Experience the world of the Romans – in the heart of Westphalia!
Haltern can rightly claim to be the best researched military base from the time of Emperor Augustus. One after another, several camps were built on the Silverberg site. Here you can see everything that made up a functioning legionary camp, here and probably elsewhere on other Roman military sites.
We have evidence of a so-called main camp with firm buildings in it, a mooring place for supply ships, traces of living quarters outside the camp, a naval base with boathouses and barracks as well as a road lined with tombs and a marching camp to the east.
A museum to experience yourself
Visitors to the museum can inform themselves about the life of the legionaries on the Lippe as well as slipping into the role of a Roman. Making their way through the museum with the a soldier's heavy marching baggage or trying to scratch words into the wax of a tablet with a stylus. A reconstructed leather tent – accommodation for six to eight legionaries – has a surprise in store: a news video from the year 4 AD provides news of ”latest”events in Rome and Germania. An audio-programme focuses on the legionaries' money worries 2000 years ago and tackles the question of bribery. All in a lighthearted fashion!
Don't worry: you don't have to know any Latin to visit this museum. All the original texts are translated; all the finds are explained. The exhibits provide an impressive survey of almost every area of the legionaries' everyday lives. In connection with images, texts and models, the objects provide a lively picture of the time.