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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  • To do absolutely, especially the top floor with the reconstitution of the pieces of a Roman Villa, rooms, dining room with paintings of origins in an astonishing State of conservation. A true journey through time.
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  • this is a beautiful museum with a terrific shop. Bought two print reproductions on hand made paper for less than $20 each. Such treasures, The mosaic work is unbelievable.  more »
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  • This is a good place for the history geeks. There is a huge collection of currency from from the Republic up to modern times. They have rebuilt a large villa (arguably would’ve been better to leave the remains intact where they were discovered, but that’s a separate issue) with the original remnants of frescos and mosaics. The mosaics are worth the trip itself. There is also a large number of statues and sculptures dating from roughly 100BC - 500AD. I wouldn’t recommend this place for youngsters or even most teens - too much reading of descriptions needed and not enough variety of pieces. But again, for those fascinated by Roman history this is a treasure trove!
  • We ended up spending a few hours walking around, marvelling at all the exhibits. Our daughter loved the basement level which housed the coin collection. We recommend getting the the full ticket instead of the single entry €10. For the extra €5 it also allows you access to 3 other attractions over 3 days. Another bonus is that it is free for under 18's.
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