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“A hidden treasure” 5 of 5 stars
Review of National Roman Museum - Palazzo Massimo alle Terme

National Roman Museum - Palazzo Massimo alle Terme
Largo di Villa Peretti 67 | Museo Nazionale Romano, 00185 Rome, Italy (Castro Pretorio)
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Ranked #24 of 682 Attractions in Rome
Type: Art Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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Owner description: Built onto the ruins of the Domitian theater, this splendid palazzo houses beautiful mosaics and Roman statuary.
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“A hidden treasure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

We stayed near Rome Termini, the central train and bus station in 2012 and again in 2014. Thanks to the Rome hop on, hop off bus commentary we discovered Palazzo Massimo, which we had walked by many times. This is treasure house of excellent Roman art. The 2nd floor (piano secondo) was the highlight for us with marble mosaic art, incorporating gold and mother of pearl. The reconstruction of Livia's garden with wall paintings from her villa where you can sit and enjoy the fine art she commissioned. Livia was the wife of Caesar Augustus. This villa was part of her dowry, which her generous husband let her keep. In the basement, there is a rare mummy of a young girl and some beautiful jewellery and coins. Lots of fine sculpture in between. We visited twice to ensure we enjoyed all the treasures many of which were revealed when Termini was built. As a bonus, your ticket can also be used to visit the nearby Baths of Diocletian including the cloister of Michelangelo. A visit to Michelangelo's redesigned Basilica, Santa Maria degli Angeli, beside the baths was another highlight. The Basilica was built inside the frigidarium of the baths. Pope Clement XI commissioned astronomer, Francesco Bianchini, to build a sundial/meridian into the marble floor completed in 1702. Its a thing of beauty too - both scientifically and artistically. All 3 are within a couple of minutes walk of Rome Termini's trains and metro. Do yourself a favour and visit all 3 over a day or two.

Visited October 2014
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“Serious or aspiring art lovers”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

You need to see this just to expand your horizons. The museum itself is pretty academic, but excellent examples of a number of Roman art forms. I pity elementary school children that might be brought here on field trips, as there is very little entertainment value, although the educational value is there for the intellectually curious.

We visited here last...its in an ugly part of town next to the Termini Roma, and had seen so much art in the Vatican, Borghese, Florence museums, etc....our feet hurt and we didn't get the wow factor, although the art was easy to appreciate and I'm sure important.

Visited October 2014
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“Not many tourists so very worthwhile to see”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

With many sculptures and artifacts it is a good place to visit. Some very beautiful sculptures and very rare bronze sculptures on show. Pleasantly not full of tourists right in the middle of summer so it is a surprise to wander around at your own pace admiring the skill of the artisans

Visited August 2014
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“Amazing museum ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

This was an amazing museum. I actually found it while looking at reviews on TA. Literally right outside the Termini station, I have a feeling this place is overlooked. It has amazing sculptures, mosaics and frescos..

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“Fascinating”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

While there is always more history in Rome to explore the national museum is an impressive display, great building and fascinating collection.

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