MUSEUM AND ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK
Aguntum was a Roman settlement (Municipium Claudium Aguntum), which was located approx. 4 km from the modern-day area of Dölsach. Emperor Claudius (41 – 54 AD) gave the settlement city status. The following 2 centuries were the heyday of the new city of Aguntum. This was reflected in the construction of a city wall, several public and private buildings, and even a spa. In its heyday, the city’s influence extended from the Felbertauern in the north, to Mühlbach in the Puster Valley in the west, to the Kreuzbergsattel in the south, and to Oberdraubung in the east. From the 3rd century, Aguntum gradually lost its importance, due not least to its inconvenient location on the valley floor. Until the 5th century, however, the city was still inhabited, as proven by the headstones in an early Christian cemetery.
Although archaeological excavations have been carried out since 1912, only a small part of the former city has been scientifically studied. Discoveries made so far include the city wall, the atrium house, the craft district, the large spa, and the Macellum – a circular building, which probably served as a small market hall. The Atrium House is an archaeological wonder. No building of its kind has ever been found so far north. An 18-metre-high observation tower provides a good view of the excavation site, and visitors to the Archaeological Park can access the renovated and reconstructed areas uncovered by archaeological excavations.
The Aguntum Museum provides an insight into everyday life in Roman times. Artefacts from Aguntum and other areas of the former Noricum area are also on display.
At the centre of the permanent exhibition is a large marble basin, which was transferred from the garden of the Atrium House to the new building. Archaeological finds are clustered around the basin. Imitations from other archaeological sites have been added to the collection, to present a more rounded picture of Roman and alpine civilisation and culture.
The artefacts and imitations are supplemented by various items that also underline the message which the permanent exhibition is trying to communicate. A model shows the previously excavated parts of Aguntum. Other models demonstrate the functionality of Roman floor heating, and a miniature crane illustrates the role of its larger-scale counterparts in construction work. Virtual reality (VR) glasses let you experience reconstructed scenes from everyday Roman life.
The Curatorium pro Agunto association owns and operates the museum and archaeological park. The purpose of the museum is to professionally and permanently preserve archaeological finds from Aguntum. With the Archaeological Park, the association aims to reach beyond the scientific level, and make local history more accessible to a wider audience.
|Phone: +43 (0) 4852 – 61 550
|01. May to 11. September||Daily||09:30 – 16:00 o’clock|
|12. September to 21. October
||Monday to Saturday||09:30 – 16:00 o’clock|
|Children, youths, students||€ 4,00|
|Children under 6 years||free|
|Tours for groups of 10 or more people||€ 25,00|
|School groups, with guided tour||€ 4,00|
|School groups, without guided tour||€ 3,00|
|Combi ticket with Bruck Castle admission, adult||€ 11,50|
|Combi ticket with Bruck Castle admission, adult concession||€ 9,50|
|Combi ticket with Bruck Castle admission, family
Dr. Manfred Hainzl (managing director)
Phone: +43 (0) 650 31 46 9 46
Society Curatorium pro Agunto