Museum of Roman Civilization
Museo della Civiltà Romana
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Established1952 (1952)
LocationPiazza Giovanni Agnelli 10, 00144 Rome, Italy
Coordinates41°49′55″N 12°28′41″E / 41.83194°N 12.47806°E / 41.83194; 12.47806
TypeArchaeology, Art Museum

The Museum of Roman Civilization (Italian: Museo della Civiltà Romana) is a museum in Rome (Esposizione Universale Roma district), devoted to aspects of Ancient Roman Civilization.

The museum has been closed for renovation since 2014.

History and general introduction

The museum from the outside

The museum was designed by the architects Pietro Ascheri, D. Bernardini and Cesare Pascoletti[1] (1939–1941). Its 59 sections[2] illustrate the history of Roman civilization from its origins to the 4th century, with models and reproductions, as well as original material. The premises are shared with a planetarium.

Model of ancient Rome by Italo Gismondi
Detail of the model of the Capitoline Hill

It houses, among other things:

The museum was closed for renovation in January 2014.[5] Work on the renovation was started in June 2017;[6] as of January 2024, no date has been announced for the reopening.


There are three main different itineraries through the rooms of the museum:

Historical sections

Thematic sections

Model of Imperial Rome

Appearance in popular culture

Il Plastico is today the most important reference for any serious attempt of reconstruction of the Ancient Rome: it has been used for the "Rome Reborn 1.0" 3D Visualization Project (B. Frischer, Director, University of Virginia; D. Favro, Associate Director, UCLA; D. Abernathy, Director of 3D Modeling, University of Virginia; G. Guidi, Director of 3D Scanning, Politecnico di Milano). Gismondi's model can be seen also in a few shots of Ridley Scott's Gladiator.

In the James Bond film Spectre, the marble colonnade of the museum doubled as a cemetery after the Archconfraternity of the Departed [7] confraternity barred the filming of a funeral scene at the Campo Verano cemetery.[8][9] The music video of the song "Cruel Summer" by group Ace of Base was also filmed at this location in 1998.


  1. ^ The Buildings of Europe: Rome, section 191, Christopher Woodward, Manchester University Press, Manchester, 1995, ISBN 0-7190-4032-9
  2. ^ s.r.o, Tripomatic. "Museum of Roman Civilization in Rome, Italy".
  3. ^ a b "Museo della Civiltà Romana (Museum of Roman Civilization) in Rome - Attraction | Frommer's".
  4. ^ "Museum of Roman Civilization, Rome, Italy".
  5. ^ "Resta chiuso il Museo della Civiltà Romana durante il Giubileo". Corriere della Sera (in Italian). 2015-10-20. Retrieved 2019-11-06.
  6. ^ "Al via i lavori al Museo della Civiltà Romana - aperto il cantiere da venerdì 9 giugno 2017". (in Italian). Retrieved 2019-11-06.
  7. ^ Arciconfraternita di Carità verso i Trapassati
  8. ^ "James Bond: New 'Spectre' Pic Starts Rome Segment Shoot". Variety. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
  9. ^ "James Bond ordered not to film in Roman cemetery". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
Preceded by
Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome
Landmarks of Rome
Museum of Roman Civilization
Succeeded by
Museum of the Ara Pacis