Games, sports and fun at the LWL Roman Museum

Games, sports and fun define the holiday program at the Roman Museum of the Regional Association of Westphalia-Lippe (LWL) in Haltern am See. Numerous themed tours take the whole family through the special exhibition “Rome in Westphalia 2.0”, past the ornate legionnaire’s dagger, two Roman helmets and a piece of rail armor made of Kalkriese. They learn more about Roman trade, crafts, and the daily life of Roman legionnaires. A new Roman watchtower shows how the Romans built houses 2,000 years ago.

On Sunday (31/7)

The LWL Roman Museum offers a tour of “Eagles, Mules and Scorpions” at This takes the participants 2,000 years back to the time when the Romans came to Germany. What brought you here and what did you experience in Haltern? Visitors as young as six can learn about it on this tour, as well as learn details about the Roman legion, Roman trade, and craftsmanship.

Later (7/31) we continue at 2 p.m. the excursion “On the spot in Aliso 2.0”. The main focus of this tour for adults and children from the age of eight is Roman building technology. Visitors to the museum can try the handicrafts and measuring techniques themselves before heading to the Aliso Roman construction site. Here, the west gate with a wood and earth wall and a new guardhouse bring Roman architecture to life.

Summer holiday campaign

“Sport and games with the Romans” is aimed at children from the age of six. From 10:00 to 12:00, after seeing the relevant finds at the exhibition, participants can try out the Roman nut and paw games and ancient sports themselves. Finally, they create their own – well deserved – laurel wreath. The material costs of the program are 3 euros.

Summer holiday campaign

“Mosaic Workshops: The Art of Colored Stones” take place in the fifth week of summer holidays on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday (26, 27 and 29 July) from 10.00 to 12.00. The Roman camps on Lippe were mostly wood and clay and had no luxury. Nevertheless, the Romans also appreciated beautiful things. Children from 8 years of age can activate themselves in the “mosaic workshop” and within two hours create their own mosaic based on ancient motifs or according to their own ideas. The material costs of the program are 5 euros.

On family Sunday (17.7.)

There are three events on the program. At 11:00, children between the ages of five and six can go on a discovery tour of the Aliso Roman construction site as part of the Kalle, master builder tour. The museum mole shows the young visitor: the interior of the new “Roman” guardhouse and explains how the building was built 2,000 years ago without excavators and construction foam.

At 2 p.m., guests from the age of 10 will learn about everyday life in a Roman military camp. Under the slogan “Under the eagle: on the way to Germania” you will learn how the Romans lived, worked and fought in Haltern. Small practical tasks introduce adults and children to the everyday life of legionnaires in Germania.

From 12:00 to 14:00 and from 15:00 to 17:00, participants can demonstrate their creativity as part of the “Graffiti to go” handicraft task. Here, children and teenagers have the opportunity to design their own linen bag with motifs from the current special exhibition for 3 euros per person.

On Sunday (24/7) pp

The program includes two guided tours for adults and children: At 11:00, visitors go “In the shadow of the legion”. In fact, there was no room for women and children for campaigns. On this guided tour, families with children from the age of six can find out where else they can be found at the Haltern Roman Camp. How did you get to Westphalia with the legionnaires and what was their everyday life like? One of the highlights of the tour is children’s toys. The dice therefore determines which areas of the “Rome in Westphalia 2.0” special exhibition will be explored in more detail. The program ends with the execution of a bull, a protective amulet for free-born Roman children.

Then, on your tour at 2 p.m., the modern German army and the ancient Roman army will face each other. Under the slogan “Compare the Incomparable: Past and Today Military Operations”, visitors aged 17 and over learn about the similarities and differences between campaigns from 2,000 years ago and operations overseas today. What preparations were necessary and how were military operations conducted?

On Sunday (July 31), the LWL Roman Museum celebrates the “Birthday of the Limes” with the guides “Eagles, Mules and Scorpions: With the Romans in Action” (11:00) and “On the Spot in Aliso 2.0” (2 pm).

Special exhibition in Haltern “Rome in Westphalia 2.0”

With the special exhibition “Rome in Westphalia 2.0”, the LWL Roman Museum in Haltern am See is being updated. It can be viewed until October 30, 2022 as part of the Polish National Archaeological Exhibition “Roman Flowing Borders”. A special exhibition presents the prologue of the formation of Lower German limes. Visitors come to Westphalia 2,000 years ago and take on different roles, such as a pioneer. Current finds, such as a legionnaire’s dagger with a strap and two Roman helmets, are on display for the first time.

At the Aliso Roman construction site

a new “Roman” guardhouse was built. Here, visitors can discover ancient construction techniques as “work in progress”. From the middle of the year, you will experience the last hours of a Roman military camp in Germany’s first “Roman Escape Room”.

National Archaeological Exhibition of NRW “Rome flowing borders”

“Flowing Rome Borders” is a joint project of the Ministry of the State of NRW, Urban Affairs, Construction and Equal Opportunities, Regional Associations of Westphalia-Lippe (LWL) and Rhineland (LVR), Regional Association of Lippe and the City of Cologne. From September 2021 to October 2022, the “State Archaeological Exhibition of North Rhine-Westphalia” will present new results of research on life in and in the Lower German limes. The six museums at five exhibition locations in Detmold, Xanten, Bonn, Haltern am See and Cologne under the title “Rome Flowing Borders” enliven everyday life in the province of Lower Germany and surrounding areas with spectacular new finds, models and activities. The website contains interesting facts about Roman times in NRW: https://www.roemer.nrw. The exhibition “Rome in Westphalia 2.0” at the LWL Roman Museum in Haltern am See is financed by the LWL Cultural Foundation.

The following applies to all events: admission to the museum is paid, children and youth up to 17 years of age are free, public tours are included in the price. Up-to-date information on the events can be found at: http://www.lwl-roemermuseum-haltern.de. For public tours, prior registration is required at: 02364 93760 or by e-mail: lwl-roemermuseum@lwl.org

Effective immediately, there are no longer any restrictions on access to the museum. It is still recommended that you wear a medical mask indoors on a voluntary basis.

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