One of Rome's National Museum's relaunches exhibit

August 18, 2011. On a street corner, just a few feet away from downtown Rome, stands one of the city's newest museums. To locals is just another historic site, but to others, it's a window into history.  Recently the Roman National Museum launched and new and improved exhibit.

Laura Venditelli
Director, Crypta Balbi, Rome

“It's a true testimony, an effective testimony into what ancient Rome was like. It also gives us a glimpse into the late phases of life in the city.”

These unassuming columns used to be part of a  great theater. Now, they're part of the Crypta Balbi in one of Rome's National Museums. Over the years the crypta and the courtyard right next to it, were probably used for markets, workshops, factories, religious ceremonies and even as homes around the 6th century.

Laura Venditelli
Director, Crypta Balbi, Rome

“Like the kitchen for example. We've re-organized a home and in one of the rooms, we've set up a counter. In another area where the cooking took place, we found all sorts of plates, a stove and even vases that were used to transport wine and oil.”

As part of the improved exhibit, now some of those very artifacts were placed in a section of the museum. Aside from every day tools, statues found in that very site, are also on display.

Relaunching the new exhibit also includes much work out on the field. For about a year, an artist worked along the site, restoring the color, lighting and the texture of the Crypta Balbi.

 
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