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Museo Nazionale Romano - Palazzo Massimo alle Terme
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Ranked #38 of 2,034 things to do in Rome
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Owner description: Built onto the ruins of the Domitian theater, this splendid palazzo houses beautiful mosaics and Roman statuary.
Reviewed 6 April 2018

We came across this museum whilst riding the tram on a day of non stop rain. Entrance price is 10E and worth every penny. The exhibits are amazing, huge statues, art works, relics from every day life and mosaic after mosaic all in stunning condition.
Due to the fact that the museum is not so crowded I would rate it even higher than The Vatican museum (which was uncomfortably crowded with no opportunity to sit down and a long wait to gain access).
In my opinion Palazzo Massimo is one of the best museums in the world.

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Reviewed 2 April 2018

This museum is one of the best in Rome. You will not see just the objects, you will feel the spirit of space, each room in rich antique houses.

1  Thank Miha P
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Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

Livia's 2000 year old painted garden room is fabulous. Also the bronze statue of the boxer. Rome has so many amazing treasures

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Reviewed 24 March 2018

Warning: at this writing, the National Museum of Rome’s website appears to be under construction, meaning I can’t verify that the Nemi Ships exhibition is still there. I sincerely hope it it is – for your sake – because it was an unexpected treat and definitely my favorite of the whole museum.

That’s not to say that I didn’t thoroughly appreciate the Roman sculptures, Roman homes' mosaics, jewelry, coins, etc. from the first through fifth centuries. My favorite from those rooms was the heart-breaking "Boxer of Quirinal," more well known as "The Pugilist." Hubby’s favorites were also "The Pugilist" and additionally "The Discus Thrower," a bronze bust of Alexander the Great, and a small, fifth-century sculpture of Jesus preaching. (I strongly recommend following Rick Steves’ guidebook through the museum: we found it very helpful in giving us a better understanding of what we were seeing and making up for the minimalist signage.)

Toward the end of our visit (in the basement, I think), we discovered an unexpected bonus: a film about the Nemi Ships – large floating palaces built at Lake Nemi by Caligula – and the salvaged pieces that had gone into the open market before the ships were raised and an official museum built for them beside Lake Nemi. The pirated artifacts that have found their way into this exhibition are just about all that’s left of that crazy emperor’s palatial ships, because a 1944 fire destroyed the entire lakeside museum. I’ve attached photos of the huge wolf head and lion head bronze rings which held the ships’ railings.

After visiting this museum, housed in a beautiful, late-1800s building that does its artifacts justice, and a couple other Rome museums filled with similar artifacts, we decided taking the train to Naples and back to its archeological museum was unnecessary. Yes, this museum is that good.

There’s a cloak room and a very forgettable, smallish gift shop, but I don’t recall a cafe on site. (It's a stone's throw from Termini Station and Diocletian's Baths.)

3  Thank Teresa B
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Reviewed 22 March 2018 via mobile

I am amazed that this place is not packed everyday as it has the most stunning examples of sculpture, mosaics and frescos collected from in and around Rome. All well laid out and with useful descriptions in English.
Also if it is your thing the basement is given over to Roman coinage.
Two choices of entry ticket: one just for this museum at €10 each or one with entry to 3 other museums for €13.
Go, enjoy and be amazed.

2  Thank Jeff H
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