Palazzo Massimo alle Terme

Rome, Italy

The National Roman Museum is a museum with several branches in separate buildings throughout the city of Rome. Palazzo Massimo alle Terme houses part of the National Roman Museum, one of the world’s greatest collections of ancient art. It provides a magnificent showcase for some of the most beautiful paintings, mosaics and sculptures of the Roman age.

One room is devoted to the mummy that was found in 1964 on the Via Cassia, inside a richly decorated sarcophagus with several artefacts in amber and pieces of jewellery also on display. The ground and first floor has also sculptures of the period between the late Roman Republic and the early imperial period (2nd century BC to 1st century AD).

The second floor hosts frescoes, stucci and mosaics, including those from the villa of Livia, wife of Augustus. The frescoes, discovered in 1863 and dating back to the 1st century BC, show a luscious garden with ornamental plants and pomegranate trees.

The Museum's numismatic collection is the largest in Italy. Among the coins on exhibit are Theodoric’s medallion, the four ducats of Pope Paul II with the navicella of St Peter, and the silver piastre of the Pontifical State with views of the city of Rome.



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Founded: 16th century
Category: Museums in Italy


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Kevin Liao (8 months ago)
Wonderful museum, it had been a long time since I was there. Went on November 1, a holiday, but the museum was open. Green Pass or equivalent required to enter; they need to refill hand sanitizer stations, however, as several I tried were empty. All three floors were open (did not check if the basement level was open). Maybe a total of 20 people in the entire museum. Absolutely packed with wonderful antiquities, with description in both Italian and English. Some major pieces you instantly recognize from art or history books, from the Boxer to the Wounded Niobe to the frescoes from Livia's Gardens, and some amazing mosaics.
WRL (9 months ago)
A very interesting museum with ancient frescoes, mosaics, sculptures, and the largest public bath in the Roman Empire. Well worth a visit- the 4 museum pass is the best deal. Only $2-4 Euros more than an individual ticket and it gets you into to Massimo twice, Altemps and the baths once (and one more place we didn't go).
Gabriele Busnelli (15 months ago)
If you want to have a day-long crash course in Roman art, this is the place for you. It is an amazing collection of statues, frescoes, decorative object that give a 360-degrees picture of Roman art and culture. Do take your time, don’t just run through the museum!
Petr Sobíšek (2 years ago)
Another of the amazing historical museums in Rome. The highlights are definitelly beautiful 2,000-year-old wall paintings from ancient houses, including paintings from the house of Livia, the wife of Emperor Augustus. But you will also see lots of Greek and Roman statues, mosaics and other ancient objects. It is also worth to visit the nearby Diocletian's Baths (same ticket), where you can see, among other things, the oldest written documents from Rome. And the buildings of the largest Roman baths, are impressive as well.
Cornelis Achtenzestig (2 years ago)
At the ticket counter we were told that we should have bought the tickets online. It felt like as they did us a favour, selling us a ticket at the ticket counter. Museum is worth a visit but two floors were closed. Ticket seemed to be valid for two other locations so it's not a bad deal.
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