The most recent of the sites of the Museo Nazionale Romano inaugurated in 2001, rises on the area of the archaeological excavations that have brought to light the portico of the theater of Lucio Balbo that gives the name to the complex, besides finds related to the life of the block, which outline the history of the urban landscape from antiquity to the Middle Ages. The exceptional nature of the museum, which is divided into two floors, is given by the fact that it stands on the same archaeological area.
The museum, set up in the restored rooms of the building complex built from the Middle Ages on Balbo's Crypta, is divided into two sections that illustrate, respectively, the transformations of a central sector of the urban landscape from antiquity to the 20th century and the evolution of city culture between the 5th and 9th centuries. On the ground floor is told the archeology and history of the complex of Balbo and the nearby Porticus Minucia Frumentaria where wheat was distributed to citizens, with a diachronic vision of urban history from Roman times to the twentieth century. The first floor is dedicated to the most recent archaeological investigations that have brought to light a complex of residential buildings, external to the Crypta, built after a fire in 80 AD had devastated the area. The buildings, houses and shops underwent many transformations until the final abandonment in the 7th century AD. The second floor illustrates the transformation of the city from the 4th to the 9th century, with insights into the aspects of material and artistic culture.
In the basement you can visit the archaeological remains found in the cellars of the buildings on Via delle Botteghe Oscure. In the external archaeological area it is possible to visit the remains of the wash-house of the Convent of Santa Caterina, of the exedra of the Crypta Balbi and of the neighborhood that rises behind it.
via Botteghe Oscure, 31
TUE 9:00 - 19:45
WED 9:00 - 19:45
THU 9:00 - 19:45
FRI 9:00 - 19:45
SAT 9:00 - 19:45
SUN 9:00 - 19:45
Ticket office closes one hour before