Ein Traum von Rom

15.03. - 28.09.2014

The Dream of Rome - Roman Urban Life in Southwest Germany

With the expansion of the Roman Empire, the Roman-Mediterranean life style reached even into the remote provinces. Rome always remained the model for all the newly founded towns and stood for a high standard of living, a flourishing economy, private luxury and urban splendor. 


For the first time, an exhibition is devoted to Roman urban culture in northeast Gaul and in Upper Germania east of the Rhine. All Roman towns, large or small, were united by Rome as their model – in their economy and administration, in private life, and in public construction plans. The exhibition presents first and foremost the major Roman city of Trier which will be compared to other towns. But “The Dream of Rom” also affords insights into private urban houses with their murals, sculptures, and mosaics. An impressive, innovative one-of-a kind 240° film animation will show the Roman cityscape in present-day southwest Germany and the development of ancient Trier. 


The visit to the special exhibition, along with a free audio-guide is included in the museum admission price. Additional reductions, family tickets, and combination packages such as Trier Antiquity Card will be available.  


Rome as the ideal for urban construction and organization north of the Alps is also evident outside of the museum. The conspicuous roman monuments throughout the city, like the Porta Nigra and the Imperial Baths preserve the antique heritage of urban architecture even today. They complement a visit to the special exhibition by providing an authentic experience of Roman building culture.  


The special exhibition is under the patronage of Malu Dreyer, the Minister President of Rhineland-Palatinate and Winfried Kretschmann, Minister President of Baden-Wuerttemberg. 





The special exhibition is a presentation by Generaldirektion Kulturelles Erbe Rheinland-Pfalz, Direktion Rheinisches Landesmuseum Trier, and the Landesmuseum Württemberg, Stuttgart. It will also be shown in the Landesmuseum Württemberg starting October 2014. 

Exhibition Design: Scenography Valentine Koppenhöfer