A Tourist in Rome - Museum of Imperial Fora

Location::Via IV Novembre 94, on the left side of Trajan's Market as you look at it from Via dei Fori Imperiali
Metro::Colosseo
Time::about 90 minutes
Cost::€9.50
Hours::Tuesday - Sunday 9 AM - 7 PM, closed Monday
Audio Guide::Mediocre
Photos::Permitted

The Museum of Imperial Fora is a superb museum dedicated to displaying the remains found in the Imperial Fora, as well as letting you walk inside Trajan's Market, which in itself is worth the price of admission. There is a mediocre audio guide available; I found it worth its additional cost, just not among the best audioguides I rented in Rome. The entrance to the museum is located at the left side of Trajan's Market (as you look at it from Via dei Fori Imperiali) at Via IV Novembre 94. One way to get to the entrance is to slip through the first passage available on the left side of Trajan's Market, just before the church, right across from Trajan's Column. The entrance is then on the right, through the iron gates, about 1/2 way to the tall tower (Torre de Milizie).

When you enter the museum, you are entering the Great Hall of Trajan's Market, which was a two-story shopping area on two sides of a central atrium (1st photo below). Free wheat was once distributed to the people of Rome here. Today, the shops in the great hall serve as an introduction to each of the Imperial Fora. Artifacts from each of the fora are on display here and throughout the museum. At the end of this hall on the upper level, a large balcony gives an impressive view of the market and Trajan's Forum below (2nd photo below), and the Victor Emmanuel Monument across Via dei Fori Imperiali. Further into the museum, you can actually walk out onto the Via Biberatica, a road that existed on the third level, on top of the arch (3rd photo below). Lining this street were some of the shops in the market.

    
The Great Hall of Trajan's Market in the Museum of Imperial Fora
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The view of Trajan's Market and Forum from the Museum of Imperial Fora
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Trajan's Market, from the Museum of Imperial Fora
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Once you're outside, you can walk around and view the Torre de Milizie (1st photo below) and more rows of markets (2nd photo below) that were part of Trajan's Market. Then, back inside, there are many more artifacts from the Imperial Fora to see.

    
Torre de Milizie, from the Museum of Imperial Fora
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The view of Trajan's Market and Forum from the Museum of Imperial Fora
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Below are artifacts from Caesar's Forum on display in the Museum of Imperial Fora:

    
Exterior decoration of the Temple of Venus Genetrix from the Forum of Caesar, in the Museum of Imperial Fora
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Frieze with cherub-like figures playing with the spoils of war, from the Temple of Venus Genetrix of Caesar's Forum, in the Museum of Imperial Fora
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Relic from Caesar's Forum, in the Museum of Imperial Fora
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Exterior decoration of the Temple of Venus Genetrix from the Forum of Caesar, in the Museum of Imperial Fora
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Exterior decoration of the Temple of Venus Genetrix from the Forum of Caesar, in the Museum of Imperial Fora
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Interior decoration of the Temple of Venus Genetrix in the Forum of Caesar, in the Museum of Imperial Fora
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Decorative wall-pillar base, from the interior of the Temple of Venus Genetrix in the Forum of Caesar, in the Museum of Imperial Fora
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Partial reconstruction of a relief featuring a bowl (kantharos), theatrical mask, panther and vine tendrils, from the interior of the Temple of Venus Genetrix in the Forum of Caesar, in the Museum of Imperial Fora
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Below are artifacts from the Forum of Augustus on display in the Museum of Imperial Fora:

    
Reconstruction of the attic from one of the porticoes in the Forum of Augustus, now in the Museum of Imperial Fora
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Reconstruction of the attic from one of the porticoes in the Forum of Augustus, now in the Museum of Imperial Fora
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Remnant from the female statue of Victory, from the Forum of Augustus, now in the Museum of Imperial Fora
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Lesene capital in Corinthian style embellished with winged horses (Pegasus), from inside the Temple of Mars Ultor in the Forum of Augustus, now in the Museum of Imperial Fora
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Pilaster and column capitals on the Temple of Mars Ultor had the forepart of the winged horse Pegasus (bearer of the thunderbolts of Zeus) instead of spiral scrolls, on display in the Museum of Imperial Fora
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Facade of the porticoes of the Forum of Augustus, in the Museum of Imperial Fora
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Corinthian capital from the porticoes of the Forum of Augustus, in the Museum of Imperial Fora
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Two pieces from a shield containing the head of Jupiter, from the attic above the porticoes in the Forum of Augustus, in the Museum of Imperial Fora
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Below is an artifact from the Temple of Peace on display in the Museum of Imperial Fora:

    
Bust of Chrysippos the philosopher, from the Temple of Peace, in the Museum of Imperial Fora
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Below is an artifact from the Forum of Nerva on display in the Museum of Imperial Fora:

    
Reconstruction of the attic of the Forum of Nerva, in the Museum of Imperial Fora
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Below is an artifact from the Trajan's Forum on display in the Museum of Imperial Fora:

    
Fragment of male statue, reworked head as Constantine, early 4th century, found in the Forum of Trajan, now in the Museum of Imperial Fora
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