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MACRO - Museo d'Arte Contemporanea
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: MACRO - Rome’s Museum of Contemporary Art - is considered a focal point for public contemporary art in Rome.
Reviewed 12 June 2013

I've seen some mind blowing exhibitions here, and some absolute crud. Their website seems to be Italian only, so good luck trying to see what exactly is on display. Last visit (June 2013) I was wondering why they even bothered to open the doors. Oh yes, because they could charge 14.50 Euros to display someone's garbage stapled to a wall. Funny how the highest entry fee in Rome gets you so little.

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Reviewed 5 May 2013

I visited the MAXXI two years ago and found it very delightful. So somehow I had had similar expectation of this MACRO, which I visited today. I went to both the museum at Via Nizza and the one at Piazza Giustiniani. But they turned out to be quite disappointing. Plenty of space, very few quality exhibits. The hassle of getting to the two museums was just not worth it. I recommend spending the time, money and effort elsewhere.

Having said that, for those who want to visit MACRO, I suggest using tram No. 3 and bus No.3b (or other buses on similar routes). From MACRO, walk down Via Nizza to the tram stop and take tram No. 3 (20-25 minutes) to Ostiense Station. Then take bus No. 3b and get off at the second stop (marmorata/galvani). Walk down Via Galvani and MACRO Testaccio is at the end of the road. I think this is the easiest way. Alternatively, part of the tram trip can be replaced by Metro B between the stations Policlinico and Piramide.

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Reviewed 12 April 2013

Entering the buiding was promising, but inside it was like a panetone bread/cake : nice package, but lots of air. Go to both Macro buildings for the place but be prepared for a disappointing exhibition...

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Reviewed 10 April 2013

From the original entrance to the 21th century bathrooms, this is a great museum to visit if you like modern art. A bit expensive. In need of more signs directing visitors as you more or less explore the museum blind and hope you haven't missed anything....We were there around lunch time (12:00 pm) but the cafeteria was closed.

A 10 minute walk from Villa Borghese, so worth doing both on the same day.

Thank Elise S
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Reviewed 13 January 2013

So we bit the bullet and purchased the special deal you can get to visit the two MACRO sites. This review is for the Via Nizza site which costs 12.50 euros alone, so it is worth getting the extra ticket for 14.50.
I don't know what it is about major museum staff and what beats them down, but can a smile or two hurt that much? This is not just an Italy specific thing either by the way, we need to get on the backs of these institutions and get some good old friendly service back into the industry!
Back to MACRO, the exhibitions I saw were presented beautifully but the building itself is just a bit too clever for it's own good. There are doors that let you out but not back in and pathways that end abruptly. If you have time and want to 'investigate' the space, you can easily just wander this kooky place between shows. Despite the pretentious 'artspeak' info that plagues all contemporary art realms, the artwork and installations spoke for themselves and were lots of fun and full of humour and thoughtfulness: Jamie Durham's show was especially hilarious! I enjoyed visiting this place and look forward to checking out the second site, my gripe is the attitude and poor communication skills of staff and the sloppy layout between good exhibitions.

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