Museo Nazionale Romano - Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, Rome

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Once a Jesuit seminary and a military hospital, Museo Nazionale Romano - Palazzo Massimo alle Terme contains a huge collection of mosaics and Roman statuary. This building is one of four national museums spread across the city, and a ticket purchased here will allow you entry into the other three venues as well. The basement of this particular building contains a sizable numismatic collection, showing the evolution of Italian currency over the ages. The upper floors are devoted to sculptures created between the second century BCE and first century CE. The displays explore themes of Hellenistic influences on Roman art and the development of the portraiture of the emperors. The top floor accommodates a collection of wall frescoes and pavement mosaics, most notably including those that were once used as decoration in elite Roman residences. Tickets can be purchased by phone or at the entrance into the site.  Make Museo Nazionale Romano - Palazzo Massimo alle Terme a part of your Rome vacation plans using our Rome trip itinerary builder.
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  • I visited this Museum attracted by images placed on external railing. Beautiful photos of statues that are located within neighboring sentences with philosophers. At night, passing near the station, the museum well lit, breaks away from the wonder of the other palaces around assuming its own unique personality. . Confirmation of care is also inside: carvings, mosaics, coins, jewelry ... proud that there is such a Museum in Rome which is detached from the carelessness of the rest of the city. . I didn't have time to visit the rest of the path inside the baths of Diocletian. Qdo sn entered the garden, though, I noticed immediately the order and attention x outside: no plastic bottles or cards and handkerchiefs as seems to suffocate all the rest of Rome. . If I have to raise a quibble, the signage in the Museum. Some arrows in more and more evident that signals the start of the trail. Maybe I am careless, but the path I seemed so easy to understand. . For the rest, it's a wonder that must be savored, to be sipped in most hits ... each level has a small room with themed documentaries or videos that you can look up information as well ... but it takes time and passion x beauty.
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  • This is my favourite archeological museum in Rome. It has some amazing stuff. The equal of anything anywhere, but not so crowded. The museum is located close to Termini Train station (the main station...  more »
  • This superb museum unexpectedly proved to be a highlight, with one of the best collections of ancient Roman mosaics and frescoes you'll ever see, and some great sculptures. Livia's 'garden' room is st...  more »
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  • WORTH GOING TO! so many of the places in Rome have the pieces of buildings, but this has the art they originally contained. Mostly has busts of important historical figures and bronzes. Notable works include the boxer (personal favorite), the discus thrower, and the entire frescoed walls of a villa. Every piece is labelled with the era and explained in English and Italian. Quality museum and really interesting.
  • Great collection. Start at the top floor and work your way down. Great sculptures like the Disc Thrower and Mosaics
  • Interesting place with lots of statues and paintings...the ticket works for 4 places and 3 days. You can also visit this museum on free days (each first Sunday of the month) P.S. There're always lines to enter Terme Diocleziano, but there's always little people to enter this museum (the ticket works both for museum and terme)
  • Must see if in Rome, great selection of sculptures and ancient wall paintings and mosaics.
  • Great museum! Lots of famous sculptures, the mosaics are amazing, especially the one of Villa Lidya which is completely stunning!

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