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The Palace's present structure is a result of the gradual incorporation of various medieval buildings between the 15th and 17th centuries, and has been recently restored by the Ministero dei Beni Culturale (cultural works ministry).

The museum houses works, originally from private collections, which now belong to the state. Of particular interest is the Boncompani Ludovisi collection of marble statues that at one time decorated the gardens and grounds of Cardinal Ludovico Ludovisi's villa on the Quirinale. When the villa was torn-down at the end of the 19th century, the state acquired about 100 of the original 450 sculptures. Outstanding among them are: Galata suicida (Galatian suicide), Oreste ed Elettra (Orestes and Electra), and the famous Greek original from the 5th century: Trono Ludovisi (Ludovisi's throne). Four of the 15 sculptures on display at the museum, originally belonging to Cardinal Marco Sittico Altemps, can be found under the arches of the northern portico. Not to be missed are the Egyptian remains, found at the sanctuary if Isis and Serapes on the Campo Marzio, as well as the exhibit from the santuario Siriano (Syrian sanctuary) on the Gianicolo.

Piazza S. Apollinare, 44
Hours: 9:00 A.M.-7:30 P.M. closed : Mondays, Christmas day, New Year's day
Tel.: 06 6833759
Entrance fee charged
Internet site: www.archeorm.arti.beniculturali.it
How to get there: buses 30, 70, 81, 87, 87D, 116, 186, 204, 294, 628

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