Museo della Civiltà Romana


in short

The Museum of Roman Culture unites in its halls and extraordinary and rich display of various aspects of ancient Rome, documented in their entirety, through the combination of casts, models and reconstructions of works conserved in museums throughout the world and of monuments from all over the Roman Empire.
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Museo della Civiltà Romana

in detail

The Museum of Roman Culture opened in 1955. Its 59 sections illustrate all aspects of ancient Roman civilization through an outstanding collection of plaster casts taken from originals in museums across the world, many of which have since been damaged or lost, and scale models reconstructing monuments from all over the Roman Empire.
The original core of the collection dates back to Archaeological Exhibition of 1911, organised in celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Unification of Italy. The importance of the items collected for the occasion led to their permanent exhibition.
The first fourteen sections give a historical overview of Rome from its origins to the sixth century AD. Of particular interest is the pronaos of Augustus' temple at Ancyra (modern Ankara) displaying the text of the emperor's spiritual testament. The other 45 sections are dedicated to aspects of public, religious, economic, military and private life. The large scale model of Rome at the time of Emperor Constantine and the casts of Trajan's column commissioned by Napoleon III are both known worldwide as symbols of the museum.
This is the only museum in the world to give a complete overview of ancient Roman civilization. It is particularly important for the documentary value of the casts and its capacity to show the original composition of many great works, now dismembered and divided among different museums around the world.
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The complex which houses the museum was designed by the architects Aschieri, Bernardini, Pascoletti and Peressutti, who won one of the public competitions for the most outstanding buildings at the Universal Exhibition of Rome in 1942.
Among the designers, Pietro Aschieri was pre-eminent, and in the creation of a majestic and magniloquent structure, was able fully to express his ideas, inspired by a classicism mixed with scenography.
The architectural complex is made up of two imposing structures connected in a symmetrical arrangement in a long portico of travertine columns, which delimit the piazza created and surrounded by the structure and give it scenographic depth.
Onto the centre of the protrusions, set obliquely to the piazza, open two monumental entrances, each of which leads to a narrow embedded corridor, flanked by solemn travertine columns. These openings form an interruption in the compact mass of the walls, which are immense blind surfaces of dressed blocks of bugnate worked dark tufo, surmounted by a travertine cornice. The static nature of the external space is in contrasted to the outstanding dynamism of the internal space, which is articulated into an irregular sequence of rooms of various shapes and sizes.
The Museo della Civiltà Romana is situated into the same building that accommodates the Planetario
Intero 6,50 EUR/ Ordinary 6,50 EUR Ridotto 4,50 EUR/ Reduced 4,50 EUR Biglietto integrato Museo della Civiltà Romana + Planetario + Museo Astronomico Intero 8,50 EUR/ Ridotto 6,50 EUR Ordinary 6,50 EUR/ Reduced 4,50 EUR Integrated entrance ticket to Museo della Civiltà Romana + Planetario + Museo Astronomico Intero 8,50 EUR /Ordinary 8,50 EUR Ridotto 6,50 EUR / Reduced 6,50 EUR
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Visitor entrance

Museo della Civiltà Romana
Piazza G. Agnelli, 10
0144 Rome
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Opening Times

09:00 - 13:30
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