New Exhibition at Montemartini Centrale

Montemartini Centrale are showcasing a new exhibition in their Boiler Room that will delight train-spotters: a fully restored carriage from the train of Pope Pius IX.

The new exhibition extends the museum's "Discovering Masterpieces" collection with the beautifully restored carriage, which was previously housed at the Museum of Rome at Palazzo Braschi. However, through complex renovations and a special collaboration, the train is now on display at Montemartini in a dedicated space that also includes a relief plate with the coat of arms of Pope Pius IX, as well as precious works by Jean Léon Gérôme.

Pope Pius IX was a pioneer of the rail network in Italy during the 19th century and worked to connect Rome with other centres of the Papal State through special railways lines. As a part of this effort, a special train was built in France especially for the Pope, and Pope Pius IX took his first journey aboard the train in 1859 from Porta Maggiore Station to Cecchina Station in Albano.


The train carriage on display at the museum is a beautiful work of art and French construction, and a visit to the Montemartini Centrale would be a special treat for anyone interested in trains, or indeed interested in learning more about the Papal-led initiative to extend rail travel in Italy.

The exhibition opened in early November and, through a special collaboration, the carriage will be available for tourists and locals in Rome to enjoy until the end of 2020.

Where: Montemartini on Via Ostiense, 106, in Rome.


Opening hours

Montemartini Centrale is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9 am until 7 pm. However, special opening hours will operate on holidays and it will be closed on 25th December, 1st January and 1st May.



Tickets cost €7.50 and can be bought directly at the museum. You can also buy a Capitolini Card, which grants you access to the Capitolini Museums and Montemartini Centrale. Capitolini Cards are priced at €16.

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