A new museum dedicated solely to the Romans and located at the Hohen Markt was opened in 2008 in Vienna. Its emphasis is on Vienna Roman history and takes the visitor back over 2000 years, to the time of Roman occupation.
The museum uses up to date technology, including 3D animation, to help the visitor understand and appreciate Roman culture.
There is the usual collection of Roman artefacts including urns, cooking utensils, parts of buildings and statues. The toys on display offer a glimpse of life as a child in Roman times. The exhibits are well spaced out allowing the visitor to appreciate each one.
The museum is child friendly, with many hands-on activities. Several of the explanations are also written in simpler language, enabling the children to understand the historical information.
Considerable effort has gone into creating a display of Vindobona, the ancient military Roman encampment. Of particular interest are the remains of two original Roman officers' houses which can be seen in the basement of the museum. Although army life is looked at in detail, the museum also informs the visitor how ordinary Romans lived their everyday lives.
A guided tour can be taken but may not be necessary as the exhibits are well signed, using video technology, with both English and German explanations. The video information also caters for those people with hearing impairment who use sign language.
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