A Tourist in Rome - National Museum of Rome - Terme di Diocleziano

Location::On the right half of the side of the Baths of Diocletian complex which faces the Termini train station
Metro::Repubblica
Time::2 hours
Cost::€10, includes admission to the other three buildings of the National Museum of Rome
Hours::Tuesday - Sunday, 9:00 AM - 7:45 PM
Audio Guide::Yes, for €5

The Terme di Diocleziano is one of the four buildings which are part of the National Museum of Rome, along with Palazzo Massimo, Palazzo Altemps and Crypta Balbi. The Terme di Diocleziano was the original home of the National Museum of Rome, from 1889. It today houses sculptures, a section of proto-history of the Latin peoples, and a section on written communication in the Roman world. Also you can see the Michelangelo Cloister, with funerary monuments around the outside of it, and the 7 huge animal heads from the Temple of Divine Trajan in the center, and finally the spectacular Hall X of the Baths of Diocletian, an impressively huge hall with special displays inside.

Because of that final Hall X, I would rate this museum as a second-tier museum, nearly as good as the National Museum of Rome - Palazzo Massimo. Since the two museums are covered by the same admission charge, and only a block apart from each other, you can easily tack this museum onto the back of a visit to the National Museum of Rome - Palazzo Massimo and spend the full 90 minutes I suggest, or just see Hall X for 20 minutes, whatever suits your timing needs and interests best.

Highlights of the museum are shown in the photos below.

    
Bust of Junius Brutus, the first Consul of the Roman Republic, in the Baths of Diocletian part of the National Museum of Rome
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Statue from the Mithraeum of the Castra Peregrinorum under the church of St Stefano Rotondo on the Celian Hill, now in the Baths of Diocletian part of the National Museum of Rome
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Horse Head, originally from inside the Temple of Divine Trajan, now in the center of the Michelangelo Cloister of the Baths of Diocletian part of the National Museum of Rome
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Elephant Head, originally from inside the Temple of Divine Trajan, now in the center of the Michelangelo Cloister of the Baths of Diocletian part of the National Museum of Rome
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The Michelangelo Cloister of the Baths of Diocletian part of the National Museum of Rome
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The Michelangelo Cloister of the Baths of Diocletian part of the National Museum of Rome
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A cast of a Cippus (engraved tombstone) from the 6th century BC, found beneath the Comitium, in front of the Curia in the Roman Forum, now in the Baths of Diocletian part of the National Museum of Rome
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Hall X of the Baths of Diocletian
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Tomb of the Platorini in Hall X of the Baths of Diocletian
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Tomb of the Platorini in Hall X of the Baths of Diocletian
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Tomb with Paintings, from the Necropolis in Via Portuense, now in Hall X of the Baths of Diocletian
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Tomb with Paintings, from the Necropolis in Via Portuense, now in Hall X of the Baths of Diocletian
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Sculpture in Hall X of the Baths of Diocletian
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