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Centrale Montemartini

#64 of 1,257 things to do in Rome
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Neighborhood: Ostiense
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Address: Via Ostiense 106, 00154 Rome, Italy
Phone Number: +39 060608
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The history if the new exhibition space for the Musei Capitolini in the...

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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Not merely a hidden gem, a star of the city

Off the tourist path, this museum in an former power station demands time and respect. From a relatively low key entrance, one enters an interesting area of early Roman... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Canberra, Australia
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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Off the tourist path, this museum in an former power station demands time and respect. From a relatively low key entrance, one enters an interesting area of early Roman sculptures, mosaics and artefacts. This alone is wonderful, w d despite taking our time, didn't feel that we did it justice on this occasion. On going upstairs, where the old turbines... More 

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Bath, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

Then this is it! A part of the Musei Capitolini, a collection of busts, sculptures etc in an old power station, that has been restored. I thought it was an amazing exhibition. Like someone else said, it is a bit of the tourist map, but at 8Euro entrance and 1.5Euro metro ticket it really is worth it. We got there... More 

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Ghent, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

The ancient and modern worlds clash in spectacular style at the Centrale Montemartini Museum, Rome's first electrical power station which has been turned into a most unusual exhibition space. When the Capitoline Museum underwent reconstruction in the mid-1990s, 400 Greek and Roman statues were stored at the then de-commissioned power plant. It was only meant to be a temporary move,... More 

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Tarpon Springs, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016

It is a bit out of the way, but it can be easily reached by taking the Laurentina line ,B, and it is really worth it

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Edinburgh
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

A little off the tourist track but worth the trip. Exhibition of classical art (mainly sculpture) against the backdrop of a retired electric power station. Lots of information alongside exhibits. Was a great way to spend a morning.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

We were told about this amazing place by Mary Beard, the Cambridge based professor of Roman History, but even her words did not prepare us for this really wonderful experience. These ancient sculptures and other Roman artefacts are placed against a backdrop of early 19th Century engineering and it works beautifully. The concierge of our 4 start hotel had never... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2016 via mobile

Housed in a 1919 Power Plant us a stunning selection of ancient Roman sculptures excavated from sites throughout the city. The juxtaposition is wonderful and there is just enough so it's not overwhelming but very enlightening. Very few tourists venture here to Ostiense but it's worth the visit and then you can lunch at the amazing Eataly just a few... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2016 via mobile

Expo is great, but the cycling route to reach it from Rome city centre is a real experience, No easy cycle road and quite difficult to find, lies in the middle of closed and worn down factory sites though. So worth while after all.

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Lowestoft, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2016

This is an interesting place to visit with the machinery still in place and the artwork around it. More for those who enjoy art and sculpture.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2016

If you like art and ancient Greek and Roman sculpture don't miss this old electrical station transformed into a museum. Very near metro.

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