Museo Nazionale Romano - Palazzo Massimo alle Terme

Museo Nazionale Romano - Palazzo Massimo alle Terme

Museo Nazionale Romano - Palazzo Massimo alle Terme
4.5
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Palazzo Massimo alle Terme was built between 1883 and 1887 by the architect Camillo Pistrucci in a sober neo-Renaissance style. He was born as a Jesuit college and remained so until 1960. In 1981 it was acquired by the Italian State and became one of the four National Roman Museum places. The collections are distributed in the four floors of the building according to a chronological and thematic criterion: the ground floor, the first and second floors are dedicated to the ancient art section; the basement houses the numismatic and goldsmith sections.
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Neighborhood: Esquilino
Old school vibe from the very beginning is the only way to describe the Esquilino neighborhood. The Esquilino takes pride in being one of the oldest areas in Rome for its key location on one of the city’s famous seven hills. From an ancient neighborhood to its modern incarnation as a multicultural hub, Esquilino always has something going on—polyglot vendors debate street artists while kids play pick-up basketball games. Look around you: this area isn’t like the historic center. Liberty architecture, large piazzas, and long boulevards mix with archaic arches, secret side alleys, and beautiful churches like Santa Maria Maggiore.
How to get there
  • Termini • 3 min walk
  • Repubblica - Teatro dell'Opera • 3 min walk
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  • genibre69
    London, United Kingdom3,445 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a trip
    Well worth a visit for the first free Sunday of the month. The majority of sculptures and mosaics have English placard translations but not all. I especially liked some coloured mosaics I had never seen before, in the photos. Also an incredibly beautiful and huge sarcophagus was worth seeing. Not very crowded.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 8, 2023
  • Nikolas D
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mind numbing quality and quantity of exhibits, could spend days here alone.
    The quality and quantity of the art/history exhibited is absolutely overwhelming, as it often happens in Rome. If you suffer from cultural overload already, make sure not to miss the Villa of Livia garden room and mosaics on the 2nd level. Also the sarcophagus in the far corner (if looking from the ticket booth) on level 1 and the roman public calendar on the ground floor.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 9, 2023
  • Lili
    Melbourne, Florida18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visit this museum with a guide it is well worth it
    We would have missed this museum if it wasn’t for a private tour with Vincenzo our guide From Roman Guides. To fully explore the treasures of this museum I recommend a guide Unless you have a lot of time to read the descriptions! Vincenzo has the knowledge and passion to bring the history before you to life. I will always be grateful to him for a wonderful experience while in Rome
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 28, 2023
  • Mnrichar
    Raleigh, North Carolina57 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely worth an afternoon to peruse sculptures and mosaics
    We visited with two teenagers after reading about the museum's sculpture collection. The busts were very interesting, a number of them with unusual hair and clothing not typically pictured in sculptural portraiture of the time. The mosaics are some of the most complete and impressive samples we'd seen and well worth the time. By far the most breathtaking is the Portonaccio sarcophagus, which has gloriously intricate carvings throughout and is very dramatic to photograph.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 4, 2023
  • Myra M
    19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must-see museum with unpretentious facade
    Worth the visit for the mosaics alone. The sculptures and portrait busts were amazing too of course. Some of them were incredibly life-like, which helps you instantly connect with the past. The museum is directly across from the tourist double-decker bus stop by Termini train station. The museum facade is so nondescript that we stood in front of it three days in a row without realizing what is was or what treasures it held inside. They should put some kind of prominent signage outside to attract more attention. So glad we were curious and finally wandered inside.
    Visited April 2023
    Written July 23, 2023
  • muganji
    Ljubljana, Slovenia44 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The best of the best of Ancient Rome
    This is an extraordinary museum, very well organized with plenty of clear descriptions and much easier to visit and enjoy that the Belvedere and Roman sculptures of the Vatican. The first floor is mainly sculptures, with some unique pieces like the 5th century BC fighter discovered intact, and one of the two ivory faces of the 72 such statutes in Rome. The frescoes from entire rooms from building in Rome are found here, along with the amazing bronze animal decorations from the 2 Roman boats of Nemi burned by the Germans when they retreated from Rome in World War II. This museum should be at the top of your list to see in Rome!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 6, 2023
  • soinic
    2,390 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Roman history and art museum.
