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Rome’s Flowing Frontiers

2021/2022 Archaeological Exhibition of North Rhine-Westphalia
Exhibition partners (list of partners)

Rome’s Flowing Frontiers
Eine Grafik mit der Wort-Bild-Marke und dem Key Visual von Roms fließende Grenzen

The Lower Germanic Limes was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List on 27 July 2021.

To mark the occasion, exciting new archaeological discoveries that reveal what life was like along the frontier fortifications, or Limes, of the Roman province of Lower Germany are taking centre stage at the 2021/2022 Archaeological Exhibition of North Rhine-Westphalia, now in its seventh year.

“Rome’s Flowing Frontiers” offers a unique opportunity to discover what Roman life was like in North Rhine-Westphalia through spectacular new finds, detailed reconstructions and special events.

30 September 2021—16 October 2022
Xanten – The Lower Rhine Limes

The most recent archaeological finds unearthed at the sites of Roman forts along the Lower Rhine are a reminder of just how important the north-west frontier was for the Roman Empire. Explore replicas of Roman ships, have a look inside a rebuilt Limes structure and use the interactive displays to learn more about life as a legionary. What was daily life like for people living under the influence of the Roman army on either side of the Rhine?

LVR-Archäologischer Park Xanten / LVR-RömerMuseum 
Trajanstraße 10 
D-46509 Xanten, Germany

Ein Foto einer römischen Metall-Statuette der geflügelten Göttin Victoria
Ein Foto eines aufwändig verzierten römischen Dolches mit dazugehöriger Dolch-Scheide

25 March 2022—30 October 2022
Haltern am See – Rome in Westphalia 2.0

In the early 1st century AD Roman legionaries attempted to expand the Empire eastwards. They constructed massive military fortifications along the banks of the Lippe - but met with so much resistance from the Germanic tribes that they had to withdraw to the Rhine. Haltern offers a unique opportunity to explore Roman Westphalia through spectacular new finds, a detailed reconstruction of a guardhouse and a new escape room.

Weseler Straße 100 
D-45721 Haltern am See, Germany 

29 April 2022—9 October 2022
Cologne – Rome on the Rhine

The stunning remains uncovered in Cologne, including imperial palaces, temples, ancient streets and public squares, reflect the city’s importance as the capital of the Roman province of Lower Germany. People and goods came to the thriving city from all over Ancient Rome while ceramics and fine glass objects from Cologne were sold throughout the Empire. Enjoy exploring the display of impressive finds and digital reconstructions to discover more about life in “Rome on the Rhine”.

Kulturzentrum am Neumarkt
Cäcilienstraße 29-33
D-50676 Cologne

Exhibition planned by

Römisch-Germanisches Museum of the City of Cologne
Cäcilienstraße 46
D-50667 Cologne, Germany


MiQua. LVR-Jüdisches Museum im Archäologischen Quartier Köln 
Augustiner Straße 10–12 
D-50667 Cologne, Germany 

Ein Foto eines steinernen Porträtkopfes des Kaisers Domitian
KeyVisual Detmold Hirsch

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Detmold – Border cro
ssings along the Limes 

Who were the Germanic peoples? Were they an organised group or a collection of tribes? What did they eat? How did they live? What changed when the Romans constructed their frontier fortifications, or Limes, along the Rhine? Explore the impressive finds at the Lippisches Landesmuseum and discover more about the Germanic peoples’ relations with the Roman populations living on the other side of the frontier.

Lippisches Landesmuseum Detmold 
Ameide 4 
D-32756 Detmold, Germany

- already finished -
Bonn – Life along the Limes

The vibrant and diverse society of the Rhineland was already a melting pot of cultures 2000 years ago. What interactions took place between the people living in and outside the towns, and on either side of the Rhine? How did the soldiers in the fortresses and the people in the towns and smaller settlements organise their work and domestic lives? Fascinating finds and an interactive model of a Limes structure invite you to step back in time and discover more about life along the Lower Germanic Limes.

LVR-LandesMuseum Bonn 
Colmantstraße 14-16 
D-53115 Bonn, Germany 

Ein Foto eines steinernen Reliefs des römischen Flussgottes Rhenus mit Hörnern und Bart