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Centrale Montemartini

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Neighbourhood: Ostiense
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Address: Via Ostiense 106, 00154 Rome, Italy
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+39 06 0608
09:00 - 19:00
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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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Splendid second tier museum off the tourist path

This unusual museum hosts classic pieces in an old power plant artfully restructured, with an interesting connection between the new (early 1900s machines) and the old (statues... read more

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London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This unusual museum hosts classic pieces in an old power plant artfully restructured, with an interesting connection between the new (early 1900s machines) and the old (statues, mosaics, funerary decorations: all beautiful, though sort of second tier considering the abundance of art tresures in the eternal city) which successfully bridges two very different cultural areas. The location of the museum... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a former power station. The turbines and other large machines have been retained and form a wonderful backdrop for antiquities, often unearthed in the local area.

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Ispra, Italy
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Even after more than 50 times visiting Rome (in the range of 35 years, obviously) it turns out that there still unvisited places. I found this place in the book "111 things to visit in Rome". And what a surprise! Myself, who is not so enthusiastic about old statues or so, it was quite fascinating to see this mixture of... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely one of the best places I have visited in Rome so far. Unique location gives amazing background for the sculptures and mozaigues. Bit far from the busy turistic area, but combine visit with dinner in Testaccio area.

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Heemstede, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This the depot of the famous Musei Capitolini. But it is not a stuffy storage room. It is an old power station, turned into a museum. Wonderful greek and romans sculptures standing amidst huge, impressive 1930's power generating machines. What a spectacular, contrasting setting! Much more exiting than the traditional musea, although it of course doesn't show the real top... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

Who would have thought to house an antiquity collection in a disused power station. A fantastic idea if you ask me. There are some parallels to the Tate Modern in London, except that this museum has retain all its old and beautifully maintain machinery and it is much smaller. I loved it!

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 February 2017

A wonderful museum in an old thermo electric power station. The juxtaposition of ancient artefacts with giant diesels which look as if they could be awoken in minutes is compelling. Not to be missed!

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Lund, Sweden
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Reviewed 22 January 2017

The atmosphere here is really something special; whoever got the idea to turn this industrial venue into a Roman glyptotheque is a genius! A piece of advice though, bring your jacket inside if you’re there in the winter. And do visit Eataly on the way home.

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Weston, Florida
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Reviewed 27 November 2016

Most people have seen sculptures in parks and art museums but I'm sure many have never seen them surrounded by huge steam turbines and other machinery in this old power plant. There are also other items besides the sculptures located on the ground floor and there is also large mosaic floor on display. It was helpful that most descriptions were... More 

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Rome, Italy
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Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

Along the Via Ostiense near the Testaccio charming authentic neighborhood is this former power station from the late 1800's. The huge diesel turbines have been preserved and amongst them are exhibited beautiful ancient Roman statues from the Campidoglio collection. My favorite is a kneeling nimph. A must see in Rome .

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