    The museum is located in the huge Palazzo Massimo, close to Roma Termini (some homeless people living under the arcades next to the palazzo left a lot of trash ... which looked really horrible when walking up to the museum, don't let this put you off!). Museum shows plenty of worldclass Roman art with good of explanations, not overcrowded and we could really enjoy all the outstanding frescoes, stuccoes, sculptures, mosaics, wallpainting etc. WOW Favorite is the wall painting "garden scenery" (villa di Livia), so special 🤗 Staff was friendly and polite. No/bad AC wasn't great because of temperatures around 33° C and the many windows, we felt like being in a heated greenhouse! Museum is absolutely worth a visit! So many nice souvenirs to take home in your ❤
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 15, 2023
  • SMLikestoTravel
    Bengaluru, India277 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visited on a free Sunday, worth it!
    We visited this museum late afternoon on the free Sunday. There was no crowd or queue to get in. Once inside, we spent 1-2 hours exploring the vast collections. We could have easily spent more time had we not been so tired by the end of the day because this was the last site that we visited on this day, having covered Pantheon, Piazza Navona and Church of Santa Maria Della Vittoria earlier in the day. The highlights at this museum: the numerous busts with intricate hair styles, the bronze statues - Boxer at rest and Hellenistic prince, the multiple mosaics at display
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 2, 2023
  • Rose H
    289 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great museum with a superb collection.
    This museum holds a fantastic collection of Greek and Roman statues, mosaics and frescoes, and is easily accessible and not crowded. There is a combo ticket with other museums in the Museo Nazionale Romano group - currently 3, as one of them is closed. At 13 Euro for all of them (valid for 7 days) it is great value. The mosaics here are wonderful, especially the micro mosaics, and the garden room frescoes from Villa Livia are amazing. The building in which it is housed is also very charming. It is definitely worth a visit.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 10, 2023
  • JohnRegoPark
    Rego Park, New York1,134 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An overlooked gem in Rome
    With so much art in Rome, it would be easy to overlook this exceptional collection of Greek and Roman art. There are many famous pieces here, including the Discus Thrower, the Seated Boxer (currently on loan elsewhere) and the Garden Scene from the Villa of Livia. The museum is fairly large, but the exhibits are given space and so there is not the feeling that you are overwhelmed. The museum is fairly empty, so there is no need to buy tickets in advance. There is a coat check service, but be warned it is on the honor system. You leave your backpack unattended in a cubby. Best not to carry one in the first place.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 4, 2023
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mileswratten
London, UK125 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
This was one of the highlights of our Roman holiday. We visited early in the morning when there were only a few people, and it was amazing. The exhibition is well organised taking you on a journey through time. Each room is well laid out, exhibits given space and well lit. The descriptions are informative and allow you to imagine them in their original setting. There are so many amazing and beautiful sculptures to see, this really is a stunning place. We spent about two hours quietly wandering, stopping and marvelling at the skill of the artists who created each and every piece. Thoroughly recommend the museum.
Written January 5, 2020
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LGrace
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The magical frescos from The Villa of Livia alone are worth a visit to this lovely, quiet museum. The beautiful mosaics in the collection make it even nicer. The famed sculpture of the Boxer at Rest was under restoration and we were disappointed we couldn't get up close, but the large glass window in front of it allowed us a glimpse. When you are tired of the crowds, Palazzo Massimo is just the ticket.
Written February 9, 2020
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backpacker31
Boynton Beach, FL5,503 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Solo
Located practically across from Rome’s Termini train station is this amazing museum. I liken this museum to the National Archaeological Museum in Athens or the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities in Cairo in that if you want a comprehensive historical and treasure filled museum focusing on Rome’s glorious past, this museum should not be missed. There are four levels that contain sculptures, frescoes, mosaics, recreated rooms of villas, an entire numismatic section featuring coins from more than 2,000 years ago to the present, jewelry and so much more. The descriptions are multilingual and informative. I was fortunate to watch experts performing restorative work on two bronze sculptures in one of the galleries. Allow a good two to three hours to see this museum. There are lifts available and spotless restrooms are located on every level.
