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National Roman Museum (Museo Nazionale Romano)–Palazzo Massimo alle Terme
National Roman Museum (Museo Nazionale Romano)–Palazzo Massimo alle Terme

National Roman Museum (Museo Nazionale Romano)–Palazzo Massimo alle Terme

Piazza del Cinquecento 67, Rome, Italy

The Basics

The 19th-century neo-Renaissance Palazzo Massimo is known as Palazzo Massimo alle Terme due to its close proximity to the Baths of Diocletian. The palazzo was used as a Jesuit college until the 1960s and became the main branch of the National Roman Museum (Museo Nazionale Romano) in the 1980s. Today, it is home to important works like theBoxer at Rest,Sleeping Hermaphrodite,Discus Thrower, andAugustus as Pontifex Maximus sculptures; portrait busts from the Republican and Imperial Ages; frescoes and mosaics from the Villa of Livia; and an extensive coin collection.

A visit to the National Roman Museum is a must for ancient history buffs, and you can join a private or small-group tour with skip-the-line tickets for both the museum and the nearby Baths of Diocletian.

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Skip the Line: National Roman Museum and Diocletian Thermal Baths Walking Tour
Skip the Line: National Roman Museum and Diocletian Thermal Baths Walking Tour
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$80.42 per adult
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My fiance and I had a phenomenal...
My fiance and I had a phenomenal time on this tour. I don't recall the tour guides name but he was a tall, younger Italian guy. He knew so much about all of the sculptures and even gave us other stories of how they came together. I highly recommend this tour!
Nick L, Sep 2017

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The museum covers four full floors and there is a lot to take in, so wear shoes that are comfortable for walking and standing.

  • The museum is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.

  • Visitors are assigned a time to enter the hall where the Villa di Livia frescoes are displayed. Reserve your ticket in advance so you can time your arrival at the museum according to your assigned entry time.

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How to Get There

Palazzo Massimo alle Terme is located just opposite the main Termini train station in central Rome, and can be reached on foot by crossing Piazza dei Cinquecento. Both of the city's metro lines and numerous bus lines stop at Termini.

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When to Get There

The museum is closed on Mondays, but open all day the rest of the week. Stop in around midday when most visitors are taking break for lunch to enjoy the collection with fewer crowds.

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The Baths of Diocletian

Ancient Rome's largest thermal complex, the Terme di Diocleziano could once accommodate up to 3,000 bathers. The ruins of this vast complex are just next to Palazzo Massimo alle Terme and today house a branch of the Museo Nazionale Romano; the collection includes memorial inscriptions, bas-reliefs, sarcophagi, statuary, and monumental animal-head sculptures, thought to have come from the Trajan’s Forum.

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