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Centrale Montemartini

Via Ostiense 106, 00154 Rome, Italy
+39 06 0608
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When industrial heritage meets Greco-Roman sculptures

When I read up about Basilica San Paolo fuori le Mura in my guidebook, I saw an introduction on... read more

Reviewed 19 May 2018
A Y
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Hong Kong, China
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When industrial archeology meets classic arts!

The “Centrale Montemartini” was born as the first plant for the production of electricity for the... read more

Reviewed 7 May 2018
Marziomartel
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Rome, Italy
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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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Via Ostiense 106, 00154 Rome, Italy
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Reviewed 19 May 2018 via mobile

When I read up about Basilica San Paolo fuori le Mura in my guidebook, I saw an introduction on this museum and immediately decided to go, as it's not far away from the basilica. What an ingenious idea to turn this disused power plant (with...More

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Reviewed 7 May 2018 via mobile

The “Centrale Montemartini” was born as the first plant for the production of electricity for the city of Rome and is today a beautiful example of industrial archeology. Reconverted into a museum in 1997, it is today one of the seat of capitoline museums. The...More

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Reviewed 5 May 2018

This was one of the highlights of our trip to Rome. Off the beaten tourist trail, a decommissioned power plant has been turned into a museum of ancient artefacts. Positioning the obsolete tools and towering machinery of the early 20th century power plant as the...More

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Reviewed 29 April 2018 via mobile

What a fantastic museum! A really successful juxtaposition of recent industrial history and classical sculpture. Easily accessible from Garbatella metro but far from the teeming crowds of central Rome. An inspiring space.

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Reviewed 11 April 2018

In the huge halls of the former power station, successful marriage between the old monumental machinery and the much older roman sculpture, with some plastic rimes between the curves of both, or impressive contrast between the materials, colours, shapes, sizes. The museology is one of...More

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Reviewed 11 March 2018 via mobile

This interesting museum is housed in one of Rome’s first power stations. It displays some of Rome’s huge collection of Greek and Roman statues, tombs, two large mosaic floors and sculpture set amongst the now defunct turbines and boilers and the halls still smell of...More

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Reviewed 28 February 2018

Is located in Via Ostiense, (join tickets with Capitoline Museums;) this museum attracts visitors to formerly industrial Ostiense; to admire many ancient sculptures, also massive turbines and furnaces fascinate; many objects as head and feet of an colossal statue, of about 8 m high from...More

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Reviewed 22 February 2018

Rome has really too much to offer and this is why this peculiar museum is too often forgotten by tourists and romans alike. It is a great pity because it has so much to offer! Antique greek and roman masterpieces and the oldest surviving train...More

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Reviewed 12 February 2018

I enjoyed this museum a lot but it's probably not a must see if it's your first time in Rome. It's mostly sculptures in an old power plant (interesting in itself, and a neat contrast) but there are also some huge, amazing mosaics. There were...More

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Reviewed 5 January 2018

We've been wanting to come here for years but hadn't had the chance before our most recent trip when we made sure we took the time out to visit. Soooo glad we made the effort. The juxtaposition of the ancient marble against the bronze and...More

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Dear Tainley, yes, the museum will be regularly open from 9am to 7pm (last admission at 6:30pm). Best regards, Staff
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