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“Unique, unexpected, cool”

Centrale Montemartini
Ranked #67 of 1,735 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.
Reviewed July 4, 2013

Discovered this today while looking for some new sight to show to my wife in Rome, who has seen most of the popular ones. Came across an article on the Time magazine which listed this as one of ten unusual things to visit in Rome and decided to give it a try. I was not disappointed, nor was my fe, who took a lot of photos. Really unique atmosphere. Somehow the whole here is much more than the sum of the parts. I am not so interested in power plants nor in Roman statues, but somehow the two together become very interesting thanks to the fascinating contrast of two completely unrelated families of objects juxtaposed seemingly at random. By the way, it also seemed to me a very practical decision to host the spillover of the huge collection of statues from the Capitolini in the large open spaces of the Montemartini plant. Whoever had the idea, has my respect. Utterly crazy idea and yet very practical. Recommended!

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Reviewed June 22, 2013

I went to this museum purely due to the trip advisor reports and I wasn't disappointed. It retains the old power station features and machinery and adds some beautiful statues, and a mosaic floor. It is a nice size, not too big so an hour is long enough , but it's a fascinating hour and a very different from any other museum I've visited before

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Reviewed June 8, 2013

This museum is a bit out of the way (south of the Aventine Hill and close to the Protestant cemetery) but worth the trip if you want a different museum experience.. It is housed in what used to be a power plant and even though that sounds strange, the concept works. My husband, who isn't big on art, highly enjoyed seeing the huge boilers and turbines around which are placed beautiful pieces of ancient Roman sculptures. To top it all off, you won't be fighting crowds.

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Reviewed May 20, 2013

This museum is at the former power plant for Rome. It houses a collection of sculptures and mosaics from Ancient Rome, displayed amongst the giant boilers and turbines that used to produce Rome's electric power. The exhibits are beautifully lit and displayed and the juxtaposition of ancient and modern is fascinating and dramatic. One of the most impressive museums I have ever visited, gazing at the faces of these long dead citizens and their sacred gods in an abandoned temple of the modern age was a fantastic and moving experience.

Thank Jayne H
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Reviewed April 30, 2013

I spotted this museum on Tripadvisor and sought it out. Very glad I did. After the madness of most of the 'must-see' sites, this was an oasis of calm and beauty. The clash of 20th century industrial archaeology with ancient Roman sculpture works wonderfully well. And there's a mosaic of fishes and squid that's just beautiful. Easy to get to - take the Metro to Pyramide and then a 10 minute walk.

1  Thank Hilary D
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