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Centrale Montemartini, Rome
(4.6/5 based on 400+ reviews on the web)
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.” Plan to see Centrale Montemartini and other attractions that appeal to you using our Rome vacation generator.
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  • Finally a redeeming feature, retrieve piece of industrial archaeology and merge it with ancient Greek and Roman statues, columns and capitals of the collection of the Capitoline museums that they couldn't find great worthy stage. in the neighbouring room is also exposed the train of Pius IX. Significant machinery of the old power plant restored and displayed next to the ancient relics. Happy marriage. Not to be missed.
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  • Went to this place the first Sunday of the month, when admission is free. It was very interesting to watch the train of Pope Pius IX and masterpieces, which before were not here. Truly not to be missed!
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  • The Museum, always frequented by tourists, has recently been enriched with a room dedicated to the Papal train of Pius IX, who makes a fine show with its 3 carriages in an environment enriched by giant screens showing the details. In the same room there is the miniature train that was given to Gregory XVI, Pius IX's predecessor, from an English industry for advertising purposes. Gregory XVI, somewhat conservative, did not act willingly the news at the time. Other news, at the first floor in plain view a valuable portrait of Empress Agrippina the younger basanite, loaned to the Centrale Montemartini from Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen. It is advisable to go back at least once a year to discover the novelties that are exposed.
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  • This museum is a gem. Easily one of my favorites in the world based upon its location situated in an old power plant and the great collection. You won't be bothered by big crowds, and you can buy a combo ticket that will get you into the Capitoline Museums, too. Go here first, get the combo ticket and avoid waiting in line when you head into the center of the city and check out the Capitoline Museums.
  • A very suggestive museum! Really interesting things to see here.
  • A very alternative museum, inside there is an old diesel electrical power plant from the 20s' mixed with some interesting Roman statues and mosaics, the contrast between old and new is striking; a little museum that represents beautifully the concept of the "Deus ex machina"
  • Simply breathtaking, and going somewhere no other museum has gone. The giant machinery is interesting in its own right, but juxtapose it with classical artworks and all of a sudden you've got genius. Definitely one of my favorite museums, it has yet to find much of an audience but if you're a design or art fan it'll linger in your memory forever.
  • One of the many Rome's hidden treasures. Marbles from old noble Roman villas merge with late 1800 industrial machinery, wonderfully preserved. Rarely crowded, well maintained, it might end out as one of the highlights in a vacanza Romana.