Musée Romain Avenches
N 46° 52.858 E 007° 02.601
32T E 350916 N 5193795
Quick Description: The Musée Romain Avenches is housed in the 12th century tower built on the Roman Amphitheater of Avenche. The most important objects discovered at the Aventicum site illustrate the history of the capital of Roman Helvetia.
Location: Suisse romande (GE/VD/FR), Switzerland
Date Posted: 10/1/2007 2:28:32 AM
Waymark Code: WM2A6D
Photography is permitted in this museum. Exhibits are explained in French. For information in English, the archeological guide "Aventicum : The Roman City and the Museum" can be purchased at the museum bookstore.
Aventicum was the largest town and capital of Roman Switzerland (Helvetia or Civitas Helvetiorum). Its remains are beside the modern town of Avenches.
The city was probably founded on a previously uninhabited location in the early 1st century AD, as the capital of the recently conquered territory of the Helvetii, lying along the road, built under Claudius, that connected Italy to Britain. Under the rule of Emperor Vespasian, who grew up there, Aventicum was raised to the status of a colony in 72 AD, whereupon it entered its golden age. The town wall was 5.6 km (3.48 miles) long.
The museum exhibits a golden bust of the emperor Marcus Aurelius, sculptures, mosaics, inscriptions, and objects from daily life.
Musée Romain Avenches - Case postale - CH 1580 Avenches
Gift Shop: yes
Hours of Operation:
April 1 to September 30
Tu - Su : 10:00 - 12:00, 13:00 - 17:00
October 1 to March 31
Tu - Su : 14:00 - 17:00
Cost: 4.00 (listed in local currency)
Museum Size: Small
Relevant Web Site: [Web Link]
Food Court: Not Listed
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