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Arts & Museums
This museum is the result of detailed research by Domenico Agostinelli, a passionate collector, who managed to amass over 40,000 pieces during his travels in Italy and abroad. The museum aims to protect a heritage that is fast disappearing and in fact the collection consists of objects made by local craftspeople. The shelves of the rooms are full of equipment, machines, toys and other items that are part of Italian history. Fascinating. Admission is free.
If you are a true movie fan and want to know about the history of cinema, Museo Internazionale del Cinema e Dello Spettacolo will offer you all the details. You will be able to find here all the books, classic photographs, essays, visual, sound and silent cinema collections, as well as all the historical theaters, cinemas and laboratories that would be a pleasant antique surprise. A definite must-visit for cinema buffs! For more information, call ahead.
The Franciscan museum contains an interesting and little-known collection of objects. There are wonderful paintings dating as far back as 1300, and 20,000 articles that tell the story of St Francis and other members of this religious order. The collection includes prints, coins, seals, drawings and objects of everyday use. It is rather difficult to reach as it is on the major ring road but it certainly deserves a visit. Admission is Free.
Located in an area that boasts many interesting museums like Museo Nazionale Preistorico Etnografico "Luigi Pigorini" and Museo dell'Alto Medioevo, Museo Storico delle Poste e delle Telecomunicazioni , too has many fascinating things to show you. The perfect place for philatelists, this museum has a great collection, including the Cavallini stamps from Sardinia. The journey of Italian telecommunications, from the telegraph to the television holds your attention.
The razor blade was invented in 1902 by King Campbell Gillette, a plug salesman. This everyday disposable item has been collected and displayed in this original museum. In fact, it is not the blades themselves but the paper they are wrapped in that stimulated the urge to make this collection. The wrappers from the 1920s and 1930s paint a picture of the period with rhymes or themes such as animals, means of transport, advertising slogans for cosmetics, medicinal cigarettes etc. The collection has been put together by Alfonso Tozzi and numbers around 21,000 items.
This museum covers the period between the end of the Roman Empire and the beginning of the Renaissance. The collection includes extremely valuable finds, such as swords made of engraved silver and gold, buckles and tacks for horses, as well as more frivolous items like jewelry with painted ceramic pearls and what can only be called the first European collapsible seat. Religious works depicting Celtic designs engraved in stone and rich embroidery from the garments worn by medieval priests are well worth seeing.
The many prehistoric finds in Italy and elsewhere in the world have brought Museo Nazionale Preistorico Etnografico "Luigi Pigorini" into being. The items include mammoth tusks and teeth, as well as human bones. The atrium encloses a reconstruction of Guattari cave with a real skull from the Neanderthal era. The first floor holds an ethnographic collection of pottery, jewelry, masks and fabrics. On the second floor you will find archaeological discoveries and tomb reconstructions. The museum often holds exhibitions on ethnological themes. There are many guided tours, informative descriptions, pictures and reconstructions, designed to captivate children of all ages.
Il Museo Nazionale delle Arti e Tradizioni Popolari was established in 1911 with the aim of becoming a source of information on all kinds of traditions in Italian society. Today, it is of great historical significance, what with its records on the way of life in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. You will find this museum extremely valuable should you want any information on historic transport systems, hunting practices, festivals, rituals, the life cycle, agriculture and more. Even for anyone with the slightest interest in history, this museum is absolutely fascinating.
Housed inside the Museum of Roman Civilization (Museo della Civiltà Romana), Planetario e Museo Astronomico is a great place to visit if you're interested in science and technology. A much more modern version of the city's original planetarium, it provides an educational experience that is also fascinating. The planetarium and museum make a great pair, for the idea is to show visitors that scientific discoveries must also be placed in a historical context. The museum houses some wonderful models of the planets and the universe. Astronomical videogames make the experience extremely interactive.
The building that houses this museum is rather like those painted by De Chirico. The museum was founded by Mussolini to commemorate the 2000 years that had passed since the empire of Augustus. There are scale models of Roman monuments such as the Trajan Column and the labyrinths below the Colosseum. The most important item is a giant model of Rome in the 4th Century CE showing famous palaces in their original state during the reign of Emperor Constantine. Check out the website for more details.
This is a somewhat unusual setting for a museum, but the old electricity power station on Via Ostiense will not cause visitors any problems. The statues are exhibited next to old pieces of machinery that once were used in the station. The statues on exhibition belong to the Capitoline Museums and were found during the turn of the 20th Century. The large spaces available mean that enormous sculptural works can be displayed. Among the pieces there is the Esquiline Venus, the statues that used to be placed in Largo Argentina, and a mosaic showing hunting scenes which was originally the floor a noble's villa at the time of Emperor Constantine.
American Academy in Rome provides support to all the budding and famous artists, painters, architectures and sculptors. This gives a platform mainly to all the American artists to showcase and exhibit their work throughout Europe. The Academy awards some of the scholars with the Rome Prize during application for exceptional works with an invitation to Rome, to develop their artistic talents in a place that best inspires their skills. They also offer their space for historical exhibitions, public lectures, and concerts. Call ahead or check out their website for event schedules and more information.