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Museo Nazionale Romano - Palazzo Massimo alle Terme

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Address: Largo di Villa Peretti 67 | Museo Nazionale Romano, 00185 Rome, Italy
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Built onto the ruins of the Domitian theater, this splendid palazzo houses...

Built onto the ruins of the Domitian theater, this splendid palazzo houses beautiful mosaics and Roman statuary.

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Interesting in many ways. Has descriptions of hairdos by busts - who knew how they evolved. Would have loved more detail. Also has frescos and descriptions of early villas (I.e... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Interesting in many ways. Has descriptions of hairdos by busts - who knew how they evolved. Would have loved more detail. Also has frescos and descriptions of early villas (I.e., they laid out the frescos in replication of the villas). History of coins and issues with money/economy. We enjoyed. it is, as most museums in August, hot so my trusty... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We spent a very pleasant couple of hours wandering through the museum on a hot Roman afternoon. Very interesting historical documentary on the life of Augustus Caesar which showed the major areas of Rome (Forum, Circus, etc.) The sculptures across 2 levels were amazing. The mosaics were even more spectacular with the size and scope of their designs hard to... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

we had been to the museum on a previous visit ideal for out granddaughter age 5 years old plus the rest of us

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If, after the Vatican, there is a museum that should be done in Rome, then this is it. Astonishing material here- though was slightly disappointed by the vault below- where is all the old Roman jewellery? Coins don't really do it for me, but the small amounts of Jewellery they did have were exciting to see. - I go off... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is across the street from Termini, and the ticket includes not only this building but also the baths across the street. If you love ancient sculpture, mosaics and frescoes, this is the place to go. I have visited twice and have taken friends who have also enjoyed it. If you like antiquities, this is a great place to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I really enjoyed my visit. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The displays were very good with detailed descriptions in English. And the excavations were very interesting. Plus there were very few people in there so I was able to take my time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The vast array of frescoes, mosaics and other decorations give a great sense of how ancient Roman houses were decorated. There is lots of background text allowing for clear comprehension. Don't miss the extensive coin collection, again, with lots of background detail. Add to this the museum is fairly empty, making this one of my highlights in Rome.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you want to see more Roman relics this is the place to visit. The display of coins is amazing. Then there's the wall hangings and tile floors (though you can see a lot of tile floors in the churches too). And, as you can see in one photo, not much of a crowd.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The museum has a huge collection of statues, but the vast majority are dedicated to busts and examples of various Roman political and artistic periods. Takes less than 2 hours to feel like you've fully explored it; the busts start to look the same after a while, which cuts down on the amount of time necessary to spend in the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is very nice and ideally located. We ended up walking from our place to this location since it was close. The museum was like a lot of other museums - layed out well, decent admission prices and well kept. I liked the fact that this museum wasn't overwhelming like other places I've visited. They had a lot of... More 

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