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Centrale Montemartini

#57 of 1,034 things to do in Rome
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Neighborhood: Ostiense
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Address: Via Ostiense 106, 00154 Rome, Italy
Phone Number: +39 060608
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The history if the new exhibition space for the Musei Capitolini in the...

The history if the new exhibition space for the Musei Capitolini in the former Giovanni Montemartini Thermoelectric Centre, an extraordinary example of industrial archaeology converted into a museum, began in 1997 with the transfer of hundreds of sculptures to the new location during the restructuring works carried out across much of the Capitoline complex. In an atmospheric game of contrasts, the old machinery of electricity production became the backdrop for masterpieces of ancient sculpture and precious goods found in the excavations of the late nineteenth century and the 1930s. The display reconstructs some of the great monumental complexes and illustrates the development of the ancient city from the Republican era to the late imperial age.

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A true power house of art

This converted power station, rather like a small Tate Modern, houses a rather interesting collection of Italian sculptures uncovered in the 19th and 20th century. The building... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Somerton, United Kingdom

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Lviv Oblast, Ukraine
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Many people love art, especially sculptures of Rome. But tell me what are these sculptures doing here? Lots of people think there is no place for them! This idea is terrible .

Thank Tezka85
Somerton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This converted power station, rather like a small Tate Modern, houses a rather interesting collection of Italian sculptures uncovered in the 19th and 20th century. The building itself has been sensitively renovated and all the power station boilers, valves and machinery is on prominent display offering a curious backdrop to the renaissance sculptures - a fascinating experience of art and... More 

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Moscow, Russia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Capitoline's younger sibling is worth journeying to just to see a museum in an old power plant! Mainly sculptures of deities, with a couple of philosophers and Emperors thrown in. For me it is worth going here just to see the only known bust of Emperor Carinus, the predecessor of Diocletian.

Thank Paul L
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

Above any expectation. An extraordinary example of successful conversion of a decommissioned power plant (operating on coal and oil) into an amazingly spacious and airy exhibition space, showcasing beautiful ancient sculptures from Rome's imperial times as well as beautiful and refined mosaics. The architectural blend of old and well preserved industrial machinery (boilers, turbines) and classical works of art works... More 

Thank Paola T
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

Roman art in an old Power plant, what a cool place, The refined marble roman statues with the old machinery, but it works really well. Great place to visit, though the neighborhood not the best as far as a hang,

Thank Ben L
Rome, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

One of the most conceptually fascinating museums I have come across so far. a must see in Rome. This museum was a former thermoelectric centre and today converted into an art gallery that contains around 400 pieces of artwork, mostly ancient Roman sculptures.

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Amstelveen, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

Worth the detour (bus 23 from Trasvestere). The 20 centuries old statues are extraordinary, the 1 century old industrial background is impressive. The combination is astonishing.

Thank Wim J
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

This former power station is one of the best and few examples of industrial refurbished buildings in Italy, The permanent collection of Roman sculpture among the old machinery is really impressive

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Portland, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

This museum is located in a recycled industrial building: a disused power station. Due to lack of space at the main Capitoline Museum in Piazza del Campidoglio, Centrale Montemartini has over 400 statues displayed here among machinery. I was as interested to see the statues as the machinery. Many of the statues have an arm or leg missing or prominent... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

The juxtaposition of ancient Roman sculpture with antique, but once state-of-the-art machinery in a power plant gives a poignant reminder that the great products of an era become outmoded and forgotten. You will see lovely mosaics, parts of ancient furniture and impressive sculpture from the collection of the Capitoline Museums. But the backdrop of almost-steampunk gauges, pipes, boiler and walkways... More 

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