Written March 4, 2020
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bikegringa
San Francisco, CA2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Friends
As recommended by the website we bought our tickets online and we were looking forward to the frescos and the coins.
We checked in and started exploring floor 0 and 1, however the 2nd floor(Frescos) and basement (coins) were both closed on Tuesday but are open 3 other days of the week because “ofCovid” No one bothered to tell us on the website or when we checked in.
Also, with the tickets we had they would not allow us to come back on the day the other floors were open, even though we bought a full price ticket for the whole museum.
Staff working there could care less, so disappointing,would not recommend,
Written October 19, 2021
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Blue Heeler
Brisbane, Australia724 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
Was rather disappointing as many of the exhibits were closed due to COVID and small rooms they were in in. Compared to the museum we went to in Napoli this one pales by comparison which is strange given that it is in the national capital and part of their national museums. As one someone else noted back in 2020, why are they charging full price when all the exhibits cannot be seen, particularly as they have reduced the amount of staff needed. Note that a €14 entry fee gives you access to all four museums. For a single fee price to visit this museum alone come and it would not have been worth it.
Written July 14, 2021
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Lili
Melbourne, FL18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
We would have missed this museum if it wasn’t for a private tour with Vincenzo our guide
From Roman Guides.
To fully explore the treasures of this museum I recommend a guide
Unless you have a lot of time to read the descriptions!
Vincenzo has the knowledge and passion to bring the history before you to life.
I will always be grateful to him for a wonderful experience while in Rome
Written June 29, 2023
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Michael W
Charleston, SC229 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
The Palazzo Massimo alle Terme is located near the Piazza della Republica and the Baths of Diocletian. It is a small building that has a wonderful collection from ancient Rome. If you are in this area of Rome, you should take the time to come to this museum. The museum has statues,mosaics and frescoes that are displayed in exhibits on different floors. The Boxer at Rest, Discus Thrower and states of Romans should not be missed. The highlight of the museum is the frescoes on the second floor.
Written June 5, 2020
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Ellie Y
New York City, NY15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
This is part of the Museo Nazionale (4 different museums - Palazzo Massimo, Altemps, Terme di Diocleziano, and Crypta Balbi). It is possible to get a single or combined ticket (valid for 72 hours).

Located a stone's throw away from Metro Repubblica, Palazzo Massimo boasts an astounding collection of Bronze and marble statues, sarcofagi (the Portonaccio sarcophagus is located on the premises), mosaics, and frescoes from antiquity. Some noteworthy pieces include The Boxer and the Via Labicana Augustus. Nevertheless, the crowning jewel is on the third floor: the wonderfully preserved frescoes from Villa Livia and other sites have been assembled to recreate the effect of different ancient dwellings.

There's a comprehensive audioguide that allows visitors to contextualize the different pieces. Most importantly, it remains largely undiscovered by the crowds. Upon completing your visit, make sure you stop by Terme di Diocleziano across the street!
Written January 31, 2023
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davecamb
Cambridge, UK111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
We have been to most of the ‘best’ museums in Rome (Capitoline, Borghese, etc) all of which have much to recommend them. We were surprised therefore just how impressive this museum was. Great layout, stunning mosaics and statues and all of it from Rome (including from nearby Termini station). Just fabulous!
Written December 18, 2022
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The Spanish Steps Apartment
Rome, Italy30,845 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
Wonderful museum, it had been a long time since I was there. Went on November 1, a holiday, but the museum was open. Green Pass or equivalent required to enter; they need to refill hand sanitizer stations, however, as several I tried were empty. All three floors were open (did not check if the basement level was open). Maybe a total of 20 people in the entire museum. Absolutely packed with wonderful antiquities, with description in both Italian and English. Some major pieces you instantly recognize from art or history books, from the Boxer to the Wounded Niobe to the frescoes from Livia's Gardens, and some amazing mosaics.
Written November 2, 2021
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