Keys To Rome: The City of Augustus – Mercati di Traiano

Keys To Rome - The City of Augustus at Mercati di Traiano

Roma, Sarajevo, Amsterdam, Alexandria: all Empire celebrates Augustus

On the 23 September 2014, 2000 years after the Emperor Augustus’ death, 13 countries have joined together in Rome, Amsterdam, Alexandria and Sarajevo, for the opening of an extraordinary exhibition, “Keys to Rome”: an interactive journey to discover Roman Culture, starting from the city of Augustus and reaching the entire Roman Empire, through the visit to four fascinating venues, four museums with their archaeological collections, more than 10 different technologies supporting and  enhancing this global experience.

The goal is therefore twofold:

• to build an European showcase on the technologies that are changing the perspective of museums, demonstrating how these can be used to engage visitors in the future

• to create an exhibition that bring visitors to better understand Roman culture, looking at it from  different perspectives.

This is more than just an exhibition on Roman archaeology. “Keys To Rome” is a unique international exhibition, that, for the first time has been organized in parallel in four locations:

Rome, in the wonderful setting of the Imperial Fora Museum (Museo dei Fori Imperiali);

Alexandria, in the Antiquities Museums of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina;

Amsterdam, in the recently renovated Allard Pierson Museum;

Sarajevo, in the newly restored City Hall (Vijecnica) and in the Museum of Sarajevo.

A selection of objects, whose chronology spans the entire duration of the Roman Empire, belonging to the permanent collections of these museums, are displayed in the four venues hosting “Keys To Rome”. These objects can be discovered through a digital itinerary supported by different technologies such as computer graphics movies, natural interaction installations, tangible interfaces, live projections, augmented reality, multimedia and mobile applications.

Keys To Rome - The City of Augustus at Mercati di Traiano

This journey is guided by two storytellers, Gaius an old merchant and his grandson Marcus, living in the Markets of Trajan at the beginning of the 6th Century AD. With the help of these two characters the visitor will discover the secrets of Gaius’ and Marcus’ family through the objects owned by their ancestors, using the keys of Rome to unlock the memory of the Roman past. It is from this concept that the exhibition name Keys to Rome is derived. The exhibition logo itself comes from a Roman “key” conserved at the Museum of Sarajevo, and it is one of the objects of the exhibition. This key is therefore both a symbol of the exploration of our past and also a bridge that connects different stories, contexts, objects, places through virtual museums.


Keys To Rome - The City of Augustus at Mercati di TraianoMercati e Foro di Traiano
Via IV Novembre 94 – 00187 Roma

September 24, 2014 – May 10, 2015
Tuesday-Sunday: 9am – 7pm

From September 24, 2014,  museum + exhibitions (“Le chiavi di Roma. La città di Augusto 24.9.14-10.5.15″ – “Digital Museum Expo 24-28.914” – “Park Eun Sun. Innesti e Connessioni 27.9-30.11.14″) combined ticket:
– Adults: € 14,00;
– Concessions: € 12,00;
Roman Citizens only :
 – Adults: € 12,00;
– Concessions: € 10,00

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