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National Roman Museum, Museo Nazionale Romano

National Roman Museum, Museo Nazionale Romano

National Roman Museum,

Museo Nazionale Romano

The National Roman Museum, in Italian it is called Museo Nazionale Romano, is a collection of museums in separate buildings throughout the city of Rome, Italy. The museums exhibit the pre-history and early history of Rome, with a focus on archaeological findings from the period of Ancient Rome.

Founded in 1889, the museum aimed to collect and show archaeologic materials unearthed during the excavations after the union of Rome with the Kingdom of Italy. The original core of its collection originated from the Museo Kircheriano (Kircherian Museum), archaeologic works assembled by the antiquarian and Jesuit priest. Renamed initially as the Royal Museum, the collection was intended to be moved to a Museo Tiberino (Tiberine Museum), which was never completed.

In 1901 the National Roman Museum acquired the Collection Ludovisi as well as the critical national collections of Ancient Sculpture. Findings during the urban renewal of the late 19th century added to the collections. Its primary location was established in the charterhouse, which was designed and realized in the 16th century by Michelangelo. It was located within the Baths of Diocletian, which now houses the epigraphic and the protohistoric sections of the modern museum. At the same time, the primary collection of ancient art was moved to the nearby Palazzo Massimo alle Terme.

The National Roman Museum’s branches in separate buildings throughout the city of Rome, Italy, include:

  • Palazzo Massimo alle Terme
  • Palazzo Altemps
  • Crypta Balbi
  • Baths of Diocletian

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National Roman Museum

  • Name:          National Roman Museum
  • City:             Rome
  • Founded:     1889
  • Type:            Archaeology & Art Museum, Historic Buildings & Site
  • Address:
    • Baths of Diocletian – Via Enrico de Nicola, 79, Rome, Italy
    • Palazzo Massimo Alle Terme – Largo di Villa Peretti, 1, Rome, Italy
    • Palazzo Altemps via Sant’Apollinare, 46, Rome, Italy
    • Crypta Balbi- Via Delle Botteghe Oscure, 31, Rome, Italy

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