Diocletian Baths Rome (Museo Nazionale Romano)

Courtyard of the Five Hundred

The Diocletian Baths museum is part of the National Roman Museum complex, which is divided over four seats in Rome. It is housed in the complex of the Terme Diocleziane and was founded in 1889, in order to create a collection of ancient Roman art.

Museo Nazionale Romano – Diocletian Baths Rome

Address, opening hours and admission

Address: Viale Enrico De Nicola, 79 – Rome (tel. +39 06 39967700 (Coopculture, for reservations) or 06 45210411 (the museum itself)). Opening hours: Tuesdays to Sundays from 09.00 till 19.45. Closed: Mondays, January 1, December 25. Admission: 10 Euros; EU citizens age 18-25: 5 Euros; age 0-17: Free. Combi-ticket Palazzo Massimo, Terme di Diocleziano, Crypta Balbi, Palazzo Altemps: 12 Euros; EU citizens age 18-25: 10 Euros; age 0-17: free. There maybe a surcharge in case of special exhibitions. The museum is free for everybody on the first Sunday of every month.

History and description

Courtyard of the Five Hundred
Michelangelo’s cloister

The museum’s collection consists of a great many statues, sarcophagi and funerary trousseaus, often found in areas outside Rome. There are many terracottas and there is also a section on the earliest history of the Latin peoples. The epigraphical section dates back to the first half of the 20th century.

Before one enters the actual museum, one walks through the so-called Garden of the Five Hundred, which at its center has an impressive marble fountain. The museum itself is located around a peaceful courtyard, called the Cloister of Michelangelo, where a number of minor statues can be seen.

Viale Enrico De Nicola, 79 – Rome

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