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|
|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.