Museo Nazionale Romano - Palazzo Massimo alle Terme

Museo Nazionale Romano - Palazzo Massimo alle Terme

Museo Nazionale Romano - Palazzo Massimo alle Terme
4.5
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Palazzo Massimo alle Terme was built between 1883 and 1887 by the architect Camillo Pistrucci in a sober neo-Renaissance style. He was born as a Jesuit college and remained so until 1960. In 1981 it was acquired by the Italian State and became one of the four National Roman Museum places. The collections are distributed in the four floors of the building according to a chronological and thematic criterion: the ground floor, the first and second floors are dedicated to the ancient art section; the basement houses the numismatic and goldsmith sections.
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Neighbourhood: Esquilino
Old school vibe from the very beginning is the only way to describe the Esquilino neighbourhood. The Esquilino takes pride in being one of the oldest areas in Rome for its key location on one of the city’s famous seven hills. From an ancient neighbourhood to its modern incarnation as a multicultural hub, Esquilino always has something going on—polyglot vendors debate street artists while kids play pick-up basketball games. Look around you: this area isn’t like the historic centre. Liberty architecture, large piazzas, and long boulevards mix with archaic arches, secret side alleys, and beautiful churches like Santa Maria Maggiore.
How to get there
  • Termini • 3 min walk
  • Repubblica - Teatro dell'Opera • 3 min walk
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  • genibre69
    London, United Kingdom5,130 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a trip
    Well worth a visit for the first free Sunday of the month. The majority of sculptures and mosaics have English placard translations but not all. I especially liked some coloured mosaics I had never seen before, in the photos. Also an incredibly beautiful and huge sarcophagus was worth seeing. Not very crowded.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written June 8, 2023
  • Nikolas D
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mind numbing quality and quantity of exhibits, could spend days here alone.
    The quality and quantity of the art/history exhibited is absolutely overwhelming, as it often happens in Rome. If you suffer from cultural overload already, make sure not to miss the Villa of Livia garden room and mosaics on the 2nd level. Also the sarcophagus in the far corner (if looking from the ticket booth) on level 1 and the roman public calendar on the ground floor.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written June 9, 2023
  • Lili
    Melbourne, Florida25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visit this museum with a guide it is well worth it
    We would have missed this museum if it wasn’t for a private tour with Vincenzo our guide From Roman Guides. To fully explore the treasures of this museum I recommend a guide Unless you have a lot of time to read the descriptions! Vincenzo has the knowledge and passion to bring the history before you to life. I will always be grateful to him for a wonderful experience while in Rome
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written June 28, 2023
  • Mnrichar
    Raleigh, North Carolina54 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely worth an afternoon to peruse sculptures and mosaics
    We visited with two teenagers after reading about the museum's sculpture collection. The busts were very interesting, a number of them with unusual hair and clothing not typically pictured in sculptural portraiture of the time. The mosaics are some of the most complete and impressive samples we'd seen and well worth the time. By far the most breathtaking is the Portonaccio sarcophagus, which has gloriously intricate carvings throughout and is very dramatic to photograph.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 4, 2023
  • Myra M
    25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must-see museum with unpretentious facade
    Worth the visit for the mosaics alone. The sculptures and portrait busts were amazing too of course. Some of them were incredibly life-like, which helps you instantly connect with the past. The museum is directly across from the tourist double-decker bus stop by Termini train station. The museum facade is so nondescript that we stood in front of it three days in a row without realizing what is was or what treasures it held inside. They should put some kind of prominent signage outside to attract more attention. So glad we were curious and finally wandered inside.
    Visited April 2023
    Written July 23, 2023
  • muganji
    Ljubljana, Slovenia48 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The best of the best of Ancient Rome
    This is an extraordinary museum, very well organized with plenty of clear descriptions and much easier to visit and enjoy that the Belvedere and Roman sculptures of the Vatican. The first floor is mainly sculptures, with some unique pieces like the 5th century BC fighter discovered intact, and one of the two ivory faces of the 72 such statutes in Rome. The frescoes from entire rooms from building in Rome are found here, along with the amazing bronze animal decorations from the 2 Roman boats of Nemi burned by the Germans when they retreated from Rome in World War II. This museum should be at the top of your list to see in Rome!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written August 6, 2023
  • soinic
    2,444 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Roman history and art museum.
