Centrale Montemartini
Centrale Montemartini
4.5
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
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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Neighbourhood: Ostiense
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  • Garbatella • 6 min walk
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  • Joe M
    Glen Cove, New York1,007 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Far Exceeded expectations!
    I happened upon this museum when I was walking to the basilica of S. Paolo fuori le Mura from our apartment in Testaccio. Even then, we thought it might be interesting to see the colori dei Romani exhibit on Roman mosaics. When we returned to see the mosaics, we were offered a family ticket so pairs 20 Euros for 2 adults and 2 children. The exhibit itself was great but the standing collection blew me away…so many precious and notable pieces in a venue that is well off the beaten path. Rome has been excavated for so long and in different places that it’s great to see some of these great relics displayed safely in one place. Located in an old decommissioned power station, the artifacts are set against the backdrop of switchboards, instrument panels and boilers which is presented as a museum in and of itself. The Montemartini complex closes at 7p and latest entry is at 6p. Strongly recommended for anyone staying in Testaccio, Ostiense or Trastevere.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 August 2023
  • Palmerston_10
    Toronto, Canada5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Reclaimed industrial architecture highlights classical statuary
    Centrale Montemartini is off the beaten track but very much worth a visit. The contrast of the marble statuary against the industrial backdrop of a de-commissioned power plant is striking. It made the art pop. There were few visitors and it was a relief to see the art works without crowds of people. It's a bright airy display space and a brilliant way to combine salvaged modern industrial architecture with classical sculpture and mosaics. Highly recommended.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 9 November 2023
  • BellBoy53
    Brisbane, Australia609 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Old and New.
    This is secreted away in a refurbished electricity generating plant in the former industrial area of Ostiense. The displays are a juxtaposition of modern (1930s) grey diesel engines and other power generting equipment against ancient (2000 year old) Roman white marble artifacts, along with the smell of oil and diesel. On level 1 surrounding the diesel engines is a mosaic floor from the time of the which, although modern, is another unusual feature of the plant. Apart from the Romn artifcats (some of which are copies), there is a restored train from the time of Pope Pius IX (mid 1800s). A bit away from the major tourist area but easy to access via public transport. Worth a visit.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 November 2023
  • Carol K
    New York City, New York427 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A fresh new view of ancient sculpture
    This is an engaging way to examine ancient sculptures. They looked refreshed by their juxtaposition with the electrical apparatus of the former industrial facility. The curators and installation staff have made ancient works seem vibrant and exciting by placing them in a completely different environment. If you have museum fatigue, you'll be revived by this visit.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 November 2023
  • pinir67
    Hod Hasharon, Israel528 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning museum off the beaten path
    The Montemartini is an amazing museum off the regular tourist rout, nevertheless it is so well worth the detour. This ancient sculpture museum was built in a former power plant, featuring Roman and Greek statues, beautiful sarcophagus and mosaics. The contrast between the archeological artifacts and the industrial machinery is striking, intriguing and stimulating. Allow at least 2 hours (can spend double that time). Not to be missed!
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 7 January 2024
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Isaac K
Brooklyn, NY8 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Might be more (and probably deservedly) popular if not providing full-time employment to a handful of lazy morons who cannot be bothered to admit visitors at 18:05 “ because museum is closing at 19”!
Written 11 April 2024
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Linda D
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Such a great spot. Love the combination of industrial and art. Worth a visit when you are in Rome. My husband and I really enjoyed it.
Written 13 March 2024
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Sanski66
Espoo, Finland392 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
This museum is really something different. To describe it in details would just spoil the surprise. Go there and experience yourself, you won’t be disappointed! 🤩
Written 6 February 2024
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pinir67
Hod Hasharon, Israel528 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
The Montemartini is an amazing museum off the regular tourist rout, nevertheless it is so well worth the detour.
This ancient sculpture museum was built in a former power plant, featuring Roman and Greek statues, beautiful sarcophagus and mosaics. The contrast between the archeological artifacts and the industrial machinery is striking, intriguing and stimulating.
Allow at least 2 hours (can spend double that time).
Not to be missed!
Written 7 January 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Carol K
New York City, NY427 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
This is an engaging way to examine ancient sculptures. They looked refreshed by their juxtaposition with the electrical apparatus of the former industrial facility. The curators and installation staff have made ancient works seem vibrant and exciting by placing them in a completely different environment. If you have museum fatigue, you'll be revived by this visit.
Written 24 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

BellBoy53
Brisbane, Australia609 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
This is secreted away in a refurbished electricity generating plant in the former industrial area of Ostiense. The displays are a juxtaposition of modern (1930s) grey diesel engines and other power generting equipment against ancient (2000 year old) Roman white marble artifacts, along with the smell of oil and diesel. On level 1 surrounding the diesel engines is a mosaic floor from the time of the which, although modern, is another unusual feature of the plant. Apart from the Romn artifcats (some of which are copies), there is a restored train from the time of Pope Pius IX (mid 1800s). A bit away from the major tourist area but easy to access via public transport. Worth a visit.
Written 20 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Palmerston_10
Toronto, Canada5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Centrale Montemartini is off the beaten track but very much worth a visit. The contrast of the marble statuary against the industrial backdrop of a de-commissioned power plant is striking. It made the art pop. There were few visitors and it was a relief to see the art works without crowds of people. It's a bright airy display space and a brilliant way to combine salvaged modern industrial architecture with classical sculpture and mosaics. Highly recommended.
Written 9 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Joe M
Glen Cove, NY1,007 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
I happened upon this museum when I was walking to the basilica of S. Paolo fuori le Mura from our apartment in Testaccio. Even then, we thought it might be interesting to see the colori dei Romani exhibit on Roman mosaics. When we returned to see the mosaics, we were offered a family ticket so pairs 20 Euros for 2 adults and 2 children. The exhibit itself was great but the standing collection blew me away…so many precious and notable pieces in a venue that is well off the beaten path. Rome has been excavated for so long and in different places that it’s great to see some of these great relics displayed safely in one place.

Located in an old decommissioned power station, the artifacts are set against the backdrop of switchboards, instrument panels and boilers which is presented as a museum in and of itself. The Montemartini complex closes at 7p and latest entry is at 6p. Strongly recommended for anyone staying in Testaccio, Ostiense or Trastevere.
Written 20 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Richard H
Leeds, UK418 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
This is museum is the 'sister' museum of the Capitoline Museum. You can buy a combined ticket to cover both locations but I just rocked up and bought a ticket at the entrance for €10 (June 2023).
It has some great exhibits, lots of ancient sculptures set within the old industrial complex. There are lots of ancient mosaics. It also houses Pope Pius IX's train (very fancily decorated).
They give you a pamphlet when you enter which includes a map of the site. The museum was nearly empty when I went.
It was fairly easy to reach using public transport. Catch Metro Linea B to Garbatella, exit the station and take the pedestrian bridge, cross a car park, cross the road and you'll see the museum. The entrance is down a little road. There is a drinking fountain near the entrance.
My highlights were :-
- A model of the the tomb of Marcus Vergilius Eurysaces the baker
- Statue of Agrippina Minor
- Popes Train
I combined this visit with a trip to the Basilica of St Pauls Beyond the Walls which is a short walk south on Via Ostiense.
Written 2 July 2023
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Nrink
46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
An excellent museum which presented the exhibits in a novel and exciting way. It was like Romans x steam punk because of the old industrial power station setting but was off the usual tourist track, so no queues and no crowds. Definitely worth seeing and best to buy a combined ticket for the Capitoline Museum as well.
Written 28 April 2023
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