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Centrale Montemartini

Via Ostiense 106, 00154 Rome, Italy (Ostiense)
+39 060608
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Ranked #36 of 727 attractions in Rome
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums
Owner description: Museum displaying marble sculptures set among the machinery of an old power plant, which results in some pretty unique exhibits such as its famous... more » Owner description: Museum displaying marble sculptures set among the machinery of an old power plant, which results in some pretty unique exhibits such as its famous "Venus in the Boiler Room." « less
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Madison, Wisconsin
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56 reviews 56 reviews
42 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

While a bit out of the way from the rest of the tourist attractions, this museum is a nice way to mix things up a bit. It features beautiful ancient sculptures in the backdrop of a defunct power plant. It's an interesting experience to see the juxtaposition of the two periods of time. It's a small museum and is worth... More

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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60 reviews 60 reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

This is by far the best exhibition space in Rome. Housed in a former power plant, this relatively unknown museum is truly magnificent. Great use of an industrial background to highlight the beauty of these marble statues. Just a short metro ride from the centre.

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Naples, Italy
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103 reviews 103 reviews
38 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

This was the first public electrical power plant, now is one of the most interesting, thought-provoking museum in Rome. The natural light coming through the large windows in the four-storey high rooms is excellent. The layout of the statues is perfect the place was spotless. Very few visitors This jewel of industrial archeology and ancient art is unknown to most... More

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Stockholm
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Easily reached by metro, this is worth seeing. Hardy and people there, a really cool mix between the ancient statues and the industrial building with all machines. The contrast made1+1=3. The museum was really a contrast to all "regular" siktes in Rome, more likely to be found in NYC.

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Rome, Italy
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32 reviews 32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

This little gem is just 10-15 minutes away from the Colosseum and directly accessible by metro or bus. Take Metro Line B towards Laurentina and get off at Garbatella (just two stops past Colosseo). Walk towards Viale Ostiense and the museum is situated only 150 m from the station exit, right on V. Ostiense. What makes this museum special is... More

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Oakland, California
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Ancient statuary from excavations are viewed against the backdrop of the machinery of the power plant. Wow! If you have time, and an interest in such things, take the pedestrian bridge from southern Trastevere across the river and check out the Gazometre. I believe it is the Via del Porto Fluvial and you have to seriously look for it. The... More

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Coatesville, Pennsylvania
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Take metro B to Piramide, then walk up Via Ostiense. Museum is on the right side of the street. This museum has a lot going for it. It is not too large but it's sculptures and mosaics are of the highest quality. The building , Rome's first public electric plant, has an industrial beauty all it's own and makes an... More

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New York City, New York
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Far from the maddening Easter week crowds, this museum in testaccio had a great juxtaposition of it's former power station utility with centuries old sculptures. And with so few seemingly aware of its existence, one seems to have the entire museum to oneself!:)

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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

The Centrale Montemartini is an extraordinary example of an industrial building transformed into an exhibition space. It was originally the first public electricity plant in Rome. This exhibition centre contains an outstanding collection of classical sculpture from the 19th century. Beautiful and We loved it !

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Flen, Sweden
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

An old electricity central is now storing some great roman art - some of the art that they didn't have place for in the city center. But the clash of the industrial environment and the very very old art is actually a refreshing mix. Someone did a bit of thinking when they made this museum - great!

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