Keys to Rome is a unique international exhibition on Roman culture that will launch simultaneously in Rome, Sarajevo, Amsterdam and Alexandria on September 23, 2014.

The exhibition uses immersive technology to present and connect these regional cultures within the Roman Empire, highlighting their diversity and commonality over centuries of Roman rule.

Keys To Rome is an exhibition like no other. Combining real artefacts, digitally restored 3D objects and beautiful virtual environments, visitors can travel back in time to search for lost objects and discover more about the lives of their owners.

The exhibition also includes the Digital Museum Expo: a showcase of cutting edge interactive and immersive technologies developed for use in museums.

Keys to Rome is organised by V-MusT, the Virtual Museum Transnational Network, and curated by archaeologists, art historians, architects, computer scientists and communication experts.


Keys to Rome will captivate and inspire visitors in four incredible locations:

In Rome, the exhibition will take place in Trajan’s Market, a complex of buildings beside the Trajan’s Forum. In November 2007 the Museum of the Imperial Fora was created within this monument. More

In Sarajevo, the exhibition will take place in the recently restored City Hall Vijecnica. Built in 1896, it was destroyed by Serb forces in 1992. Restoration of this historic building finished in June 2014. More

In Amsterdam, the exhibition will take place in the Allard Pierson Museum, the archaeology museum of the University of Amsterdam – where archaeology meets the future. More

In Alexandria, the exhibition will take place in the New Library of Alexandria, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina. Housing multiple exhibitions, research centres, library collections, and art galleries, the library is a place of dialogue, learning and understanding between cultures and peoples. More

The Quest

Each venue features an immersive 3D game that allows visitors to travel back in time and explore virtual environments and objects.

Players adopt the role of Marcus, a young trader in 6th century Rome. Guided by his grandfather, Marcus embarks on a quest for objects that will unlock the lost stories of his ancestors.

To find out more watch the video or click on the links below. 

Rome | Sarajevo

Amsterdam | Alexandria


Thoughout the exhibition, new content such as video interviews with visitors and curators, images of real and virtual objects and additional resources such as academic papers will be made available. Click on the links below to explore additional resources for Keys2Rome.

The Exhibitions: Video & TV coverage

The Technologies: Video & PDFs

K2R Mobile App

Keys2Rome Downloads

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