
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Henrik Stig Møller
Copenhagen, Denmark9 contributions
Oct 2020 • Friends
The First floor is closed "due to Covid-19" (why? It does not make any sense), but they charge full price! The staff are not able to give information about why the museum has reduced the experience.
Written 3 October 2020
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Manuela L
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg7,086 contributions
Dec 2019
Ancient restored palazzo with superb collection of Greek & Roman antiquities, sculptures, a small bust of Caligula and of Augustus; nice courtyard with Greek sculptures in bronzes of a Hellenistic prince holding a spear.
Palazzo Massimo is home to one of principal parts of the Museo Nationale Romano.
many amazing pieces of portraits and as vived a good representation of patrician Roman life; a lot of mosaics and finest frescoes of Roman houses;
very nice museum.
Written 11 July 2020
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