Rome is a city full of beautiful museums, but among all these wonders, the Roman National Museum stands out.
History of the museum
The Roman National Museum was founded in 1889, but was only inaugurated in 1890. With collections that illustrate the history of ancient Rome, it consists of four sites: Thermas Diocleziano, Crypta Balbi, Pallazo Massimo and Pallazo Altemps. The museum is well worth a visit, especially to understand the history of the city and of all of Italy over the years. One of the curiosities of the Museo Nazionale di Roma is that many of the items currently in the museum date back to past eras, when new objects were discovered during excavations.
The first site of the Roman National Museum is the Thermas Diocleziano. Built in 298 AD, it was the largest of all the thermal baths built in ancient Rome. Composed of many pools and baths, it could accommodate about 3,000 people. One of the attractions of the Diocleziano Thermal Baths is the protohistoric section, made up of various ancient objects dating from the Bronze and Iron Ages. Another place much visited by tourists is the Clausto, designed by Michelangelo and filled with sculptures. Don’t miss a visit to the Thermas Diocleziano and have the delicious sensation of going back in time.
Address: Viale Enrico de Nicola, 79
This site is a real invitation for tourists who want to learn about the history and development of Rome. In this very spot, where the Crypta Balbia is located, there was once an ancient theatre built by Lucio Cornelio Balbo. Since then, many of the buildings in the area have been transformed into theatres, warehouses, shops and so on. For those who are interested in urban planning and want to know more about the transition that took place in Largo Argentina, Piazza Venezia, Trastevere and the Hebrew Ghetto, a visit to the Crypta Balbi could be the ideal trip. The great thing is that you can also visit the underground area of the museum and see some of the ancient city, which was underneath the present city.
Address: Via delle Botteghe Oscure 31
Balbi Crypt at the Roman National Museum in Rome
The building appeared in the 16th century and has since housed a wide range of classical art collections from around the world. Composed of sculptures, statues and even mosaics, the Pallazo Massimo counts among its main works the iL Pugile, a sculpture found in one of Rome’s various excavations. However, among the attractions that tourists enjoy most in the Pallazo Massimo, the Grottarossa mummy stands out. The mummy is that of an 8 year old Roman girl and was discovered in one of the excavations in the area. Together with an ivory doll, also discovered during the excavations, the Grottarossa mummy has become one of the most visited by tourists.
Address: Largo di Villa Peretti.
Finally, we have the Pallazo Altemps. The location of an Italian film and Oscar winner, The Great Beauty, the museum is very beautiful and worth a visit. Many of the objects that came to the Pallazo Altemps came from collectors, families and even the Altemps family itself. Another positive point is that from this seat you can see one of the sights of Rome, the Piazza.
Address: Piazza di Santo Apollinare 46
Tuesday to Friday from 14:00 to 19:45
Saturday and Sunday from 10.30am to 7.45pm
Largo di Villa Peretti, 2, 00185 Roma RM, Italy