Via delle Botteghe Oscure, 31 Roma -
P R I C E S
The entrance ticket to the 4 sites of the National Roman Museum (Palazzo Massimo, Terme di Diocleziano, Crypta Balbi, Palazzo Altemps) is equal to Euro 8.50 (reduced Euro 5.00), including agency fees, valid for 3 days and is subject to increases in the case of temporary exhibitions.
COOPERATIVA IL SOGNO
Viale Regina Margherita, 192 - 00198 ROME
Tel. 06 / 188.8.131.52 Fax 06 / 184.108.40.206
T I M E T A B L E S
Open 09.00 - 19.45 from Tuesday to Sunday
Closed Mondays (except Monday in Albis), 1 January, 1 May, 25 December
* Last entry an hour earlier
The Crypta Balbi is a unique museum of its kind. It is the fourth of the seats of the National Roman Museum, with Palazzo Massimo, Palazzo Altemps and the Baths of Diocletian.
The Crypta Balbi was originally a vast arcaded courtyard attached to the theater that Lucius Cornelius Balbus had erected at the behest of Augustus at the end of the 1st century BC It represents an extraordinary testimony of the evolution of Roman society and the urban landscape from antiquity to the twentieth century. Twenty years of excavations and research have brought to light a series of transformations and reuses of the same monument and help to understand social customs and economic activities during the dark period that marks the passage from antiquity to the Middle Ages.
The museum is located in the part of the restored building complex between Via delle Botteghe Oscure and Via M. Caetani, which includes the "Barberino dormitory" and two medieval houses that overlook Via delle Botteghe Oscure.
The visit includes an exhibition on three floors and a path between various buildings. Along with the materials recovered in the excavations of the Crypta, such as pottery from various periods, tools and architectural fragments, there are also exhibits from the historical collections of the Roman National Museum (antiquities of the Kircherian Museum, Gorga and Betti collections, medagliere).
Excavations of the exedra of the theater where the various reuses of the place can be identified have recently been opened to visitors. The cellars can also be visited, from which one can observe the structures of the crypt and a monument destined for the free distribution of wheat (Porticus Minucia) with medieval expansions.