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Museo della Civilta Romana
Ranked #481 of 1,503 things to do in Rome
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Owner description: The museum is closed due to restoration works. The Museum of Roman Culture unites in its halls and extraordinary and rich display of various aspects of ancient Rome, documented in their entirety, through the combination of casts, models and reconstructions of works conserved in museums throughout the world and of monuments from all over the Roman Empire.
New York City, New York
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“Wonderful!”
Reviewed 27 January 2013

An excellent museum! Very educational and accessible - good for all ages. The museum layout is easy to follow and proved a great refresher course on Roman civilization and culture. The plaques explaining each room (in Italian and English only) gave just the right amount of info - a good summary of details, but not so much that it was overwhelming. The place is filled with fascinating detailed models, reproductions, and maps including a massive model of all of Rome. The museum was almost empty except for a small group going to the planetarium. School groups must visit regularly but we visited during the holidays. Website: http://en.museociviltaromana.it/

Visited December 2012
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“See the Huge Model of Ancient Rome”
Reviewed 29 September 2012

This is simply our favourite historical museum in Rome, if not in the world. It is located in the district of EUR, which is well worth the visit anyway for its futuristic architecture, and architecture from the Italy of the 30's, which is interesting too, albeit also a bit chilling. A long walk around the district is a deeply educational experience. The museum itself is an impressive building or rather a pair of buildings, clearly aimed at highlighting the Imperial history of Rome and the assumed resurgence of the Empire in the 30's. However, for us Europeans its iconography is not only reminiscent of dark things but also of the great comic series "Asterix" and its own caricature and anachronisms.

The museum itself has no such problems. It features two distinct tours that one may take. Each one has good information tables, so even an amateur who is willing to learn can really gain a lot from the experience, and even if the history of Roman civilization is familiar, it is traced in such a detail that the tours offer at least a good refreshment for memory. The first tour is chronological, the second thematic. We suggest taking them in this order, as intended.

Some highlights of the tours were the miniature models of early Rome (although some of the early material can be seen in the museum of the Palatinus Hill in much more detail), depictions of ancient siege techniques, maps of the resource economy of Rome, and examples of Roman food and cuisine. However, there are two things that alone would warrant a visit to the museum:

The first is an impressive hallway that presents the complete frieze of the Trajan's column in plaster imprints. This is a unique chance to learn about the history of Roman culture, conquests and colonization in all its effectiveness, political machinations and brutality. It also opens a window into the use of political propaganda in the Empire.

The second was for us even more impressive: a huge miniature model of the whole historical centre of Rome in Imperial times! (I guess it is a reconstruction of several eras and the sketchy knowledge available of them.) One could spend hours and hours finding individual buildings and comparing them to the modern maps (bring a good, a very good modern map with you and you will get much more out of this!). I recommend checking out the Testaccio hill, the ancient waste dump, as the model brings it really into perspective. There were some learning aids and comparative maps, but we didn't have time to utilise them.

There is no café in the museum, and it closes surprisingly early (2pm during the working week?), so either make advance plans or bring a picnic lunch and enjoy it in the impressive parks of EUR.

Visited September 2012
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Seattle, WA
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“Fascinating - Rome's entire history!”
Reviewed 13 September 2012

In July, 2012 we rode the Metro and walked a few minutes to get here. It was even better then we had hoped! Our three teenage boys, ages 17 and 13 (twins) also loved it, especially the younger ones who had recently studied ancient Rome at school.

The displays were incredible with replicas of housing, household items, statues, bridges, military tools, and so on, organized chronologically. Each large room had a very well written and clear description of one aspect of Roman life or era.

We could not figure out why there were only about 4 other people we saw here in the day we visited! It was so fabulous. (though very little kids would likely be bored - there aren't any hands-on items).

Visited July 2012
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“Casts, Maps, & Models”
Reviewed 4 July 2010

If you're interested in tactical military history - or if your trip is limited in time or simply to Rome - the Museo della Civiliita Romana is worth a visit. Filled with models of the ancient city, its military devices, and casts of notable sculptures housed elsewhere in Italy [some from Naples, some from the nearby Capitoline Musei], the museum presents an interesting, eclectic side trip out of the city proper. It's not easy to get to, and the short hours further complicate things, but I'm considering a second trip this year.
[It's several blocks from the EUR metro stop, hours as of July 2010: Tuesday-Saturday 9.00am-2.00pm; Sunday 9.00am-1.30pm]

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