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National Roman Museum, Rome, Rome Overview

National Roman Museum is a group of museums located at different sites in Rome. These museums were established to display a vast collection of pre and early historical artefacts discovered during archaeological excavations in the regions nearby. It takes about 5 to 6 hours to cover all the museums but a day out exploring the culture of the city through the displays is sure to be worthwhile.

National Roman Museum has its main seat in the Charterhouse inside the Terme di Diocleziano (Baths of Diocletian). Usually, visitors begin their heritage tour at this site and then proceed to the other buildings that house more ancient sculptures, paintings, mosaics, inscriptions, etc. Walking to all the buildings is recommended as visitors would also explore a little more of the city along with the Greco-Roman art. One can go for a guided tour, a personal tour or rent an audio tour to explore this attraction. 

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The Four National Roman Museums

National Roman Museum consists of four different museums buildings – Crypta Balbi, Palazzo Altemps, Palazzo Massimo alle Terme and Terme di Diocleziano. All these buildings house artefacts belonging to pre-historic and early Roman eras and highlight the architectural and artistic brilliance of the region.

The first building, Terme di Diocleziano, is where the seat of the National Roman Museum exists. Here, one can explore Santa Maria degli Angeli Church/ Michelangelo’s Cloister. This cloister was constructed between the mid-16th and early-17th century. Further work continued until the late-17th century. Some more exhibits that one can see here are the displays of altars, epigraphs/ inscriptions and funerary sculptures. 

Crypta Balbi houses the artefacts that were discovered during the escalation of Campus Martius. The collection includes items mostly from medieval times. Artefacts from some other museums in Rome and Italy are also displayed in this building.

The third building, Palazzo Altemps is a 15th-century building that houses ancient Roman and Egyptian sculptures belonging to the renaissance period and a huge collection of books. The building itself is a great example of ancient architecture. It was opened to the public as a museum in the late 20th century.  

The Palazzo Massimo alle Terme which is a great example of 19th-century renaissance revival architecture. The building served as a school till the mid-20th century after which it remained unused, in a dilapidated state. The Government of Italy bought the building and converted it into a museum which now houses Roman and Egyptian artefacts like a mummy, sculptures, jewellery, amber articles, etc.

How to Reach Roman National Museum

Since all the buildings under the National Roman Museum are located in the central region of Rome, the roadways connect all the attractions. Travellers can choose to board a bus, rent a taxi, walk or self-drive to reach the museums. The region has several metro and railway terminals around it. People can choose to take a drop at the closest terminal and walk to the desired building. The route leading to the National Roman Museum goes via Vittorio Emanuele Orlando – Via Delle Terme di Diocleziano – Via Giovanni Amendola.

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