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Rome in Aquincum

The permanent exhibition at the Aquincum Museum presents the world-famous Aquincum organ and archaeological finds from the Governor’s Palace.

The exhibition presents hidden treasures from the rich collections of the museum, which previously could not be exhibitied in a worthy setting. Evoking the former splendour of the Governor’s residence, Rome in Aquincum displays some of the palace’s previously unexhibited and recently restored mosaics, as well as wall paintings, the palace shrines’ – in many cases monumental – statues and reconstructions of a fountain and an ornamental stone vessel, testaments to the once luxurious furnishing of the building. Rome in Aquincum also displays a selection of luxury items: imported bronze, glass and ceramic vessels as well as gold and silver jewellery – samples from the daily life of the governor and those around him.

Another special feature of the exhibition is that more than 75 years after its discovery we can present in a worthy setting our world-famous relic of music history, the Aquincum organ. The remains of the instrument were discovered during the construction of the same building in which it now stands. The exhibition displays the extant parts of the organ, along with a reconstruction of its structure and mechanism as well as the organ’s reconstructed working copy.

 The sounds of the Aquincum organ

Uploaded:  13 February 2013