    The museum is located in the huge Palazzo Massimo, close to Roma Termini (some homeless people living under the arcades next to the palazzo left a lot of trash ... which looked really horrible when walking up to the museum, don't let this put you off!). Museum shows plenty of worldclass Roman art with good of explanations, not overcrowded and we could really enjoy all the outstanding frescoes, stuccoes, sculptures, mosaics, wallpainting etc. WOW Favorite is the wall painting "garden scenery" (villa di Livia), so special 🤗 Staff was friendly and polite. No/bad AC wasn't great because of temperatures around 33° C and the many windows, we felt like being in a heated greenhouse! Museum is absolutely worth a visit! So many nice souvenirs to take home in your ❤
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 15, 2023
  • SMLikestoTravel
    Bengaluru, India392 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visited on a free Sunday, worth it!
    We visited this museum late afternoon on the free Sunday. There was no crowd or queue to get in. Once inside, we spent 1-2 hours exploring the vast collections. We could have easily spent more time had we not been so tired by the end of the day because this was the last site that we visited on this day, having covered Pantheon, Piazza Navona and Church of Santa Maria Della Vittoria earlier in the day. The highlights at this museum: the numerous busts with intricate hair styles, the bronze statues - Boxer at rest and Hellenistic prince, the multiple mosaics at display
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written September 2, 2023
  • Rose H
    297 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great museum with a superb collection.
    This museum holds a fantastic collection of Greek and Roman statues, mosaics and frescoes, and is easily accessible and not crowded. There is a combo ticket with other museums in the Museo Nazionale Romano group - currently 3, as one of them is closed. At 13 Euro for all of them (valid for 7 days) it is great value. The mosaics here are wonderful, especially the micro mosaics, and the garden room frescoes from Villa Livia are amazing. The building in which it is housed is also very charming. It is definitely worth a visit.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 10, 2023
  • JohnRegoPark
    Rego Park, New York1,232 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An overlooked gem in Rome
    With so much art in Rome, it would be easy to overlook this exceptional collection of Greek and Roman art. There are many famous pieces here, including the Discus Thrower, the Seated Boxer (currently on loan elsewhere) and the Garden Scene from the Villa of Livia. The museum is fairly large, but the exhibits are given space and so there is not the feeling that you are overwhelmed. The museum is fairly empty, so there is no need to buy tickets in advance. There is a coat check service, but be warned it is on the honor system. You leave your backpack unattended in a cubby. Best not to carry one in the first place.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written October 4, 2023
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Art is heart
Mumbai, India682 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Boxer in this musuem is a gift to those who appreciate Art.Beautiful bronzes of Medusa/Alexander, Peaceful Oasis away from the cacophony .
The top floor has such mesmerizing frescoes n mosaics.
The marbles of Nero, Artemis, and many more are so well detailed.
Must visit
Written May 3, 2024
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tosl
Jersey City, NJ878 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
It was pouring rain, so we skipped the Forum and I brought my twin teen daughters here instead to escape the rain. I am glad we did. Excellent museum to tour Rome's history through art. The top floor is filled with Roman frescoes - the best collection I have seen anywhere. Although my daughters started to get tired towards the end, we were dry and I loved it. Great museum and not crowded even in the rain.
Written April 7, 2024
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MikeFo
Brighton, UK1,061 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Formed from latterly uncovered pieces, very well curated and highly informative and quite impressive too. Definitely well worth a visit.
Written April 5, 2024
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CarmelO
Ireland132 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Great place to see the sculptured images of Romans. We visited here after having been to the colosseum / Palatine Hill / Roman Forum so this was a very appropriate follow on from that experience. You could imagine these people attending the games. Give yourself 2 hours for the visit. Lovely cafe / restaurant on site also.
Written February 16, 2024
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nico
Rome, Italy82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
the frescoed walls of livia are the BEST and don’t forget to pay your respects to catilina next to the main entrance just outside
Written January 4, 2024
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Jim W.
Atlanta, GA1,289 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
This is actually spread out over 2 (or more) buildings. These are diagonally across a large intersection from each other. Both are across streets from the Termini (train) Station. Also - our city pass purported to include this place for admission. However, when we arrived they said that there had been some change and it was not covered. We paid their fee anyway. Later, we got a reimbursement from the city pass company for this.

We began our tour in the building to the right when you are facing the train station. It houses mostly statuary from the period from Julius Ceasar forward. They have busts of many of the emperors from the first couple of centuries of the empire (and their families, in some cases). There are other statues as well, plus things like a huge room's preserved wall paintings that were unearthed nearby. It is definitely heavy on busts, but I thought it was interesting.

We then crossed the streets to the 2nd building, which is incorporated into the remains of a vast Roman baths complex. They had a variety of different exhibits here - about the baths, some more sculptures, an odd small shrine that was unearthed during a construction project (and which was preserved in a parking garage), details about pre-Roman villages in the area, etc. You could browse through and focus on a few areas of interest. There were also multiple courtyards to examine, each with its own statuary.

This set of museums is probably best viewed after touring things like the Forum or Colosseum first. You then may have some basic context of where things happened, and can then start adding details about the major figures associated with the time period (and get some idea of what they looked like too). I enjoyed spending a morning here.
Written December 17, 2023
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Mary Jane E
33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
What a special treat! A Beautiful museum with incredible Roman artifacts presented very well. The room of frescoes from the garden room of Livia located on the museum’s top floor were one of the most special things I have ever seen. A rare and wonderful experience.
Written November 26, 2023
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Lucchesa
Seattle, WA163 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
The main work of art I wanted to see at Palazzo Massimo was the famous bronze Boxer, which I show every time I teach Hellenistic art. It’s currently on loan to an exhibition in Brescia. This was a bummer. And the coin and jewelry exhibits on the lowest floor were closed for reinstallation. I got over it. In a city filled with great collections of ancient art, this one is still superb. It was not the least bit crowded — I was all alone with the statue of Augustus as high priest. The wall texts in Italian and English are extensive, well done and well translated. The layout was maybe a bit confusing — a museum map would have been nice, or more obvious room numbers and directional signs. But whichever direction you go, you’ll see flipping amazing ancient Roman art. Some Greek, too.

It starts Roman Republican sculpture and quickly moves into the age of Augustus and his followers. There are lots of portrait heads, and the wall texts explain how they use hairstyles to estimate dates. Even if you know nothing about ancient art, you’re going to see things that are impressive and beautiful. The Boxer may not be there, but his companion, the so called Hellenistic Prince, is, and I have never been that close to an ancient bronze before. I was practically face to face with his genitals (you can touch them. It’s tempting. Don’t.) which I learned from the wall text were separately cast, as were some of his toes. There’s a hermaphrodite. There are two discus throwers. There’s an extraordinary battle sarcophagus. There are several outstanding sarcophagi — one with large figures of the muses. There’s a mind-boggling room devoted to bronze survivals from two ceremonial ships built for Nero. The ground and first (US 2nd) floors have an almost overwhelming amount of ancient sculpture.

And just when you think you can’t possibly absorb one more white marble statue, you head to the top floor and surround yourself in the lush blue and greens of the garden fresco from Livia’s villa at Primaporta. If you want, you can leave after that, but I found the frescoes and mosaics of floor II a treat. Look for the grinning hippos and crocodile. There’s a really nice museum bookstore (especially if you read Italian) on the ground floor that has good postcards of a few choice works of art. And there’s a nice café, which I’ll review separately. I spent nearly five hours in Palazzo Massimo, but that included time sketching and having lunch. If you want to gorge on classical art while in Rome, don’t miss this!
Written October 29, 2023
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Odyssey14186552767
27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Amazing mosaic floors and sculptures. Not overwhelming like some museums. Took about an hour to go through but I’ve got a disability. They were very helpful getting my husband and I to the elevators instead of having me take the stairs. Highly recommend.
Written October 15, 2023
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JohnRegoPark
Rego Park, NY1,232 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
With so much art in Rome, it would be easy to overlook this exceptional collection of Greek and Roman art. There are many famous pieces here, including the Discus Thrower, the Seated Boxer (currently on loan elsewhere) and the Garden Scene from the Villa of Livia. The museum is fairly large, but the exhibits are given space and so there is not the feeling that you are overwhelmed. The museum is fairly empty, so there is no need to buy tickets in advance. There is a coat check service, but be warned it is on the honor system. You leave your backpack unattended in a cubby. Best not to carry one in the first place.
Written October 4, 2023
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