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Museo Nazionale Romano - Museo dell’Arte Salvata

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Address: Via Giuseppe Romita, 8
Zone: Rione Castro Pretorio (Porta Pia) (Roma centro)
presso l'Aula Ottagona delle Terme di Diocleziano


Opening times

Due to technical problems it is temporarily closed to the public.

From Tuesday to Sunday from 11.00 to 18.00
the ticket office closes one hour earlier


Free access for holders of tickets for the Terme di Diocleziano or the combined ticket for access to all venues
Tickets can be purchased online or at the ticket offices (closing time 5.00 p.m.)
Free access is guaranteed to MNR Card holders


The Museum, that forms part of the Museo Nazionale Romano, increases the museum itinerary of the Terme di Diocleziano and the other three sites of Palazzo Massimo, Palazzo Altemps and Crypta Balbi.

The Museo dell'Arte Salvata is a place where the rescue of art in its various forms can be permanently recounted: works of art that have been stolen, dispersed, sold or illegally exported find a place in the Museo where they can pass through and be exhibited for a limited period of time before returning to their territory of origin.

From 16 June to 15 October 2022, the Museum will be open to the public, displaying the recent findings of the Reparto Operativo Tutela Patrimonio Culturale of the Carabinieri: a large number of archaeological pieces from various civilisations returned from the United States of America between December 2021 and last week.

The Museum's layout can be changed each time, thus always welcoming new treasures. The incessant recovery of works of art allows the exhibition to rotate: at the end of each exhibition, new recovered works will be presented to the public, keeping the focus on the masterful recovery work constantly in progress.

Aula Ottagona Terme di Diocleziano - Ex Planetario
The Aula Ottagonale of the Terme di Diocleziano is more commonly known as The Planetario.
This Aula Ottagona of Rome, from the day of its opening on 28 October 1928, long held the record of the largest Planetario in Europe. Consolidation operations have secured the complex, restoring consistency and stability to the ancient structures. Careful micro sandblasting work at controlled pressure on the intrados of the dome of the Rotunda Diocletiani has, in fact, brought to light the original wall texture and ribs of the ancient dome.

The Aula Ottagona was the room in the south-west corner of the Terme di Diocleziano. Its function is unclear, but the presence of a pool, attested at the beginning of the 16th century, suggests a sort of minor frigidarium for ablutions. Nothing remains of the precious decoration, which must have been in marble slabs and stucco in the highest parts. Variously remodelled over the centuries, it has fulfilled various functions since 1878, when, with the opening of Via Cernaia, the structure was isolated from the rest of the complex: first used as the seat of the Gymnasium school, then as the Minerva cinema projection room, and finally in 1928 as the seat of the Planetarium.

It hosts a series of bronze and marble sculptures that bear witness to the works that adorned the great Roman baths, from the 2nd to the 4th century AD. They are mainly copies or re-workings of masterpieces of Greek art, representing gods, athletes or heroes.
In the centre of the room were two bronze masterpieces of extraordinary artistic level from the Terme di Costantino, the so-called Principe ellenistico
and the Pugilatore seduto, now in the Museo Nazionale Romano- Palazzo Massimo alle Terme. The other marble sculptures on display come from the Terme di Caracalla; others from the Terme di Diocleziano, while the sculptures in the two niches come from the large Terme di Traiano on the Colle Oppio and the Terme di Cirene.

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Last checked: 2022-06-17 8:58