archaelogical museum

2.000 mq del VI secolo A.C.

In 1995, during the first excavations on the area destined to welcome the new complex of the Auditorium, important remains of ancient walls arouse from an historic age between middle of the 6th century B.C. and beginning of the 3rd century A.D.

In the period between 1996-1998, when the excavations were completed, it was discovered a building of an area of more than 2,000 sqm. The most ancient area, a rural farm from archaic age where probably a well-off farmer, citizen and soldier of Rome, was destroyed around 500 B.C. and, on its remains, it was built a large Patrician villa associated to a fortified village probably destined to farming servants (500-300 B.C.). The following construction works, that saw three different phases, have changed the villa structure that was permanently abandoned the first years of the 3rd century A.D.

It has been also speculated that this building was an annex to the sanctuary of Anna Perenna, the nymph that the Romans venerated on March 15th, the day of the most ancient Roman New Year’s Eve. This is credible because the source and the sacred wood to the nymph were discovered through recent archaeological studies close to Euclide square, an area not so far from the Auditorium complex.

The Archaeological Museum has two exhibition areas. The first one hosts the farm architecture with wood models, and the villa in its various phases associated with the most important archaeological materials, especially dishware and tableware. There have been recreated some areas, like a kitchen pantry, a bread oven and on oil mill that prove the execution of these activities and the foodstuffs storage.

The big angle stone of the eave with the head of river deities (Achelous?) is the symbol of the Museum and it recalls the nearest Tiber river because of where the Auditorium villa is located.

The second area hosts the archaeological emergencies between the Aurelian walls, the Aniene and Tevere flows and crossed by the Nomentana, Salaria and Flaminia ways. In this area, it is also preserved a wall in opus reticulatum probably part of the surrounding walls of the villa whose remains can be enjoyed from the terrace you can access by the Museum halls.

Free entrance. During special events the exhibition areas can be closed to the public.

Winter hours: from October to March, from 11:00 am to 06:00 pm. On Sundays and holidays, from 10:00 am to 06:00 pm.
Summer hour: from April to October, from 10:00 am to 08:00 pm. On Sundays and holidays, from 10:00 am to 08:00 pm.
1st January from 12:00 pm-06:00 pm. Closed on December 24th.

Ph. +39 0680241281.