The Aquincum Museum was opened in 1894 to exhibit the valuable finds unearthed in the area of Budapest. Budapest is the only European capital North of Rome thats Roman heritage can be displayed on a larger contiguous area, and by now is in the order of million of pieces.
The Civilian Town of Aquincum reached its largest geographical extension at the turning of the 2nd-3rd. centuries AD., its estimated population was 10- to 15000. Even tough the settlement structure and langitude of the Civilian town had been changing constantly, its distinctive architectural elements – the quadrangle of the aquaduct, the amphitheater and the citywall- were visible for the entire time, and they remained the most distinctive elements of present-day townscape. The present-day Archeological Park actually presents estimatedly the one third of the Civil Town of Aquincum. The layouts that are visible today mostly reflect the conditions from the turning of the 2nd-3rd centuries AD.The junction of the two main roads, the forum, the sanctuary, the basilica, the great public baths, and the row of the tabernae are in the center of the Park. Artisan and industrial houses lay in the South-eastern and the Northern part of the city. Rich civic houses and the houses of the town’s magistrates stood further away from the noisy main roads along with their private sanctuaries and baths.
Rome in Aquincum is the new permanent exhibition, that takes place in the new exhibition building, that was opened in 2007.The exhibition is a selection of the most valuable, or formerly not yet exhibited artifacts of the museum. Another peculiarity of the exhibition is that after more than 75 years of its exploration the world famous musical relic, the Aquincum Organ is on display under appropriate circumstances. Besides that precious artifacts from tthe Governor’s Palace are displayed in the exhibition. The relics of prehistoric times and the times of the Great Migrations can be seen arranged in chronological order in our Displayed Storage Room.
Touristic attractions boardened the features of the Museum in 2012 with the financial support of the European Union. Thus motion controlled video games and a mithologycal playground is awaiting our visitors of all ages.Also as part of the Pannonnia Province Program a residential building built and furnished in Roman style, and a new Lapidarium was opened to the public. Our latest permanent exhibition – History made of clay – the role of ceramics in Aquincum’s Roman Age architecture, was opened in 2014.