National Roman Museum of Diocletian Bath (Museo Nazionale Romano delle Terme di Diocleziano)

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National Roman Museum of Diocletian Bath, rome

Museo Nazionale Romano delle Terme di Diocleziano (National Roman Museum of Diocletian Bath) was unveiled in 1889 and could be considered as one of the most important collections of ancient sculpture in the world. The museum contains the works of art found during the excavations executed after 1870. This museum was founded to collect the antiquities of Rome and was recently reopened to the public. Housed within the imposing Diocletian complex. The exhibits are located in some halls of the Baths of Diocletian and in the rooms of suppressed Carthusian monastery including the cloister. The museum got richer by the donations of sculptures by the old Museo Kircheriano (collected by a Kircher in the 18th century) and Museo Ludovisi in 1621-1623.
National Roman Museum of Diocletian Bath (Museo Nazionale Romano delle Terme di Diocleziano), Rome

Most of the collection has been moved to Palazzo Massimo, but eventually the huge collection of epigraphs and sarcophagi belonging to the museum is to be rearranged here, and a prehistoric section opened on the first floor of the cloister. At present only two rooms and the cloister are open. Temporarily displayed here is the Discobolo (discus-thrower), from the Lancelotti collection, the finest and best-preserved replica of the famous statue of Myron. In the corridor are mosaics, including one of a skeleton with an inscription in Greek.

The Cloister was built in 1565 and is ascribed to Michelangelo. The arcades are supported by 100 travertine columns. The full perimeter of cloister is 320m. The fountain in the garden dates from 1695 and is surrounded by four cypresses of which one is thought to be planted by Michelangelo, and seven colossal heads of animals. The Carthusian monastery to which the cloister belonged was suppressed in 1870.
outer view and garden of National Roman Museum of Diocletian Bath
The Garden of the Five Hundred, characterized by an enormous marble fountain, and the Large Cloister, called of Michelangelo, where a section of lesser statues and various archaeological materials is exhibited, are part of the complex of the Museum. The epigraphical section was formed in the first half of the nineteenth century and today is completely restored. Many of the rooms were preserved because various parts later were converted to ecclesiastical or other use, including:

Exhibition Hall of the National Roman Museum at the Baths of Diocletian
Other remains of the baths are visible several streets away.

The church of San Bernardo alle Terme recycled one of only two circular towers in the rectangular boundary of the baths, flanking its southwestern wall. Between these two towers one large exedra used to exist as part of the same wall, today only its outline may be appreciated in the layout of Piazza della Repubblica in the city of Rome. More about: Terme di Diocleziano (Diocletian Bath)

National Roman Museum of Diocletian Bath (Museo Nazionale Romano delle Terme di Diocleziano)
Viale Enrico De Nicola, 79
00185, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Castro Pretorio (Porta Pia) (Roma centro)
National Roman Museum of Diocletian Bath (Museo Nazionale Romano delle Terme di Diocleziano) is Shown By "Map F Zone" As "13"
Bus: C2, H, 36, 38, 40, 64, 86, 90, 92, 105, 170, 175, 217, 310, 360, 714, 910.
Metro Lines: A and B, Termini stop.
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 9.00 am - 7.45 pm; Closed: Monday, December 25, January 1, May 1; December 24 and 31: 9.00 am - 6.00 pm. The ticket office closes 30 minutes before closing time.
Tickets: Single ticket valid for 3 days at 4 sites (Palazzo Massimo, Palazzo Altemps, Crypta Balbi, Baths of Diocletian). Full price: € 7.00. Reduced: € 3.50 for European Union citizens ages 18 to 24 and for European Union teachers. Free: European Union citizens 17 and under and 65 and over.
Roma Archaeologia Card: fee € 23,00 valid for 7 days and allows entance to Palazzo Massimo, Palazzo Altemps, Cripta Balbi, Terme di Diocleziano, Colosseo, Foro Romano e Palatino, Terme di Caracalla, Villa dei Quintili, Mausoleo di Cecilia Metella
Reduced € 13,00 to European Union members between 18 and 24 years and for teachers
Roma Pass: The site is included in the Roma Pass circuit.
Tel. Booking: +39.06.39967700 (Monday - Saturday 9.00 - 13.30 and 14.30 - 17.00) or 060608 (From 9.00-21.00)
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