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National Museum of Roman Art

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  • Sculptures on display in the National Museum of Roman Art © Turespaña

    Sculptures on display in the National Museum of Roman Art © Turespaña

  • Mosaic. National Museum of Roman Art ©Turespaña

    Mosaic. National Museum of Roman Art ©Turespaña

  

Category

Archaeological

Owner

State
Calle José Ramón Mélida 2
06800 Mérida
Badajoz, Extremadura

Telephone+34 924311690 - +34 924311912

Fax+34 924302006

E-mailmnar@mcu.es

Websitehttp://www.museoromano.com

Temporary exhibitions

A Roman city in the westernmost corner of the Empire.

The museum offers a synthesis of life in one of the main colonies in Roman Hispania, Augusta Emerita, promoted after the supremacy of Lusitania, and which subsequently became the first effective capital of Hispania.

It houses numerous articles found at the archaeological site in Mérida, which has been awarded the World Heritage designation by the UNESCO. The National Museum of Roman Art is located in a building by Rafael Moneo that is a reference in contemporary museum architecture. With a display of emblematic items including Roman mosaics, sculptures, epigraphs and documents, it shows all aspects of the everyday life in a colony, Augusta Emerita, founded by Augustus after one of the episodes in the Cantabrian Wars, and which represents one of the great examples of the Romanisation process of Hispania.

Essential works

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  • Aion-Chronos. National Museum of Roman Art in Mérida © Ministerio de Cultura

    Aion-Chronos

    This is part of a series of sculptures of gods who probably formed a sacred group in a shrine or temple.

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  • Veiled Augustus. National Museum of Roman Art in Mérida © Ministerio de Cultura

    Veiled Augustus

    This unique piece was found in what was known as the Aula Sacra, in the peristyle of the Roman Theatre in Mérida.

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  • Galloping horse. National Museum of Roman Art in Mérida © Ministerio de Cultura

    Galloping horse

    This is thought to have been used as a votive offering or decoration on a large building.

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  • Clay bell. National Museum of Roman Art in Mérida © Ministerio de Cultura

    Bell

    This object is made of clay and represents a male figure with a grotesque head, a pronounced aquiline nose and wearing a pointed hat.

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  • Column from the Temple of Diana. National Museum of Roman Art in Mérida © Ministerio de Cultura

    Column from the Temple of Diana

    Its stuccoed surface (a covering of white plaster and stickwater) is in exceptionally well conserved.

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  • Bowl. National Museum of Roman Art in Mérida © Ministerio de Cultura

    Bowl

    This is a magnificent piece from the museum’s spectacular glass collection.

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  • Genius of the Senate. National Museum of Roman Art in Mérida © Ministerio de Cultura

    Genius of the Senate

    This statuette is considered to be a representation of the Genius of the Roman Senate, due to its similarity with other images stamped on coins and reliefs. It was found in the temple of Diana in Mérida.

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  • Gypsy. National Museum of Roman Art in Mérida © Ministerio de Cultura

    Gypsy

    Depiction in marble of a young Roman girl with a fringe of ringlets and two longer locks at each side, nicknamed 'the little gypsy girl'.

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  • Jupiter Ammon. National Museum of Roman Art in Mérida © Ministerio de Cultura

    Jupiter Ammon

    This decoration served to praise and exalt the figure of the emperor.

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  • 'Tombstone'. View of the back © Ministerio de Cultura

    Tombstone

    This type of large tombstone was in the past found attached to funerary monuments in which one or more people were buried.

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Temporary exhibitions

  • Plaque belonging to the Voconii family. National Museum of Roman Art, Mérida © Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte

    Ars Scribendi: Written culture in ancient Mérida

    This exhibition offers an overview of written culture in Mérida, from its foundation to Late Antiquity, focusing especially on the Roman period.

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  • Interior of the National Museum of Roman Art in Mérida © Turespaña

    Exhibition: Augustus and Emeritus

     Commemorating the bi-millennium of the death of the Emperor Augustus, the National Museum of Roman Art in Mérida has organised a series of activities throughout the year.

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Collections

The museum's collection is part of the collective catalogue of the Digital Network of Spanish Museum Collections (CERES), conceived as a space for dissemination which enables visitors to browse the various museum collections using the identifying features of each item (author, type of object, iconography, etc.).


Come and visit

Timetables

Apr 01 to Sep 30

Tuesday to Saturday

Does not close at midday

9:30 AM to 8:00 PM

Public holidays and Sundays

10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Closing days: Monday

Oct 01 to Mar 31

Tuesday to Saturday

Does not close at midday

9:30 AM to 6:30 PM

Public holidays and Sundays

10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Closing days: Monday

Cerrado: 1 de enero, 1 de mayo, 24, 25 y 31 de diciembre y dos festivos locales.

Closed: Mondays, 1 January, 1 May, 24, 25 and 31 December, and two local holidays.

Rates

General: €3

Reduced: €1.50

Free admission

Students

Retired persons

Children

Saturday afternoons and Sunday mornings

Accessibility

Disabled toilets

Itinerary adapted for the disabled

Wheelchairs

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