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Museo dell'Ara Pacis

Lungotevere Augusta, 00186 Rome, Italy
+39 06 0608
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The ceremonial dedication of the Altar of Peace, took place on the 30th January in the year 9 B.C. It seems, according to the evidence provided by the historian Cassius Dione (LIV, 25.3), that at first the Senate had planned to build an altar within their own building, the Curia, but the idea was not followed through and the northernmost part of the Field of Mars, which had recently been urbanized, was chosen instead. The altar dedicated to peace came, therefore, and not by chance, to be built in the middle of a vast plain, on which, traditionally, the man oeuvres of the infantry and the cavalry took place, and, in more recent times, the gymnastic exercises of the Roman youth.
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Lungotevere Augusta, 00186 Rome, Italy
Campo Marzio
+39 06 0608
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The story of the recovery of the Ara Pacis (Altar of Peace), erected by Augustus Caesar, is an interesting one in itself, because of its relationship to the Pantheon and the Campus Martius, where athletes demonstrated their prowess and were rewarded. It was first excavated...More

Thank David T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There is only one item on display in this museum but it is done very VERY well. The Ara Pacis is simply outstanding. It is an ancient alter hilt by the first emperor Augustus and includes the most important sculpture from the Ancient World. The...More

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Reviewed 11 October 2017

Museo dell'Ara Pacis seems to have a controversial history. However,as history lovers and absolute enthusiasts, we really were impressed on our first and subsequent visits. The museum houses the Ara Pacis of the emperor Augustus. Augustus was the first emperor of the Roman empire. This...More

Thank Dimitris L
Reviewed 5 October 2017

The Ara Pacis is 2000 years old, and has been put back together by archaeologists. It's from 9 AD. And you can walk through it. Amazing. That said...not a huge amoiunt to do involving the actual structure...just learn about the history and see it. There's...More

1  Thank BDavis1236
Reviewed 6 September 2017

Stumbled across this place by accident and when seeing the amazing peace temple from outside we were drawn to go in! Wow what a magnificent structure and the history behind it! Loved the feel of the museum and we were lucky enough to also have...More

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Reviewed 30 August 2017 via mobile

I studied this at school so was thrilled to be able to see, touch and walk through it! If you know the history, you don't need the video guide.

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Reviewed 20 August 2017

I had read about the ara pacis so simply had to go and see it for real. It is amazing. However, unless you have a discount card it may seem rather pricey for what is quite a short visit. We combined it with a visit...More

1  Thank Julia E
Reviewed 7 August 2017

Small, simple museum displaying the ara pacis altar. As an architect I also appreciate the Richard Meier-designed museum building. But other than see the altar, there's not much else to do. There is one wall with the history of the altar and the building, but...More

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Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

Okay, I know this is a special token from the ancient roman era - BUT the museum is crap. There is not a lot of information for people not knowing what you're looking at. So read about it beforehand visiting! The monument it self is...More

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Reviewed 31 July 2017

The Ara Pacis Augustae is located between the river Tibur and Mausoleum of Augustus. From Pizza Dell Popolo (Flaminia metro station) 15 min walking. Check if any temporary exhibitions, until September "Spartaco. Schiavi e padroni a Roma" worth seeing. Things to do around the museum:...More

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From its original role as ancient army training fields
to its present-day identity as one of the city’s most
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Baroque palazzos line the streets, and are filled with
enticing boutiques and food shops. By day, Rome’s
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