The Centrale Montemartini is located in the Ostiense district of Rome, in a building that used to house the city’s first electrical power station. It is one of Rome’s most unusual and interesting museums thanks to the contrast between the bulky modern machines and the more than 400 classical statues that are part of its permanent collection.
Centrale Montemartini Rome
Address, opening hours and admission
The Centrale Montemartini is an extension of the Capitoline Museums. The address is Via Ostiense, 106 – Rome (tel. +39 060608). Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 09.00 to 19.00 (24 and 31 December till 14.00). Closed: Monday, 1 January, 1 May, 25 December. Admission: 7,50 Euros (reduction: 6,50 Euros). Combi-ticket Capitoline Museums + Centrale Montemartini: 12,50 Euros (reduction 10,50 Euro). Rome residents pay 1 Euro less. Roma Pass is valid.
Centrale Montemartini Highlights
The contrast is directly evident in the museum’s main gallery, where two enormous (1933) diesel motors are flanked by marble statues that used to adorn Roman temples.
One special section shows artifacts that were found on the former grounds of many of Rome’s ancient villas and gardens, such as the Gardens of Sallust.
The ground floor exhibits Etruscan decorations that were found in various temples and tombs
The impressive mosaic of the hunting party was found near Porta Maggiore.
There are several sculptures depicting the Greeks battling the Amazons. These were taken from the Temple of Apollo Sosianus.
The Togato Barberini depicts the Republic Senator showing his ancestors’ busts.