The history of the exhibition center of the Capitoline Museums in former Giovanni Montemartini thermoelectric plant, an extraordinary example of industrial archeology converted into a museum, it began in 1997 with the transfer of hundreds of sculptures during the restructuring of large sectors of the Capitoline complex.
To free the spaces of the Museum of the Palazzo dei Conservatori, Museo Nuovo and Braccio Nuovo keeping the works accessible to the public, in fact in the 1997 in the renovated rooms of the first Roman public power plant, an exhibition entitled "The machines and the gods", combining two diametrically opposite worlds such as classical archeology and industrial archeology.
In an evocative game of contrasts next to the old production machinery of the power plant, masterpieces of ancient sculpture and precious artifacts found in the excavations of the late nineteenth and thirties of 1900 were exhibited, with the reconstruction of large monumental complexes and the illustration of the development of the ancient city from the Republican age until the late imperial age.
The splendid museum space, initially conceived as temporary, on the occasion of the return of a part of the Campidoglio sculptures in the 2005, at the end of the renovation works, has been confirmed as the permanent home of the most recent collections of the Capitoline Museums.
His work continues in his spaces experimentation of new exhibition solutions connected to scientific research on exhibits; the juxtaposition of works from the same context also makes it possible to restore the link between the museum and the ancient urban fabric.
The museum itself is part of a larger project of retraining of the Ostiense Marconi area, which provides for the conversion of the oldest industrialization area of the city of Rome into a cultural pole (including, in addition to the Montemartini power plant, the Mattatoio, the Gazometro, port facilities, the former Mira Lanza and the former Markets Generali) with the definitive structure of the university premises of Roma Tre and the construction of the Città della Scienza.
Address: Centrale Montemartini, via Ostiense 106 - 00154 Rome