Palazzo Massimo alle Terme

This nineteenth-century palace in neo-Renaissance style, situated just a short distance from Termini station, houses one of the most important collections of classical art in the world. The four floors of exhibits offer a rich panorama of Roman art from the Late Republican era through the Late Antiquity (2nd c. BC – 5th c. AD), an exciting journey into history and mythology including sections of ancient art, numismatics, and jewelery . The National Museum of Rome (Museo Nazionale Romano) comprises four sites located in the historic city center. With a single ticket, visitors can explore all four sites over the course of three days, offering a truly unique opportunity to discover “Planet Rome” first-hand and in the most comprehensive way.

On the four floors of the museum, sculptures, frescoes and mosaics, coins and jewels document the evolution of the Roman artistic culture from the late Republican age through Late Antiquity (2nd c. BCE – 5th c. CE) along an exhibition path in which Ancient Roman history, myths and everyday life live anew.

In the rooms of the ground floor are exhibited splendid Greek originals discovered in Rome such as the Boxer at Rest, the Hellenistic Prince and the Dying Niobid from the Horti Sallustiani [Gardens of Sallust] as well as portraiture of the Republican and Imperial ages, culminating in the statue of Augustus Pontifex Maximus (High Priest).

On the first floor are displayed celebrated masterpieces of statuary, among them being the Lancellotti Discobolus (Discus Thrower), the Maiden of Antium and the Hermaphroditus Asleep, as well as magnificent sarcophagi such as the Sarcophagus of Portonaccio, with a battle scene carved in high relief.

On the second floor, frescoed walls and pavement mosaics document the domestic decor of prestigious Roman dwellings. The basement houses the sizeable numismatic collection, besides grave ornaments, jewels and the Grottarossa Mummy.

National Museum of Rome: address

Largo di Villa Peretti, 1

National Museum of Rome: opening hours

Open Tuesday through Sunday

from 9:00 am to 19:45 pm.

Closed on Mondays (except Easter Monday and Culture During Week) and on

1st January, 25th December.

The ticket office closes one hour before museum closing time.


The single ticket is valid for 3 days for the 4 sites (Palazzo Massimo, Palazzo Altemps Crypt Balbi, Baths of Diocletian)


REDUCED ADMISSION € 3.50 for EU citizens between 18 and 24 years old and for teachers of the European Union

FREE EU for under 18 and over 65 years old

The other sitesof the museum

National Roman Museum / Baths of Diocletian

Via Enrico de Nicola, 79

(Opposite Termini Station)

National Roman Museum / Altemps

Piazza S. Apollinare, 46

(Vicinity of Piazza Navona)

National Roman Museum / CRYPTA BALBI

Via delle Botteghe Oscure, 31