National Roman Museum - Palazzo Massimo

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The palace was built in 1887 by architect Camillo Pistrucci according to the wish of Jesuit Massimiliano Massimo (1849-1911) who destined it for the seat of Jesuit scholastic institute which was conducted before 1870 in Collegio Romano.
National Roman Museum - Palazzo Massimo (Museo Nazionale Romano - Palazzo Massimo), rome

National Roman Museum - Palazzo Massimo (Museo Nazionale Romano - Palazzo Massimo) was restored as the new seat of the Museo Nazionale Romano, which was located before in the seat of Baths of Diocletian. This unusual convex facade of the Palazzo Massimo stands on the foundations of an old Roman theater (the odeon of Domitian) and curves along the old Papal Way (now the Corso Vittorio Emanuele). Some of the most important sculptures are exhibited in the Octagonal Hall of the Baths of Diocletian, and others have been left in the Museo Nazionale Romano in the Terme di Diocleziano (Baths of Diocletian) .

The museum contains: art from the time of Sulla to Augustus, including portraits, and some Greek originals;a colossal statue of Minerva (1st century b.C.); male portraits from Palestrina and Mentana; statue of a general from Tivoli; mosaic pavement (1st century b.C.); portraits of Romans close to Augustus or members of his family; numismatic display, with coins arranged chronologically from the 7th century b.C. to 68 A.D.; statue of Augustus as Pontifex Maximus; frescoes from the Columbarium on the Esquiline Hill; Ludovisi Throne, considered to be a Greek original of the 5th century b.C. found in the Villa Ludovisi; Daughter of Niobe, a Greek original of the 5th century b.C.; Peplophoros, a Greek original of the 5th century b.C. found in Piazza Barberini; neo-Attic works including Athene, Aphrodite, and a Muse holding a tragic mask; decorative relieves; sculptures found in the Imperial villas; Maiden of Anzio, a Greek original masterpiece dating from the 4th century b.C.; Ephebus of Subiaco, a Roman copy of an original of the 4th century b.C.; portraits found in Hadrian's Villa outside Tivoli; busts of emperors; female portraits of the 3rd -4th centuries A.D.; wall-paintings and mosaics; stuccoed and painted decoration of a building of the Augustan age; coin collection, medals and jewelry; and so many other precious pieces of ancient art.

The exhibition occupies the four floors of the Palace. The basement houses the sizeable numismatic collection, besides grave ornaments, jewels and the Grottarossa Mummy. The Numismatic Section (collection of the former Kircherian Museum, Gnecchi collection, Victor Emanuel the Third of Savoy collection) and the Jewelry Collection (gems found in the funerary trousseau's discovered in Rome and in its surroundings) are exhibited in the basement. The other three floors document the Ancient Art Section with works of the Roman artistic production, from the end of the Republican Age to the Late Imperial Age, together with Greek originals coming from the Horti Sallustiani.
inside collections of Palazzo Massimo - National Roman Museum
The ground floor documents the deep transformation of the Roman Society in consequence of the conquest of Greece and the birth of the principality through portraits, mosaics, inscriptions, and sculptures. The first floor documents the taste and the models that inspired the sculptural decorations of the imperial country-houses, from the one in Latium that belonged to Nero to the one near Tivoli that belonged to Hadrian. A few monumental sarchofagi and bronze elements coming from the ships on the Lake of Nemi are of particular interest.

The second floor exhibits paintings and mosaics found in the houses in Rome and in the country-houses in its surroundings. These include the frescos and stuccos from the Villa Romana della Farnesina at Via della Lungara and the decorations painted in the underground hall of Livia’s country-house at Prima Porta. An important example of decorations with marble tarsias is represented by the panel with the head of the Sun coming from the Mithreum of Santa Prisca.

This nineteenth-century palace in Neo-Renaissance style, close to the Termini Train Station, houses one of the world's most important collections of Classical art. Since 1998 it has been the seat of the Museo Nationale Romano, which formerly was headquartered in the nearby Baths of Diocletian. It fronts the now-busy Corso Vittorio Emanuele, a few hundred yards from the front of the church of Sant'Andrea della Valle.

National Roman Museum - Palazzo Massimo
Largo di Villa Peretti, 1
00185, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Castro Pretorio (Porta Pia) (Roma centro)
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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: Open every day from 9.00 to 19.45. Closed Mondays (except Easter Monday and during the "Week of Culture"), 1 January, 25 December. The ticket office closes one hour 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.
Information and Bookings Via Tel.: +39.06.39967700 (Monday - Saturday 9.00 - 13.30 and 14.30 - 17.00), 060608 (9.00-21.00).
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