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.  With our custom trip planner, Rome attractions like Museo Nazionale Romano - Palazzo Massimo alle Terme can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Every year I'm the same ritual and arrived barely run at the Palazzo Massimo me drunk beauty. First, the numismatic exhibition in the basement to the paintings of the Villa of Livia at the 2nd floor, is sublime in this museum. One regret: not enough of beautiful cards postcards to the store, but hey, we console by photographing both and more the wonders inhabiting this place.
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  • August 17, 2017
    The "Museo Nazionale Romano" in Palazzo Massimo, in front of Termini Railway Station, is not toobig, not too crowded, not too expensive, but really a wonderful comprehensive insight in Roman Civilizat...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    The most beautiful and well preserved mosaics, the charm of a garden "secret" to get lost in looking for sweet and real details. Hear with your eyes. Not to be missed.
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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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