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Centrale Montemartini, Rome

#14 of 150 in Museums in Rome
Visit the approximately 400 Roman statues, inscriptions, and mosaics at Centrale Montemartini, an industrial archaeological site showcasing the artifacts recovered from excavations during the unification of Italy. Housed in an abandoned power plant, the museum juxtaposes ancient statues and art with the steel machinery of industrialism, bringing up interesting questions about the course of human development and civilization. Don't miss iconic exhibits like “Venus in the Boiler Room.” Put Centrale Montemartini into our Rome trip planning app and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • A unique feeling in this Museum, once used by ACEA in thermoelectric power and that from that target still retains the original decorations and machines, packed with more than 400 statues that relate, depending on your point of view, with the two now silent and giant diesel engines. Beautiful two Roman copies of Pothos of Skopas, heads and busts of Antinous. Although it is easily accessible by metro is a bit outside the usual sightseeing Romans and is therefore free from groups confusing and poorly motivated. It is no coincidence that the beginning of "Le fate ignoranti" takes place right here.
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  • Metro barbatella it goes in this thermal power plant where boilers still feel the coal and the combination of the ancient and evening statuary and black machines offers a set entering force...
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  • This interesting museum is housed in one of Rome’s first power stations. It displays some of Rome’s huge collection of Greek and Roman statues, tombs, two large mosaic floors and sculpture set amongst...  more »
  • One of the best and most under-visited museums in Rome. The juxtaposition of the industrial setting with marble statues is striking and beautiful. Every visitor to Rome should venture to this museum during their time in the city. It’s a truly unique and fascinating look at a different and lesser-known side of the city.
  • Loved this museum. Old meets new. I was there nearly alone, very big difference from the very busy museums elsewhere in the city.
  • Unexpected meeting the ancient statues, mozaics and sarcophags and one hundred years old machines from abandoned powerplant. Very good! Maybe services for visitors could be better than coffee machine and food machine for coins only.
  • An excellent juxtaposition of classical sculpture and modern technology. Well-presented and interesting bi-lingual (Italian and English) information. Joint ticket with Musei Capitolini valid for 7 days.
  • Old gastation transformed into museum of Etruscan art. You still smell the machineries. And don't miss the old train of a Pope from the 19th century.
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