National Roman Museum–Palazzo Massimo alle Terme Tours

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The National Roman Museum has four branches in Rome, but the main seat is Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, where one of the world's most important collections of classical art covers four floors, including sculptures, frescoes, mosaics, coins, and jewels dating from the late Republican period to the end of the Roman empire.  

The Basics
The 19th-century neo-Renaissance Palazzo Massimo is known as Palazzo Massimo alle Terme due to its close proximity to the Baths of Diocletian. The palazzo was used as a Jesuit college until the 1960s and became the main branch of the National Roman Museum (Museo Nazionale Romano) in the 1980s. Today, it is home to important works like the Boxer at Rest, Sleeping Hermaphrodite, Discus Thrower, and Augustus as Pontifex Maximus sculptures; portrait busts from the Republican and Imperial Ages; frescoes and mosaics from the Villa of Livia; and an extensive coin collection.

A visit to the National Roman Museum is a must for ancient history buffs, and you can join a private or small-group tour with skip-the-line tickets for both the museum and the nearby Baths of Diocletian. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The museum covers four full floors and there is a lot to take in, so wear shoes that are comfortable for walking and standing.
  • The museum is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.
  • Visitors are assigned a time to enter the hall where the Villa di Livia frescoes are displayed. Reserve your ticket in advance so you can time your arrival at the museum according to your assigned entry time.

How to Get There
Palazzo Massimo alle Terme is located just opposite the main Termini train station in central Rome, and can be reached on foot by crossing Piazza dei Cinquecento. Both of the city's metro lines and numerous bus lines stop at Termini.

When to Get There
The museum is closed on Mondays, but open all day the rest of the week. Stop in around midday when most visitors are taking break for lunch to enjoy the collection with fewer crowds.

The Baths of Diocletian
Ancient Rome's largest thermal complex, the Terme di Diocleziano could once accommodate up to 3,000 bathers. The ruins of this vast complex are just next to Palazzo Massimo alle Terme and today house a branch of the Museo Nazionale Romano; the collection includes memorial inscriptions, bas-reliefs, sarcophagi, statuary, and monumental animal-head sculptures, thought to have come from the Trajan’s Forum.
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Address: Piazza del Cinquecento 67, Rome, Italy
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Skip the Line: National Roman Museum and Diocletian Thermal Baths Walking Tour

Playing host to one of the world’s most important collections of classic, the National Roman Museum–Palazzo Massimo alle Terme is best explored alongside an expert. On this private or small-group 2-hour tour, you’ll enjoy skip-the-line entry to the National Roman Museum and admire collection highlights including the ‘Boxer at Rest’, the ‘Discus Thrower’, and the ‘Sleeping Hermaphrodite’. Upgrade your tour to include a 1-hour visit to the Baths of Diocletian, once the most luxurious public bath in Rome.
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Skip-the-line Small Group Tour of Palazzo Massimo National Roman Museum in Rome

Over this small-group 2-hour tour, you’ll enjoy skip-the-line entry to the National Roman Museum, one of the world’s most important collections of classic and admire collection highlights including the ‘Boxer at Rest’, the ‘Discus Thrower’, and the ‘Sleeping Hermaphrodite’. Explore the extraordinary painted rooms from the Villa of Empress Livia, colourful original mosaics, ancient coins and jewels.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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National Roman Museum Combo Ticket

Get access to all four branches of the National Roman Museum with this single combo ticket, valid for 3 days. Get skip-the-line access to the Baths of Diocletian, Palazzo Altemps, Crypta Balbi, and Palazzo Massimo, where you can explore at your leisure.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Rome Uncovered: A Fully Private Walking Tour Through the Most Iconic Places of Rome

See Rome’s beautiful piazzas and landmarks on this walking tour through the historical center. With an insider guide, explore the Eternal City on a route that takes you along Via Veneto, past Villa Borghese, down Via Nazionale and by the Roman Forum area. Soak up the sights and atmosphere of five city piazzas: Repubblica, Quirinale, Barberini, Spagna and Popolo.
  • Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
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