Museo dell'Ara Pacis
Museo dell'Ara Pacis
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9:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 6:30 PM
About
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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Neighbourhood: Centro
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  • Spagna • 8 min walk
  • Flaminio - Piazza del Popolo • 10 min walk
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MILOUW
New York City, NY1,366 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
This unique monument has its own museum built around it.
It has been tastefully restored and is well worth a visit.
Friezes and sculptures adoring the walls are quite beautiful
Written 5 April 2024
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Brun066
Florence, Italy13,124 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
In art history textbooks for universities and high schools, the reliefs of the Ara Pacis have a prominent place in Roman sculpture of the early imperial age. Among the most cited and most reproduced are that of the "Saturnia Tellus" (the female figure with two children on her knees, sitting between a Nymph and a Nereid) and that of the procession by which Augustus, with his family, priests, public servants, proceeds at the consecration of the altar.
Yet this document of austere and elegant architecture, as well as sublime sculptural art (the anonymous sculptors are hypothesized to be of Hellenic training), during the two thousand years that separated us from its creation had been almost dismantled, used as a marble quarry, finally buried under more recent constructions. So much so that it could not be recomposed in its primary location, since this is occupied by these more recent buildings.
Now, however, it has been recomposed, the recoverable fragments have been recovered, so that it has acquired a layout that effectively recalls the original one. And this happens at the end of a decades-long reconstruction process, which involved the search for hundreds of fragments and their recomposition into the form that can still be admired today.
Inside, plenty of captions, in Italian and English, illustrate the characters of the monument and the individual details of it. In particular, its character (dated to 9 AD) as an instrument of the ideology of the new emperor Augustus is underlined, an ideology conveyed both by the facts depicted and by the formal solutions chosen for the depiction.
Finally, the modern building in which the Ara Pacis is enclosed deserves a mention. It was designed by the American architect Richard Meier (2006), and in my opinion it's a stylistically valuable work.
Written 12 December 2023
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packedandready2go
California943 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
The altar of peace is impressive as is the modern building in which it is housed. The experience could be improved with more signage explaining more about the altar. We also visited the Helmut Newton temporary exhibit which was well displayed. Nonetheless, I was not impressed with Newton's work.
Written 30 October 2023
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JAM91
29 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Beautifully preserved monument that our daughter who studying in Rome took us to visit- we'd not heard of it, nor seen it in two prior trips to Rome. It's a small museum but a lovely modern building with so much natural light, it really showcases the altar of peace so well. If you're interested in ancient Roman history, this is an off-the -normal-tour-of-Rome stop that you will worthwhile.
Written 2 January 2023
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Noraatc
Sudbury, MA38,601 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Solo
The Ara Pacis is 5 minutes walk from my hotel and I didn’t even know about it. Thanks to amazing Ancient Rome historian, Mary Beard, I visited it and have no regrets. This beautifully preserved Roman monument inaugurated in 9 B.C; was presumably a place for sacrifices during the rule of Emperor Augustus, whose Mausoleum is visible from the windows of the Ara Pacis. The reliefs are telling a captivating story of the past and those interested in the Ancient Rome history will be impressed.
Written 1 January 2023
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20bothwell
United Kingdom71 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
absolute waste of time and money, rude staff , way way overpriced for the price of this ticket you can go to massimo , villa guilia , capitoline museums , 80% you can see from the outside and the rest is mostly created it is not authentic
seriously there is 20,000 things to do in rome , look from the outside thats enough
Written 31 December 2022
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davecamb
Cambridge, UK113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
This is not the sort of place you might go on your first visit to Rome, since it is not in the standard top 10 must-see sites, but if you are back for your second or fifth visit and looking for a great little museum that describes history of one large historicallly significant piece, Augustus’ Altar of Peace or Ara Pacis, then there are few better places in Rome (or anywhere) that captures the layers of history so well. Part of the story is the altar itself but tracing the story of how the museum was finally opened in 2006 and how the various parts of the altar were discovered and then finally reassembled in on place is fascinating. Part of it might be that as a ‘new’ museum it can comment on more difficult topics such as the arc of the propaganda value the Ara Pacis offered from Augustus to Mussolini. Well worth a visit!
Written 21 December 2022
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Magdalene L
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
Amazing. All the history melted in just one piece of marble! I was here during the storm It was a.m.a.zing
Written 23 November 2022
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Kirsten L
Chicago, IL153 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Family
My family and I visited the Ara Pacis. It is a lovely piece of art. There are models, information and movies that discuss all the pertinent information about the altar. My husband purchased the audio guide and enjoyed it a lot, as he could learn all about the monument while strolling around to view the piece at the same time. The museum itself is an open, meditative space. There are benches to sit and contemplate the altar. In front of the museum is a lovely modern piazza with a fountain perfect for a sit on a sunny Rome day. This museum is worth a visit if you are very interested in Augustan history, but if you have young kids like I do, it might be best to skip. The staff is understandably protective of the monument and the silence in the museum makes it feel a bit like a visit to the library.
Written 31 October 2022
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CraigH0901
Adelaide, Australia1,220 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
This is a stunning exhibit of an important part of history. Encased on a glass museum and carefully reconstructed, the Ara Pacis (Altar of Peace) is an incredible demonstration of the Roman beliefs and power plays. The museum is only 15 years old and beautifully presented. Admission is worth the experience.
Written 19 September 2022
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