Palazzo Massimo alle Terme Museum Rome
Address, opening hours and admission
Address: Largo di Villa Peretti, 1 – Rome (tel. +39 06 39967700 (Coopculture, for reservations) or 06 480201 (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
The exhibition is spread out over the four floors of the Palazzo Massimo.
The basement houses the jewelry and coin collections. The numismatic exhibition has put together the collections of the former Kircherian Museum, plus the Victor Emanuel III and Gnecchi collections. The gems in the jewelry collection were found in various funerary trusseaus found in and around Rome.
The remaining three floors are dedicated to Ancient Roman and Greek Art, often found where the nearby Gardens of Sallust (Horti Sallustiani) used to be. The period spanned reaches from the Republican to the Late Imperial Age.
The ground floor exhibits portraits and busts of important classical persons, including bronzes originally decorating the Octagonal Hall of the Baths of Diocletian.
The first floor shows art found in the imperial country houses of e.g. Nero and Hadrian. There are sarcophagi and one hall is dedicated to Roman as well as Greek sculptural masterworks.
The second floor exhibits paintings and mosaics that were found in and around Rome, like the Villa Romana della Farnesina in the Via della Lungara. There is an interesting panel from the Mithreum of Santa Prisca and there are frescoes from Livia’s country-house at Prima Porta.