Centrale Montemartini

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Centrale Montemartini
4.5
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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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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Neighborhood: Ostiense
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  • Garbatella • 6 min walk
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Pavel K
Lucca, Italy287 contributions
Couples
The experience of seeing 2000 year old Greek and Roman sculptures in the setting of this antique power plant is unmatched.
Definitely go, but do not use GetYourGuide. They will appear first on your internet inquiry and will make you buy a ticket for the Capitoline Museum as well. It would cost you €84 for two. Instead go directly in the Centrale Montemartini Museum for €12 taxi and €10 a person entry. You will also benefit from not going to their TicketStation office, fight the crowds and wait (30 minutes for us) to exchange their internet voucher for a ticket for a defined time slot. Very complicated process that will cost you 4x as much!
Written November 12, 2021
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BestRegards FromFar
Cape Town Central, South Africa367 contributions
Absolutely stunning museum with real treasures. Most of the art, mainly statues, were found underground in and around Rome and their stories are captivating. The architecture of the former power plant is quite interesting as well as the contrast between the industrial site of the venue and the ancient Roman and Greek sculptures. A must!
Written May 23, 2022
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ginsengNewYork
new york1,168 contributions
Recycling at its best ;-)
In this former 1912 power station, imposing machinery provides a stark contrast to the white antique sculptures found in late excavations in Rome. The contrast between human achievements, in different centuries and fields is vibrant. The temporry exhibits are quite interesting as well. Amongst the sculptures and beautiful mosaics, we found some unusual pieces, as a "lectica", antique litter/portable couch for wealthy Romans being able to afford 4 slaves to carry it ( during the day, wheeled transportation was forbidden in Rome, only allowed at night). There is also a huge room hosting Pope Pie IX's private luxurious train....
This museum, located a little out of the way, behind the Colosseum, ihappens to be quite close to the Basilica San Paolo Fuori Le Mura, or the lively Testaccio market.
We went there by bike to admire the pyramid; but you can easily reach it with a direct bus from Campidoglio (84?) or by metro ( stop at Pyramid Station ) then walk down the Via Ostiense.
Written September 17, 2021
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sandy c
Copenhagen, Denmark614 contributions
For the most part, it's stuff that didn't merit inclusion in a more renowned museum. Some of the statuary was certainly beautiful, but that was more the exception than the rule. The temporary exhibition was well put together- if you like learning about ancient pottery methods. (I did!)
It took almost 10 minutes to buy my ticket at the front desk. Don't know what the problem was.
I'd only recommend this collection if you really like ancient art AND buy a slightly-discounted combination ticket for the Capitoline museums. Or if you just want to take selfies for your social media, the industrial components may float your boat *rolls eyes*
Written December 17, 2020
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D M
London, UK23 contributions
We loved it! Superb! It is a museum that would proudly feature in NY or Paris.
The staff at the entrance were friendly and welcoming, unlike a lot of other attractions in Rome.
The collection is stunning. Those works of art would justify a huge investment of money and a prominent position ... a gadget shop.. marketing... the lot, anywhere else in the world, but because this is Rome and you have the Musei Capitolini round the corner, it is somehow relegated to Ostiense.

Only one thing could have completed our visit: a cool cafeteria with air con, where to sit, relax and read about the museum.
Written July 29, 2020
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Friendlytravler
Washington DC, DC123 contributions
Solo
I loved this museum of sculptures displayed in an old power station. The well-known museums in Rome are so CROWDED! Take a break and go look at some lovely statues with no crowds! The entry fee is about 7 euros and every statue was exquisite with a good description in both Italian and English. It was very dynamic to see the ancient art displayed next to the gears and equipment from an old power plant. There were very few tourists but many art students making sketches. It was fun to sit and watch them. There are also some lovely mosaics on the floor.

How to get there – take the metro B line from Termini to Piramide and exit to the main street to the left of the main door facing the Piramide– Via Ostiense. Walk about 5-10 minutes and look for the banners that announces the Musei Capitolini Centrale Montemartini – at 106 Via Ostiense. I spent about 2 hours just admiring the statues and reading the descriptions. It was lovely to walk around with no crowds.

I wanted to sit down when I left and relax. Just around the corner at 104 Ostiense is the Gran Caffe Violante. It is the perfect spot to stop for a cup of tea or a nice Italian coffee and a freshly made snack. I had a cup of coffee and a sandwich on a fresh roll with tomato, arugula and mozzarella and a dash of herbs and olive oil for 4.50 euros. The café is clean and open and you can rest over your guide book or write in your journal or just chat with a friend and be amazed that you are in Roma!

