The Aristaios Museum opened in December 2012. Thanks to the promotional agreement between MiBACT, Roma Capitale and Fondazione Musica per Roma, the Sinopoli collection became a museum. The Sala del Peduncolo, a space of over 300 m2 inside the Auditorium, is now a permanent home to the 161 works acquired by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism from the heirs of Maestro Giuseppe Sinopoli, a passionate collector.
The works on display, important archaeological finds, range from Minoan ceramics dating back to 3200 BC to works of art from Magna Graecia dating back to 300 BC, thus testifying to the various phases that marked the birth and development of different cultures. On show in large transparent display cases there are examples of Minoan, Mycenaean, Geometric, Corinthian, Laconian, Greek-Oriental, Attic black and red figurines, Italian red figurines and local ceramics from Daunia (Apulia). There is also a marble vase of Cycladic production (3200-2700 B.C.), bronze vessels from Etruria and Magna Graecia and a remarkable series of mainly votive statuettes representing gods and worshippers, along with a number of animals. The finds that can be attributed to Attic production are of exceptional quality: there are works by leading black-figure painters, including Lydos, the Lysippides Painter and exponents of the circle of Nikostenes, along with Attic red-figure painters such as the Painter of Syleus and Eretria. Some unusual pieces stand out among the articles on display, including a painted terracotta cube with concave sides of uncertain use; perhaps it was a child’s toy, or an impasto jug with a spout, perhaps a feeding bottle. The restoration and furnishing of the museum, designed by the Alvisi Kirimoto studio, was financed by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the Rome Chamber of Commerce.
Promoted by: MiBACT – Direzione Regionale per i Beni Culturali e Paesaggistici del Lazio, Roma Capitale Assessorato alle Politiche Culturali e Centro Storico, Fondazione Musica per Roma.
With the contribution of the Chamber of Commerce of Rome.
Free admission. Please note that during special events the exhibition spaces may not be accessible to the public.
Winter opening times: October to March from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays and public holidays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Summer opening times: April to October from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays and public holidays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
1st January midday to 6 p.m. Closed on 24 December.