Museum Spotlight: Museo dell’Ara Pacis

Il Museo dell’Ara Pacis (web site – in Italian), or the Ara Pacis Museum (web site – in English), is one of Rome’s newest museums, and it opened in 2006.

Like many things in Rome, politics is always involved, and this museum and its opening stirred up a lot of controversy. Many people have railed against the design of the museum, and whether you are for or against this building, I think that it is important museum to visit in Rome.

The Ara Pacis Augustae is an ancient monument built during the reign of Augustus, one of Ancient Rome’s most powerful and most influential emperors. This monument is a testimony to Augustus’s leadership and power and is seen by many historians as a piece of propaganda, linking the lineage of Augustus to that of the Roman gods, a common practice of many politicians and influential people in Rome, as a means of legitimizing their rule.

Entrance to the museum is 6.50 euro. The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday from 9am – 7pm. On the 31st of December, it is upon from 9am to 2pm. The museum, like many in Rome, is closed on Mondays. The museum is also closed January 1, May 1 and December 25.

The museum is located at Lungotevere in Augusta in Rome: