Roman Coast

1 April until 25 September 2016

Exhibition 'Roman Coast'Exhibition 'Roman Coast'
Drawing of a reconstruction of the Roman castellum 'Matilo', near Leiden (province of Zuid-Holland), © Mikko KriekDrawing of a reconstruction of the Roman castellum 'Matilo', near Leiden (province of Zuid-Holland), © Mikko Kriek
On display: hand of an emperor statue (collection: Rijksmuseum van Oudheden)On display: hand of an emperor statue (collection: Rijksmuseum van Oudheden)

The exhibition Roman Coast focuses on life along the Dutch coast in Roman times. You will learn about trade and shipping, the military organisation of coastal defences, religion, and life by the sea.

Living and working on the coast

Travel the Roman coast from north to south and discover how Romans and other groups lived and worked there some two thousand years ago. You will see their weapons, valuables, household objects, and trade goods, along with models of forts, temples, and a ship. These exhibits tell of the tumult of battle, of navigating the seas, of commerce, religion, and everyday life. For children, the exhibition includes a game in which Roman boats search the coast. 

Trade and military strategy

The northern frontier of the Roman Empire, the Limes, ran straight across the present-day Netherlands, following the Rhine. In the west, this river flowed into another major expanse of water: the North Sea. All this made the Dutch coastal area especially important to the Romans, for both trade and military strategy.

From Texel to Zeeland

The exhibition features objects from the collection of the National Museum of Antiquities that come from areas by the sea, from the northern island of Texel to the southern province of Zeeland. These are complemented by objects from museums in coastal regions.