Allard Pierson Museum is the archaeological museum of the University of Amsterdam.
The name of the Museum derives from the first professor of classical archaeology at the University of Amsterdam, Allard Pierson (1831–1896). The collection grew due to purchases, gifts, and loans of artifacts and documents.
The museum eventually outgrew its building and is situated at the Oude Turfmarkt 127 since 1976. The ancient civilisations of ancient Egypt, the Near East, the Greek World, Etruria and the Roman Empire are revived in this museum.
Art objects and utensils, dating from 4000 B.C. till 1000 A.D. give a good impression of everyday-life. It shows the significance of ancient civilisation to contemporary European culture in a challenging way.
The Keys to Rome exhibition will focus on the diversity and dynamics within the Roman Empire. We will show and compare Roman objects from three regions within the Roman Empire: Egypt , the Mediterranean and the Low Countries.
We will highlight 8 themes: Food, Housing, Religion, Funeral, Appearance, Army, Leisure, Trade and for each theme we have selected 3 key-objects from the three regions.
The exhibition will be a pilot for the redesign of the Roman gallery and therefore we have developed a new concept on dynamic collection presentation. This should enable us to change the presentation in order to show more collection, update context information or integrate new technologies.
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