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Centrale Montemartini

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Neighbourhood: Ostiense
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Address: Via Ostiense 106, 00154 Rome, Italy
Phone Number: +39 06 0608
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The history if the new exhibition space for the Musei Capitolini in the...

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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Unusual place for sculptures!

Most people have seen sculptures in parks and art museums but I'm sure many have never seen them surrounded by huge steam turbines and other machinery in this old power plant... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Most people have seen sculptures in parks and art museums but I'm sure many have never seen them surrounded by huge steam turbines and other machinery in this old power plant. There are also other items besides the sculptures located on the ground floor and there is also large mosaic floor on display. It was helpful that most descriptions were... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Along the Via Ostiense near the Testaccio charming authentic neighborhood is this former power station from the late 1800's. The huge diesel turbines have been preserved and amongst them are exhibited beautiful ancient Roman statues from the Campidoglio collection. My favorite is a kneeling nimph. A must see in Rome .

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Wheter it is raining or the sun is shining brightly this museum is Absolutely worth visiting. What I found most attractive were the beautiful mosaics lying around. But also the blac madonna struck me in the heart. Nice neighbourhood too, of the beaten tracks.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

I have been here twice now, there is something very appealing to seeing Roman sculptures displayed in front of a huge steam turbine. It really works. Do visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

This place not only offers an escape from the crowds that plague other sights in Rome, but offers a truly unique juxtaposition of ancient history and contemporary history. The power plant has been beautifully showcased alongside ancient sculptures. The blackness of the machines contrasts the white marble in a truly breathtaking way. One of the best museum experiences of my... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

I love science museums, machinery in general and most forms of art. This museum features ancient sculpture, artifacts and mosaics, juxtaposed with the vast machinery of an early electrical power plant. And it works! The museum is vast and it took at least 90 minutes to walk around and to enjoy the various vantage points to see both the artwork... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

My number one surprise here…where is the crowd? Why am I so alone? Why do the workers look so bored? Sure, this is a little bit away from the main attractions, however not THAT far. It is 4 kms from Piazza Navona. From the nearest subway station, which is Garbatella, it is an easy 5 minute walk. Is the typical... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

Centrale Montemartini is one of the most amazing places in Roma. Built in 1912 in Art Nouveau style, it was the first public electric plant in Roma. It was abandoned in 1963 but luckily the incredible architecture and its historical importance saved it from demolition. In 1997, Centrale Montemartini was used for a temporary exhibition of sculptural works from the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

Off the tourist path, this museum in an former power station demands time and respect. From a relatively low key entrance, one enters an interesting area of early Roman sculptures, mosaics and artefacts. This alone is wonderful, w d despite taking our time, didn't feel that we did it justice on this occasion. On going upstairs, where the old turbines... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Then this is it! A part of the Musei Capitolini, a collection of busts, sculptures etc in an old power station, that has been restored. I thought it was an amazing exhibition. Like someone else said, it is a bit of the tourist map, but at 8Euro entrance and 1.5Euro metro ticket it really is worth it. We got there... More 

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