History By Pictures – 7. The Centrale Montemartini Museum (Rome)

The Centrale Montemartini, in the Ostiense district of Rome, is a branch of the Capitoline Museums of Rome.

It is an extraordinary museum where two diametrically opposed worlds meet and merge: that of industrial archaeology and that of classical archaeology.


Its history begins in 1997, when the spaces of the old power plant were restored and recovered to house some works transferred here from the Capitoline Museums (in particular from the Palazzo dei Conservatori) underwent restoration work in those years to create a new layout.

The success of this exhibition, entitled “The Machines and the Gods”, was such that in 2001 it was decided to transform the place into a real museum.

The exhibition is divided into four separate rooms that collect the whole of numerous and interesting exhibits from the excavations carried out during the urban transformations carried out in Rome at the end of the nineteenth century and during the great gutting of the thirties of the twentieth century.

The diesel turbines and the old boilers of gigantic dimensions, seem to blend perfectly with the white classic marbles, composing a very special mix.

If you are looking for a special museum in Rome, this is the place for you!



Posted by Sara Pandozzi

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