The Centrale Montemartini, a creative and exciting fusion of the ancient and the modern, is one of the most fascinating museums you will find in Rome, or anyone else in the world, for that matter. Where else can you see ancient marble statues rubbing shoulders with heavy industrial machinery?
Since 1997, Rome's first public power plant has been home to over 400 antique sculptures from the collection of the Musei Capitolini. Step inside and the first thing to greet you is a marble statue of Aphrodite standing in front of a massive cast-iron extraction pump, bearing the name of its maker, Franco Tosi. This juxtaposition of the antique and the modern sets the tone for the whole museum.
The power plant, which was built in 1912 by Giovanni Montemartini, once provided enough electricity for half of Rome’s street lights.