Find a new adventure at the Musei Capitolini Centrale Montemartini.
Written May 7, 2019
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DB1988
Ottawa, Canada125 contributions
Couples
I love science museums, machinery in general and most forms of art. This museum features ancient sculpture, artifacts and mosaics, juxtaposed with the vast machinery of an early electrical power plant. And it works!

The museum is vast and it took at least 90 minutes to walk around and to enjoy the various vantage points to see both the artwork and the impressive industrial equipment.

This museum seems to have very few visitors.
Written September 20, 2016
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IT-Expert
Albany, NY763 contributions
Couples
My number one surprise here…where is the crowd? Why am I so alone? Why do the workers look so bored? Sure, this is a little bit away from the main attractions, however not THAT far. It is 4 kms from Piazza Navona. From the nearest subway station, which is Garbatella, it is an easy 5 minute walk. Is the typical Roman tourist such an unsophisticated that they skip sites such as this? Yowza.

This is a place to amaze. Historic artifacts in a background and atmosphere that is unique. A converted power station, and a really, really, beautifully done art installation. The contrast with the machinery, which looks like it can be turned on and run at a button’s press, with the centuries old artwork, is really singular. I would say that my entire 2+ hour visit, there were just about the same number workers as art patrons. One activity that I found fun is to take artistic photos at different angles, with a mix on antiquities and heavy machinery.

How I found this place is that there were online recommendations from Ivy professors that pointed to this museum. I also took a tour on another Roman attraction and the docent highly recommended Montemartini, The endorsements are spot on.

It is sad to see so few people visit this place. I really hope this attraction stays open in spite the few patrons that visit this place. This place is to amaze. Did I say that already. Solid 5 for 5.
Written September 6, 2016
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Unpodipepe
Vancouver, Canada95 contributions
Solo
Centrale Montemartini is one of the most amazing places in Roma. Built in 1912 in Art Nouveau style, it was the first public electric plant in Roma. It was abandoned in 1963 but luckily the incredible architecture and its historical importance saved it from demolition. In 1997, Centrale Montemartini was used for a temporary exhibition of sculptural works from the Capitoline Museum called 'Le Macchine e gli Dei' (The Machines and the Gods). The space later became a permanent part of the Capitoline Museums. All of the thermoelectric equipment, including steam boilers, diesel engines, catwalks and twisting systems of pipes and gauges were left in place. The result is a stark contrast of ancient and industrial, art and science. The antique white marble becomes translucent against the blackness of the machinery. The space is huge and silent, with high ceilings and tall windows, so there is ample room to walk among the works and appreciate their beauty.
I've been to Centrale Montemartini 3 times and each time there were only about 5-10 other visitors. One of the staff told me that they have a lot of school groups in for their educational program from October to May, but June to September are not very busy. This is the opposite of most other museums! I definitely recommend Centrale Montemartini, especially if you want to get away from the crowds and lineups, and see something truly unique. Even people who don't like museums will appreciate this one. I would plan on 2-3 hours there, although I have spent almost a whole day there with my sketchbook! It is a great place to bring the kids, especially to escape the heat in the middle of the day.
Centrale Montemartini is in the Ostiense area, south of Roma's historic center but very accessible. Metro line B (blue line) Garbatella stop is about a 2 block walk. When you leave the Metro station, cross a pedestrian bridge and head straight towards Via Ostiense. Bus #23 also goes along Via Ostiense. The Basilica of San Paolo Fuori le Mura is one Metro stop away. It is walkable if you have comfortable shoes. Centrale Montemartini is open Tuesday to Sunday from 9am-7pm.
Buon Viaggio!
Written September 5, 2016
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Relax16134
New York City1 contribution
Personally, I'm not a fan of joining the teeming, sweating tourist crowds that swarm over Rome in waves. So for me, the Montemartini Museum was a perfect fit. Out of the way, quiet, and a little offbeat, it is hardly of appeal to the mainstream tourist. It is located in an old powerplant, just outside of city center, in an area of town that is decidedly industrial. Be prepared that the 5 minute walk from the subway leads you through empty lots, grafittied walls, and rushing traffic. But once you've arrived, you've reached a small oasis. Yes, there's better collections to be had, but if you're interested in a small intimiate experience, in a marvelously machine-age setting, this is the place. Not for everyone, but for those who it's for, it will leave an impression.
Written December 5, 2004
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