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“If you have some extra time in Rome” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Centrale Montemartini

Centrale Montemartini
Ranked #55 of 1,456 things to do in Rome
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Owner description: 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.
Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“If you have some extra time in Rome”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2012 via mobile

A beatiful exhibition that would have felt very modern in the 90ies. The cleaned up machines are just us interesting as the sculptures.

Combine the museum with a visit to the fantastic 1920 suburb Garbatella and you have a nice outing from Rome. Visiting Garbatella proud locals came up to us for a talk about the area, and it is very beatiful. Garbatella and the museum are on opposite sides of the subway track.

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“Quirky, original and memorable.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2012

The staging of this overflow of scupture from the Capitoline Museums in an electrical generation plant from the 1920s has some surprising effects. The machinery, still in place, is massive - two huge diesel generators in a vast hall - all black ironwork and brass gauges. The sculptures are beautiful - seeing them out of the conventional museum setting made me appreciate them more as artworks, The stories about the discovery of the scultures - often in the course of driving a metro tunnel under Rome or digging a foundation - makes you appreciate how much Rome's 20th century industrial development and its archeology are intertwined - literally. If you are coming from Piazza Venezia, catch a 271 bus, it stops outside. You can combine it with a visit to the protesteant cemetary at Pyramide (you'll go right past it) and visit the graves of Keats, and Shelley in a beautiful garden, full of the memorials to Euriopeans and Americans whose visit to Rome lasted a little longer than they anticipated. A very atmospheric place...

Visited October 2012
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Swindon, England, United Kingdom
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“It's like a Dr.Who set!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2012

A refreshingly original concept to make a refurbished, re-fitted powerplant (two huge, old diesel generators) into a setting to display both ancient Roman sculpture and modern fashion.

Take Metro line B to Garbatella then exit to the left over the footbridge that crosses the rail line. Keep going down a non-too-salubrious alley way and cross the busy dual carriage way that is the Via Ostiense using the crossing on the right. The entrance is a few hundred meters back down the Via on the other side of the road (ie to your left as you approach it from the footbridge.

When we went it was virtually empty and though you have to check your bags into security I explained using international sign language (i.e. pointing) that I wanted to carry my camera bag and lenses and they were fine with that.

Flash photography is also allowed!

I wasn't too taken with the fashion exhibits but the sculptures, mosaics, busts etc combine very well with the heavyweight engineering to make this a great place to visit. Don't forget to climb up on teh viewing platforms to get an even more surreal view of the place.

Visited October 2012
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“Good idea in principle, execution a bit limited”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2012

Sculptures in an industrial setting is a photographer's dream. Although you are allowed to take photos freely, you have to check your bag at the door, so choose lenses carefully.

The ticket price at 6.50 euro matches the interest in the fairly small gallery, a combination of statues and faceless mannequins modelling fashion against the backdrop of heavy machinery. When I was there, it was near deserted, with three other patrons.

I was glad to go, having tired of churches and queues, but the remoteness of the attraction, the limited displays, and the heavy-handed ness of the guards count against it.

Visited October 2012
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Rome, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
“This is what the Italians are good at”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2012

Excellent use of an old industrial facility to house works of art. Very impressive statues are displayed with the old machinery to very good effect.

Closed Mondays.

Its 10 minutes walk from Metro Line B station Basilica S Paulo

Visited September 2012
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